Thursday, January 31, 2008

I'm a slacker about posting, but not cooking.

While the veggie burger recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance is still our favorite, I just had to try the black bean burger recipe from Veganomicon. These turned out very well, and the flavor of the burger wasn't overpowered by the bun and condiments and whatnot, which is always a plus. These were also much less time-intensive than the VWAV recipe, so when I want some veggie burgers but don't have much time to devote to making them, I'll definitely turn to this recipe again.

And yes, those are baked beans that you see on the plate along with the bean burgers. I was having a rather forgetful day. See, I made these burgers and even went so far as to make the buns from scratch. In all the time that I was opening and closing the fridge that day, I never once noticed the leftovers from the evening before sitting on the top shelf of the fridge just waiting to be eaten. I'm the one that made dinner the night before, so how I could so easily forget about having done so, I don't know. It wasn't until I went to put away the leftover burgers after dinner that I noticed the other leftovers. Woops. And the baked beans were because I was going to serve broccoli with dinner, but forgot to cook it until it was too late.

While we were in Portland, I got a copy of Yellow Rose Recipes. This crispy beer-battered seitan was the first recipe I tried from it. It was messy to make, but very good. I actually liked it better the next day, but I think that was because I like seitan better after it has been in the fridge overnight. I made the seitan for this recipe (also from YRR) the earlier in the day, so it didn't sit in the fridge for all that long. I look forward to trying more recipes from YRR. Right now I'm eyeing the mustard-crusted seitan, since I still have more seitan to use.

The new issue of VegNews contains a macaroni and cashew cheese recipe. I don't usually get VegNews (I'm not really big on magazines), but I saw some pictures of the recipe in the Food Porn section on the PPK and really wanted to try it. I found a variation of the recipe here. I'm so glad I tried it. This might be my new favorite vegan mac and cheese recipe. And, for those of you that don't care for nutritional yeast....don't worry, this recipe doesn't call for any!

These are the jelly donut cupcakes from Veganomicon. Sorry, no inside pictures. These are so neat. You put a spoonful of jelly on top of the batter and it sinks down into the middle during baking. Apparently a lot of other people have trouble with this (the jelly either doesn't sink at all, or it sinks down to the bottom), but they worked just fine for me! I also like that they don't have any frosted. Granted, I like frosting, but it can be a lot of work, so it's nice to have cupcakes that are delicious and pretty without it.

7 comments:

Traci Anne said...

I HAVE to get YRR. The crusted seitan looks DELICIOUS!

the vegan blog tracker said...

Black bean burgers are my favorite. I haven't tried the recipe you mentioned, even though I have the book - maybe I'll make that for my super bowl commercials party.

Megan the Vegan said...

I love the sound of those jelly cupcakes. Gonna have to give them a try.

VeggieGirl said...

great to see you posting again - everything you've been cooking and baking lately looks sensational, as always; especially those cupcakes from Veganomicon!!

Romina said...

Mmmm. Those cupcakes look delicious. I love the idea of a donut cupcake. I've tried filling a muffin before, but failed miserably. But I need to try these!

aTxVegn said...

Black bean burgers are my favorite. I'm glad your cupcakes turned out - I've been wanting to try those!

Veggie Cookster said...

Everything looks so good! I just got Veganomicon this weekend, and I noticed the jelly donut cupcake recipe right away cuz my fiance and I had been discussing Paczkis earlier that day. I'm gonna have to try the black bean burgers, too!