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Catching Up a Bit

July 17, 2008

Okay, since Ricki really wanted me to post the crab cakes, here they are! I put 1 1/2 of them on sourdough toast with some avocado & homegrown alfalfa sprouts.

The recipe is from VegWeb & can be found here. The changes I made were:

  • omitted parsley (I never have it on hand)
  • used panko instead of breadcrumbs
  • only used 1 tablespoon of oil—not sure what the remaining 1/2 cup of it was for?
  • added raw green onions before forming into patties

I didn’t think any of these changes would make them come out wonky. Well, something sure did! They were so squishy. I had to bake them for WAY LONGER, so that I could flip them, so the veggies were pretty smushy by that time. They were also salty, so if I decide to try them out again (maybe with some gluten flour added & extra panko), I’ll omit at least half the salt. Maybe all of it. And I would make them a lot smaller. The full-size patties are way too large & fragile.

After all that fussing, they DO taste good, but I’ve never had “real” crab cakes, so I’m not sure if they compare flavor-wise. I think the texture can be fixed.

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I also tried Joanne Stepaniak’s Chedda Uncheez (with no crazy variations) which seemed really cool, that is, until I tried it. It tastes pretty good, has a cheezy look, and slices well, but…it squeaks! It’s really unnerving to me, eating food that squeaks. I tried it on a grilled cheez, cooking it really low & slow, & it sort of melted in the center, but the edges remained creepily hard & noisy. I think I have to throw it out, even though I hate wasting food.

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Here’s something I couldn’t screw up! It’s an ice cream sandwich, made with evolution cookies & some cherry chocolate chunk soy ice cream I got at Trader Joe’s. Yummy summer treat!

One more thing! I also made the chicken-style seitan (no pictures, since it isn’t that pretty!) from Real Food Daily, but I might freeze it until my fridge isn’t so full of food. Have any of you tried it before? I’m thinking of using it for chicken nuggets with BBQ sauce or maybe some chicken fillets with mashed potatoes & gravy? Hmmm…

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 17, 2008 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the crab cakes! They sure LOOK like “real” ones. From the list of ingredients, it’s hard to tell. And sorry about the uncheese. . . .I tried the swiss and really liked it.

  2. July 17, 2008 11:23 pm

    My stomach growled as soon as I saw your photo of crab cakes. WOW.

    Thanks for writing about the uncheese, too. I was thinking about trying it this weekend. Maybe I’ll only make half the recipe and see if I like it.

  3. July 18, 2008 8:09 am

    that ice cream cookie, oh my….

  4. July 18, 2008 11:31 am

    Ricki—You’re welcome! I definitely think the recipe is worth perfecting. Yeah, I’ve had really great uncheese recipes, but this one was creeping me out!

    Maggie—Gracias! Let me know if you like the uncheese. I’m just not a friend of agar, I guess.

    stephanie—Thanks so much!

  5. July 18, 2008 12:18 pm

    Wow I admire you for making your own vegan cheese! It would freak me out if it squeaked too.

  6. July 19, 2008 9:37 pm

    That cookie looks so good! I wish I could have had one tonight! I was on a mission for a cookie sandwich!

  7. July 20, 2008 7:16 am

    I love the RFD book, but haven’t tried the seitan yet! The Quinoa veggie soup and Ranchero sauce are wonderful.

  8. July 21, 2008 3:19 pm

    Ashley—Thanks! I can’t wait to try more homemade (hopefully not squeaky) vegan cheeses.

    VeganFabulous—Damn. I wish I could teleport one to you!

    Lisa—I’m going to have to try those recipes out. I haven’t bought it yet, but used the “search inside book” option at Amazon.com. I’m trying to be pickier about my cookbook buying binges, since I have so many already!

  9. Jennifer permalink
    July 25, 2008 10:50 am

    Hello! I just found your blog through Show Me Vegan. I’m really enjoying it (especially the post about your squeaky cheez!). We’re big fans of TJ’s Soy Creamy in our house, too, but I’ve never tried the cherry chocolate chunk and now I will! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello since this is my first visit. I look forward to stopping by again soon!

  10. July 25, 2008 11:39 am

    Jennifer—Thank you! I love your blog too & your daughter is a cutie. I added you to my links as well! Can’t wait to try out some of your recipes…

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