Monday, August 24, 2009

Vegan Surf and Turf + Some Kitchen Musings

Lemon-Thyme Agave Braised Vegan Short Ribs and Seared Tofu Scallops with Mineola Tangelo Saffron Sauce

Sweet Sally Sassafras...I've been cooking up a storm lately. Let me impress upon you that the typical amount of time I spend in my kitchen is already above and beyond what a typical human being would consider normal. No, I do not own a dishwasher. Yes, my hands are softer than a baby's behind...that smells consistently of garlic. An avid home cook really cannot do wrong by indulging in fine moisturizing linements and oils.

On the downside, I have finally come to the conclusion that my POS (Piece of Shit) oven is inadequate in every way. I have given it many chances. When I want to boil, it burns. When I want to simmer, it shuts off. When I want to roast, it chars. Enough is enough. I am breaking open my Carrot Bank (vegans can't have Piggy Banks, right?), and splurging on something amazing.

Instead of sexual fantasies, I have intimate nighttime visions of me growing hot and sweaty as I show this beast who's boss:
Unfortunately, my credit card limit tells me I'll just have to keep my pants on for now. I will have to settle for the hand-holding, schoolyard puppy love oven of my day dreams, which I believe will be satisfying in it's own sweet way:


This little beauty performs every function I could possibly desire. It even has a "Chicken Nugget" button, which of course means I will immediately run to the store and buy a box of Health Is Wealth vegan variety just to make a statement.

Instead of posting a recipe this week, I thought I'd just give you a little peek at a few of the dishes that have been fed to all of my friends/guinea pigs as of late.

First, as you saw at the top of the post, my rendition of vegan surf and turf.

The Surf: Seared Tofu Scallops with Mineola Tangelo Saffron Sauce


The Turf: Lemon-Thyme Agave Braised Vegan Short Ribs

Also, a very tasty breakfast dish...

Vegan Sweet Baguette Hazelnut French Toast

17 comments:

miss v said...

nice. i have garden dreams a lot... like my tomatoes turning half read and things. weird. i like your dreams better.

ps - i'm so bummer i can't get the caesar salad recipe anymore. boohoo. i should have printed it!

Vegyogini said...

Hallelujah for new ovens! The orange Viking is totally drool-worthy, but the other beauty will enhance your kitchen experiences, I'm sure.

The vegan surf & turf looks tempting! I'm holding out for vegan Brie and vegan pain au chocolat, though... ;)

iRaw said...

omg you're so crazy, girl! I thought I was bad with my deep luv for smoked paprika, haha.

The short ribs, tofu scallops, and french toast all look amazing - perfectly perfect!

(i keep staring at the tofu scallops, that is a trip!)

Ricki said...

As always, your food looks AMAZING. I am drooling over those ribs. . .and those scallops! Congrats on the new stove--looking forward to what else you'll be making in it!

Jes said...

Mmm that french toast looks killer.

And a chicken nugget button on the oven?! Please tell me America hasn't come to that...

The new oven will be a dream come true, trust me. I nearly had a heart attack of bliss the first time I baked tofu in the oven I get to use this year. Good ovens are the jam!

Gina said...

Nice oven!! We have one of those flat cooktop things. I hate it. I can't wait to move, although it sounds like it is going to be awhile.

By the way, I thought about you the other day...I don't know if you ever read my comments about your book, but I found jackfruit in my new grocery store last week! Very exciting!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Oooh that pan seared tofu looks amazing, I can just imagine it melting in my mouth! Great photos.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Woah... you and I share the same oven dreams! I'm not quite ready to make a change, but I'm pretty sure you're #2 is the way I'm going to go, too.

Your food looks incredible, as always! Turf never looked so good.

Mihl said...

I have no idea what scallops really are (and I am too lazy to get up and drag my dictionary out) but they look fantastic! Restauran, you clearly need a restaurant. I'd come every day.
And oh, I hear you on your oven. Mine turns cookies into charcoal, too.

twoveganboys said...

Yes, I too dream of a new oven. I saw a site that has retro style ovens and fridges. They are beautiful but cost so freakin' much. I'll just have to keep dreaming.

I love the surf and turf. Yum!

janelle said...

Thank you for clarifying what POS means. Your posts always crack me up. Sorry you can't get the oven you're so sexually aroused by. Money sucks sometimes, right? Lol. The food looks beautiful! I can't wait for the recipes. And I can't wait to see what you create with your new oven. Hooray!

Debra said...

It looks so good!

Lauren said...

i just got vegan brunch for my bday last week..and i must say that picture of your french toast looks AMAZING..i need to get on some baking of brunch foods asap!

Sophia.Pflieger said...

I love that orange oven so much I want to take it back to my bedroom and have my way with it.
Those Vegan short ribs look so incredibly tender and Yummy, and Vega scallops what a neat idea, the sauce sounds so yummy!! You always come up with the most interesting things to Veganize.
Sophia,
http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Dang, I'm drooling over that orange Viking range too!

Mazuhl said...

When I got a new kitchen I went for 6 gas rings and 2 ovens. I think I should have gone for 5 rings (one double/wok ring) and a wider single oven.

Either way, a bigger oven will change you life!

JennShaggy said...

Thanks, Mazuhl...5 burners are amazing if you have the large center burner. Then you can grill indoors :)