Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bamboo Rice

Bamboo Rice is a short grain white rice which has been 
soaked in bamboo juice.
It has a mild bamboo flavor. I use it because it is visually appealing.

Bamboo Rice  

The first time I used bamboo rice I rinsed it
which washed a lot of the bamboo juice away...

 Bamboo rice makes great sushi rice

Cut the tofu into small slabs, fry, soak in a
sugar and rice vinegar mixture overnight, then cut in half

Add some of the rice vinegar marinade drained
from the tofu to the bamboo rice.
Cut out a pocket in the tofu.
Stuff the pocket with seasoned bamboo rice

This visual appeal of this dish will sell itself.

Seasoned Tofu Pockets with Bamboo Rice and dipping sauce
Dipping Sauce
(has a kick from red pepper flakes)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Vegan Cooking at MIT, Emmanuel, and Lesley College

What a week I had!
One of the perks of cooking and working for a great company (Bon Appetit) is on occasion you get to travel.
I just spent a week at MIT, Emmanuel College, and Lesley College teaching cooking classes, doing cooking demonstrations, preparing meals to be served to the students, and book signings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Simmons Hall MIT
I made Jerk Tofu, Vegan Cornbread, Dirty Rice, and Roasted Zucchini for the students.
I also did a cooking demo: (Thai Pineapple Salad and Baba Ganoush)

My new friends at Lesley College
They prepared Pasta Alexander while I did a book signing.

Yolanda making vegan chocolate brownies
at Maseeh Hall, MIT
It's great to walk into any kitchen and
always find soy milk.
It's also great to walk into a kitchen and find a
whole gallon of grade B Organic pure maple syrup!
Breakfast for Dinner at McCormick, MIT
During lunch I handed out over 100 samples of roasted garlic hummus
with pita and Snickerdoodle Cookies
Mini Blueberry Muffins along with WW Sourdough Pancakes, Tofu Scrambler,
and Roasted Red Potatoes were on the menu
Scotty with Thai Tofu at Emmanuel College Boston
Cooking Class at East Campus
Zing with vegan lasagna at MIT Maseeh Hall
Zing quote:
"Cooking is not my passion, it is my compassion"
Thanks for the great trip.
I enjoyed meeting everyone!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner (vegan turkey)

Last year I made 2 vegan turkeys and sold out right at the end of lunch.
This year I made 4 and sold out right at the end of lunch.

(vegan turkey)
Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner:
Carved Vegan Turkey with Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, 
Roasted Green Beans, Kamut Pilaf with Cranberry and Walnuts, and Fresh Rosemary and Sage Gravy

(vegan turkey)
Vegan Turkey ready for wrapping
(vegan turkey)
Vegan Turkey wrapped in cheesecloth. Next step: 
boil in water for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
(vegan turkey)
Vegan Turkey (after boiling) wrapped in puff pastry
(vegan turkey)
Vegan Turkey with Ketchup and Spice Rub
(vegan turkey)
Vegan Turkey out of the Oven
(vegan turkey)
Carved Vegan Turkey
Cranberry Walnut Kamut Pilaf
Green Beans ready for roasting
(vegan gravy)
Fresh Rosemary and Sage Gravy

Potatoes ready for the Steamer
Vegan Whipped Potatoes
(potatoes, canola oil, soy milk, salt, pepper, onion powder)

Vegan Pumpkin Pie
(did you really think I would forget the pie!)
I used vegan cream cheese as the base for the pie, and Riches vegan whipped topping for the whipped cream.
Vegan Turkey Video
Vegan Turkey Recipe