Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chuck's 'Bean Of The Land' Twisted Un-Tuna Sandwich - AKA - Recipe 3, Filed Under Lunches

It's a beautiful day, and by beautiful I mean it's very autumn-like.   I'm off of work today so I had alot to do.  Aside from cleaning my basement, I made this - un-tuna salad! (yay).  Saturday I made the pretzels.. and what's weird is as I'm making them I'm forgetting exactly how to twist a pretzel.. funny, I know.   But I guess I did a good job.  I wanted em nice and fat so that they made a good 'sandwich bread' type pretzel, and I think I did ok.
what my head imagines a pretzel looks like.

So anyway I had to knead that dough good. (Kneading, it's what gives me the scary 'im'a kill you' muscles you see in my arms.) ;)    After kneading about 10 mins, the things were ready to whip into ropes and twist around.   As I said whatever my head imagined, I guess it looks good - or it works at least.  Who cares? The people eating them will still love me regardless...  OR ELSE!  :P

So after letting them rise for an hour and painting them with a lil vegan butter they went into the oven... and the out again and VOILA - big puffy, yay, breadlike pretzels!
lookie how puffy!

   So, after that was done, yours truly got to rest because I knew I had to get up at 5 am to run the Cheetah Run at the Cincinnati Zoo Sunday morning, which is a 5K.  So, I threw together (literally) without a recipe, what I consider the best vegan lasagna I've ever made (it's the only vegan lasagna I ever made, lol)  But OMG GOOD!  I had three pieces.  Lol.  It's a good thing no one lives with me.. they'd never get anything.... oh, oops that's right - I just gave away the secret that I'm not really anorexic like people want to beleive :x.   No offense to anorexics out there, I'm just not one and I don't appreciate being considered for the job by at least a fourth of the people I know.    But onto better things.

I ran the cheetah run (well at least a couple miles.) The hills up there are deadly, and maybe someday I can make them while running.   I have to beat my time in the Run Like Hell in October.. my time for the Cheetah - 41 mins.   :)  I did good considering it was my first.
Anyway, back to the food.
Windows open, it's gorgeous out - and maybe even a little depressing, which I kinda like. :) It feels very heavy, like Halloween.. I love Halloween.  But I digress.. I should be running the oven TODAY rather than Saturday when it was 99 degrees and humid outside.   But instead I was chopping and blending to my hearts content.  I made vegan mayo:
Vegan Mayo!

Then I made the mock tuna:
Mock tuna Salad!

Then I taste-tested it - and
whaddya know?  It tasted like tuna salad!  The best part, I got to use the kelp I've been saving for a rainy day!  How often does one get to use her kelp?!   I got to in this recipe!   I can't wait for my girls to try it!
My girls being Christy and her lil mini me, Elena.

So, The big day came and went - and what happened, what's the consensus -  and the big question - did Sheri dress up like a mermaid for this presentation?!
Well, this is how the un-tuna salad sandwich looked on a plate,paired with spinach, tomato and vegan cheese:

Ms Elena and Ms Christy and their sandwich!

Then my girls, getting ready to enjoy it.

It got rave reviews.  Elena claimed "I LOVED IT!"   And Christy Exclaimed "This is Awesome!"   So on it's debut, it made two people happy. Even I enjoyed my dinner.  I have these two now penciled in for vegan buffalo wing pizza one day in October. :)  Edited to add - Jason (Christy's husband) grabbed the other half of Christy's melt that she was saving for lunch - and LOVED it.  So we've got this one with three thumbs up!!

So, now - did I dress up like the Chicken of The Sea mermaid or what?  What did I do?  How did I make this un-tuna sing with commerciality???

I just served it.  With love. <3

And the green shirt didn't hurt... and the baubles in my hair.  Hehehe...

My best un-mermaid, mermaid impression

Next week, I'm doing something a lil different.  Cooking for myself.   I'm going to make vegan eggs benedict.. attempt to make english muffins and all.  Why am I not guinea pigging anyone?  Well, no one's hollered this week, and unless they do, I'm not in the mood to go hunting for pigs!  :-D  I am a vegan after all. 

Til next blog, folks. 

Music enjoyed while cooking and writing this blog:
Mono - Silicone: 

Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek:

Kate Havnevik - Kaleidoscope:

Frou Frou - Shh:

Duran Duran - Save A Prayer:

Lion King - Circle Of Life:

Peabo and Celine - Beauty and The Beast:

Bread - It Don't Matter To Me:

The Carpenters - Rainy Days and Mondays:

Phil Collins - Against All Odds:

Barry Manilow - Ready To Take A Chance:

Enya - Tempus Vernum:

Carpenters - Yesterday Once More:

The Association - Never My Love:

Peter, Paul and Mary - Leaving On A Jet Plane:

Mazzy Star - Still Cold:

Lisa Gerrard - Elysium

Current Motivation - The Weather

Current Craving - Chipotle

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