My first attempt at veganizing Madeleine Cookies.Good. But not great. I did not like the texture, so I will try again. When I find the texture I am looking for I will share the recipe.
For this attempt I used a powdered egg substitute, but I may have used too much, as the texture was airy; much lighter and more airy than I like. But the flavor was very good. Pleasingly sweet and delicately flavored with lemon. The flavor I chose was meant to be lemon poppy seed, but instead of poppy seeds, because I didn’t have any, I used chia seeds; and I have to say it was a nice switch.
So to wrap up, the flavor was good- but I felt the texture was lacking. So back to the kitchen and I will try again tomorrow. Perhaps I will try flax seed egg and see if that makes a difference. Meanwhile, the Mr. is happy to be my tester and is enjoying the surplus of cookies!
Ever notice the amazing selection of plant-based yogurts available in most grocery stores today? Did you also notice how many of them have added thickeners and sugars and “natural flavorings”? I noticed this while shopping and checking out all the brands. Even the yogurts labeled as organic have additives and flavorings and sugars or sweeteners. Am I to believe or trust, that all ingredients are truly organic? Or that the “natural flavoring” is indeed from natural sources? I’m aware I’ve grown so much more cynical of believing something just because it’s written on a label. As with all foods I use, I prefer to purchase, as far as is practical or possible, foods which are minimally processed. I thought it would be fun, and possibly healthier for me and my family, if I gave a try at making non dairy yogurt. It took a couple of trial and errors- but ultimately I am blown away with the results and now, yogurt making is a habit of food preparation in my kitchen.
Making yogurt can be so easy! For sure it’s not a quick throw together type of thing; but with the help of a bit of modern technology it really is quite effortless. There are three things you will need to pull off this bit of nutritious magic:
Instant pot cooker
A carton of soy milk, containing only soybeans and water
Wash in very hot, soapy water, 3 12 oz. mason jars and lids. Rinse well and let air dry. Grab a bowl, or pitcher that holds at least five cups of liquid, and a whisk. Pour about half to three quarters cup of the soy milk into the bowl and empty one probiotic capsule into the soy milk. Beat with the whisk until the powder from the capsule has dissolved and mixed into the soy milk. Pour the rest of the soy milk into the bowl, whisking as you pour.
Next, gather the 3, 12 oz mason jars together and pour the soy milk mixture into each of the three jars. If your bowl does not have a pouring spout, you can use a ladle to portion the mixture into the jars.
Plug in the Instant pot and put the uncovered jars filled with the soy milk mixture into the pot. Close the lid. Make sure its not on vent, and then push the yogurt button. 10 hours is a good time to set for the Instant pot to make the yogurt thick and creamy.
Next, all you have to do is go about your life and after 10 hours, you will have beautiful, unbelievable yogurt! You can use some right away- of course you’ll want to taste some- and then you can cover the jars and store them in the refrigerator.
thick and rich
steel cut oats topped with yogurt
You can be assured you have no thickeners or chemicals or unwanted sweeteners in your yogurt, and you can flavor it as you like. I love it with fruit and also on my oatmeal. If I make pancakes for breakfast, 1/4 cup of the yogurt goes into the recipe for a lovely buttermilk styled batter. I’ve also put some in smoothies and even made a type of cream cheese, by draining the water off the yogurt. Which could sound daunting at first, but it’s as simple as lining a strainer with cheese cloth and spooning the yogurt into the strainer. Place the strainer over a bowl to catch the water, and let the yogurt strain in the refrigerator for 24 hours. After all the water has strained out, put the resulting cream cheese in a covered glass bowl and store in refrigerator.
Enjoy experimenting with your foods and enjoy learning how to prepare whole foods for yourself and your loved ones that are healthy and delicious and unprocessed as possible. You will not regret the effort!
Quick shout out to the mushroom section of my everyday food! When I get a chance to purchase a variety of mushrooms, I like to roast quite a few and have them on hand, in the refrigerator to add to other dishes I may be making in the future, or even to serve as a side with a meal. There are no rules and no real recipe. Just a simple preperation process.
