Italian Marinated Tempeh

August 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Posted in books, cooking, Life, vegan, vegetarian | Leave a comment
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I remember the first time I tried to go vegan way back in say, 97ish. I was living in Ocean Beach in hipster/hippie town. Full of cool dives and antique stores. There is a really nice vegetarian Co-Op in OB called People’s and I spied tempeh one day, and brought it home and cooked it with disastrous results.  I had never eaten it before and had no friends who knew how to cook it either. I think I cut it up and fried it in oil. So gross. I vowed never to cook it again. Fast forward to 12 or so years later when I buy Isa’s Vegan With A Vengeance. It has a really great recipe for Tempeh Bacon. I held off for almost a year before I took the plunge and bought some tempeh and made this stuff. It’s so delicious and easy to make. After that I was sold on tempeh, but that was all I knew how to make out of it. On our honeymoon in Vegas I bought a copy of Veganomicon and it has a recipe for Smokey Grilled Tempeh. Due to these two cookbooks tempeh has been demystified. No more is it some strange hard to cook substance. It is now something I cook on a pretty regular basis and I have future plans of teaching myself how to make it at home. I am even starting to make my own recipes for tempeh marinades. Today for lunch I made Italian Marinated Tempeh. I used the Italian Tofu Marinade recipe out of V*Con and steamed the tempeh and marinated it for a few hours while I went and got a much needed mani-pedi. 🙂 Fried it up and served it with some mashed potatoes.

Do any of you have the Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook? I just got my copy in the mail a few days ago and I really want to make the block cheeses but I am unsure as to what to use as a mold. Any suggestions?

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My fave cookbooks

August 27, 2010 at 2:33 am | Posted in books, cooking, Life, vegan, vegetarian | Leave a comment

If I was stranded on a desert island with a kick a$$ kitchen these are the cookbooks I would want to have.

1. Vegan With A Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

This is my most used cookbook. It has all the essentials and there are only a few meals that dont come out like I think they should. All the ingredients are easy to obtain and pretty inexpensive. A good book for the do it yourselfer who dosent like to use fake cheese or buy fake bacon.

2. Veganomicon, also by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Great for all the reasons I posted above, but also lots of good cheap staples such as Smokey Grilled Seitan. I am obsessed with that stuff, I have to cook it on a regular basis.

3. The Ultimate  UnCheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak

I havent actually used this cookbook yet as it requires some fancy ingredients that I just dont have like agar agar. You know, I dont even know what that is. Yet reading over this cookbook makes me happy and gives me a since that I might just be able to kick the dairy habit. Oh yeah, I forgot to add that it just came in the mail yesterday. 🙂

10 Books that changed how I view the world

October 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Posted in books | 1 Comment
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Todays post is not specifically about vegan cooking, even though it is a small part of it. Today’s post is a list of books that changed my worldview. (These books are not in order of importance or influence.)

10. The Dune Trilogy

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9. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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8. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe Trilogy

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7. Animal Liberation by Peter Singer

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6. The Bhagavad Gita as it is translated by Srila Prabhupada

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5. The Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

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4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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3. Watership Down by Richard Adams

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2. Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Mona Lisa Overdrive

1. The Chaitanya Caritamrita translated by Srila Prabhupada

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