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Vegan House Warming Food

Posted in Food with tags , , , , on August 12, 2009 by jwshay

I used to live in a small house.  Now I live in a big house.  I celebrated the change with food and friends.  And by celebrated I  mean used as a pretense to cook a shit-ton* of snackums.  The ‘dig went down with me alternating between hanging out with friends/heathens, and gouging myself on the following, largely untouched, food goods:

  • Cajun Polenta Chips & Guacamole
  • Scrambled Tofu with Mushrooms & Broccoli
  • Pasta Salad

*shit-ton is the collective noun for vegan snackums.

Cajun Polenta Chips & Guacamole.

The “chips” were made with pre-cooked polenta.  I bought it on impulse whilst getting supplies at the last minute.  I chopped the polenta into chip shapes, covered them with a mix of cajun seasoning and flour and fried them up in some oil.  They came out a little to soft for what I was trying to do but I guess that’s the trade off when you go for convenience.  The guacamole is avacadoes + lime mashed up.  These went down well with beer, as did/do most things.

Scrambled Tofu with Mushrooms and Broccoli.

Everyone should have a good scrambled tofu recipe.

Basic recipe (to which I added mushrooms and broccoli).

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tofu
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Soy Sauce
  • Chili Paste (optional if you’re a girly man)

Fry up the onion and garlic, add the spices, crumble in the tofu & finish with soy sauce.  The only real trick here is finding the right tofu.  Everything else you just add to taste.  I find blue lotus firm tofu to be the best.  Also, make sure to squeeze out any extra water from the tofu before you crumble it in.  I guess thats two tricks, but no one likes you.

Pasta Salad.

I’ve been making this one for a while now, I’m always surprised at how well it goes down.  I’m fairly sure its a Jamie Oliver recipe.  I’m also fairly sure what I do is nothing like the recipe.

  • Pasta…
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Cucumber

Add a few cloves of garlic to the pasta whilst its cooking.  When its done they go all soft and you can mash it up through the salad, mmm.  The dressing is 4 parts vinegar to 7 parts oil.  Put everything in a bowl, add basil, salt & pepper and stir in the dressing.

The house warming actually took place months ago.  It took a house mate to move out, a new one to come in and a new house warming party to be planned to make me post these.