I always prefer to give the mushrooms a quick rinse and then wipe with a towel. I know all the information on cooking mushrooms says not to put water to them or they will absorb it and be watery. But I have found that mushrooms emit water as they are cooking and any water adhering to the mushrooms which may have been added in the cooking, will either cook off and evaporate in the pan, or will help to make a tasty sauce while they are roasting. I then trim whatever waste from the mushrooms, and tear or chop all in similar sized pieces that will cook in about the same time.
I peel a couple garlic cloves and smash them or slice them, and add them to the mushrooms. Then I may pour in a teaspoon of Tamari or Coconut Aminos. A splash of rice wine vinegar (about one teaspoon) or rice wine, and a couple green onion or scallion stalks, chopped in one inch lengths. Optional is salt, but must definitely I like to add cracked black pepper.Add anything you may like to use to flavor the mushrooms, but I always feel, simplest is best. Mix everything well together and pour onto a flat roasting pan.
Roast mushrooms in 375 F oven for approx 25 min. More, if you want them well done and would prefer some browning. But I try not to brown too much as I want to keep the integrity of the original mushroom, and don’t want to cook all the nutrients out of them.
Enjoy some hot from the oven! Then refrigerate them and use them on salads or any other dish you may be creating. I believe Mushrooms are a good food to add to your diet, and even a small amount each day, can be beneficial and add interest.
Enjoy! One last suggestion; you can roast a pan of all one type mushroom, maybe you have an absolute favorite! Any mushrooms you like would be what you should use!
Thank you for coming by my Good Food Kitchen, and remember to eat whole foods, eat good foods and eat like it matters. Your health may depend on it!
Rushing around doing errands one morning, I realized I hadn’t made time for breakfast and I hadn’t even had my first cup of coffee. I had haphazardly planned to stop for a leisurely cup of coffee at the opposite side of town, but I had forgotten my plan after I finished my errands in that area. I was downtown Dover when I was reminded by my complaining stomach how hungry I was, When I saw a restaurant sign of a place I had always thought about stopping at but never seemed to have the time to explore.
It was a restaurant called Roots Juice Bar, a vegan restaurant offering fresh juices and smoothies, house brewed kombucha, assorted coffees and teas, breakfast, lunch and nibbles. All offerings were vegan. So I decided right then, this would be a good place to take a moment and catch my breath before continuing on with my busy day.
I parked on the street, finding a parking spot only half a block away. When I opened the door and walked inside, I was greeted by a cozy looking and pristinely clean restaurant with a few tables and a nice comfy decor. The cashier/ordering counter looked inviting and friendly, as was the pleasant looking associate waiting to take my order.The time was 2pm and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get breakfast; but she assured me they provide breakfast menu items anytime during the day. The restaurant hours are 8am to 4pm, monday through saturday. The kitchen area and food prep area were in full view, directly behind the cashier counter.
I ordered a Breakfast Bowl, which was made with quinoa, strawberry, raspberry, cranberries, almond butter, cashew cream, fresh mint and chia seeds, priced at $8.00 a bowl. I ordered a cup of organic coffee with coconut whip, for $3.00. I could see them preparing my order, and it came out and was served to me within a reasonable amount of time. Everyone was friendly and accommodating.
The breakfast bowl was delicious and refreshing, and exactly what I needed on that day. The quinoa was warmed and the berries over the top were cold, and the juxtaposition of the two temperatures was very pleasant. The different textures of quinoa and berries, rounded together with the creamy almond butter and then a pop of flavor as the mint asserted its herbaceous zing, was also very, very pleasant. Very definitely, I found this to be a flavorful surprise.
When my coffee was delivered to me, I was once again, pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a solo cup of coffee, which might have been sitting in a coffee urn for longer than I might imagine, but lo and behold, the server bought out a french press. She had poured me a cup of the fresh, hot coffee and added the coconut whip. Left in the french press, was enough coffee to pour another generous half cup, at least. I was very pleased. The coffee was fresh, hot and delicious.
