Saturday, May 27, 2006

Chock full of food porn goodness!

This looks to be a favorite summer dish - simple garlicky pasta saute with fresh baby spinach, sliced zucchini, halved grape tomatoes and strawberries. I added a bit of red wine vinegar to the leftovers for instant pasta salad - gorgeous & delicious.The majority of photos in this post revolve around Kittee's Oven-Fried Tofu recipe, which I also used to bread chicken style seitan. The recipe is available here.
I marinaded my tofu in light mixture of bragg's and a very, very small amount of agave nectar. I'm not fond of
how toasted sesame oil tastes in a marinade so I left it out. The spices I used were garlic powder, paprika, sea salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, spike and a dash of emeril's seasoning mix. On one batch I used 'normal' sesame seeds and on my second I used black. I highly recommend this recipe! On a sandwich was my favorite way to eat the tofu, and the nuggets are great with ketchup alone. This is a great one to make on Sundays and use throughout the week.

Whole wheat bread, toasted, with oven fried tofu, tomato, cremini mushrooms, field greens, Vegenaise and some ranch dressing. The mushrooms were sauteed in earth balance...


'Muffins that taste like Donuts' from Vegan Vittles. I don't own the book I've simply been interested in making this recipe so I googled it. I found it here and I'm assuming it's the correct version, let me know if it's not~ I liked them alright, but they weren't my type of muffin goodness. I'm not crazy about applesauce infused baked goods, which these have, so maybe that's it.
Oven fried tofu.
Oven fried homemade chicken seitan nuggets and baby carrots with ranch dressing.
Oven fried tofu dinner with french fries, ketchup and garlic roasted asparagus.

The following is granola in progress! I'm helping Catherine with some recipe testing for her first cookbook, and this is Honey - Almond Granola - my first time making granola, very easy.
Before & After baking.

Served with soymilk for this morning's breakfast! I must say, I really enjoy almonds in my granola and I'm looking forward to testing more~

Long post, eh? Seitan making from Vegan with a Vengeance: I used vegetarian chicken broth powder to make this.
Salad with ranch dressing.

Whole wheat ziti with chickpeas, roasted red peppers, asparagus, spinach and nutritional yeast.

28 comments:

Vicki said...

holy moly, there's a whole lota cookin' going on here! all looks amazing, but your pasta salad is really talking to me - the bow ties.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Hi Vicki - Awesome, give the pasta a try! It's a great way to use up the strawberries you don't simply want to eat (because maybe you've had them a few too many days and they're less than beautiful).

Jody from VegChic said...

I was thinking the same. You got a lot more cooking done this weekend than I did.

I got a ton of gardening done and also tried two new recipes.

That tofu recipe and the pasta salad look great. I'll try the tofu soon. The pasta salad will wait until my strawberries are done. Lots of little yellow berries on the plants, so hopefully soon!

vegancore said...

That tofu looks awesome! I'm going to add that to my list of ways to try tofu before I write it off completely. :) And even if the muffins didn't wow you, they still look adorable!

Johanna3 said...

om my tons and tons of yummy food there.. looks very good, and thanks for share the recipes too!

Harmonia said...

So what is the recipe for the ranch dressing?

These photo's are great as usual. What setting do you have on your camera to get the close up so clear?

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Jody - I ended up with a lot of free time this weekend and it was fairly cool/rainy out, so I made the most out of it. I'm also going on vacation soon and will probably be in cooking withdrawal, so I'm trying to get ahead I guess.
Definitely try the tofu, it's so easy and good.

vegancore - If not tofu, I could see this working on tempeh as well ; )

johanna - thank you!

Harmonia - I posted the recipe for the ranch here: http://letsgetsconed.blogspot.com/2006/04/midweek-munchies-etc.html It's from the Native Foods cookbook. I believe the setting on my camera is the "macro", but I'm really not a very technologically knowledgeable person when it comes to cameras, though.

pornstudent said...

Why do you call it "food porn"?

It all looks delicious.

Mindy T. said...

Yes, long post, but so inspiring! You've been on a roll, girl. Thanks for the beautiful pictorial "travelogue" of your kitchen adventures... and thanks for visiting me!

http://mindycooks.blogspot.com

Webly said...

MMM STRAWBERRIES!
Too bad you didn't like the muffins. They were a lot like coffee cake and oh so yummy. I haven't made them in a really long time though.

EatPeacePlease said...

The first salad is my favorite of the photos. Oh, the granola is probably tied with that! Everything looks great and I can't believe it was your first granola experience with almonds! Great long post!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

pornstudent - Why, it's gorgeous food photos of course~

Webly - I'm thrilled about fresh berry season and my csa share! I did like the muffins, I just didn't <3 them. You know how it is.

Mindy- thanks! I do like doing long posts. I don't think of my blog as short tips on veg food, more as peeks into my variety of meals, so I throw a whole bunch of stuff at the blog world..hmm : )

Leslie - I've had almonds in granola before, I'm just exclaiming my delight~ The pasta was lovely, sweet tomatoes and strawberries - yum.

Megan the Vegan said...

The salad picture is so pretty. I've never had tomatoes and strawberries together. Seems odd, but I bet it works with the spinach and pasta.

KleoPatra said...

JESS! You've outdone yourself --- again!! The tofu recipe you used and linked to looks fab.

The photos are pornographic, and I love it!

"Mor pix pls!"

:o)

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I'm not trying to be dirty, it's honestly called 'food porn' on livejournal and the ppk forums : )

amygeekgrl said...

oh my god that's a lot of food porn for one post! it all looks absolutely fabulous, as always. :)
i'm very curious about the pasta salad, especially the strawberries part. does it all taste good together?

KaiVegan said...

Too much awesomeness in one post.

I like the vibrant colors of the 1st photo.

How do you like VwaV's seitan. I've been meaning to use that.

I also made granola with almonds this weekend, only I used maple syrup and agave nectar instead of honey.

Great post once again.

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

the seitan look totally punk rock!!
~mc seitan

k said...

i think for foodies like us the pictures give us the same (ok, no, not quite same) reaction as porn does for some people. we get very excited about food. and it's a funny name for it.

Harmonia said...

My MwM are up!

:)

Amy said...

Yummy to all of it.
Especially the tofu.
I sooo should not be checking blogs when I'm hungry. lol

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

AmyGeek - *I* really liked the strawberry/tomato/garlic/spinach combo, and I'd seen similar pasta salad recipes - I simply like it warm : )

Kai - The VWAV seitan is splendid & really easy to make - I like mine with a light 'chicken' (aka salty) flavor.

Virginie said...

It's a nice idea to add strawberries in a salted salad. Wonderful pages in your blog : as usual, it gives me the impression to come in a restaurant !

Amanda (from the PPK boards) said...

Hey, just wanted to say that your seitan looks so perfect! I think mine has never looked quite that good!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Virginie & Amanda - Thank you!!

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