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#1613465 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 14 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

You make the best vegan dishes Rawkstah. That looks fantastic!

Thank you! It means a lot! I enjoy the challenge and I think cooking like this has made me become much better in the kitchen.  I've learned so much more about seasonings, I appreciate different vegetables, and I've gotten more creative (I have my own secrets now to flavor dishes without relying on cheese or meat).  I used to use cheese and/or eggs a lot in dishes as a fall back, but as I cooked more and learned, I now find it pretty unnecessary.  Of course there are certain dishes that just are hard to replicate without it, but these days its not terribly hard to find a substitute.  And the bonus is that most this stuff isn't as calorie dense as the non-veg counterpart so I get to eat A TON!  :drooling:


I don't follow recipes very well, but if you ever want me to try and recall a recipe let me know!  Most times I read a few recipes and decide how I'm going to go forward from there and I can provide the recipes I had looked at. 

#1611016 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 04 February 2019 - 01:57 PM

Hey everybody! Long time no post! I've been cooking a little bit more because my shoulder is messed up and I can't train... and this past week was particularly rough so stress relief = kitchen time.


Let's knock the not spicy stuff outta the way, I made yogurt for the first time... I'm psyched that it was so easy (and I made it with non dairy milk so its vegan!). I plan on making this often for use in creamy dishes and Indian food. Basically I mixed non dairy milk (Ripple brand) with a container of Silk almond milk yogurt, and put it in my Instant pot for 13 hours. 






Ok then, we get to the good stuff. My doggo's surgery got canceled early in the week because of the extreme cold here.  So I took the free evening to make fried seitan, collards, and mashed taters with mushroom gravy. 




And yesterday I made a vat of vegan jambalaya. 


the veggies


homemade spicy seitan sausage


everything ready to go into the oven





This pic is just for laughs.... when my dog is scared of rain/wind/apartment ghosts he needs to be as close to me as possible... he literally trying to lay/sit on my head and I wake up like this.




#1592006 Greetings from Thailand!

Posted by Rawkstah on 07 November 2018 - 10:48 AM

Hi! I just got back from Bangkok I wish you would have joined a few weeks ago! I guess I will just have to come back and visit again! Welcome to the site!

#1591640 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 05 November 2018 - 12:32 PM

Nice! Gotta make a sammich with that ziti n' garlic bread.  I was craving Italian food like no other towards the end of my SE Asia trip... This just looks too good i'm droolin'  :drooling:

#1579212 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 31 August 2018 - 10:18 PM

i made bulgogi with soy curls tonight and threw it in a bowl o rice for bibimbap.  The soy curls were rehydrated in broth and then marinated, cooked in a skillet and finished off in the broiler to get it a little crispy.  The marinade was garlic, ginger, a little white wine, asian pear, brown sugar, gochujang, mirin, sesame oil, and soy sauce, scallions and sesame seeds added as well. The bowl had sesame carrots and zucchini, spicy mushrooms, garlic collards and snap peas, slice red cabbage, peas, kimchi, and some mung beans I sprouted earlier this week.



#1574418 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 09 August 2018 - 05:08 PM

I have been enjoying cooking with the Instant Pot.  I've made a couple curries in there, cooked batches of beans, and tonight I'll try collards and black eyed peas.  Last night I tried to make a vegan version of butter chicken curry.  My neighbor gave me a bag of tomatoes from his garden so I needed something to use them all.  I bought soy curls to make it which are kind of like TVP but more dense and chewier.  It was pretty great, and I took a picture of the leftovers I ate for lunch today (I didn't have enough rice so there is actually mung bean sprouts under the curry).  This is the recipe, https://www.veganric...er-chicken.html you can obviously make it however hot you want based on the peppers you use.  I followed the recipe pretty closely because I'm still not totally comfortable with the pressure cooking.  At the end I added some almond butter to make it creamier.  



