Friday, 30 December 2011

Is That a Buffalo in That Salad?

Vegans are human, and wow has that human weakness been apparent in your favourite vamps for the month of December. Our usual supply of foodie goodness was replaced by the quick and convenient. Honestly, I am now to the point that all I want to eat are green things, or as Jennifer Saunders once said in a genius moment on 'Absolutely Fabulous', "Food with the dirt still on it."

I know that some vegans do not like the 'fake meat' products. We embrace Gardein as we do tofu, seitan and beans. In our kitchen there is a place for all deliciousness. One of our personal favourites is the Classic Buffalo Wings. Warning first: these are SPICY BABY! No wimpy vegans need apply.

I wanted a salad, I wanted wings, I made this amazing thing which I am convinced will be making a regular appearance in our food rotation.

washed baby spinach
3-4 mushrooms
1/4 of an avocado
2 tablespoons poppyseed dressing (it would also be good with a vegan ranch or blue cheese, but I was going for quick here and use a pre-made poppyseed)
5 Gardein Buffalo Wings

Salad assembly is pretty self-explanatory, right? Arrange your spinach, chopped up mushroom and avocado on a plate. Drizzle with the dressing. Prepare the wings as per package instructions. Put the wings and the sauce from the pan on the salad. Let the yummy flavours of the sauce blend with the cool dressing. Eat it. Thank me later!

* These instructions are the amounts for one salad. Multiply as needed when the people around you start begging for their own!
~ Denise

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Super Scrambliciousness

Who doesn't love a yummy fry-up? Ever since Melina and I have lived together, brunch has been a big part of our lives. There was the Mother Tucker's brunch buffet, where I learned that my new bestie considered a buffet to be a challenge. It was there that I saw her take on our friend Luke in a competitive eating challenge. She lost, but in fairness, Luke was amazing. Another memory: the many Sunday mornings with full breakfast and Coronation Street. Good times.

The bacon and eggs are a thing of the past, and we don't miss them one bit. Every vegan has their own version of the tofu scramble. We have many. This is just one of the many we have tried.

Tofu and Sausage Scramble

1 small block of extra firm tofu (227 grams)
2 vegan sausages (we like Tofurky Italian. Mmmmmm!)
1/2 medium onion
2 Tbs canola oil
salt and pepper

Sauté onion in the oil over medium heat until browned. Crumble the tofu and continue to sauté until it just begins to colour. Then add the chopped up sausages and continue to cook until lovely and brown. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like lots of pepper. Mmmmmmm!

We served with yummy kale and toast.  Amazing and so easy!

~ Denise