I was glad I stopped in and broke up my day to finally try a place, I had often seen but hadn’t yet found the time to explore. I will definitely go back and I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone in the area, who is looking for a friendly and healthful place to enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack, give Roots Juice Bar a try!
Thank you for visiting me today, at Vegan Mami’s good food kitchen. Remember to feed yourself and your loved ones good whole foods that are tasty and attractive. And remember to take the time to treat yourself, and give yourself some rejuvenating time, so you can share more of yourself with those that matter to you the most!
Welcome to Vegan Mamis Good Food Kitchen! Thank you for stopping by, today. I want to share with you a new item I found while shopping in my local Asian grocery store. It’s called Dried White Fungus. This is how I saw it in the store, on a shelf, nestled in its festive box:
It looked like a gift, and I was intrigued. I could tell it was delicate because the package had been designed to guard the delicate little fungi from being crushed. I was drawn to it and decided it would be my next adventure into the culinary unknown.
Later, when I returned home and was able to do my research, I found snow fungus goes by many names such as: snow fungus, white fungus, silver ear, white jelly mushroom and white wood ear. It’s latin name is Tremella Fuciformis, and it is a mycoparasite which means it isn’t cultivated on wood like oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and other mushrooms, but it feeds on the mushrooms that are cultivated on wood. (You can learn more about the mushroom world by going to TomVolkFungi.net).
The snow fungus has been used in chinese medicine for centuries and is credited as a beauty enhancer and digestive aid and possibly improving lung immune function. Now I am not a doctor, and I know nothing of these claims, but if you would like to see more information on this type of thing, you can find it at Ping Ming Health- Accupuncture andTraditional Chinese Medicine http://www.pingminghealth.com/article/773/white-fungus-and-lung-immune-function
More benefit information is found at http://www.herbmuseum.ca/content/medicinal-benefits-snow-fungus
But I am learning about this snow fungus because it heightened my curiosity, and I’m always happy to try new foods and discover how I can use them. To begin, I had to reconstitute the dried fungus in water, which involved soaking the yellowish fungus in water for about 2 hours. It grew into a good sized ball and turned a beautiful white color with a soft and yet firm consistency. Before I could cook the snow fungus I turned it over and trimmed off the hard yellowed bits that looked to be part of a stem.
I read quite a few recipes from the internet and they were all a bit different, but the simplest recipe was to boil the fungus with jujubes (which are chinese red dates) and a handful of goji berries, for approximately one hour , or until you feel it is done. This procedure is meant to create a bowl of soup served warm or cold that enhances beauty; and really, who could turn that down? When cooked, the fungus had a crunchy texture that was at the same time, soft and gelatinous. Cooking it made the water thicker and slippery, as though I had mixed an arrowroot slurry into the soup pot. The fungus had no taste. The interest about it was in the texture. I had noticed some recipes called for adding sugar, other recipes added fruits to cook with the fungus, such as peaches or apples to add flavor.
This was not a culinary treasure in the taste department, at least not these recipes, but if one was interested in the purported benefits of the snow fungus, than its not a bad way to get it down. I tried the soup hot and cold, and the texture of the soup hot, was interesting but when I tried it cold, the next day, it was hard to eat until I became used to the extra silky body of the broth and the gelatinous and crunchy texture of the fungus.
I was determined to try another recipe, to see if I could make it more enjoyable. This time I made it as part of a stew. In a large pot, I put the snow fungus, torn into pieces, tofu, zucchini, onions, leafy greens, carrots, sweet potato noodles, a couple large spoonfuls kimchi and one green chile pepper. Then I filled the pot with vegetable stock to cover the veggies, and added a spoonful of gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste). Bought everything to boil, and turned to low, covered with a lid and let it simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.
The flavor of the stew was good, and the snow fungus added its magic as it thickened the stew, ever so slightly, giving the stew juices a silky feel. The snow fungus stubbornly retained it’s soft chewy- yet crunchy texture. Although it added no taste, it added an interesting texture to the stew, and was not in the least disagreeable. So this recipe was a yes, and I could see myself making it again.
