Thursday, December 18, 2008

Another reason to love/hate Portland, OR....

I don't mean to jump the gun, but in a week or so, Portlanders will be able to buy containers of freshly simmered, locally made seitan at Food Fight!  It's called Cast Iron Seitan and the makers are Homeskillet LLC - who just happen to be Isa Chandra Moskowtiz and her awesome husband Justin, who's really doing all the work.  
I was happy to be given a sample and used half of it for yesterday's lunch.

Peanut Noodle Bowl

To keep things appropriately charming and tasty, I decided to grill the seitan over peanut noodles ala Vegan with a Vengeance for yesterdays's pleasantly made-at-home lunch on a leave-early-from-work snow day (and then it stopped snowing, holla).  

Naturally I changed the recipe a bit - I grilled the seitan and red bell pepper instead of sauteeing, omitted the onions, added raw julienned carrot with the cucumber and as for the sauce, I used locally made Thai and True yellow curry paste and a squeeze of fresh lime in place of dried coriander (ew).

I have never gotten my seitan as perfectly textured via simmering, and this stuff is darn wholesome and convenient, and made with something resembling love.

Huxley's a fan.

Maeve from Strawberryrock stopped by and had herself a bowl and a couple cookies.  I rarely cook meals for others these days so there was a little bit of casual excitement.


Mocha Mamas.  
Another test recipe for Terry and Isa's Upcoming Vegan Cookie Book.  


22 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Delicious food, as always.

Love the new self-photo on the side of your blog!!

Virginia said...

i hate portland! *smile*

shelby said...

Amazing food!!!

aredcardigan said...

Guuurl...with the food you just made...Mr Pierce would tell you to 'Do it all over again' cause one serving isn't quite enough!

LOVES that you hate coriander too! Finally someone normal..lol

Melody Polakow said...

How cool that Isa is making that seitan!

Your kitty is seriously too cute.

aTxVegn said...

Yes, I hate that Portland and all that great vegan food is so far from me. The noodle bowl and cookies look incredible!

Erica said...

You don't like coriander either?!? Girl!

Erica said...

I meant, either, in addition to cilantro. Yeah.

Brittanarrr said...

That looks like really quality seitan. Yum!

K.E.N. said...

jess, i'm really not sure why i don't casually stop by your place more often...it's sad...

Urban Vegan said...

We can get homemade containers of Ray's seitan here in Philly...

na, na, na, nah, na ;)

allularpunk said...

you guys are SO LUCKY. however, i kind of like making my own seitan (steaming it is the way i go) so i'm not too put out, haha... your meal and those cookies look wonderful though! yum!

Jen said...

yeah, yeah, yeah--it's SO awesome to live in portland....

i'm totally jealous.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

What a beautiful bowl of food! Those grilled red peppers look perfect.

Bianca said...

Another reason to be jealous of you...I can't even count how many there are now. I've really just got to move there.

And I know what you mean about seitan texture when simmering. Mine's never as pretty as the stuff in your photo.

Laurel from Simple Spoonful said...

Wow. Looks great. I love peanuts. :)

DJ said...

The mocha mommas look awesome and I love the idea of cast iron seitan - you lucky ducky!!

Mihl said...

I wish I lived in Portland! I love grilled seitan and bell peppers. So yum!

Zoey said...

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I gave you a blog award! You can check out the details on my blog.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Bring me that seitaaaaaan! Want want want.

Almost Vegetarian said...

Ah, good to know.

I'll be in Portland shortly, so I'm going to take a minute to scour your blog for good places to eat (other than Voodoo Doughnuts!). Heaven knows, that's always the most important part of any trip.

Here's hoping the snow will be gone.

Cheers!

savvy wife said...

You are so lucky to be in Portland! If only my Whole Foods carried Cast Iron skillet...but being in Texas, I am lucky to even buy regular tofu without getting chased out of town with pitchforks!