Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Raw Vegan Dolmas


Yeah that's right. You heard me. And these things are easy to make and healthy and GOOD!

I think you can use whatever you have, basically, but here are the vegetables that I used:

1 turnip
1 large onion (actually this is something you shouldn't leave out)
4 smallish beets
4 large carrots.

Finely chop each one of these ingredients (not all together - one vegetable at a time), then add them to your mixing bowl.

Now add:

1 GENEROUS teaspoon cumin powder
1 GENEROUS teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (also "generous", but "1/2 generous" kind of looks weird in print for some reason)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup olive oil

Now mix it all together. Nothing needs to be exact, BTW. As I've said, you can probably use whatever vegetables you want - I wouldn't leave out the onion though. And absolutely don't be shy about the spices! It will all taste fab, trust me!


Now comes the hard part (sort of). Get your grape leaves out of the jar (actually, that IS hard), rinse them well, trim the stems off then lay them on your cutting board and place some of the mixture in the middle as pictured:


Now wrap the top over, then close in the sides, then roll it down, gently squeezing as you go to make it as tight as possible. If you have some imperfect leaves, keep them to one side to use for repairs, and likewise if you make a dolma that turns out with holes in it, put it aside until you get to a repair leaf.

It's best to pack them in some sort of sealable container as pictured above as you go.

And of course, NO COOKING REQUIRED! (Hence the "raw" bit!)

Serve with a bit of lemon juice. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Quick and Easy Seitan Breakfast Sausages!

...In under 1 1/2 hours! And I've provided photographic evidence!

Just follow the pictures and what I say, step by step. It's easy. You'll see.

Here's exactly what time it was when I started:

1) Put all your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
* 1 1/2 cups wheat gluten powder
* 1/2 cup brewer's yeast flakes
* 2 tablespoons garlic powder
* 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
* 1 tsp. Thyme
* 1 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
* 2 tsp. sage
* 1 tsp ground black pepper
* 1 tsp Salt


Mix it all up.

Try not to let this happen:

Add slightly less than 1 1/2 cups water, 2 tablespoons of which is Liquid Smoke (Sorry, I forgot to photograph this bit), and mix it all up and knead it a bit until it's a lump like this:

Separate into about  20  little pieces and roll each one up in a bit of cooking paper then a bit of foil.

Steam all the little wrapped sausages at medium low heat for 45 minutes - 1 hour.  At 45 minutes they are ready to fry up in a pan, but it's best to let them go an hour if you want to save them for later.

Fry them up with a bit of vegetable oil! Delicious!.....Oh, and twice the protein of "meat" sausages, NO fat at all (except for what you fry them in), and they cook up fast!

And here's what time they were done!