October 11, 2012

Carrot Onigiri

I sometimes get lazy, but want to fool myself into thinking what I'm eating is fancy, simply to make myself feel better. So I make simple yet fancy feeling foods.

Like this Carrot Onigiri!

Simple Carrot Onigiri

Cooked sushi Rice, seasoned with Mirin
Shisho Rice flavoring sprinkles (optional)
Nori, cut into strips
1 Carrot, steamed and mashed

I used a triangle press, but if you don't have one, you can use your hands to form the shapes. Take a small handful of rice with wet hands, and place in the press, pushing down. (Or flatten it down with your hands) Add a spoonful of the carrot.
Place another handful on top, and press it down again.
Add a strip of nori on the bottom, and sprinkle with shisho sprinkles or sesame seeds.

I ate it with some Spicy Vegannaise! Just mix a spoonful of vegannaise with some sriracha sauce to taste, and use it as a dipping sauce!

October 8, 2012

Tis the Season!

I'm going to be honest, there isn't much I like about fall (with the exception of pumpkin everything! I'm a big fan of that!) In Montreal it's often cold and grey, which isn't exactly endearing. I cannot stand the cold AT ALL! It's barely cold (according to my husband) But I've been sporting scarves and multiple layers already.

However, the fall themed cooking is DIVINE, and one of the simplest fall things you can make is Spiced Baked Apples! My classmate Lynn went apple picking and brought a bunch to class. Noone wanted any, so I aquired the bag for myself!

The other best part about this recipe is that it makes your house smell DIVINE!

Spiced Baked Apples with Maple Syrup

Ingredients: (Per apple)
An Apple, core removed
Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice- a shake of each
Maple Syrup

Preheat the oven to 350.
Place the apple on baking sheet. Sprinkle with the spices.
Stick it into the oven and bake until the flesh is super soft, and the outside is nice and wrinkly.
Top with maple syrup!

 These are so easy to make, and are perfect for an afternoon snack, or dessert, or even breakfast! (Imagine with some oatmeal? Yumm!)

October 6, 2012

Easy Salt and Pepper Tofu

I have been having a bit of a lazy week, with lots of peanut butter and crackers, plain rice with steamed veggies... very uninspiring to be honest.

It's also Canadian Thanksgiving, but the hubs be working, and I'm not visiting family this year, so I had to fill my day with some sort of food to be thankful for.

So I made one of my favorite dishes- Salt and Pepper Tofu.

Easy Salt and Pepper Tofu

Tofu, cut into cubes- medium firm to extra firm
Salt, Pepper, Chili Flakes
Oil, for frying.

Heat your oil in a large skillet, enough so there's a nice layer of it in the pan.
Toss the tofu in some cornstarch, and add a few at a time, frying them, flipping them constantly, so that all the sides get nice and golden toasty.
Remove from the oil, and immediately toss with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Be generous with it! It's what makes it so yummy! Place on some newspaper to drain any remaining oil.
Continue with the rest of the tofu!

I served mine with some leftover basmati rice from the night before, stirfried with some frozen mixed vegetables, fresh garlic and freshly ground ginger... it was awesome.

October 2, 2012

Happy October

Hi there! It's October!

October is one of my favorite months! Pumpkin EVERYWHERE! (I love me some pumpkin!)

Unfortunately I am currently without pumpkin, which is very sad, but made something delicious, which is very yummy! It's also extremely easy to make

Easy Mexican Style Grilled Sammiches

Refried Beans
Sliced Tomatoes
Daiya Cheddar
Corn Tortillas
Chili Flakes
Salt and Pepper

Mix the refried  beans with some chili flakes, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Spread over a corn tortilla.
Top with a tomato, and then some Daiya. Add another corn tortilla.
Heat a skillet on med-high with some oil or cooking spray.
Once hot, add the sandwich. Cook, flipping every so often to prevent burning, until the cheese is melty and the sammich is hot throughout.
Eat and Enjoy!

This is also exceptionally good with Guacamole or avocados in it, as well as salsa, corn, and various other veggies added! It's super delicious!

September 23, 2012

Happy to Be Back Sushi

So I've been gone. Again.

I broke my computer. Again.

But Now I'm back! And I made some sushi!

Super Unhealthy Sushi

Sushi Rice, prepared
Eggplant, cut into sticks
Tofu, cut into sticks
Carrots, grated into matchsticks (I have a julienne grater)
Scallions, bottom cut off
Sesame Seeds
Rice Chex
GF flour mixed with soy milk to form a pancake like batter
Oil, for Deep Frying
Sriracha sauce

Heat the oil on the stove.
Take your Rice Chex, and crush to form tempura like flakes with a rolling pin.
Coat the tofu and eggplant in your Flour and milk mixture, and then quickly toss with the rice chex flakes.
Deep fry the tofu and eggplant until golden and crunchy.
Spread the rice onto the sushi, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Top with a scallion, carrot strips, and some tofu and eggplant.
Roll the roll and slice into pieces.
Mix together some vegannaise and sriracha sauce to form a spicy mayo dip.