Look what happened now...
March is always a busy month, but that doesn't mean we can't still eat good food, yeah? So to prove that - here is a mini vegan food diary. I have tried to cook more and eat less take out. Plus be more creative and try new recipes.
I like to have stuff on hand for when people stop by. Stuff that is easy to cook and also doesn't scare the non-vegans. LOL So I bought a new pantry friendly burger mix. It actually tasted okay, kind of bland, but with pickles, onions and peppers it made a tasty burger. I'm gonna keep some on hand for surprise company.
Now I'm feeling inspired to try more new foods. Gotta go cook - catch you later!
So it's Saturday night and I was minding my own business...
Yes, it's gonna be that kinda story.
I have spent my day off whipping up vegan treats and catching up with friends via social media. #BestDayEver!
One of the treats I made was a lovely bunch of Vegan Raw Fudge. Recipe was so simple and quick that I should make weekly. But then I would be eating fudge weekly and well...maybe not a good idea either.
If you follow me on SC you saw my heavenly creation among my daily random snaps.
Now I do make other things, they just don't look as pretty as the dessert, so I rarely post them. But tonight as I was cooking, and I was also talking to one of friends, he was teasing me about the fudge and we were private snapping back and forth....So I sent him this video of what I was cooking at the moment. Please note dear reader, this was a private video but I was not naked, not everything that happens on SC is porn related. BUT, It did get me in serious trouble!
I was cooking, and not paying attention to WTF I was doing and sent not to him, but to my stream... and the fall out was almost immediate!
"WTF! Is that Chicken?!"
"IS THAT CHICKEN?!"
"How can you cook chicken!"
"That's gross chicken!"
"I thought you were a vegan!"
And more of that....
Okay in my mind that's clearly not chicken.
Isn't this chicken????
I was clearly not cooking THAT!
What I was frying (How dare I right? But I was using orgainic Olive Oil, I actually linked it below the recipe for your insepction) was clearly NOT chicken, it was TOFU, you know, that thing every vegan is supposed to eat? I rarely eat it, but thought I wanted to try this receipe for a change of pace. #GoMe and didn't that work out well...
Here is the actual recipe for my Fried Tofu Nuggets:
Crispy Tofu Nuggets
• 1 block extra-firm organic tofu (NOT CHICKEN)
• 3 cloves garlic
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
• 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
• 2 tablespoon water
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 3/4 cup of oat flour (I made my own from whole oats - aka oatmeal)
• 4 tablespoons olive oil (or enough to fry the tofu)
• A dash of Himalayan salt
• A side of your favorite sauce for dipping
1 Drain the tofu, and cut into nugget sized pieces. NOTE: DO NOT USE CHICKEN
2 Once cut, lay the tofu pieces on a clean dishtowel, and then wrap them up in the towel. Put a cutting board on top, and balance something heavy, such as a few cans on top of that. This is how you press the tofu to help release excess water. Let the tofu press for 10 to 30 minutes, the longer you press it, the drier and more firm the it will be. Note: It will not turn into chicken.
3 When you are ready to make your tofu, mince the garlic cloves and add them to a large flat bowl that is big enough to fit your nuggets.
4 Add the remaining sauce ingredients to the garlic bowl: the tomato paste/ketchup, dijon mustard, maple syrup, water, and pepper, whisk together.
5 In a separate dish that is also big enough to fit the tofu, add the oat flour.
6 Dip the tofu in the tomato mixture, and use a spoon or fork to help spread a thick layer of the sauce on the tofu. Now dip the sauced tofu into the oat flour and use your hand to help pat the flour onto the tofu. Repeat with remaining tofu pieces.
7 Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, carefully fry the tofu pieces until they are golden brown on both sides, and heated through. About 3 to 6 minutes per side. The breading can be a little fragile and falls off easily, be gentle when handling the tofu. (Still not chicken)
8 Serve with sticky rice and a side of your favorite dipping sauce.
Serves two - three people.
It is actually very, very good!
I found this basic recipe on line and added my own twists to it. But clearly NOT chicken.
Here are the oats I ground up in my food processor and the tofu I used...
And the other ingredients...See no chicken!
Those are affiliate links, if you want to buy straight from them, I do get a few pennies from the sale. It does not affect your cost at all and helps to keep me in tofu and maple syrup. I'm hoping to save enough money to take Snap Chat lessons so that I never make this mistake again.
Have a good weekend and can I call you for bail money if the Vegan cops don't believe me? We ate all the evidence.
Hope you had a great weekend.
I had a very chill weekend for a change, I took off early and fake baked vegan candy and cookies, we finished the Punisher and went to look at the holiday lights in the neighborhood. #WIN
I made a quick video of the lights...see above. It was too cold to get out so we enjoyed doing a slow drive by with a nice cuppa. Some of the lights were so over the top! I really like the projectors people are using to make a complete light show on their homes. I would just sit outside all the time watching it....I love things like that so much. #Nerd
Have a great week and speak soon!
It's hard to believe it's almost Christmas!
I've got most of my shopping done and wrapped. (So I will not be tempted to give it away early, lol) and just need a few little things for stocking stuffers. My list isn't that long so it will be a breeze, fingers crossed.
I also spoke to my family in Texas today and told them I was not coming for the holidays. So Monday I will start mailing gifts to them. Well, I will mail some, Amazon will take care of the rest, thankfully.
My brother called to discuss Christmas and tell me about the freak snowstorm they had this week. It usually snows in south/central Texas once every 10-15 years and turns into ice, a big mess and lots of traffic accidents! And people freak out. (See the news story here) But, fortunately this time it was just pleasant snow for about 24 hours and then was warm again. It does make it seem more like Christmas.
It has been snowing here in New Mexico off and on all around us. But mostly it has just been cold, but it is winter after all. We have a short day trip to Santa Fe planed for next month, so we should have really nice snow pictures then!
The bananas went into these vegan flourless cookies. I think I have finally found the holy grail of oatmeal cookies. These cookies were amazing! Let me bake one more batch and then I will post pictures and the full recipe.
I am glad to say I will not be having any guest or be running around the country like a crazy person this year. A staycation seemed like the thing to do originally because I had so much work to do, but I actually am caught up now, thanks to an amazing new admin and extra help! #WIN!
So we could go to Texas..but the more I thought about it, the more I knew sticking with the original plan was the right thing to do. I'm so excited about taking time off from work and just staying home and not having any commitments. It may sound lame, but after the busy ass year I've had it sounds like heaven to me.
Okay, I'm off for my morning walk and then to work.
See you at the airport!
I am sorting the pictures from last weeks hiking trip and took more video than I thought...
*Warning some of it looks like I didn't know the camera was on! But regardless I took it as a sign that it was time to finally start a Youtube channel for this blog. I have two other channels for work that I'm hard pressed to update, so might as well add one more into the mix, right? lol
Anyway, I promise a proper post of the hiking trip and info on this really cool, ancient sacred sight shortly. In the meantime, have a look at this video and let me know if you think I should try and post some of the old videos I have of Europe or just start fresh. I would like some feedback, if you have time.
See you at the airport!
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