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Back to “Normal”

July 21, 2008

Well, not that I claim to ever be normal, but what I mean is that my mum has flown the coop (or studio), and things are back to usual. I miss her a lot! We had so much fun & the bickering was surprisingly minimal, probably because she’s really the best mom I could ask for. While she was here, we did a ton of shopping, which I NEVER do, & she even bought me a new vacuum & helped me get some desperately needed clothes. Thanks Momma!

Last night, Eth came over & we made a real feast together. Using some of the Real Food Daily Chicken-Style Seitan, we made nuggets by cutting it into cubes, dipping it in a chicken-y seasoned batter, then pressing panko over the sides. As the nuggets baked on a greased cookie sheet, we whipped up some mashed potatoes & gravy (the Golden Gravy **with added seitan “giblets”** from The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook). Everything was really good. And really brown…

To me, the taste of the seitan is a little “off.” It really smells like turkey, which is good, but there’s something sort of murky-tasting in there. It could be the cannelini beans, so I’ll try cutting down on them next time to see if that makes a difference. The texture is cool, not stringy or chewy, which grosses me out in some seitan recipes. Also, the nuggets are much better today, dipped in some BBQ sauce.


I also made some chocolate chip cookies, half of them for Ethan’s brother, who went to watch Batman with us, and the other half for the legal aide at my school who worked her ass off to settle the case against my last (insane) landlord, who refused to give me my security deposit back. Happy time!

Here’s the recipe, which is just the Toll House one, veganized:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Ener-G egg replacers
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375*F. Cream the margarine, sugars, vanilla, & “eggs” until fluffy. Add the flour, salt & baking soda, & carefully stir till combined. Fold in the chocolate chips & nuts. Place balls of dough (about 1 1/2 tablespoons worth) 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet & bake 8-11 minutes, or until golden on the edges & still soft in the center. They’ll firm up as they cool.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2008 7:50 pm

    that’s great, i used to LOVE toll house cookies. i would love to try this vegan version. you always have such great photos, BTW!

  2. July 22, 2008 12:16 am

    aren’t moms the best? my mom is visiting and not only did she take me shopping but she cleaned my whole house while I was at work! those cookies look awesome!

  3. July 22, 2008 11:58 am

    Ooo seitan chicken nuggets. I want to try those! The cookies look delicious.

  4. sarah permalink
    July 22, 2008 2:39 pm

    Just FYI, Toll House chips are not vegan. They have milkfat in them.

  5. July 22, 2008 6:29 pm

    quarrygirl—Thanks! Before I was a vegan they never turned out for me (greasy & too spready), but now they work out perfectly. Weird.

    Yo Soy!—Yes. Yes, they are. Your mom is rad!

    Ashley—Thank you!

    sarah—I don’t use Toll House chocolate chips. Not to sound like a jerk here, but that’s why the recipe says it is “veganized” & I don’t say to use Toll House chocolate chips.

  6. Celine permalink
    July 23, 2008 2:20 am

    must. make. cookies!

  7. July 23, 2008 4:32 am

    Your cookie looks great! A nice way to celebrate being done with insane landlords.

  8. July 23, 2008 9:17 am


    I love making veganized Toll House cc cookies, too! They’re surprisingly good, aren’t they?

    Also, I don’t know if you have this cookbook or not, but you should definitely check out “The Joy of Vegan Baking.” It has lots of really good recipes in it – particularly one for chocolate chip mint cookies. They’re amazing, & I’m not even a big “dessert person.” Seriously!

    PS Consider yourself bookmarked!

  9. July 24, 2008 5:52 am

    You just inspired me to order a new vegan cookbook. I have been on a dry spell for so long, I need some inspiration from new recipes!

  10. July 25, 2008 11:44 am

    Celine—do. it!

    Lisa—Yeah, stress relief plus treats is a winning combo!

    jd—Thank you for the book recommendation. I’ve heard some people complain that it uses margarine, sugar, & egg replacer, but in my mind, isn’t that the point of vegan baking?! I’ll see if they have it at Powell’s. Good luck on your bar exams too.

    VeganFabulous—Cool! I hope the cookbook inspires you!

  11. August 31, 2008 11:09 am



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