Monday, January 31, 2011

Vegan pappardelle pasta, with spinach, garlic, chili flake recipe!

Garlic, red chili, spinach fresh pappardelle pasta, garnished with cashews and mozza daiya. Super simple fresh pasta recipe, fresh light tasting pasta, but nice and comforting! I really enjoyed this dish, just threw it together on a whim, but I'll definitely make it again! YOU should totally make this for supper tonight or tomorrow!

Super simple fresh pasta recipe:

2 1/2 cups durum semolina flour
1 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 tsp sea salt
Enough water to make dough
Let dough sit for at least an hour before trying to roll out
I rolled it into sheets on the "4" setting
Then I flour both sides of the sheet really well, fold it over onto itself a few times, then cut into 1/3-1/2" width strips, then coat them in flour, and set aside till I need. I usually get the pasta cut into strips while I'm getting the sauce for the pasta ready.

Here's what you need for the sauce:

3 TBSP Evoo
1 head of garlic, cloves peeled, and minced up, saute on medium heat till garlic is starting to brown then add a large handful of thinly sliced red onions, saute till garlic is nice and brown and red onions are soft and beginning to get some color. Add 1/2 cup white wine, and 2 TBSP white Balsamic vinegar, after the wine is in the pan add between 1 tsp- 1 tbsp red chili flakes (depending on how spicy you want it). Approx 1/3 tsp vegetable bouillon cube. 1/2 tsp lemon zest, 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice. 2 TBSP nutritional yeast.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil while your waiting for the sauce to reduce.

Once liquid in pan is cooked down and the sauce no longer smells "winey" or "vinegary". Take the pan off the heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

Once the water has hit a roaring boil, slowly add pasta sheets, then stir very quickly so they don't stick.

Once the strands are floating they are done and remove from the water with a stainer or whatever you like (do not drain the water, you need it for the next step!) and dump into into the sauce and stir to evenly coat the pasta, add a little pasta water if necessary to achieve desired consistency four the sauce.

Grab several large handfuls- as much as you like of fresh baby or regular spinach (I used regular). Throw the spinach into the leftover pasta water and cook for about 1 min then strain and stir into the pasta and sauce mixture.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Thai Style Vegan "Scallop" Dish

Ack! Apparently I am not very good at keeping my resolutions :( Moving on from my failures and starting fresh this week, here is some delicious food I've made the past few days! And some pics of what I woke up to on Saturday morning!

I've been seeing lots of people using King Oyster mushrooms, for a Vegan "Scallop" I decided to give it a shot, when I finally found some at a local grocery store. I sliced them in about a 2/3 - 3/4" thickness, and the soaked them in a Sea-weedy broth, I marinated the "scallops" in the brine/broth over night. I made a simple Thai Chili-peanut sauce sauce and tossed in some julienned veggies with some Vietnamese style Noodles. I dryed off the "Scallops" then seared them in sesame oil. I thought it was pretty good, didn't taste "ocean-y" like I have heard scallops taste like. But the texture seemed to be similar to what I've heard them described as and they certainly look a lot like scallops, it is hard for me to try re-creating something I have tried. lol. I never ate scallops when I was still an Omnivore.

I made this Lasagna a few months ago, and froze it unbaked. I pulled it out the morning of a day that I knew I would be home late. It was really yummy, I used a store bought sauce that I wasn't very good, but the cheesey-ness on the top, ground homemade Italian sausages, and cultured cashew ricotta filling, more then made up for the not great sauce.

I love this type of snow, soft, fluffy and not too cold outside. Unlike today, it was -35 degrees Celsius with the wind chill, the temp here was colder then most Northern parts of Canada! At times like this I don't feel particularly proud to be a Canadian, I love the pretty white snow, but hate the bone-chilling cold.

Front porch shot, we must have gotten at least 6 inches overnight!
My cat Delilah deciding to investigate what this white fluffy stuff was. She didn't seem to hate or like it, took awhile to sink that she was cold.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

11 resolutions for 2011

Happy New Years everyone! I hope that 2011 brings forth everything your heart's desire!
I've seen quite a few people make 11 resolutions for 2011 and I thought that I would follow suit, I think sharing them with everyone makes you accountable for your resolution's and makes you work harder to follow them.
I hope everyone had a good time ringing in the New Year! I had a great time ringing in the the year at a small party with my family from the boyfriends side.

My New's Resolutions for 2011
1. Blog at least 2 times a week

2. Start my own website

 3. Post at least 2 new recipes a month

4. Create one new recipe a week - It's so easy to get into a bad habit of cycling through the same recipes over and over again

5. Eat more veggies - 7-10 servings of veggies a day - I find that even though I am a vegan, it can be hard to get 7-10 serving's of veggies a day. I find I eat too much fruit, and not enough veggies.

6. Make weekly meal plans and stick to them, so I'm not struggling to pull together an idea last minute and be missing half the ingredients 

7. Practice yoga at least 3 times a week - Ties into learning to relax and getting in better shape

8. Get into the best shape of my life

9. Improve my photography skills- I have a new camera and don't really know how to use it.

10. Make more time for myself/ learn how to relax - spend at least 5 hours a week on myself

11. Put some real work into making my cookbook idea a REALITY!