Posts Tagged ‘VeganMoFo 2009’

A few weeks ago, I made the Curried Tofu recipe from Veganomicon. I ate it on sandwiches with curried Vegenaise, and it was… ehh… okay. But then I had a little bit left over, and decided to cube it and make this salad with it, and it was awesome!

Curried Tofu Salad


When I originally made the salad, it was sans zucchini, but it looked like it needed some sort of green vegetable in it and I had some extra zucchinis from when I made my pizza on Friday. I thought about putting green beans in instead, but zucchini is what I had.

Curried Tofu
from Veganomicon

1 pound extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed

For the marinade:
1/2 C vegetable broth
3 TBSP rice vinegar
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP soy sauce
1/4 C curry powder
1 tsp cumin seeds

In a large mixing bowl, combine all marinade ingredients and wisk together. Marinade tofu for about an hour (or up to overnight), flipping about halfway through.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Place tofu on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip over and bake for another 10 minutes. Place in the broiler for about 3 more minutes for extra chewiness.

Curried Tofu & Zucchini Salad:
1 recipe Curried Tofu
1/3 C carrot, shredded
2 TBSP vegan mayo
1 large or 2 small zucchini (or green beans, or both!)

Once the tofu is finished and cooled, mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for about an hour before eating (unless you’re really hungry, in which case by all means go ahead and eat it right away!).

This is a good recipe for those of you who, like me, are only cooking for one person, as it does not make a whole shitload of food that you need to figure out how to gobble up before it goes bad.

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My parents are away for the weekend, so like any teenage girl, I decided to bust out the cooking skills and blast my (classic rock) music.

My friend Mary came back from college this weekend, so I decided to have some friends over and make pizza. I had a really awesome idea for buffalo pizza, for which I had specifically bought Teese when I was in DC, and was excited to make it.

Everything was going very well. I made the dough, made the buffalo tofu (somewhat similar to this one) and sauce, and assembled the pizza. I put it in the oven for the specified time, and was trying to figure out how I was going to make two different pizzas when I only had one pizza pan (I had enough dough for 2 pizzas, and wanted to make a more standard pizza for those who might not like the buffalo tofu).

When the pizza was ready to come out of the oven, I tried to maneuver it out with hot pads but was not used to a) it being on the bottom rack or b) a 500-degree oven. I almost got it out, and then… the tipping point. The whole damn pizza, pan and all, flipped over and landed upside down on the rack, spilling all of its toppings onto the bottom & door of the oven as well as between the hinges of where the oven opens.

The Great Pizzaster

Cue me screaming expletives at the top of my lungs.
Cue me starting to bawl hysterically, frightening my poor kitten half to death.

Okay, I’m not going to lie, my first thought was “how can I salvage this??” But it soon became apparent that salvaging was not an option.

Of course I knew I needed to take a picture of the disaster so I could document it here, but couldn’t remember how to work my camera, I was so hysterical. Ruining food is one of the things I hate the most… Wasting my time, wasting my energy, and most of all wasting the food itself. I had been really excited to see how the pizza would turn out, since it was something new and fun.

40 minutes later, my friends started arriving and, being the most awesome friends in the world that they are, calmed me down and even cleaned my oven (…and floor…) for me. I had put the ruined pizza on a cookie sheet, and was just throwing the tofu on top as I pulled it out of the depths of my oven. We joked that we would feed it to the last person to arrive (poor Mike).

Mike arrived and we offered the pizza to him, but did not actually feed it to him. We all enjoyed leftover gaycake, and as they were finishing it off I made a second pizza (since thankfully I was planning on making two anyway), topped with the rest of the Teese, zucchini, roasted red pepper, and black olives.

Teese Pizza: The Second

This time, I had Mike remove it from the oven for me because I did not trust myself. It made it out of the oven and onto our plates (and into our bellies!) safely and deliciously.

Slice of Teese pizza

By the end of the night I found myself laughing as hysterically as I had previously been bawling. But damn, I really want to know how my buffalo tofu would’ve turned out… I guess I just need to find some more Teese.

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Trick Or Treat

October is half over, meaning Halloween is coming quickly (who’s excited?? I am!!). This means lots and lots of candy, whether you’re trick-or-treating, handing out candy, or just partying. So I’m going to devote this post to my favorite “mainstream” vegan candies (meaning hard-to-find and more expensive things such as Go Max Go bars or Endangered Species bars are excluded).

  • Peanut Chews are probably my favorite popular vegan candy. Peanut butter & chocolate, what could be better? (ooh, sidenote: Hot Tamales, also made by JustBorn, are also vegan & not bad either)
  • Sour Patch Kids are a close second, though. Sour = love.
  • Skittles. Of course I love Skittles. Taste the rainbow! These have just recently become vegan, they used to have gelatin in them.
  • Rainbow Twizzlers. Again, rainbow. Of course. I was never a fan of regular Twizzlers, but the rainbow ones are pretty good. And no, I’m not biased because they’re rainbow.
  • Smarties. What can I say? A classic. Also a favorite at my hippie parties.
  • Swedish Fish. While not as good as the Canadian Swedish Berries (even though they’re the same exact thing, just in a different shape), I’m putting them on my list anyway.

Stay tuned for a more exciting post tomorrow!

