Friday, April 20, 2007

Loving the new grill pan & simple roasted cauliflower recipe

Yeah, I'm adoring the new grill pan. I'm learning to adjust my heat (you can see below it's a wee bit charred) and when to flip, which has been a tasty process. Last night I had cauliflower I've been meaning to eat from the farmer's market, so I decided to quickly roast it and have it accompany my dear grilled tofu and some steamed kale.
Before grilling, the tofu was quickly marinaded in lemon juice, balsamic vinaigrette, shoyu and Italian herbs. A bruschetta-style mixture (tomato, garlic, sea salt, fresh basil) is on top.

Roasted Garlic Noochy Cauliflower
I took one small head of cauliflower, separated it into florets, tossed with
about 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a baking pan, sprinkled with 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, freshly ground pepper and 2 cloves of sliced garlic at 400F for 15 minutes,
stirring a couple times.
I then sprinkled it with 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast and baked another 5-7 minutes. Sometimes I add oregano or other dried herbs to this at the beginning. I look forward to making this side dish quite a few times before it gets to hot to use the oven (rationally).
It's also really great served with fettuccine alfreda. I know people have a love or hate thing with nutritional yeast and alfreda, and yeah, I'm a love.

I've noticed two people making the lower fat version of the New Farm Macaroni & Cheese in internet-land lately, and got me wanting it. Not only that, but lolo made the full fat version and posted in on the ppk, and oo la la, man. This one is breadcrumb-less, with some chipotle yumm spread and broccoli added. Awesome.

Again, the grill pan <3. class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_13">portabella and thinly sliced tofu in a similar marinade as the first dish, and grilled it on top of more kale, quinoa and roasted chickpeas. On the side are two slices of organic tomatoes. These were actually US-grown, and red! but still, little true tomato taste. Patience!

Simple wok bar stir fry from New Seasons - with organic veggies, tofu, kung pao sauce and a ton of peanuts..
Another variation of the Veganomican chocolate chocolate chip cookies - these ones had macadamia nuts and coffee liquour, coconut crescents and cashew-macadamia nut raisin cookies - based on the soy not oi peanut butter cookie recipe.


So, whatcha been eating? I had my leftover cauliflower and grilled fu for lunch, but don't know what's for dinner... So glad for the return of the farmer's market though! Last weekend I bought basil, cauliflower, kale, mixed greens, creminis and garlic. Oh yes, two new pairs of glasses - I'm wearing them again for the first time in 3 years, woo, as you can see in my fake serious/sad photo above.
I'll say it again, those voting in blogger's choice awards for vegan blogs rule! <3<3<3 style="font-style: italic;">A Plea - would you recommend some veg*n international food blogs to me? Thank you! You'll see why in the future.

And..why....Happy Birthday to my dear friend Michelle! <3

Happy Weekend to all! (I'm sorry to those working)

24 comments:

emily said...

that roasted cauliflower looks great!

Briggitte said...

Everybody is making that new farm macaroni im afraid to try it the last time I tried to make a fake mac and cheese I about threw up from how bad it tasted haha.

shaun.marie said...

whoa! first of all - i did a google search for 'fubonn' and came up with your blog. awesome! i have to check that place out. it's great to find another vegan food-loving soul in portland (well there are loads, but one who bothers to blog about it). if you ever want to hang out and cook, please don't hesitate. i'm down.
second of all - i just moved here from the davis square area about a month ago! diesel was one of my haunts. crazy.
i hope you don't mind if i add you as a link on my page so i remember to check back!

KleoPatra said...

Loving the cauliflower!

Congrat's on that grill pan; it's sure found a good home in you, Jess...

i'm a fan of nutritional yeast fo'sho'...

And mmmmmmmm... portabella and tofu in a marinade... that's my kinda meal there. Good stuff!

i'm workin' but got to visit yer blog while at work, so it was sort of a mini foodie vacation for me...

THANX for the "pr0n."

Emily said...

Ooh, I'm on a nutritional yeast kick and that cauliflower is just what I need to steer myself away from the carby side of things.

Okra Mary said...

I"m going to the farm market right now and I hope they have cauliflower...your post gave me a craving.

scottishvegan said...

I just realised when reading your post what nooch is! I thought it was some fancy herb or spice that I had never heard of and kept meaning to look in to it! Doh! I am a little slow sometimes!! Anyway all your food looks yum, especially the “noochy” cauliflower :) and the stir fry with the peanuts… And I like your glasses…very groovy!

Village Vegan said...

Yum yum. Everything looks great, as usual. You're making me wish I had a grill pan-- it looks like so much fun.

This is a very tasty vegan blog from Turkey: http://veggieway.blogspot.com/ I know lots of international vegetarian blogs, but I'm assuming you're not interested in those?

aTxVegn said...

All your grilled tofu and cauliflower dishes look very tasty!

Try ivu.org for international recipe ideas.

I guess the mac'n cheez is good enough to eat once a week!

Evangeline said...

Awesome blog! So glad I found it!

Kate said...

Yum..Cookies, and vegan mac and cheese would hit the stop right about now. I have never tried to make vegan macaroni and cheese before, I think I am inspired.

Johanna3 said...

everything looks perfect! the phots are really good!

i was at the punk site and i dont see any info about the new book , is there any info?

Urban Vegan said...

Your blog always makes me dribble. Excuse me.

michelle said...

oh my, i need to use up that cauliflower, too!

and thanks for the wishes! you are a very rad friend, jess, and i am lucky!!!

Vegyogini said...

I brought home a gorgeous head of orange cauliflower from the farmers' market this morning and I used your recipe to roast it for dinner! Thanks for the inspiration, as always. :-)

~vegyogini

Kris said...

You are killing me with the Veganomicon pics, especially cookies! Ug!

Ooh, I need to get a grill pan. I've been eyeing them for some time now.

My favorite way to eat roasted cauliflower is with tahini. I'm hooked because of this cauliflower appetizer at Ya Hala.

Vincent Guihan said...

Great photos. I especially like roasted/grilled cauliflower. Love the glasses, though!

erica said...

I was eating raw tacos all weekend; red cabbage taco shell, taco meat (ground raw walnuts with cumin and chili powder), mashed avocado and raw salsa. OMG yum. I think this taco meat everyone should use, as there's no MSG in it like there is in evil TVP.

erica said...

Oh yeah the tempeh taco meat is good. Forgot about that one :P

Marega said...

I must make some of that mac and cheese now that I have gotten over being scared from having to drink nutritional yeast mixed with water as a child!

Cherie said...

I tried the soy not oi cookies a few weeks ago (with modifications) and they were so good!

I have a grill pan, too, but I think it burnt my stovetop! Oh, well. Not much I can do about it. I love the marks and the smell and the taste that it makes, so much different from just sauteeing.

Michelle said...

aw man, i need to get myself a grill pan!

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