Friday, December 31, 2010

Elvis Tofu Lollipops, Braised Collard Greens, Hoppin' John, Seitan Sausages Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Dinner 12/31

Elvis Tofu Lollipops

Braised Collard Greens

Hoppin' John

Seitan Sausages wrapped in Puff Pastry

Here's our New Year's Eve Dinner -- it's a mash-up between our BBQ Tofu Lollipop method (smoked, cut in rounds, mini-forks) and Elvis Fried Tofu recipe.

Again from above, Busby Berkeley style... you almost expect the lollipops to start twirling around in synchronization ;)

Seitan Sausages wrapped in Puff Pastry (served with a "Just Like Honey" + Dijon Mustard dipping sauce).

If we were ever to write a cookbook on vegan entertaining, this might be the cover shot.

edited to add: in response to a thread on the PPK, it would look something like this...

(this is a joke, please don't e-mail me asking about it)

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Dinner 12/25


The nice thing about vacation time is that we can try out some things we haven't had time for during the course of the year. Tonight, as an experiment, we decide to make "tofuyaki" a play on the traditional Japanese dish takoyaki.

Not having a takoyaki pan handy, we broke out the cast-iron aebleskiver pan and got down to business.

Tofuyaki is basically a tempura batter with smoked diced tofu and green onions placed in the center. Here, the batter is poured into the aebleskiver pan and the tofu and green onions are added.

Then you keep rotating the batter as the bottom section firms up to make a spheroid shape -- or as close as we could get the first time out. ;)

Then it's plated and coated with a ponzu sauce and served with a cool refreshing beverage, in this case -- a Buddha's Hand Cosmopolitan.

As an experiment, it was a (tasty) success -- but there's two or three things we need to work on for the next batch, before we post a recipe...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pierogies, Braised Leeks, Braised Carrots, Roasted Beet Salad with Pepitas, Eggnog Cookies, Linzer Bars, Korova Cookies

Dinner 12/24

Pierogies (cabbage & onion / potato & mushroom), Braised Leeks & Braised Carrots


Roasted Beet Salad with Pepitas and Champagne

Close-up of Roasted Beet Salad with Pepitas

Braised Carrots

Roasted Golden Beets (450F 45 minutes, wrapped in aluminum foil)


Eggnog Cookies

Linzer Bars

Korova (World Peace) Cookies (adapted from Dorie Greenspan)

Table Right

Table Left

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Party XIV

Holiday Party XIV 12/18

This year more than 45 people made the snowy trek to our annual holiday party, and this is what greeted them at the table...

BBQ Tofu Lollipops

Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary

Tapenade (kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, shallots, red bell pepper, capers, olive oil, parsley, pepper)

Palmiers (two versions: Olive & Sun-dried Tomatoes)


French Lentil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Orzo Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

Onion Dip with Crudite Platter / Mushroom Pate with Crackers


Chocolate Cupcakes / Blondies / Snickerdoodles

Chocolate Cupcakes

Blondies / Snickerdoodles

Also served, but missing current pictures...

Seitan Bourguignon (from 2007 bottom right)

White Bean Cassoulet (from 2009 bottom right)

Stuffed Mushrooms (from 2006)

Curried Tofu Phyllo Cups (from 2008)

Artichoke Dip (from 2009)