Friday, October 28, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 28 - Midnight Train Peach Make Over

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty-eight
- Day 28 of Vegan Month of Food 2011

This week in 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips' 
Midnight Train to Georgia 
hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B Charts.

My mother's family is from Georgia,
(thank you, Ray Charles!)
making me a fan of
sweet Georgia Peaches.
which I buy in bulk toward the end of the season,
when they are sweetest, soft and quite ripe,
and freeze for when only 
homemade peach cobbler
will satisfy my munchies.

Still a bit warm for heating up the oven,
so the cobbler gets a make over into a
Peach slump.

4 cups sliced, ripe peaches, thawed if frozen, reserving 1/2 cup peach juice
 - or 2 16oz cans sliced peaches, preferably packed in their own juices
1/2 cup granulated sugar (if using canned peaches packed in syrup, reduce sugar to 1/4 cup)
1 TBS arrowroot powder, or non GMO cornstarch.
(this is to thicken fruit mixture, can substitute 1 TBS flour if that's all you have on hand)
1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
1 TBS vegan butter

In medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and oats until well combined. Stir in melted butter until batter forms coarse crumbs. Set aside.
In small bowl, whisk reserved peach juice, or syrup if using canned peaches packed in syrup, with arrowroot powder, and set aside.
In large pot with tight fitting lid, uncovered for now, melt remaining 1 TBS vegan butter over medium heat.
Add peaches and granulated sugar, and cook until peaches soften, about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat. Stir in arrowroot/peach juice blend. Mixture will thicken. Stir in vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Spoon the oatmeal batter on top. It will expand while cooking.
Cover the pot with the lid, and cook, without removing lid, for 20 minutes.
When done, remove from heat and serve.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

NOTE: Tight fitting lid is a must, as it locks in the steam from the heat to cook the topping.
If this were my usual, oven baked cobbler, your thinking is correct, it would have a bottom crust, as well.

Released this week in 1962, 
Dionne Warwick's 
debut hit,
Don't Make Me Over,
began a streak of 33 three chart hits for the 
collaborative teamwork of Warwick on vocals,
and the production and writing team of 
Burt Bacharach 
Hal David.

(Yes, South Carolina, as you are fond of saying,
your state grows more peaches than your neighbor Georgia.
Acknowledged, okay?)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 27 - Are you Experienced

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty-seven
- Day 27 of Vegan Month of Food 2011

Another busy day working with one of my favorite charities,
Child Advocates, Inc.
(aka CASA)

So I'm supporting my local vegan establishments, 
instead of at home cooking.

Lunch at The Vegan Cafe
Veggie burger and Fries
Vanilla almond ice cream

Chef Ali is wearing a Jimi Hendrix Tshirt,
leading me to ask the quintessential 
Hendrix question,
(...have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have.
Let me prove it to you...)

If you are new to 
The Vegan Culinary Experience,
an educational and inspirational journey of 
taste, health and compassion
you are in for a real treat.
Designed by the nationally award winning 
Executive Chef and culinary instructor,
Jason Wyrick,
The Experience presents the information of a traditional magazine
coupled with the latest web technologies.
The current issue, available for downloading at the site, is
Quick and Easy
- 40+ simple recipes requiring minimal effort 
while yielding maximum flavor.

Evening reception with one of my alma maters, 
for the
event to benefit the campaign for excellence
(FYI - that wonderful narrative baritone is the great actor and musician,
Avery Brooks,
Rutgers alum, and tenured professor at 
Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Nice venue for the reception,
The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Non-vegan reception food (I had a salad)
so "nothing to see here."

Still, in a 
RU State of Mind

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 26 - Food Day Munchies, Happy Birthday, Bootsy!

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty-Six
- Day 26 of Vegan Month of Food 2011

Food Day is a national campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food.
Houston participated  today, 
October 26, 
by hosting events during the Wednesday weekly
City Hall Farmer's Market
sponsored by Urban Harvest.
Seasonal Ingredient throw-down featured four local celebrity chefs.
(seasonal ingredient - Collard Greens!)
Congratulations to Chef Monica Pope of
for winning the Chef throwdown/cookoff.
12 Noon
Largest Community Lunch commenced. 
Participants could BYOB or purchase lunch
from Farmers Market vendors. 
All vendor offerings are locally sourced from within 
150 miles of Houston.
Food Day Town Hall Meeting, 
hosted by City of Houston, on lower plaza of City Hall, 
featured local food movement leaders 
and community stakeholders discussing actionable 
ideas toward improving the local food movement.

