VeganMoFo: That’s a big jar of Vegenaise.
I know this picture sucks, i’m sorry. It was already dark out and I was using my desk lamp. It’s eggplant parmesan with a delicious homemade sauce. Eggplant, zucchini, onions, a fuckton of herbs, garlic, and tomato sauce. Pulsed in the food processor a few times to get the right level of chunk.
Anyway, about the title. Yesterday Isa wrote about how things like Tofutti sour cream and Gimmie Lean shouldn’t be a part of a recipe. And while I agree to a certain extent (I hate it when recipes call for vegan cheese), sometimes you buy something, like Vegenaise and if you’re like me you can only get the huge jar and you’re eating it alone so you need to think up more ways to use it than just on a sandwich.
So here’s a tip: You can use it to make eggplant parmesan. Just thin it out a little with your choice of non-dairy milk, dip your peeled eggplant slices, cover in breadcrumbs (I used panko), and bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for awhile. No, I don’t remember what temperature or for how long, but I flipped them after awhile. I suppose you could fry them but that seems a little overkill in the fat department. You really don’t need to, mine came out crispy and buttery and the eggplant was practically melting. My last meal request is going to be eggplant parmesan.
But back to the ‘using premade stuff in recipes’ thing. I hate it when you’re looking up oh say, cake recipes. And you keep having to weed through recipes that involve a box of cake mix. If you’re using a box of cake mix…it’s not a recipe. It’s just spunking up a box of cake mix. It’s an idea, maybe. But not a recipe. The eggplant in vegenaise, an idea. Not a recipe.
Just sayin’. I’m pretty tired, and probably not making a whole lot of sense.
Anyway, I will leave you with a picture of a woman who performs at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, there are actually two of them that do this. They have leg and hand stilts and are covered with 80 pounds worth of vines, leaves and grapes and they just kind of walk around and do cool moves and randomly hide against walls and scare the shit out of people when they start moving again. I’ve seen them four or five times and it never gets old.