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I’ve been pretty busy lately, so it’s time for me to post a really quick & easy dessert-type tortilla recipe. I get home from dance pretty late on Wednesdays (usually around 10:00 pm), and am always hungry for something quick & easy after all my dancing.

Tonight we had one tortilla left, so I decided to take a tip I heard a while ago and make cinnamon tortilla strips. I smothered the tortilla in Earth Balance margarine and sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar, then broiled it. I took it out of the oven and cut into strips, and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I bet it would’ve been awesome with some strawberry sauce or something, but I didn’t have any and like I said… I was looking for something quick and easy. Strawberry sauce is easy, but I was feeling lazy.

dessert tortilla strips

Hopefully soon I will have more time to make more exciting foods, but this shows that it can be really easy to make simple, tasty, vegan food. Simpler can be better!

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As you know from my previous post, I went to Washington, D.C. this weekend with some friends (another vegan and 2 omnis) for the National Equality March. I just want to talk about all the awesome food I had while down there.

Our first stop was Rockville, MD to visit Pangea, an online store that sells lots of awesome vegan stuff and has a small storefront in Rockville. I got some vanilla chai body lotion & chai chapstick (I love chai!), mozzarella Teese to make tempeh wing pizza (hopefully Friday!), some chocolates, and a button that says “Vegan girls rock.”

They also had a free booklet, “The Vegetarian Guide to Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Areas,” that had more than 350 listings and really came in handy when we were deciding where to eat.

California Tortilla


We ended up eating dinner at California Tortilla in Rockville, which from the description sounded a lot like Cali Burrito (one of my top 10 vegan-friendly restaurants in the valley). Verdict: Cali Burrito is WAY better. This place wasn’t horrible, just nothing awesome. Jen, Rob, and I got veggie burritos with guacamole. Rob’s was so big, it stood up by itself (insert obligatory “that’s what she said” joke)!

California Tortilla monster burrito


Breakfast on Sunday morning was a Sticky Fingers cinnamon bun and coffee. The coffee came in a real mug, which would’ve pleased my mom.

Sticky Fingers cinnamon bun

All day Sunday was spent marching and rallying, so we didn’t have time to eat again until a late dinner. The rally ended at about 6pm, and Jess and I were both hungry for pizza so we went back to Columbia Heights for some Pete’s Apizza. The four of us shared a soy cheese pizza with eggplant, and everyone (including the omnis) loved it!

vegan eggplant pizza


The eggplant on top was crispy, like eggplant chips. I didn’t ask, but the cheese tasted just like Teese… making me thankful that I bought some Teese at Pangea with which to make pizza, since I experienced how awesome it was. Go Pete’s!

vegan eggplant pizza



When we got back to the hotel, it was time for some gaycake (see previous post here). Now the gaycake is actually in DC! Errr… Arlington, anyway.

National Equality March gaycake


It was enjoyed by all, and Jess even had some for breakfast on Monday morning.


On Monday we checked out of the hotel and drove into DC for lunch. We found ourselves in Georgetown, where we ate at a pan-Asian restaurant called Harmony. The menu was awesome, because practically everything could be veganised by replacing the meat with faux meat. I got sweet & sour “chicken,” which was the only Chinese food I ever ate back before going vegetarian (I was never a big fan of Chinese). It was awesome!

sweet and sour chicken


We then hopped on the metro at Foggy Bottom and went back up to Colombia Heights to visit Sticky Fingers again. I got a delicious mocha cupcake.

mocha cupcake


I also got a cranberry orange scone, even though I don’t generally like cranberries. Lisa is always raving about the scones at Sticky Fingers, so I had to try one. I ate it earlier today with some Earl Grey, and it was to die for! Moral of the story: Always listen to pandas with cookies (and scones).

Sticky Fingers scone


On our way home, we decided to stop in Gettysburg, PA for dinner because we were running rather late. We stopped in a used car parking lot to decide where we would go, but when I tried starting my car again… it wouldn’t. We ended up walking down the highway a bit to Ruby Tuesday, because it was a hell of a lot better choice than McDonald’s. The waitress was really nice, and put up with all our questions even though she had only been working there for 2 weeks. We found out that the guacamole was vegan, so Jen & I shared the appetizer. It was really good, but I was tired & worried about Chloe (my car) so it didn’t even cross my mind to take a picture.

There was so much vegan food in DC that we didn’t get a chance to try it all (including quesadillas at Sticky Fingers or anything at Soul Veg), but I had such a great time & love activism so much that I have a feeling I’ll end up back again sometime! Although, maybe I’ll take a different car (in case you were wondering, Chloe eventually made it home okay… just a little later than the rest of us did).

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Where would Kanye interrupt me? When I’m making a gaycake. “Yo, I’m really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but… nahh girl, you’ve made the best vegan gaycakes of all time. Nevermind.”

It’s 2:30 in the morning and I just finished decorating my latest gaycake. I’m spending the weekend in Washington, DC with my friends because we’re going to the National Equality March on Sunday, so of course I had to make a gaycake for the occasion! (more…)

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This must be good, because I set off the smoke alarm making it. Yay broiling!

I’m in love with Katie’s tempeh wingz, but am much more likely to have tofu in the house than tempeh. So I decided to make a buffalo tofu that is very, very loosely based off the tempeh wingz recipe. I’m also striving for a buffalo tofu I had years ago at Whole Foods that was really good. In essence, what I came out with is a non-breaded buffalo tofu bite. (more…)

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