I have other recipe ideas to try with this beautiful little gem, but I will leave that for another time. I am sure I have not even begun to tap the possibilities. Thank you for visiting with me today, and remember to keep an open mind and try new things, and always
feed yourself and your loved ones good foods, real foods, and foods that are as unprocessed as possible.
Welcome to Mami’s Good Food Kitchen! I will jump right into sharing this recipe in the spirit it was created. When I woke up this morning, I knew what I needed to do. It would be simple and quick with a minimum of fuss but a maximum of flavor. No added oils or sugars and no dairy products. Not a sweet recipe, but a savory recipe; suitable for breakfast or snack, or really any meal at all.
So, here it is!
Potato and White Bean Cake
Preheat oven to 425 F
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes soaked in 1/2 cup hot water
10 oz. cooked potato (1 medium and 1 small)
3/4 cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed (canned is fine)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small onion, minced
2 Tbsp dried parsley
1 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
sprinkle of cayenne pepper (to add just a spark of heat)
3 Tbsp of the sundried tomato soaking water
ground black pepper, to taste
salt to taste (if you cook no salt, then omit the salt)
panko crumbs or bread crumbs
Use cooked potatoes. If you have none on hand and want to cook them quickly, use the microwave and put them on the potato setting. If you don’t use a microwave, cut potatoes small and boil or steam until soft, while getting the rest of the ingredients together.
Then put 1/4 cup, no oil, sun dried tomatoes in a small bowl and pour 1/2 cup hot water over them to rehydrate. Let soak while you collect rest of ingredients.
In medium sized bowl, put 3/4 cup drained, white beans and mash gently with a fork, leaving most in their whole bean shape. Add to this the crushed garlic, minced onion, dried parsley, nutritional yeast, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper and salt, if you are using salt.
Drain sundried tomatoes, saving the liquid, and mince, or chop fine the reconstituted tomato, and add to the bowl. When the potatoes have cooled off enough to handle, mash them lightly and add the potatoes to the bowl. I left the skins on, to add extra fiber to the cakes.
Now mix all ingredients using your hands or a bean masher. A potato masher would work, too, but don’t mash too much, you still want texture, in your potato cake. Add the three tablespoons of the (saved) sundried tomato water and mix into potato bean mixture. You will be able to form mixture into patties. Make 5 or 6 patties, depending on the size you would like.
Once formed, you can pat panko bread crumbs on each side of the patty, and place on parchment paper sheet or silpat liner. I place this on top of my pizza stone which has been heating up with the oven. I find this helps me to crisp up the cakes and gives them a pleasing texture.
Bake them in the oven, 425F for 15 minutes, turn them over and bake another 10 to 15 minutes, keeping watch not to burn, but cooking until golden brown and crispy.
These cakes could be pan fried if you wanted to use a non stick pan.
Use whatever condiment you enjoy and you will be rewarded with a tasty and satisfying base for any meal. I enjoyed them at breakfast with catsup and white kimchi, but I could easily see them being enjoyed covered with a tomato sauce and served with a salad, or as a snack with a no-cheese sauce for dipping!
Remember to feed yourself and your loved ones good food, as unprocessed as possible. Eat like it matters; because it really does!
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Thanksgiving is coming up and I’m sure you’ve seen all the advertisements suggesting you order your turkey early, or the advertisements telling you of the best places to go to get the best prices on your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Or maybe you’ve endured the countless requests to donate turkeys, or money for turkeys for people who are having trouble making ends meet or even putting food on the table. All presented with the unspoken and underlying belief that Thanksgiving is all about the Turkey. And it has been all about the turkey, since the first pilgrims celebrated the Harvest Festival in 1621. Or should I say, it has become all about the Turkey. People stress themselves out looking for the perfect turkey to cook in their oven in the most perfect way. Buying such a huge bird that it could easily feed many more than actually expected for dinner. I know, I know, it’s about the leftovers.
Maybe its because I’ve always been such a rebel. Always fighting against tradition or always fighting against what I’m expected or supposed to do. Or maybe its because I think outside of the box, but in anycase, I’m going to share with you what is important for me on Thanksgiving and why I say,”forget the turkey- It’s still Thanksgiving!”
