Tue, 26 Jul 2005
Devil's Advocates General Office
There are Judge Advocates General, are there Devil's Advocates General?
Thu, 21 Jul 2005
Seitan with Textured Vegetable Protein
Well, this didn't work all that well. I was trying to use the seitan as the binding on something that had a slightly different texture than seitan, mealier. I decided to add a bit of textured vegetable protein.
I used roughly the following recipe:
- 2 cups gluten wheat
- 1 cup TVP
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 1.5 cups veg. broth
- 1 tbsp Braggs liquid amino
- 1 tbsp Tamari
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
Mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet slowly, mixing the entire time.
The problems started when I tried to knead the dough. It was as if it was rejecting the TVP, bits of it just kept coming out and not sticking at all. At the end of five minutes, a good chunk of the TVP was on the cutting board. I let it sit about twenty minutes, and then put it in this boiling:
- 1 qt. vegetable broth
- .25 cups molasses
- .25 cups Tamari
- 3 crushed garlic cloves
- 2 sliced white onions
- Enough water to cover the slices
Right after putting it in, reduce to simmering and cook for 45 minutes. They seemed to turn out okay, not quiet the texture I was going for. I think next time I will try corn meal instead of TVP.
Inspired by this recipe.
Mon, 18 Jul 2005
Meatspace: The Hacker Coffeehouse
Again, with the talking with a friend, the term "Meatspace" came up. I thought that it would be a good name for a hacker coffee shop — the idea being that meatspace refers to "the real world" (or, "the big blue room with the yellow light") and a coffee shop is an ideal location to meet up with people in real life.
Whilst discussing with a friend that I realized that I had been a de-facto vegetarian for two weeks, I said that it was probably in response to the July 4th weekend "Meat-o-Rama"
I need to use that phrase more often.
Sun, 17 Jul 2005
First Worst Hope
There is the saying "Last Best Hope", but how come no one ever talks about the "First Worst Hope "?
Fri, 15 Jul 2005
Baba Ganoush, part I
This evening I finally got around to making baba ganoush from scratch, using the second method listed here. It wasn't bad, but the taste was a bit less than what I was expecting, and I added way too much garlic (yes, such a thing is possible), and sadly was out of onion. I'll have to try it again sometime, with less garlic, with onion, and probably with a bit more corriander and cumin.