Lots of good food to share!
Saturday night was a regular bean patty night, but I used Red Kidney Beans in the Vcon' Chickpea Patty recipe and was pleasantly surprised. I prefer the less chewy consistency of the kidney beans to chickers. I had a perfectly ripe avocado to go with the patties - a perfect combo! I would really recommend trying this different bean with the Vcon recipe - not that Isa and Terry aren't vegan know-how goddesses, but I really think that this kidney has it beat!
Tonight we went all out and made some super scrumptious Belgian Seitan Stew, which we served with a fresh baguette from our favourite bakery. The stew was quite easy, just one of those "in parts" recipes. When I got home from the market I got busy getting the seitan together. I always prefer to steam mine, a la seitan sausages, rather than boiling the seitan. I find that the boiling method leaves me with a too-chewy outside.
After putting curtains up in the babies room, K got to work on the stew, using a traditional Belgian beef and beer stew recipe. The seitan was a perfect substitute for the beef. The stew was amazing.
Belgian Mushroom and Seitan Stew
1 yellow onion
2 tsp of flour
100 kilos wild mushrooms
200 kilos white mushrooms
1 pound of seitan
1 star anise
2 tsp of sunflower oil
1 bottle of dark belgian beer (Chimay)
How To: Brown the onions and seitan in the oil, turning it around, letting the seitan and onion brown, but making sure it doesn't burn. Take the seitan out of the pan and add the mushrooms and beer. Mix together some flour and water, to thicken the stew. Add the anise, and let the stew sit for two hours. Serve with mashed potatoes or bread.
I felt that we needed to take the comfort food a little further and made a pot of rice pudding. I used brown rice, and decided to get a little crazy and added a cup of coconut milk to the rice while it was simmering. The results were amazingly tasty. I was super happy with the consistency - I was a little worried that the coconut milk would make it a little too thick. Yummy.
I am really looking forward to all the fun I am going to have with this week's market haul. We picked up great organic goodies from my favourite farmer including: apples, pears, lettuce, aubergine, mushrooms, oranges, and cauliflower. Hoping to find some time to make a couple of soup, some salads and a cauliflower curry.
I wish everyone a happy week back at work!