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Fondue Lo Mein

The basic idea for this dish was: “dump everything left in the fridge into the fondue pot and see what happens”, and that was what I did. The one glaring mistake I made was in not re-hydrating the oyster mushrooms and dried lily buds ahead of time. I figured since they normally re-hydrate in boiling [...]

Lobster Mushroom Bisque and Morell Mushroom Ravioli

Tonight’s dinner looked really fancy…and it tasted ok. I started things off with the lobster mushroom bisque made by What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway a couple weeks ago. I replaced the cognac with white wine simply because I didn’t have it, and last time I bought cognac for a dish, the remaining [...]

Cranberry Stuffing and Buttercup-Udon Stew

I’d been eying the kabocha-udon stew in Veganomicon for awhile, but held off, hoping I’d one day see a kabocha squash…no such luck. I wasn’t able to find the kombu either, which is supposed to flavor the stock. I finally decided the time had come regardless, and I would just improvise. I had all the [...]

Matzo Ball Soup

Confessional time: I hate Passover, and that’s mostly because I hate matzo. The lack of real carbs makes me feel sick, and all the fake ones in matzo and matzo products makes me feel constipated, but then you didn’t need to know that. The one thing I do love about Passover (besides those kosher chocolate [...]

Butternut Squash Soup and a Stir Fry

Since it’s been getting a bit chilly outside, I figured it was finally time to try out some butternut squash soup. I’ve never attempted a squash soup before, but I figured it couldn’t be too difficult…if only I’d gotten my proportions right. I’d picked out a pretty small butternut squash at the farmer’s market, since [...]

Carrot Dumplings in Lemongrass Broth

I’ve never made “dumplings” before…good thing they’re a lot like matzoh balls…eliminate the matzoh meal, replace with flour, and adorn as desired. It actually gave me an idea…I’ve never mixed carrots or spices of any kind into my matzoh balls…but why not? I see a culinarily (yes I made that word up) exciting Passover in [...]

African Stew over Couscous

It got pretty chilly last night, so I was in the mood for something hearty…enter stew. I picked out the African Stew from Vegetarian Planet only to discover that I didn’t have three of the vegetables…which basically made up the soup. I decided to improvise anyway, and replaced sweet potato, collards and cauliflower with baby [...]

Midnight Soup

For some reason, we’re very fond of soup as a midnight snack in our place. It’s always a combination of veg. stock, varied vegetables, tofu, and ramen noodles. (minus the suspect-looking flavoring packet) This one wasn’t terribly out of the ordinary, but was delicious and took barely ten minutes from start to finish, so I [...]

I made another recipe from Vegetarian Planet today, this one being the Indonesian bean curd stew. This had a very similar flavor profile to Thom Kha Tofu, although there was no soy sauce, which was pretty exciting, because I’ve been feeling a bit of “soy sauce-overload” lately. I also eliminated the “optional” cilantro from the [...]

Baby Bok Choy with Shallots and Miso Soup

I’ve made the baby bok choy recipe from V’con a few times, but it’s been awhile, so it hasn’t seen the light of “blog” yet. The sad thing is…I’m just not as enamored with it as I used to be. This was the BEST baby bok choy recipe ever…until I made the baby bok choy [...]