Now that I look at our spread, we could have really used some naan..but we had alot going on and only two of us in the kitchen.
Let's start backwards, like I did
I started with rasgulla.. which un-vegan is cheese balls in a sweet fragrant rose/cardamom syrup. Well, I had to shape my 'cheese' in balls. I used tofu for cheese, because it seemed like the best thing.. Well, they started out as perfect balls of 'cheese' just ready to boil in a sugar/water mixture!
|Vegan "Rasgulla" balls.|
Well, that worked out ok, until I had to boil them for half an hour! My rasgulla balls split into pieces... however, even though they looked a bit weird, they still tasted pretty good. Nice sweetness with a hint of perfuminess with the rose water. "I" liked it. My sister said it was good... my mom, it's hard to tell with her because she's mom and doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.. but she said she liked it. SO I guess the rasgulla was a success. To my knowledge. I did bring the leftover rasgulla home.. I plan to snack on it at some point.
|my sister looks questionable.|
I don't have a picture of it, but while Un-Celebrity chef Vicki was working on her vegah bhaji, I was working on my coconut creamed spinach. The thing called for frozen spinach, but if I make it again, I'll use fresh. There's something about frozen spinach that just makes everything 'fishy' and I don't know what it is, but I digress.. it wasn't a real big hit. I had some, mom had some.. Vicki, not somuch.. it was 'good'.. but not 'good enough' to want more.. so I pitched it. :P bleh.
|Spicy Chicken Curry|
On to my un-celebrity chef's next feat - the very UN-VEGAN spicy chicken curry - which did smell divine.. but since she was the only one that had it - all we have is her word. And since this IS a vegan blog - her word on this makes no difference.. so there. (J/K) She did say it was good.. it was spicy like she likes and it smelled pretty indian restaraunty to me, so I guess she had success here. But while she was making this, I was moving on to the one thing I miss more than anything. There was a little Indian place by my office that closed YEARS ago, but served Mushroom Matar (no other indian place in this area serves it!!) So, this is what I wanted for myself.. so that is what I started to make!
|chix curry to the right, mushroom matar to the left|
So we boiled some basmati rice to put our yumminess over.. and sat the table. Then my sister started the tea for traditional indian chocolate chai, then we sat down and started to
|Vegan rasgulla and vegan chocolate chai|
Why? Why would I say that?
Well, because I'm already having seconds for dinner!!!
And right now I'm stuffed to the gills.. which means I have to start typing out my recipes and planning next week's food so that I can digest, to finish the rest of my daily Kundalini practice for the night.. I've got two hours. I doubt it'll take that long! lol.
Anyway, I would like to thank this week's un-celebrity vegan/un-vegan chef, my sister Vicki.. for the use of her kitchen, her cleaning abilities, her dirty stove (which I made dirty), her dishes, and anything else we used her for to make this lovely lunch. :) It was awesome! I'm kinda bummed I didn't get any video, but we were so busy running back and forth looking for tumeric and garam masala that there just wasn't time to video.. next time I'll get her though!
Stay tuned for next week's veganization. A tribute to a very german, very not-so-nice Mr. Augustus Kroll.. and seriously, if any of you know an Augustus Kroll who died in 1874.. holler.. because I think I need to talk to you before my next veganization.
Music enjoyed while cooking and writing this blog:
Some show on the cooking channel
Hoarding, buried alive
Nothing - ohmygoodness I'm stuffed!