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Cauliflower Steaks???

I am not one for vege/vegan foods, I was born a carnivore and shall remain one. But occasionally I see something interesting in my perambulations around the blogosphere that look interesting and fall in the realm of vege/vegan.

Cauliflower steaks are just that.

Pan grilled or roasted - image: Two Peas and their Pod

Pan grilled or roasted – image: Two Peas and their Pod

You can read about them on the image link. Simple instructions.

And if you google cauliflower steaks, there’s a heap of information out there.


Mediterranean Baked White Beans

While I am not a vege, nor a vegan. I can appreciate a vege dish. Such was the case this morning on visiting a new blog for me, The Detox Diva. The current post, Mediterranean Baked White Beans, struck me as awesome.

Just look at this dish.

Photo credit, The Detox Diva

You can visit the link above for the step by step recipe.

For me, there is only one thing missing, I love white beans with seafood. A grilled fish or something like squid, mussels, prawns or lobster would make that perfect. Of course, there would have to be a suitable white wine, a Chardonnay, or Sauvignon Blanc, both excellent with seafood.

Mouth is watering at the mere thought, and I haven’t even had breakfast yet.


Hail Satan!

This is a ‘stuff’ post as to a ‘fizz’ post, sorry about that.

I just saw a word that sent me rushing to consult the great God Google.

Seitan

WTF is that? I asked myself.

I discovered, by following the link that seitan is vege stuff/substitute looking gunge.

It appears to be one of those things that vegans and veges use to replace meat.

I can only comment that it looks disgusting and if it tastes as bad as it looks, then God help all who sail in her.

For some perverse reason people flagellate themselves in order to be vegans and veges. I am sorry, but I do not see the point.

This, apparently, is seitan

It almost looks meatish. It didn’t resemble anything like the preparation photos. Should you be interested in trying to make this then you can check out Vege 101

I, however, will not.

Definition: Although it is made from wheat, seitan has little in common with flour or bread. Also called “wheat meat”, “wheat gluten” or simply “gluten”, seitan becomes surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute. Seitan is also high in protein, making it a popular protein source for vegetarians. Asian restaurants often use seitan as a vegetarian mock meat, and seitan is also the base for several commercially available products such as Tofurky deli slices.

Source: About.com Read more

At least I now know what seitan is, and it doesn’t turn my crank at all. But if you are so inclined, then you’re welcome to it.

I’ll stick to Mother Nature’s proven designed meats.


Paella can be vegan?

As a result of looking for something completely different in relation to vegan aspects of life, I found this:

Vegan Paella on ecosalon.com

I love Paella

Real Paella on receitas-culinaria.org

The news that you can simply replace the sea-food with cashews to make a vegan paella intrigued me. I must admit that the top version doesn’t look very appealing, it appears to be very lentilly and I hate lentils with a passion. Yuck! You can find that recipe on Green Planet.

However, there are many versions of the basic paella. Paella varies from region to region in Spain, the coastal areas include mostly seafood in theirs, such as mussels, clams and shrimp. Other traditional versions feature Spanish dry chorizo and even snails. The original recipe was with duck, rabbit or  chicken.

So have a check around the web, google it, there are plenty of ideas and recipes for those who want original, sea-food or vegan paellas.

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Veni, vidi, NO vici vegan

Most of you will already know that I am a healthy happy carnivore, but even us carnivores eat ‘vegan’ occasionally. It’s not a conscious choice, it’s just a spur of the moment decision. My decision today was spurred by a conversation with my mother last Saturday, she rings me each week from NZ and mentioned that she had been out with the ‘girls’ (I use that term loosely, because my mother is fast approaching 88) and eaten quiche.

My Spinch & Leek Quiche should look something like this

Wow, I haven’t eaten quiche for yonks (ill-defined long period of time) and I woke this morning with the thought… “Quiche for lunch.” As I only had toast, marmalade and coffee (*checks for animal content*) for breakfast I am in the running for a vegan day. Now I’ll have to use ‘plastic butter’ (margarine) for the pastry instead of my customary lard.

I just checked, there is no indication that my margarine is free of fish oils or whey… Hmmm, okay, I will go to the shop and get some vegetable based cooking fat.

Hmmmm, does a vegan eat eggs?

I just googled.They don’t. There are egg substitutes like tofu, but that is poison because it’s made from unfermented soy beans, Did you know that tofu is poison? Look it up.

So I am going to use eggs.

Well, that blows that idea.

Oh well…. I tried; and I was even thinking what I could do to make the day complete with a vegan dinner as well.

NB: Posted simultaneously as a Change the World Wednesday challenge on Eco-Crap.