Cinco de-whyo did I go away?
I feel like a terrible newby-bloggie, disappearing for two weeks with no apparent explanation. Rather than go into detail about how life, yoga, illnesses and beautiful weather have interfered, I think it may be better appreciated to share some foods I’ve cooked up this week. Please just accept a million apologies for not visiting my daily blogs, I’ve felt a bit incomplete without my daily blog-reading and commenting, and as each day built up more unread I’ve built up some anxiety. I know, pretty ridiculous. But I’m going to take it in stride and ease back into things. Forgive me!
So a few weeks ago the kind folks over at Chicago Soy Dairy sent me over their newly re-vamped Teese Mozzarella Vegan “cheese”. While the packaging boasts the meltability and pizza-perfect topper, they have been promoting a Teese challenge encouraging people to use their new product to dream up some delicious recipes. This log has been burning a hole on my counter and I finally dreamt up a mozzarella-worthy (non pizza) concoction. Enter: the Mediterranean Style Quesadilla.
In all of it’s shreddy glory! The cheese was soft and graded very, very easily. I akin the texture to more of a Follow Your Heart cheese. My quesadilla included:
- grilled zucchini
- sun dried tomatoes
- kalamata olives
- artichoke hearts (packed in water)
- Teese mozzarella
It does get very, very melty! It actually reminds me 100% of Follow Your Heart in flavor, but is way, way more melty and gooey! Honestly, I don’t think that my initial choice really showcased the flavor of the cheese, but it definitely demonstrated it’s texture capabilities. I have about 1/2 of the tube left and have big plans in the future! I want so badly to make pizza but want to really branch out, so stay tuned for the weekends cook-up!
Another side review I have been working on is a review of Speed Vegan by Alan Roettinger. Before I review a book officially I try to cook up a handful of recipes to gain some perspective of what lies beyond the ingredient lists and table of contents. So far I’ve enjoyed two pretty delicious successes from this book, and was eager to try yet another. So last night I cooked up “Mugwort Soba with Green Curry”. With only one major substitution – instead of the green curry paste called for I used red curry paste. Don’t shoot me down, but after two major supermarket stops to no avail, I had to settle somehow.
What’s the difference between green curry and red curry? Well I spent some time researching the topic, and came up with varying responses. Some say that green versus red curry has to do with green Thai chilies versus red Thai chilies. Some say red is spicier, other say green. Are there any experts on the topic out there? Given the lack of consensus from my research, I decided that the difference couldn’t be too much and just followed the recipe with the red paste. I also added about half a bag of frozen pepper medley strips, a box of frozen broccoli, and obligatory grilled tofu.
Results? This recipe makes a lot (enter D’s “that’s a lot of food”). But it was dee-lish-us! Really! This was my first time cooking with Soba noodles, and I do have to comment that they get rather sticky quite quickly – so keep that in mind if you are adding items to the recipe like I did, it throws off timing. Regardless, I think I did have dinner on the table in approximately 30-minutes and it was pretty fabulous. I honestly felt like I was experiencing another made-at-the-restaurant meal at home! D thought it was “pretty good” aside for his blatant dislike for all things spicy. I, on the other hand, have developed quite an appreciation for mild spice and found that the coconut milk and curry paste complimented each other just perfectly, making for a creamy kick. And I would absolutely suggest adding some veggies to the mix! Hooray again for Speed Vegan!
I think that will wrap up my food post for today. I feel a bit overwhelmed with life however I do love sharing and reading about food so I hope to stay on track here and catch up on all the lovely foodie updates. I’ve started a few other random ventures that will have to wait until I have a bit more time and less work to do at 10:30 on a Wednesday. Hey, at least most of the dishes are in the dishwasher!
I hope all you non-bogged down people had a margarita on the rocks for me, up until last year cinco de mayo was my holiday. I leave you with a final photo to pique your interest and ask, have you ever fallen off the blog wagon? Did you feel guilty too?