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Monday, February 25, 2008

Vegan Roast and its many uses

Hi ya all! I think, as a soon to be grandma, that I should begin today's post by showing off my grandbaby. Well, how about my beautiful daughter, Brandie, and her growing baby bump. This was taken a little over a week ago and after seeing her yesterday the baby is growing just fine. :o)

I finally had success in making a seitan roast. I used the recipe from Vegan Vittles. This roast is done stove top, by braising and turning every 30 minutes. It as a little time consuming, but was well worth it. I got the idea from Monica . Her roast has a really nice color. I am not sure why mine is so pale, but the taste was perfect. For the gravy the recipe says to puree the veggies that have been cooking along with the roast. I love it. It is orange due to the large amount of carrots. :o)

What you can do with leftover roast is fantastic. Here I took some of the roast, grated it on my box grater, the large grate, and then heated it up with some BBQ sauce. Served over baked potatoes with broccoli and corn. This was a perfect comfort meal. In fact, it was the best BBQ "beef" I ever had. :o)

Saturday was the first time I have had a "meat" sandwich in a very long time. I used lite vegan mayo, sliced roast, lettuce, tomatoes, on homemade bread. Boy was is delicious. I couldn't stop enjoying it!

My final use of the leftover roast made me a bit nervous. I was going to make "meatloaf" also from Vegan Vittles, which Monica made and looked so good, but knew I would be using all of my roast. I dare say I was a bit worried that if it did not turn out my lovely roast would be gone. I got hold of my emotions and ventured into the unknown. I also used some of my vegan sausage made from Julie's recipe and mixed both the roast and sausage together. The results? Fabulous! We added some country fried potatoes, using only 2 tsp. of olive oil and broccoli (my favorite veggie in the world).

I leave you with a cute picture of our Abby. She thinks playing in DH overnight bag was a hoot!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Time away and some food porn

I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since I have been on my blog. It has just been a hard couple weeks. DH and I had to escape for some much needed sunshine, fresh air, and time together. We took time to just relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Our fur kids loved it! Josh packed our water, apples, tofurky jerky, and seed and nut bars in his backpack. You can barely see it, but it straps over his back and can carry 4 bottles of water along with a small amout of snacks. He loves it! Josh just puts down his head and goes for it. He is one outdoor dog. Shiloh on the other hand needs to smell every bush and take a potty break too. I always kid her that she should be a boy dog the way she marks everything. :o)

I love my DH. We had such a good time. I told him I didn't want to leave. There were no cars, no telephones, only the sound of the water rushing. I am hoping to paint some pictures that we took. We plan on going back on Monday if things work out. Just a day trip to find peace.

Brandie stopped by and I asked her to stand sideways so I could try and catch a picture of her baby bump. Well, it is barely there, but baby Huff is rock'n and a roll'n. Check out this aweomse video of baby Huff at their last ultrasound. I know, it looks like Brandie is holding up one of her girls, but actually she is just keeping her hand of potato chips away from her tummy for the shot. Sorry Brandie, but you look so darn cute I had to put it on my blog. :o)

My cooking has been on the back burner. Mostly leftovers and quick meals. Here we had some whole wheat spaghetti with Melody's awesome sauce and a Garden burger chick'n patti. They are so good!

Mother Hubbard's cupboards are kinda bare so Valentines dinner was heart shaped pancakes, heart shaped potato hashbrowns (baked not fried), tofu scramble and orange segments. DH said it was a fantastic meal. Simple, but full of love.

Love to all and hope to get some good food coming your way soon!
Get out and breath the fresh air. It really helped me this weekend.