Monday, May 7, 2012

Vegan Pad Thai

Yummy and Easy!

My recipe was based on this recipe at Chef Chloe

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tb oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced (any variety)
  • 2 cups slice mushrooms
  • 2 carrots, cut into sticks
  • 3 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 8 oz rice noodles
  • 4 Tb brown sugar
  • 3 Tb fresh lime juice plus extra wedges for serving
  • 4 Tb soy sauce
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • chopped, roasted peanuts
Heat oil in a large skillet (enough to hold veggies and noodles) and saute onion til softened. Add mushrooms, carrots and broccoli, scallions and garlic and saute til tender. Mix brown sugar, lime juice and soy sauce in a small bowl. Heat salted water in a large pot. When boiling add rice noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain noodles and add to veggies in skillet along with sauce mixture. Toss until everything is coated with the sauce. Serve with a sprinkle of lime juice, peanuts and cilantro on top.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scrambled Tofu

I LOVE scrambled tofu. It is easy to make, delicious and good for you. You can mix it up with whatever veggies you have on hand. I made mine today with red onions and cremini mushrooms.

My recipe was inspired by this recipe at Vegan Dad

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tb oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (any variety) - optional
  • other veggies (mushrooms, spinach, carrots etc) - optional
  • 1 pkg firm tofu (14-16 oz)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional if you are adding chopped onion)
  • 1 Tb dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste, preferable freshly ground
  • 1-2 Tb nutritional yeast
Place the tofu on a plate and place another plate on top. Put some cans on top of the top plate to add weight. This will help press out excess water from the tofu. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute til softened. Add other veggies and saute til cooked. Drain the tofu and crumble it with your fingers into the skillet. Add the the rest of the ingredients and saute for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat until the mixture is fragrant and most of the water has evaporated from the tofu. This reheats beautifully and is also a good wrap, pita or sandwich filler.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chocolate Cake

Another painting inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. Sending this one to the 6x6x2012 art exhibition at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dogtown!

Went to Dogtown for the first time today. Its a cute little place on Monroe Ave. across from Oxford St. and the Plum House. There is a small parking lot in front of the building. I got there at 11:45 a.m., which is a good idea because the lunch rush is busy and the place is pretty small.

What I love about Dogtown is that there are Lots of veggie options. There are veggie hotdogs, veggie burgers, the soup of the day is always vegetarian, and they have vegetarian chili. In addition, two of their sandwiches are vegetarian (the portobello sandwich and the mushroom melt). On Thursdays, they have a veggie burger special. But what I was there for was the veggie garbage plate aka the junkyard plate.

I got mine with a veggie hotdog and a veggie burger, mac salad and homefries with a topping of veggie chili, mustard and raw onions. It was awesome! I've had a lot of so-so veggie hotdogs. The one at Dogtown was the best I ever had and it was grilled perfectly. The veggie burger was green (!); I don't know what was in it but it too was tasty. The homefries were amazing, perfectly brown and crispy on all sides. Best homefries I've had in Rochester. The mac salad was pretty much your typical mac salad, it was a little on the dry side and could have used a little more dressing. There was a small amount of veggie chili on top. I would've liked to have more chili as the whole plate was a little on the dry side as far as garbage plates go. But overall, this was an amazing garbage plate and I would order it again. They also have cool sodas; I got a sparkling blackberry and my bro got a green apple soda. Service was friendly and detail oriented. The place is small inside and you will pretty much hear the conversations of the folks around you. Dogtown has a funky, cool, urban feel. I will definitely be back.