Love (or the love of food) is already in the air

     Valentine’s Day is almost upon us but before you start sweating about where you are going to make reservations for dinner, how about you *gasp* cook the damned meal yourself! Foreign concept, I know, but seriously, to get a little, you have to give a little.;) (did I ever mention that my blog might not be kid-friendly?) Why not bust out those pots and pans for your lovely? Why not cook to show someone you truly care (or to break their heart in a nice way)? Here’s a tofu recipe that I used last night for a smooch or two: braised tofu in wine sauce!

For the tofu:
1 block tofu, cut into pieces and pressed
2T liquid smoke
2T soy sauce
1/3 C Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of salt
3T vegetable oil

Marinade for at least 4 hours (don’t add oil). Drain when ready to cook. Put oil in hot pan and cook tofu until brown. Set aside.

For the wine sauce:
1C green onions, cut into small pieces
2T parsley
3 Sprigs thyme (Keep it on the stem so you can pull it out later)
1 1/4 C red wine
1/3 C vegan margarine
Dash garlic powder
2T oil

In oil, sautee onions, parsley and thyme until aromatic. Add wine and vegan margarine. Bring to simmer. Add tofu.

Sexy, no?

Sorry for the long pause there!

    I have been very busy with school and work and dating (yes, I am on the hunt) so I apologize for those who have been waiting patiently for a new post. I have not forgotten about a Brazilian bread post ( I have it sitting in my recipe box, waiting for me to post it) so that is on my t-do list at some point this week.

     Also, this guy I am seeing is expecting me to be the best vegan chef in the world, and I can only imagine what he is going to think of my food. I think it’s wonderful. He might not think so. *bites nails* Lets just hope for the best here, okay?

     Speaking of dating, he took me to this awesome restaurant called Banana Leaf. The food was a bit too spicy for me (and they push the buffet on you) but all in all, a very good place to find some vegan eats!

Screw Disney, I am in MY happy place!

     LIVE from the Food Science Building at OSU, here’s VeganSwedeheart! *applause*

     Happy Wednesday and I thought it would be fun to post a little something from what I see is the happiest place on earth. Just did an intro/ lab safety thing for food science lab and now I have a three hour wait until my next class. It won’t be that way forever, but I am relishing this now. 

     I have been doing the only thing a vegan foodie could do on such a big campus: eat my way through it! Been finding some tasty veggie burgers and chickpea salads should I get a case of the munchies (or if I get bored). I forgot a water bottle, but that’s okay, mini-marts abound.

     Have a good Wednesday and a post will happen on Friday for everyone!

Flavors of the World: Brazil!

     We all know of the culinary ups and downs of Italy, Mexico, India and China. New flash: there are other counties in the world. I have decided to be a bit of a culinary Magellan and go on a quest to find recipes from other countries. Today’s stop: Brazil

Brazil: known for it’s rainforests, the Amazon, Carnival and pickpockets. It is a poor country with an abundance of foods and spices. Today we will be looking at a Brazilian inspired dish: black bean stew.

3 T. oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced

Heat oil in a pot. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook until onions are soft.

1 can black beans, not drained
1 can stewed tomatoes, not drained
1 large baking potato (or sweet potato), diced
1 T garlic powder
3 T cumin
Chili powder to taste.

Add to pot. Cook until potatoes are tender. Serve with Pão de Queijo (cheese bread. Will post a recipe later. I have one, I promise) or grilled cheese sandwich.