Great opportunity to support the Vegan Vendors selling at the market, including my favorite sweet spot
Sinfull Bakery

Portabello Sweet Potato Panini
Houston's Vegan Food Truck
Green Seed Vegan

Radical Eats
Removing husks from my spinach & corn tamales


Pat Greer's Kitchen
Pesto Party Geez

Talk about getting my
Vegan munchies

Speaking of the Munchies,
Happy Birthday William "Bootsy" Collins!
the Man who put "Bass in your Face"
My all time favorite by Bootsy Collins/Bootsy's Rubber Band 
Munchies for Your Love
Does it get much better than a munchie-themed love ballad?
(...I'm hooked on you chocolate star, 
I've got the munchies for your love...")

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 25 - Sweet Things

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty-Five
- Day 25 of Vegan Month of Food 2011
This week in 1969, Gladys Knight & The Pips'
Friendship Train
became their lucky 13 of 66 pop charting releases 
between 1961 and 1994.

The first of the season's local organic sweet potatoes
Sweet Things
were at my farmer's market this week.
(Thank you Gundermann Farms!)

Pie Maker
gets the chance to fulfill its stated purpose,
making mini-pies.
Sweet crust recipe, 
for 2 9-inch crusts, or 16 mini-crusts:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, chilled and diced
(I use a non-hydrogenated shortening)
1 1/2 cups Earth Balance or other vegan butter, 
chilled and diced
1 cup iced water
Combine dry dry ingredients in bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Place in food processor and pulse to combine.
Add chilled shortening, and pulse until crumbly, 
maybe 10 times.
Add chilled vegan butter and pulse 8 times until mixture looks like small pebbles.
Add 6-8 TBS ice water and pulse 
until mixture starts to ball up.
Remove from processor bowl, shape into two discs
and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll each disc separately into a circle, and use the large cutter
 included with the pie make to shape crust.
Place into pie maker (do not preheat!).

2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
egg replacer equal to 2 eggs
1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TBS molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS flour
1 TBS orange juice (optional)
1/2 cup non dairy milk
Mix all filling ingredients, except milk and orange juice, until smooth.
Add juice and milk and mix well.
Pour into unbaked pie crusts and bake until done,
12-15 minutes.
Pies should be firm.
Cool in pie maker 5 minutes before removing.
Let pie maker cool between batches.

(tune in Sweet Thing
by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 24 - Chicago Diner

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty Four
- Day 24 of Vegan Month of Food 2011

In 1971, the Chi-Lites 
charted this week with their heavily narrated ballad 
"Have You Seen Her"
reaching #1 R&B and #3 on the Pop charts.
The group took the name the Chi-Lites in homage to their hometown of Chicago.

You're the Inspiration
for our 
Black-Bean Grain Burgers
from The Chicago Diner Cookbook.
(Meat-free since 1983)
Recipe, with my substitutions Italicized
1 medium onion, finely chopped, 1/2 red/1/2 white onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 small jalapeno pepper, diced
2 tsp oregano
1 TBS cumin
2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt-free Spike
1 tsp Penzeys Forward spice
2 tsp pepper
2 cups cooked RED beans, lightly mashed
1 cup cooked brown Basmati rice, should be sticky not dry
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
2 TBS tamari (Bragg's liquid aminos)
Saute onion, celery, garlic,peppers and spices in lightly oiled, 
non-stick pan until tender.
Saute vegetables and seasonings
Pour into large mixing bowl with rest of ingredients. Mix well.
Form into patties.
I used a 1/3 cup size measuring cup.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow patties to firm.
Instead of preheating oven to 350 to bake,
I used
Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe made 12 mini-burgers, at 2 per serving,
Serves 6.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 23 - Sin Without the Guilt as a side to Sunday Football

Welcome to Vegan MoFo Twenty-Three
- Day 23 of vegan Month of Food 2011

Between my reaching out and being there yesterday,
I managed a visit to Houston's
Eastside Farmers Market
(Saturday mornings, Greenway Plaza area 
on Eastside off Richmond Ave)
sponsored by
to score sustenance for my
Sunday afternoon Football watching.
Stopped at my favorite sweet spot at the market
Sinfull Bakery
Vegan Baked Goods.
 In addition to the Texas sized Cinnamon Rolls,
Sinfull also makes the most succulent, mouth-watering, 
satisfying, vegetable-filled pot pies on planet Earth.
Enough for 2 people, or 2 meals!
Half for lunch today;
saving the other half for tomorrow.

On to football,
winning big time, 41-7,
over AFC south rivals Tennessee Titans.
Always sweet beating the Titans 'cause 
before their move to Tennessee,
they used to be us,
the Houston Oilers!
(Love ya Blue)

My take out from last night's meetup at 
Loving Hut
Golden Rolls,
with homemade sweet potato fries, for dinner.
Peel sweet potatoes, slice into fry shapes
(I use a mandolin), and fry.
Half my Sinfull cinnamon roll for dessert,
and I'm good for the day.