#1572797 Breville Smoking Gun

Posted by Rawkstah on 02 August 2018 - 03:28 PM

I've used it and made some things slightly smokey, you have to contain the smoke and seal it for a bit to really get any effect.  I usually hit whatever I'm trying to smoke in a container a few times. But it isn't a wonder device, I wouldn't have bought it myself but it was a gift. I used a few times when I got it but now it just sits on a shelf. 




I did smoke wormwood out of it once though for funzies. 

#1572645 Breville Smoking Gun

Posted by Rawkstah on 02 August 2018 - 12:16 AM

That contraption was given to me as a gift.  I used it a couple times but it doesn't really do much but make the dish smell smokey and trick you into thinking you're eating smoked food. Its like the LaCroix of the food world. 

#1569775 Kombucha Brewing

Posted by Rawkstah on 20 July 2018 - 11:42 AM

Don't close up the lid! Its gotta breathe! I used to make a lot of kombucha and jun tea.  When I'd do the 2nd ferment I'd put a little jam in the bottles.  You could take a hot pepper jam and use it in the 2nd ferment for a spicy booch.  I will warn though that when I drank spicy booch my lips were burning for hours. 

#1568500 [Jul 16] What are you working on this week?

Posted by Rawkstah on 16 July 2018 - 02:50 PM

Poking around looking for a good Instant Pot recipe today for the maiden voyage this week, other than that nothing too spicy.  I miss this place, I need more spice in my life again. <3



#1563424 Instant Pot

Posted by Rawkstah on 27 June 2018 - 03:02 PM

I just bought one of these gadget online it should be here in a few days. I got the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, 6 Qt 9-in-1 b/c Amazon told me it was the deal of the day for $89.99. I want it to cook dry beans mostly, but would love recipes or sites, especially Indian, and anything veg friendly! 

#1557891 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 04 June 2018 - 03:45 PM


Joong Boo Market has like eleventy sixteen kinds of kimchi - there are several stores in the city.  A very adventurous place to shop.  

I was at Joong Boo, couldn't find one without fish, maybe I was in the wrong section... (I did get a ginormous piece of Jackfruit for $2.50!). It's all good though, my friend runs the Korean-Polish fusion place Kimski in Bridgeport and brought me over a huge container of their vegan kimchi yesterday.  So good! 

#1557458 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 02 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

I don't eat vegetables because I love animals, I eat vegetables because I HATE PLANTS. DEATH TO THE ALL THE PLANTS!  :twisted:






But seriously though, no one forced you to open this thread, and no one in the thread is pushing their dietary choices on you.


Everyone has their own reasons, it doesn't have to be either of the reasons you suggested. Someone could just want to help conserve water, reduce carbon emissions, be broke and can't afford meat, health related reasons, or just not want to support corporate owned concentrated animal feeding operations.




I do it out of vanity. I love to eat, and when I eat vegetables I can eat a metric shitton more and only be eating half the calories. That way I can eat all the time and still look  :hot: naked.  :party:

#1557275 The Spicy Meatless Thread... (ya I went there)

Posted by Rawkstah on 01 June 2018 - 07:38 PM

I have never had bibimbap before, but I saw some pics and looked at various recipes and decided to try making it. I made some spicy BBQ Jackfruit, blanched spinach tossed with garlic, sesame mushrooms, edamame, shredded carrots, and some cilantro, black sesame, and green onions on top.  All of it over rice. I looked all over the Asain grocery store for veg kimchi but they didn't have any. :( I am going to a Korean restaurant to get some this weekend.


#1556592 Breville Juicer

Posted by Rawkstah on 30 May 2018 - 01:19 AM

Nice score.  I have the first model you picked up and I've had it for almost 10 years, still going strong. I think I got it for free with Best Buy rewards points.  It doesn't handle softer fruits like banana and mango very well IMO and sometimes microgreens shoot right through it but other than that it's been great.  I've even added hot peppers to juices....    One of my favorite juices to make is ACE 2 oranges, 1 lemon, and 4-5 carrots.