There was so much I wanted to do with B and C, but I settled on a recipe from my lazy Saturday afternoon. Tired of seitan roast leftovers and other Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving remains, I decided to finally break open my bag of TVP and try to make a chorizo imitation that would rival my favorite soyrizo from Trader Joe’s (I didn’t quite match their version, but it was still pretty good). I had also just picked up tortillas from Reyna’s earlier that morning, so it was a good time for burritos.
– 1 cup TVP, rehydrated as instructed on package
– 1 8 oz can plain tomato sauce
– 2 tsp sage
– 2 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tbsp chili powder
– 2 tsp ground black pepper OR garlic pepper
– 2 tsp onion salt
– 2 tsp cumin
– Adobo seasoning (if desired)
– Hot sauce (to taste)
– A few dashes of liquid smoke
(My variation included the Arizona Dreaming spice from Penzey’s, but it’s not necessary. As is the case with most of the things I make, the spices are fairly changeable, so feel free to mix and match to your own tastes.)
While TVP is rehydrating, heat the tomato sauce in a medium-sized pot on the stove. Add all spices and seasonings, then add the rehydrated TVP. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. For a thinner mix, add a tablespoon of oil along with the TVP. While greasier, it works really well for big sloppy burritos.
For the burritos:
– Faux chorizo
– 1 medium onion
– 1 Bell Pepper
– Fresh mushrooms
– Vegetable oil
In large pan or pot, heat the oil and add the onions, cooking until they are translucent. Add bell pepper and let cook for another three minutes. Add faux chorizo and mushrooms, then let sit for 10 to 15 minutes on low heat. Stir frequently. Once cooked through, you know what to do.
Posted in Food, In the Kitchen
Tagged burritos, chorizo, cooking, faux chorizo, food, mexican food, recipes, soyrizo, tortilla, TVP, vegan, vegan a to z, vegetarian
Could it be? Could Lady Gaga be watching over the Strip District?
Ah, a post-Thanksgiving Saturday morning in the Strip District. I feared large crowds, but probably due to the cold weather and threat of traffic due to the parade in town, things were pleasantly quieter than usual. I usually have one or two people with me, but with most of my friends still unavailable due to the holiday, I set out by myself. It’s kind of nice to go down there alone: I can go at my own pace, hustle when necessary, meander when desired. Continue reading
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Tagged coffee, food, food shopping, fresh market, good morning, lotus foods, penzey's spices, pittsburgh, pittsburgh marshmallow factory, pittsburgh public market, reyna's, stan's produce, strip district, tortillas
I’m not making an honest attempt at hitting up everything British Isles in Pittsburgh, but it really does seem that way. Perhaps it’s the season: the weather getting consistently cool and gray, I’m finding myself wanting hearty stews and large pints of Guinness. There’s really no better place to find such a thing than at a pub or restaurant with the emphasis on the cuisine of the British Isles.
In regards to last Tuesday’s trip to Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, the other main drawing factor for me and my dining companion was the promise of a free Irish dance class, to be followed by dancing by and with the Celtic Society of Pittsburgh. Kait is of Irish stock, so maybe the cultural ties to her heritage appealed to her, but probably more the notion of drinking some Guinness and learning a few dance steps.
As for me, I will openly admit that I am a terrible dancer. There are many things that I am passable at, but dancing is simply not one of them. But I have a fondness for Irish music (traditional Irish music too, not just a crazed adoration for The Pogues), and looking at a dance clip on the Mullaney’s website, Irish dancing seemed almost like a square dance. I may not be able to move exactly to the beat or even succeed at not tripping over my own feet, but I’ve been a decent square dancer in the past (the long ago past, when square dancing was taught in gym class, as well as something us Girl Scouts were instructed in). But what the hell, maybe an hour or two of drinks and company would quickly wear the routine out of the traditional dances. I was ready to settling for interesting experiment, but holding out hope for a full on hootenany. Continue reading
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Tagged British Isles, dancing, dining out, dinner, food, guinness, irish dance, irish music, irish restaurant, Live Music, mullaney's harp and fiddle, pittsburgh, ravioli, restaurants, soup, strip district
I’m going to feel like a big nerd admitting this, but yes, I am a Harry Potter fan, as are many of the people I regularly associate with. Because I was still in college when the behemoth seventh book was released, I didn’t get a chance to read it until right before the sixth movie came out.
I had mixed feelings upon hearing that the movie adaptation of Deathly Hallows was going to be released in two parts. Without spoilers, I’ll say that the first half of the book is mainly the core trio of characters bouncing around one campsite to another, squabbling, sometimes fighting off something evil or ominous, but mainly… searching. It’s thoughtful and tense and a little over wrought as written, but compelling nonetheless. I was concerned about how this would translate to screen, however, especially when considering that both movies were easily going to be 2+ hours long. The same written adventures as presented on-screen threatened to be tedious.
Jackie, a fan of the Harry Potter movie series, did not seem to be beholden to the same concerns. Her primary objective on Friday, November 19th, the release date for the new movie, was to throw one hell of a Harry Potter – themed dinner party, which also tied neatly into our friend Maureen’s birthday.
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Tagged birthday cake, butterbeer, chocolate covered pretzel, dessert, food, harry potter, harry potter and the deathly hallows, jellybeans, movie, party, party favors, pasties, pumpkin, theme, treats
After the delicious results of Molly Katzen’s polenta pie, I’ve been hellbent on attempting a jonnycake-like recipe for fried polenta cakes. I started off fully intending on posting the recipe, but the Kitchen Fates had other things in mind. One hour, much frustration, and a ton of improvisation later, I managed to make a pretty decent meal. But… it was a trial. Continue reading
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Tagged breakfast, carnival squash, cooking, lunch, pan fried, pancake, polenta, polenta cake, recipes, roasted vegetables, squash, sweet potato, vegan, vegan mofo, vegetarian, yam