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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Soul Seitan

Those of you who check in from time to time know that we love soul food. Here's our latest helping: Blackeyed Peas, Greens, & Seitan.

This time, Art cooked the greens. They were extra good because the full flavor emerged & wasn't covered up. This is how he prepared it:

1 bunch each: Collard Greens, Purple Kale, Green Kale
1/4 Onion, finely chopped
2 small cloves Garlic
2 tbs. Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Boil Greens in 4 quarts Water. Add Salt after simmering 1 hour. Drain, add 2 cups fresh Water & reboil to steam. Serve with Earth Balance & Sea Salt.

I've been wanting to make this jerk, Seitan, for a while now & was inspired even more by Matt over @ the BakeHouse. Experimenting is fun, so I marinated the seitan (VwaV p. 157) four different ways:
1. BBQ Sauce
2. Sweet & Sour Sauce
3. Soy Vay Teriyaki
4. Jerk Mainade (VwaV p. 159)
We think the seitan tastes best when cut into thin strips and fried.

The seitan took several hours to prepare -- mostly with tasks that don't require a lot of attention like simmering & marinating. So it was a good day to get things done around the house......

Like organizing the tupperware drawer.

Good idea, Abi! :o)

The next day, I whipped up these drop biscuits from The Vegan Family Cookbook. While the biscuits were baking, I cooked some of the bbq seitan. Put them together, & you have a little sandwich. They were so good & cute. They disappeared too quickly for a photo.

We make a lot of muffins around here, but this is my first time making Dreena's 'As-You-Like Muffins' from TEV. I used half whole wheat pasty flour & half unbleached all-purpose. This is a basic muffin recipe, and she offers many variations to make them as you like. This time, I liked mine with dried blueberries & cherries. They were delicious warm with Earth Balance and had a sweet hint of applesauce.


Blogger Ferocious Killer Kat said...

Praise Seitan!!!! just love jerk seitan...

and those muffins look yummmm tooo!!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to explore more seitan recipes...but I need to wait until the weather cools off so I can start craving it again. Yours looks great.

I love how the muffins in the middle look like hearts. Was that an accident or is the tray shaped like that?

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Vegan Diva said...

Yum! Everything looks so good. How fun that you tried several different marinades. I like to do that too. I love kale and yours look delish. What a cute helper you had organizing your tupperware :) Those muffins sound great. I have that cookbook but I've never tried that recipe. Thanks for the heads up :)

3:57 AM  
Blogger raising_kahne said...

yummy. Muffins are definately one of my favorite things to bake(and eat of course!) I really need to get TEV, all the recipes Ive seen people blog about from it sounds awesome! Did that one batch of muffins make all those, or did you double the recipe??

6:19 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi ferocious killer kat: i was hoping to see you knowing how you feel about seitan. you might say the devil made me do it.

hi megan: i have 2 large muffin tins -- or 2 small cake pans in the shapes of hearts.

hi diva: thanks for your visit!

hi raising kahne: the recipes says it makes 9-10 medium to large muffins. i think my round muffin tins are regular? i didn't double the recipe & followed it exactly, only adding 1/2 c. dried fruit -- filling my tins close to the top. it was a welcome surprise. :o)

7:09 AM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Vicki - I see you went for the collards again and they look to have turned out good. Yay for greens!

I made the pesto pasta with tomatoes last night. Haven't blogged about it yet, but soon. It was very good - thanks for the idea.

Wanted to get back to you about the Jello shots - I halved the fruit and poured the jello into those. Once it was set, then I cut it into slices. Harmonia and I might experiment with some vegan jello shots, so I'll post that if I accomplish the task.


7:47 AM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Vicki, I don't know about the taste difference, but there is so much nutritional value in the water of boiled greens that Art dumped out and refilled to boil again and steam. I would use the same water if there isn't a taste difference. As for the seitan, I am still working up the guts to try it. It really reminds me of steak strips.

As for the biscuits and muffins, of course they look good, as they always do. I like your dried fruit variation.

And you commented to me on my blog: still not posting (duh), still not feeling well, canceled another trip, and still working on my energy for the website. Let Art know too. I'm hangin' in there. This post made me feel better for a bit! Great food.

8:17 AM  
Blogger madeinalaska said...

wow thats a lot of seitan huh? i am going to try it jerked.. Isn't that a great recipe? i have tried others in the past and my family just wasn't going for it..Funny after making this seitan from vwav my family started eating it. But, like yours they prefer it fried.

Muffins look fab..
and your little helper.. how cute is that?

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that you tried four different marinades! I hope you'll give me a sample one of these days :)

Do you freeze the leftover seitan?


8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt from the bakehouse says I'm glad you like the seitan, I did to.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

Abi has got the idea ... well organized tupperware frees mom up to make more muffins.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

i made seitan too. it wasn't super yummy but i'd bet it'd be good fried too. or saturated in tofutti sourcream and rice...mmm...

