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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Spicy Vegan Italian Sausage and Whole Wheat Bread

First let me tell everyone thank you for your kind thoughts during our past couple of weeks with the loss of Eddie. I was told that the best place to be during sadness is in the kitchen so here you have what I have been cooking.
Spicey Vegan Italian Sausage! Yes, folks you heard it right. Julie did it. She made a wonderful Vegan Italian Sausage and shared the recipe with all of us. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of a "chicken seasoning". Julie uses Bills Best Chik'Nish seasoning and advises that if you use another one be careful about the amount of salt you add. I used Bryanna's homemade "Chicken seasoning" and wasn't sure so I cut the salt way back in my recipe. Next time I will keep the amount of salt in the recipe the same. I guess Bryanna's is not too salty. Anyway the amount of spice is fantastic. I did use the optional fennel seed and red pepper flakes. AWESOME taste and texture. My uncle has a Summer Sausage recipe that is out of this world. I am hoping to use his seasonings with this recipe and make a vegan version. I think this recipe has limitless possibilities. I hope everyone out there give it a try. No kneading, boiling, or baking. These are steamed!
Here you see them after cooking and cooling.
Sliced browned up in a non-stick skillet and ready for eating. My dear omni hubby loves them. He ate them right out of the foil. Brandie came over and decided baby kidlet (she's pregnant) needed them too. lolDH has asked to have them in spaghetti and a dish I used to make with
Kielbasa and sauerkraut. I told him add them to the weekly menu. :o)
Vivacious Vegan makes a very light and completely whole wheat bread. Very simple recipe that she adapted from another blogger. You use whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten, salt, olive oil, molasses, water, and yeast. Try going to a store and seeing those few ingredients in a loaf of bread. After my 2lb loaf was done cooking DH couldn't believe it when he picked it up. Light as a feather. We were both amazed. I usually make a hearty, heavier bread, but thought
I would give this a try. Fantastic!

Look how light and fluffy this bread is. Yum!

Enjoy everyone! See you in the kitchen. :o)


julie hasson said...

Everything looks fabulous! I'm so glad you guys like the sausage. Thanks for the tip about Bryanna's broth powder working well in it.

I'm so excited for the bread link. It's on my list to try today. I've been looking for a light wheat bread.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

there's nothing like quality time in the kitchen to brighten up one's day - I'm so glad you discovered this truth as well!! the "sausage" and ESPECIALLY the bread looks quite delectable!!

Anonymous said...

i made and blog in the past about that bread, is so good, i love it. i must try that "sausage" recipe.

i hope you can share the vegan version of your uncle with us.

MeloMeals said...

Your sausages look awesome! I'm going to follow her recipe to a T because it sounds delicious.. I just need to get a few ingredients. I steamed some seitan yesterday.. it's my new favorite way to cook it!

Your bread looks awesome!

Michelle said...

i want to make those sausages too... they look so easy!

Rural Vegan said...

The sausage looks amazing, and as soon as you mentioned coupling it with saurkraut I was on board! I'm heading over to Julie's to print the recipe now!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yum your food looks great!

On a different note, I am so sorry for all your losses and am sending good thoughts and prayers towards your family.

Anonymous said...

Your sausage looks fantastic! Yours is the second blog that mentioned Julie's recipe so I'm going to have to check it out.

I'm also so sorry for your loss - my thoughts are with you and your family.

Cakespy said...

Those are my absolute favorite sausages--I can tell by the texture they're the same ones I get at my health food store! SO good. I love them in breakfast scrambles or even sliced in coins with tofu cc on a bagel.

julie hasson said...

I just made the bread today. Yum!! Thanks for sharing the link to the recipe Sheree.


Anonymous said...

{{{{Sheree}}}} I'm so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for blogging about the bread. I'll try it tomorrow as we are all out.

Can't wait to try Julie's recipe.

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Thanks (again) so much for blogging about VV's bread!
It is (well, was) wonderful!