Thursday, April 27, 2006

Two Recipe Finds & What I Made for Dinner Last Night

I just bought whole wheat couscous with my last food coop order. Today Christiane posted a recipe for Breakfast Couscous on the Vegetarian Group. Check out the link for the recipe and a beautiful picture. Veganize it by using the non-dairy milk of your choice.

Another recipe find comes from The Vegan Lunchbox. Jennifer gave a link for Polly's Perfect Blueberry Pie, a no roll pie crust blueberry pie recipe. DOn't skip reading Jennifer's post about the recipe. She gives some great tips on using frozen blueberries. As with the couscous recipe, veganizing this one is a snap.

Last night I made pasta topped with onions, garlic, carrots, broccoli, diced tomatoes and tvp. To make the TVP, I started with the broth that was leftover from making seitan this weekend.

I heated the broth to boiling and added enough tvp to absorb it. I added 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp basil and a drop of toasted sesame oil and mixed it all up. I spread the mixture in an even layer over two cookie sheets and put it in a 400 degree oven. The goal is to get it to brown not burn so keep an eye on it. After a few minutes, sorry I didn't time this, use a pancake turner to mix this around and get the unbrowned tvp to the top.

While the tvp was cooking I browned the onion, carrots and garlic. I added the broccoli stems first and let them cook until they were bright green. Then I added the broccoli florets, covered the pot and let them get bright green. This only takes a few minutes. A pot with a clear lid is so useful!

Finally, I tossed in the tvp and the diced tomato, gave the whole thing a stir and served it on top of whole wheat penne. It was delicious!

6 comments:

Johanna3 said...

sound yummmy thanks for share it,
J.

Barbara said...

That way of making tvp sounds so tasty. I'm going to have to try it.

Barbara

Katie said...

Thanks Johanna!

Barbara,

I'm sure you noticed its basically just Russell's TVP recipe done in the oven rather than in a frying pan. I find it makes less mess and is less likely to burn or stick to the pan if I cook it in the oven.

Besides, you know I can't throw a perfectly good broth out!

Jodi said...

Hi Katie-

Hi there, my name is Jodi and I am a casting producer for ABC's hit show Wife Swap. I wanted to write to you after I came across your blog entry on ways to live frugally. Loved it! I am currently casting families for our third season and I thought you would be an ideal candidate. Showing a family with your values would be a positive influence on another family who spends money lavishly and wastefully.

In case you are unfamiliar with the show, the premise of Wife Swap is to take two different families and have the mom's switch place to experience how another family lives for 6 days. Half of the week, mom lives the life of the family she is staying with. The other half, she introduces a "rule change" where she implements rules and activities that her family has. It's a positive experience for people to not only learn but teach about other families and other ways of life.

As a side note, families featured on the show will receive a $20,000 honorarium. We cast families with two parents and at least one child between the ages of 5-17, and should reside in the continental U.S. If you don't qualify, we also pay people who referral families that we end up picking $1000.

If you are interested in applying or have any questions at all, please call or email me.

Thanks and I hope to speak with you soon!

-Jodi

Jodi Friedman
Casting Producer
ABC TV/ RDF Media
New York, NY
212.404.2447
jodi.friedman@rdfusa.com

Barbara said...

Wow, ABC wants you for Wife Swap. That would be so cool! You should do it, Katie!

Barbara

Katie said...

Hi Barbara & all you lurkers who just read the comments,
I figured everyone would be curious about my response to Jodi, so even though I emailed her directly, here's my response below.

Hi Jodi,
Thanks for the offer but I'm realy not interested. I'm not a fan of reality shows. I think they show the people participating in the worst possible light, in some of the most artificial situations imaginable. I have no desire to expose myself, or my family, to any of it. I don't think its the best vehicle for "people to not only learn but teach about other families and other ways of life."