10:48 AM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

Mmmm, maybe I"ll make some BBQ seitan with onions and peppers for out dinner party on Sunday. Thanks for the inspiration! Muffins look really good, yum!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

I really like that seitan recipe in VwaV. I have some in my freezer waiting to be turned into a delicious meal of some sort.
Love the tupperware picture! Oh, I can so relate. Why does it always end up such a mess? Because I take my lunch everyday (sometimes two meals if I'm working both jobs) I use my containers a lot. I oraganize and a week later, it looks like a cyclone went through. Abi's face is priceless!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

mmm... southern food.. looks delicous... I just got two organic bunches of collards today at the market... mmmm... I can't wait to eat them.
Muffins are a good thing.. and that pic of your daughter... omg, she is soo cute!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa West said...

I have been wanting to try to make sieten. I have put it off because it looks so labour intensive.

Love the green leafy vegetables! I love that stuff!

Abi is such a cutie!

The heart pans are adorable. I gotta get me TEV!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

Jerk seitan. It sounds so evil. And yet it's so yummy.

And you win the most prolific vegan chef award.

6:38 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I really do like how you make your cookies and muffins into hearts. It's just an extra touch that makes everyone smile :)


7:13 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I really do like how you make your cookies and muffins into hearts. It's just an extra touch that makes everyone smile :)


7:15 PM  
Anonymous Veggies,Yarns & Tails said...

Wow Vicki, talk about finding a great blog (thanks for the compliments on mine) it's BEAUTIFUL over here, love your blog!!!!

I will be adding you to my veg-roll, if you'd like to add Veggies to yours, that's great.

Cheers and see ya soon, Geraldine

9:03 PM  
Blogger JenD said...

That seitan recipe sounds great...I've just discovered seitan myself and had mixed results. I used a recipe from Nava Atlas' The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.

5:13 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi crystal: thanks for your visit & getting back to me about your jell-o shots...brilliant idea! you could make them vegan using agar flakes - search "kanten" on my blog & you'll get the idea. the agar flakes would be even firmer & easier to work with.

hi leslie: i'm really sorry to hear you're still not feeling 100% - i wondered when you hadn't posted in a while... no rush on the website -- take your time & take care of yourself.

hi madeinalaska: i agree, vwav has a way with recipes. the jerk marinade was tasty -- next time, i'll leave out the fresh ginger -- we're not big fans.

hi DEANNA! wow, look everybody, it's may dear friend, deanna. of course you can try the seitan. which flavor would you like?

hi tanya kristine: brilliant idea - thanks for dropping that here.

hi dragonslayer: this was my first time with the seitan & i put off making it for the same reasons. it was much easier than i anticipated.

hi urban: devilishly delicious!

hi geraldine: feelings are mutual! thanks for your visit & i'm adding your blog as well. :o)

hi jend: have you tried VwaV? i really want to get the vegetarian family cookbook - you like it? thanks so much for coming by!

8:34 AM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Oh man...does it get any better than playing with plastic containers?

8:54 AM  
Blogger laura jesser said...

Wow, you stay busy! I've never tried seitan, but it looks a little intimidating.

Everything looks so delicious! Muffins--I'm gonna have to break down and make some soon!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

Yes, I started from scratch on the new blog service. That is partially why I am saving the old one for info and such. I just needed a different look and was sick of the choices on my current service.

It wasn't too hard to get into the swing of things.

12:20 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I love the VwaV seitan. I cooked some up tonight with peppers and onions and served it with black beans and rice, yum! You have a very nice blog with great pictures!

9:38 PM  
Blogger JessieGirl said...

I've never tried seitan but yours looks so yummy!

12:05 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

I'm also big on soul food, Vicki!! Love the blackeyed peas (the music group as well) and those greens. WOW. So amazing!!! The seitan looks incredible. So much like BBQ beef! Set that dish before a Southerner, Vicki, and i betcha they wouldn't know the difference....

"i'm just sayin'..."

I love Abi. Nice of her to help you organize the Tupperware. Mommy's little helper! That really is just the cutest photo. Sucha face!!! Great wood floor, may i add?

I *heart* your muffins, especially those two in the middle. Gorgeous. I can't imagine how tasty it is. With dried blueberries and cherries? Mmmmmmmmmm!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!! :o)


10:45 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

MMMMMMMmmmmm Yummy!!! What a GREAT mother you are sweetie! Muffins and collard greens!!! I'm there!!! xoxoooxo

11:13 AM  
Blogger C-Dub :o) said...

This was delicious!!! I have to make the muffins next. Thanks so much for putting it up.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

Just checkin in! Hope your weekend was a good one. When you have time pop in at the Veggin' Out Forums! :)

5:41 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

THe greens look fabulous! Muffins & cookies! oh my!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Everything looks delicious! Have you tried Diane's Stork Muffins from Vive? They are very good and have a wonderful texture from the oatmeal flour.

1:07 PM  
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