Let the turkey live! I choose not to eat animals because I believe the animal protein is harder for my body to digest, and I believe as long as there are other means to get our protein, we shouldn’t be needing to kill animals to be healthy and fed. So, what does Thanksgiving mean to me? It is a festival or celebration about life and the abundance in our lives. A time to come together with others with love and gratefulness. It’s about being kind and counting our many blessings. A time for examining the past year and remembering and cherishing memories made this year and in years past. And Thanksgiving is about sharing. Sharing with those in need and sharing with those we love. Sharing things we are all grateful for, and for sharing a meal that nourishes our souls and bodies and celebrates our abundance.
For my centerpiece this year, I will have a roasted pumpkin filled with stuffing. Slow roasted and toasty with the crunchy part of the stuffing some people love to munch on and the soft stuffing which has cooked into a savory soft bread pudding texture inside of the pumpkin. The bonus is the pumpkin flesh that becomes soft and melty and compliments the stuffing and the flavor of the Bell’s Stuffing Seasoning.
Baby Onions and Pumpkin
Mise en place
To begin, I prepare my ingredients.
1 carrot, chopped fine
3 baby onions, white and green parts, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins (or black raisins, or cranberries)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Now it’s time to cut open and clean out that pumpkin! You can do it!
3 cups of dried cubed stuffing (could make your own if you don’t want packaged)
and for the stock:
2 1/2 Tbsp no-chicken stock powder
2 Tbsp Earth Balance (can be omitted if following a no fat diet)
2 cups water
Next step is to water saute the onions, carrots and celery. When they have softened, you can add in the seasonings (Bell’s Seasoning, thyme, garlic powder and white pepper). While you are sauteing the veggies, put 2 cups water into small saucepan and place on stove. Turn to high and heat water, when it reaches a boil, whisk in the non-chicken stock powder, and the Earth Balance, if you are using it.
The next step is to add the bread crumbs to the saute pan with the veggies and seasoning. Stir until all is combined. Then take the saucepan holding the stock mixture and pour about 3/4 of stock mixture into bread cube mixture. Mix all together and add more stock if you like your stuffing moister.
And finally, you can spoon the stuffing into the emptied pumpkin, filling it all the way, and even mounding it, to ensure the crunchy bits that will form on the top. Also wrap the lid in aluminum foil, so it doesn’t burn while the rest of the pumpkin is baking. Any leftover stuffing you can spoon into a loaf pan (I used a glass one here), and bake it with the pumpkin, spreading it thin if you like it crunchy, or putting it in a smaller ovenproof container if you want it softer.
Bake in a preheated oven, 375 degrees fahrenheit, for approximately 50 to 60 minutes. Keep checking in the oven when you reach 50 minutes, the pumpkin will tell you when it’s done, it will be soft when poked with a fork, and the stuffing should look crunchy and browned, but not too dark…
Maybe mine came out a little too brown. I’ll remember, next time.
But it was good. Very good. I served it with mashed potatoes and gravy, and a big, green salad. I could imagine for Thanksgiving dinner, I would add more of the usual fixings, like green beans, or broccoli or cranberry sauce…you can add whatever else you would like on your menu.
Another change one could make, would be to change the squash out. The Pumpkin was good, but Buttercup Squash or Red Kuri Squash, or Kabocha, which are all squashes in the Hubbard Squash family, would also work very well in this recipe for taste and for appearance. They are also pretty winter squashes and their taste is deeper and sweeter, with a silky texture. I always like to say, recipes are not rules, but merely guidelines and you should make things the way you know you will like them.
Thank you for visiting me today, at Vegan Mamis Good Food Kitchen. I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe and our talk about what Thanksgiving means to me. Let me know what you are Thankful for this year, and how you will celebrate this beautiful holiday. Take care and remember to feed yourself and your loved ones real food, good food, made with love, to keep everyone healthy and fed!
Today for lunch, we had a simple and filling meal. Chickpea frittata filled with caramelized onions and potatoes, served with hot sauce, and steamed broccoli. It was reminiscent of before we became plant-based, and I would make us my version of Italian Frittata, or Spanish Tortilla, made rich and delicious with eggs and cheese.
