Sunday, June 17, 2007

Orange Seitan, Eggrolls and Strawberry Tallcakes

Dinner 6/17 by Amy and Juan with help from Tony

• Orange Seitan

• Eggrolls

• Brown Rice

• Strawberry Tallcakes

The Orange Seitan recipe is made from Juan's yummy seitan and a sauce loosely based on Christina Pirello's Chinese Orange Seitan. It came out okay, but Juan and I both agreed that we liked the General Tso's Sauce better. The orange juice was a treat I picked up from Zimmerman's, the local general store. I wanted to make popsicles and picked up some OJ that was on sale.

The eggrolls were a recipe of my own. They're filled with green onions, garlic scapes, green cabbage, soy sauce, ginger, salt, and a little coriander. The dough is just whole wheat flour, salt and water. I used to roll out the skins by hand, but Tony came up with the genius idea of running the dough through a pasta roller to get it really thin. It worked out great and I plan to share photos of how they were made when I'm not dead on my feet. :)

The Strawberry Tallcakes were the semi-bioregional version of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cupcakes of the same name from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World". The cupcake itself is the bioregional half -- made with 100% whole wheat, oil instead of margarine, and sorghum as the sweetener. They came out fluffy and for a Bobolink treat, they were great cupcakes. The not-as bioregional part was the frosting. We used all of the ingredients that Isa calls for, margarine, shortening, organic powdered sugar... oy vey! The finished product was delicious with the addition of canned strawberries from last year's garden. As you can see, Tony had lots of fun using the piping kit to decorate! Here's a closeup shot:

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