Friday, July 21, 2006

Vegan With A Vengeance

A few weeks ago, I got a puffy envelope in the mail from my Mom. Oooo, she was sending me a present. I like presents. Even more so when it's not my birthday or Christmas. Inside were these. Chopsticks she brought back from her trip to Japan. They even came with a little stand to rest them on between bites.




There was a pinky-red pair for me and a blue pair for Jim. Aren't they cool? Also in the envelope were these little green packages. Sometimes Carrie's not to swift on the uptake and I said "What are these? Wet-Naps? Why is Mom sending us Wet-Naps from Japan?" DUH!! I then clued in. It's tea! Didn't I feel a little stupid. Cut me some slack - there was no English whatsoever on the packages.




I decided it was high time we put these babies to work. And I've been dying to try a particular recipe and with the heat we've been having, a coolish dinner seemed just right. Here we have Cold Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Seitan from Vegan with a Vengeance!



I used up the rest of the seitan I had made and this dish was really good. I didn't have scallions, so I used green onions.







Jim really liked the peanut sauce that goes with it. It made A LOT for just the 2 of us, so we now have dinner for tonight.


Earlier in the day I made Cherry-Almond Muffins also from
Vegan With a Vengeance.


Isa has come up with a really good muffin here. What a fantastic flavour combination! The only thing I did different for this was cut the amount of almond extract in half. I love almonds, but not a big fan of the extract flavour. One teaspoon gave just a hint which was perfect.




If you haven't made these yet.....what are you waiting for!? Cherry season is almost over. GO! Make them now! You won't be disappointed.






14 comments:

karen said...

Carrie- you take the most beautiful pictures! The seitan and udon noodles look fabulous! I love the chopsticks. I have similar ones, but they are not a gift from Japan, which makes yours so special. I had peanut sauce for dinner too- I put a pic up in my blog.

The cherry almond muffins look incredible too! I have some blueberries- so I think I may make her coffee cake with them.

KleoPatra said...

Way to use those chopsticks!! The food looks tremendous!! I love seitan and udon noodles are some of my absolute faves. I'm just crazy about Asian dishes anyway... thanks for showing such groovy foodie!

I love getting (and giving) gifts for "no reason"... how wonderful of your mom!

Ellen said...

Boy those cherry almond muffins look sooo good..send me the recipe pls..would love to make them. Thanks

Melissa West said...

That's so cool that your Mom sends you presents when it is not your birthday. I love pressies. Those are beautiful chop sticks... love the little rests for them as well.

The asian dish looks fantastically scrumptious! I have never made my own seiten. How hard is it? Really!

I love the cherry almond muffins from Isa's book. I just threw out a jar of cherries that I was going to use in muffins this morning because I didn't use them up fast enough... boo hoo.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous. I love the cherry muffins, and have been wanting to try the seitan noodle dish - and the new digs are so cute!

Melody said...

Looks so good. I really need to make her seitan... I've heard such good things about it. The muffins look amazing.. I can't wait til the fall when I will be cooking up a storm..

funwithyourfood said...

Look at you VwV-ing it up!
I still have some tea from when I flew on Japan Air. It was really good!!

and Sprouts = :)

Teddy

Vicki said...

awesome post, carrie! love the fresh look your blog has. & the muffins - cherries are my favorite fruit & will be taking a trip with my mom soon to the orchard - i want some muffins like these! & recently picked up some muir glen ketchup & tomato paste -- goood stuff! :o)

Vicki said...

gotta add how great those chopsticks are! my cousins are living in japan & it is such a big treat to get stuff from there. & more interesting to hear of their experiences...

Urban Vegan said...

The chopsticks are great! I have been meaning to try those 2 VWAV recipes--and your pictures made me ask myself "What are you waiting for?!" I haven't been disappointed with anything from that book.

Dori said...

Love the chopsticks and tea (yeah mom!). The muffins, oh my.... the muffins! I must try these, Tuesday I'm going shopping for some cherries.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

How neat-o that you got those chopsticks! I totally would have thought those were wetnaps too. oops! The dish looks very good and fresh - yum.

Ha to your comment about if we have run/biked/swam this weekend - YES - I did swim 1 mile on Sunday. That's it though...I get most of my workouts in during the week on my lunch break. Swimming was kinda hard and long - I didn't realize how far a mile was in swimming terms. Ugh.

Ryan did biking and rowing while I swam :)

-Crystal

Harmonia said...

Looks nice in here!!! Thanks for your comments and support on my blog! Congrats on the package from your mom! LOVE the pictures!

Tanya Kristine said...

fresh cherries??? mmm...

i love the peanut sauce. i made some and thought how good that would be with some kind of summer roll.

you're always funny by the way...just some observation i had to pass on to you.