I had heard of using Besan, or Chickpea flour as an egg substitute and although I didn’t expect it to taste just like eggs or have the same texture, I thought it would be at best, an interesting experiment.
Besan, ground chickpeas made into flour, is commonly used in Asian countries such as India and Pakistan. It is a good source of Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium. Because I believe in the whole-plant foods philosophy of eating, I would normally eat the chickpeas in there unground, whole form. But once in a while, you’ve got to answer that basic instinct that says “hey, I’d like some comfort food here, today!” And the rain was beating down on the roof, and the weather felt cold and showed no promise of letting up, so I thought today would be the perfect day to give this a try.
I began by peeling and slicing one large yellow onion and two medium-sized potatoes. The onions were sauteed in water, to which I added a splash of white wine vinegar. I let them cook slowly in a non-stick pan while I boiled the potatoes in a separate pot, stirring the onions occasionally to make sure they didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After they were cooked, I set them aside as I got the batter ready.
Next I measured out one cup chickpea flour and poured it into a medium-sized bowl. In this bowl I also added:
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp Black Salt
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
The black salt is used to flavor the batter as an egg, due to its eggy aroma. So, if you don’t have black salt, or don’t want to use salt, simply don’t put it in. Same with the pepper. If you prefer black pepper, or don’t want to use it, it’s optional. Put together the ingredients however it pleases you. Add 1 cup cold water, and whisk ingredients until well combined and there are no lumps. Set batter aside.
Heat a nonstick skillet. If you are cooking low or no fat, Just be warned that the frittata may stick a bit, but if you are skeptical of your pan, I would just put a dime-sized drizzle of whatever oil you like to use and spread it around the entire pan with a spatula. I was afraid at first the whole thing would stick in the pan, and I tried to turn the frittata too soon and it did look like it was going to stick in the skillet. I let it cook longer, and when I did invert it onto the cutting board, it hesitated for just a second or two until gravity coaxed it to let go of the skillet.
So, once heated, arrange the cooked potatoes in the pan first. Then layer the cooked onions on top of the potatoes. Than take your bowl of batter and pour that over the entire contents of the skillet. It may look to you that you should have more batter to cover the potatoes and onions generously, but I just barely had enough, and after it was done cooking, I realized it was the perfect amount of batter to hold everything together.
Cover the skillet with a lid, and let it cook slowly, on medium low for 12 to 15 minutes. Now comes the hardest part of all (and I didn’t get a picture because I don’t have enough arms to hold my camera and flip the tortilla). Uncover the skillet and remove from the burner. Take a wooden cutting board and place on top of the skillet. The board has to be big enough to hold the frittata. Using pot holders or kitchen towels, pick up the skillet by the handle with one hand, the other hand you will have on top of the cutting board. Flip quickly, so that you end up with the skillet on top and the cutting board on the bottom. Place the cutting board on the counter top right next to you. If you didn’t hear the thump of the frittata releasing, gently knock on the bottom of the skillet. You may need to knock a few times but you should hear it release onto the board.
Gently slide the frittata back into the skillet, and continue to cook on low, another 10 minutes, uncovered.
When 10 minutes are up, turn off the stove and put cutting board on top of skillet, again. Using the same technique as you used for the first flip over, flip the frittata onto the cutting board, but this time, take skillet away as soon as frittata is on the cutting board, cut as desired, either in squares or wedges, and serve.
I served our frittata with steamed broccoli and hot sauce. It was very tasty and satisfying. It was comforting and although it wouldn’t fool anyone into thinking they were eating eggs and cheese, the frittata was very flavorful and nutritious and definitely something I would cook again. My husband also liked it, and was pleasantly surprised with the familiarity of it.
Thank you for visiting me at Vegan Mami’s Good Food Kitchen, where I like to serve food that nurtures the body and brings love to your heart. Take good care of yourself and your loved ones, remember to eat real foods in their whole forms, as often as possible. Your health depends on it!