Sunday, April 30, 2006

This Weekend

We had my brother-in-law over on Saturday to celebrate the new job he starts on Monday. We had the Brooklyn Pad Thai from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I made a Tofu Praram by steaming some spinach, which served as the bed for the Faux Chicken from La Dolce Vegan! and the Perfect Peanut Sauce from The Garden of Vegan, both by Sarah Kramer. I made a green curry dish, primarily following the recipe on a jar of Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste. Of course, I did not use any fish sauce and I used a vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. I added tofu, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, zucchini, red bell pepper, and straw mushrooms. It turned out well, though next time I'm also going to add some baby corn.

When I was at Trader Joe's buying soymilk, some Thai Kitchen Thai Iced Tea caught my eye. I picked up the can and quickly scanned the ingredients, all four of them: water, pure cane sugar, whole milk powder, and black tea. Then, beneath that, I noticed it said "Gluten-free" and "Vegan." Since when is "whole milk powder" considered vegan?

For dessert, I made the Frozen Coconut "Thaiphoon" with Mango, Lime, and Peanuts from Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson. This is the first vegan ice cream I've made without using silken tofu. The flavor was/is great, but it did turn out a little icy. I'm pretty sure I'll make it again, but I may tweak the recipe, substituting silken tofu for the soymilk and arrowroot.

For Sunday's dinner, I made the Grilled Seitan with Nouveau Bernaise Sauce from The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook by Robin Robertson. For dessert, we had the Banana Walnut Bars from The Garden of Vegan, but I substituted some blueberries for the walnuts.

Just because I had some cooked lentils, part of a can of corn, and half a red bell pepper in the frig, I made Wolffie's Black Bean & Lentil Salad from La Dolce Vegan! It turned out well, and will make a good dish to take to work this week for lunch.


  1. Holy cook-a-thon! I'd like to hire you as a person chef. You must own as many, if not more, cookbooks than I do. I am a cookbook junkie. Great posts!
    By the way, who won the Next Food Network star competition?

  2. Carrie, as always, thanks for commenting on my posts.
    Yeah, I had a lot of catching up to do. I am turning into a real cookbook junkie. I've got a couple more that I want to buy, not to mention all the ones I already own that I should explore more fully.
    Guy Fieri won on The Next Food Network Star.

  3. Guy won? You called it! I did watch the video clips that were available on the website and it looked like a good show. Do you know when the next round starts?

  4. Isa's Brooklyn Pad Thai rocks.

    Sounds like you had a very prolific cook-a-thon. Yum.

  5. Urban Vegan, thanks for your comment. Yeah, I gave some leftover Pad Thai to my mom, and she later said I'd have a hard time topping that dish.