Catching up on a month of cookalongs!So I had a nice internet hiatus as I moved across the U.S. from NYC to Portland, Oregon, and that hiatus also included a cooking hiatus, but now I'm all caught up and ready to show you my versions of the last four cookalongs!
I actually made the Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews before I left New York (I think I made it the day or the day after it was posted!), but then I got too busy to post it. It was a month ago, but I still remember how delicious it was!
a picture of the dressing
and the finished salad!
I made the coleslaw dish most recently since I'm not really a coleslaw person and I wanted to give the idea some time to percolate as I considered what my take on it would be. So I tinked with it to make it more "me" (added tempeh and celery to give it more of a tempeh/mock chicken salad feel, added wildwood garlic aioli (so good!) and a little bit of seasoned rice vinegar and olive oil as the dressing), and I was very pleased.
And in a million years I wouldn't think of adding uncooked ramen noodles to a salad but it was simply fantastic!
ramen noodles, chopped carrot, grater, and cabbage
roasted sesame seeds
I made the next two dishes last week. I've actually never made quesadillas before (and I don't remember ordering them either), so this was new. So exciting that vegan cheese has finally come along enough to make something with "queso" accessible to us!
before cooking shot (I used canned pinto beans, and I cooked the pepper and mushroom as long as it took me to prepare the bean puree and grate the cheese cause we were hungry!)
out of the oven on my cookie sheet! I didn't have a large working oven in my old place so a simple thing like this gave me a lot of joy!
my plate, with a big dollop of tofutti sour supreme
And lastly, pakoras! I'm completely in love with Indian food so I was so excited to try my hand at pakoras! And I think Kitee's recipes are the best so I had full confidence. I ended up frying them in a whole bottle of peanut oil, and while when I filled it up I saw that they actually hadn't absorbed too much peanut oil at all (I got most of the bottle back), it still felt wasteful. Anywho..
mixing up the batter (i tasted it too, but i knew what to expect so not so bad)
pakoras, airing out on the paper towel
with toor dal/frozen spinach and spices (I forgot to put the chopped spinach in the pakoras so they made it into the dal!)
Thanks for reading (if you made it this far!) The farmer's market is tomorrow and I'm so excited to stock up on peaches!