Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Miso Hungry

I know I was supposed to post these a few days ago, but life happened. I spent the weekend at my parents because my sister was in town. Raw was so hard over there. My mom made cinnamon raisin biscuits (she makes them vegan). Boo. I ate fruit salad.

Anyhow. I've been craving seaweed a lot lately. I think I saw somebody with sushi and my mind has not let that go ever since.

First, I made a raw miso soup the other day. It was pretty good. I love it for it's simplicity. It only has maybe five ingredients, but each adds a different element. I don't have a recipe yet, because I want to make it one more time. It was a bit salty and I need to tweak that. It really hit the spot though. I'll post the recipe in my next blog.

I've also been delving into raw sushi making. I discovered a whole new world in which nut pates replace the rice. At first, I was highly skeptical. Mostly because I just can't let go of the horribleness that is sunflower seed tuna. So I continue to equate nut pates with what I'm pretty sure death has to taste like. Cake or death? Death, please!

My first go at raw sushi was from Mattye Lee Thompson's Frugal Raw. I cannot do anything but speak positively about this book. The few recipes I have made turned out delicious. What I love most about it, though, is that nothing really calls for ridiculously expensive ingredients. Almost all the nut based dishes call for sunflower seeds or cashews. Color me impressed. Buy this book because Mattye is a wonderful person and the book is "Hot fiyah," as the youth like to say.

So...Mattye's Nori Rolls are delicious. I went with the sunflower seed variation. As I said before, I wasn't expecting much. The garlic and ginger made this so right on that I ate an entire batch in one sitting. Of course, I don't think I added quite enough water because the recipe only yielded enough for three rolls. It is damn good. There is a spiciness and saltiness to it that makes soy sauce and wasabi completely unecessary. I made cucumber & avocado rolls and cucumber, green onion, avocado and red bell pepper rolls.

Finally, I decided to go all fancy schmancy and make some things from The Artful Vegan. My husband bought me this cookbook last Festivus and I have yet to make anything besides the sausages. The recipes seem very inspired but, ultimately, laborious. Plus, there are a gang of ingredients I have never even seen before. I decided to go ahead and make a salad. The recipe I made was the Avocado, Sea Vegetable and Plum [Salad] with Creamy Wasabi Dressing and Spicy Candied Peanuts. Try saying that five times fast. Seriously.

The recipe was pretty good. Although...not feeling the wasabi dressing so much. I feel it is probably just my circumstances, though. Not sure how old my wasabi powder was so it wasn't spicy enough for me. Also the sesame oil overtook the dressing so the wasabi was just in the background. I did think that everything worked together in it's entirety, though. I would like to make this again with new wasabi and roasted peanuts.

Above is a picture of the salad undressed. It was quite the sight! More to come soon...


Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Your raw sushi looks fan-freakin-tastic!

theliberalvegan said...

Wow, major support from me for going raw. I'm not there yet. The food looks awesome and I'll have to check out the cookbooks.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Thanks for the kind words! This raw thing hasn't always been easy, but it's definitely worth it!