15 January 2018

Pancakes - Day Three

I'm getting less exact here.. but it worked so I wanted to record it!
I dropped the Oatmeal entirely.  There is still a banana but you can't taste it.

1 2/3 c WW Pastry flour
1 2/3 c All purpose flour
just about 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
These dry things in the blender, mixed up and fluffy.

Then, add about 2/3 c Maple Syrup
1 banana
some Disaronno or vanilla or anything to flavor it
And.. lots of water. But I don't know how much.
At least 3 cups, but probably more. I lost track.

Michael thought it was the oatmeal making the texture work out, but
apparently that doesn't matter.  Possibly the trick is the banana?
Or maybe it's the fact that I let the blender run a bit to make sure
everything is all mixed up (thereby working up the gluten?)

But this mixture was very nice.  I used 1/4 c per pancake and this texture
allowed for making things like cars, a cat, a "house".  Stuff like that worked
better with this texture, as it felt "eggy" even though there were no eggs.
I was able to even flip the "cat" with whiskers w/o breaking any of the 6 whiskers.

14 January 2018

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes - Day Two

Today we tried it again after the fun yesterday, but with a more standard effect.
I used 1.5 c oatmeal flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 banana
1/3 cup dairy-free milk of some sort (whatever I had around)
1/3 cup maple syrup (we are now running low...)
2 cups of water
2.5 t baking powder
some vanilla

I dropped them with 1/8 c measuring spoons this time.

What I am guessing is that I can use the blender to "make" the oatmeal flour, blending as long as I like, but if I blend "too long" after it's liquid, maybe that's not smart.  I don't know.  But I did blend a long time today, and that was ok.  One other thing to note is that you should wash the blender pretty quickly, as the oatmeal can get horrible.

The kids prefer flatter thinner pancakes, so maybe next time I will increase the liquid again and try for larger pancakes!

13 January 2018

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

I used 1.5 c Quick Oats and ground it in blender.
Added 1/4 c Maple Syrup
One banana
About 1/4 c water, maybe 1/2 or more....
About one teaspoon of baking powder.
Dropped rounded tablespoons onto pan.
About one minute then flipped.

Makes about 15.

03 January 2018

Simple minestrone

Dice and fry

2 onions
4+ cloves of garlic
olive oil

Once browned, add

1 can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans
1 can other beans (probably cannellini)
4 cups water
1 tsp salt

While this comes to a boil, mix

2 cups flour
1-2 cups water

until a stiff dough is formed.  Knead, then roll into "snakes".  Once the soup boils, pinch off bits of the snakes into the water.  Cook until the pasta is done.

31 December 2017

2017 New Year's Chip Dip

Maybe this will become a recurring theme? This is an adjustment from the 2009 post of the same theme.

2T lemon juice
1.5 t Salt
2T olive oil
4 scallions

I chopped the scallions and mixed with other above items.
Let that sit a few minutes.
Added 1 cup of my vegan yogurt.
Added 12 oz (one pack) of extra firm Tofu.

Blended using my mom's Bosch.

Let's see if it is any good.  I'm chilling it now in any case.

23 March 2017

Potato and bean soup

This soup was popular tonight...

1 cup dry lentils
5 small potatoes (total around 20 oz)
1 diced onion
5 cloves garlic
minced ginger
1 can tomatoes with chili
1 can chick peas
1 cup frozen roasted corn
2 tsp harissa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp msg
1 tsp coriander
1 bay leaf
mushroom soup powder

and water to cover...  add as needed as the lentils cook.

07 January 2017

Vegan Phi Pi

The title is a pun.  This is a pie made of phylo dough.  It's vegan but is made to taste "meaty".

I use "Athens" brand phylo dough. I buy a one pound box which is split into two rolls so I use half a pound of dough per pie. You can do whatever you want inside a pie if you start with nice phylo dough. Put some oil in the pan. (I use a 9x13" pan I think.) Put down quite a few layers on the bottom to keep the pie together.  (You are supposed to thaw the dough for 2 hours. It's good to do that. If you have to speed it up, an hour will work, but try to help it along by unrolling it and lower your expectations for the sheets as they will split and break but still taste just as good.)

To make a pie, put down layers and use a spray bottle to spray olive oil between the sheets. After what seems right to you, add a layer of filling, then a some layers of phylo dough. Repeat.  My pies seem to have 3 layers of filling with 4 layers of dough. Make sure to spray the oil liberally between the sheets in each layer.  Be sure to add extra spritzes to the top layer, which needs extra oil in the oven.

For the filling, I used a block of tofu, two packs of Boca "meat" crumbles, some of my homemade yogurt, salt, pepper, a can of coconut milk, and some "magic mushroom powder": Mushroom Seasoning  which is from Singapore.
I also used some of this on the top layer: Truffle Oil which is from France.  I also sauteed two onions separately from a massive pile of cumin seeds, both of which were added to the mixture.

That was in the oven at about 350F for however long until it all got warm enough and the top layer of dough was brown and crunchy.