Blog Readers: I swear I have not abandoned you. I started out deciding to take a week vacation due to a scheduled family trip to Las Vegas, and I usually cook my recipes over the weekend. My lady and I piled into my trusty VW Golf, heading East in hopes of instant wealth, quality sinful fun and free vodka. Note delicious vegan food was not mentioned, as almost everyone in Vegas eats meat-fried-meat. Anyway, we were having an amazing time...albeit I was a little bitter because everyone else seemed to be winning money except myself.
On Sunday, we headed over to the Rio because they offer a $10 voucher for their slots. The catch is that you have to use it on slots that are at least a $1 value. We grab some food first, then secure our vouchers. I wander over to the bar for a strong mid-day libation, then notice:
HOLY SHIT! MY I.D. IS GONE!!
Let me dissect the deeper meaning here: I look no older than 14. For the first 2 days in Vegas, I was carded at least 20+ times per day. Without and I.D., I was reduced to drinking fruit punch in the hotel lobby...and a wasted $10 free voucher! The Jew in me was raging. I start freaking out. I run about 15 circles around the casino, crawling under stools [that people were sitting on] and reaching between slot machines. I check with the Security desk. No such luck. In a state of utter despair, I leave my number at the lost and found, then go outside to mope on the staircase.
Then, by some stroke of magic, my lady exchanges a few words with the Customer Care desk, and my ID is radioed back to safety. Exhausted and still slightly drunk, I thank her profusely.
"Let me just use up my voucher here, then we can go back to our hotel and take a nap."
I run back inside, throw my voucher into a $1 slot, but I accidentally hit the "Bet All" button. "Dammit!" I scream. As if the day could really get much worse. I hit the "Spin Reels" button, and all of a sudden, $$$$$ flashes across the screen. I had hit the goddamn jackpot. Quite an ending to a dramatic day.
And it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm gearing up for a move to West Hollywood, which is the other contribution in my life to blogging sluggishness. Hopefully, I'll be settled in my new kitchen with the next week or two, and I can be back to business as usual.
I also have a new puppy! She's a Jack Russel/Chihuahua mix, and she's adorable :)
Enjoy this recipe, kids. Don't be afraid of the cost of Agar. I cook all the time, and I've yet to go through the entire bottle I bought about a year ago. I can't wait to get my hands on some Carrageenan and really go to town.
- 1 package Extra Soft Silken Tofu
- 1 cup MimicCreme
- 1/2 TBSP Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Rice Vinegar
- 4 tsp Agar Powder
Bring the contents of the sauce pan to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Then remove from heat and pour immediately into a baking dish. Smooth over the mix as if you were making a batch of brownies, then place into the refrigerator for a few hours until completely set.
Use as you would any of your favorite vegan cheeses. It shreds, slices, and even does my taxes ;)