Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canadian Cheeze Soup and Awards

I became a vegetarian around December of my sophomore year in high school.  I was 15 at the time and ate out a lot.  One of my favorite places was a local diner chain called Jim's.  This is the perfect place if you were a) too young to have any late night hangouts, b) drunk beyond belief and didn't want tacos, and c) the type to sit around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes until the wee hours.

Jim's wasn't really known for it's food.  It was more an atmosphere thing.  In recent years, they completely revamped their menu and even opened up some coffee bars.  I haven't been since the days I was in a comedy troupe, but I kinda wanted to go back there.  Jim's is one of those nostalgic memories that makes me think of being young and stupid.  So I set out to recreate my favorite dish (besides the grilled cheese): Canadian cheese soup.

Canadian Cheeze Soup

First, I want to say that I have no frickin' idea if Canadians eat cheese soup or if this is a popular dish at all.  What I do know is that I loved it because it was creamy, cheesy, and filled with tender vegetables.  Unfortunately, I don't have a recipe today because I have to tweak one or two things.  But I can tell you that this took me back to San Antonio, TX and my young adulthood all the way.  Super thick and creamy.  Really delicious.  It's also low in fat, soy free, and can be easily made gluten free.  I plan to make it again soon because the temperature is finally, FINALLY dropping!  Yay!

salad and telera bread

Sticking with the Texas kick, I also made chicken fried seitan several weeks ago with white gravy.  I can't even remember the last time I've had that dish.  A local vegan restaurant had it on their menu for Father's Day.  However, they used this delicious mushroom-thyme gravy.  That's completely blasphemous to a Texan.  Haha.

chicken (or country) fried steak, white gravy, and mixed veg

I've been awarded a Versatile Blogger Award!  Yay!  So, with my shame face I gladly accept and thank Lacey for the award.  I also pledge to blog much more often (at least once a week). Anyway, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself that you don't know and then I'll choose five seven people to give the versatile blogger award to!

1. I have scars on my face from a dog bite when I was 16.
2. I'm a board game fiend, but nobody likes to play me because I win most of the time!
3. With the exception of maybe two pairs, all of my shoes are Chuck Taylors or look-alikes.
4. I was born in England, but I've never left the country since moving here.
5. My first pet was a goldfish that I named Immortal.  It died three days later and I cried and cried and cried.
6. I think squirrels are the frackin devil!
7. My favorite author is Stephen King.

Versatile Bloggers (in no order)
Vegan Eats & Treats!- I love how Amey eats locally!  She also does extraordinary things like can food and packs her freezer full of homemade goodies.  And you should seriously check out the rainbow potluck she had recently!

Vegan Thyme- Kelly's food is always amazing.  I love how she veganizes things and can never make it through her blog without drooling.

The Vegan Mouse- I heart Kim so much.  She promised me one day we'd have a tea party and I'm seriously holding her up to it.  If you are looking for wonderful recipes and beautiful food, visit her blog!

Lazy Smurf- I love her blog because it reminds me of home.  I'm from San Anto, but I loved going to Austin whenever I could.  And this weird thing happened.  I left Texas right before the huge boom in vegan and vegetarian restaurants.  So now I have to live vicariously through blogs.

Seitan is My Motor- Mihl is a bread/dumpling/pastry genius!  I love to look at her blog.  She really inspires me to do fancy things that I would normally be afraid of.

Wing-It Vegan- River semi-recently returned to her original blog.  She is one of my favorite bloggers of all time because she is wickedly creative.  I first discovered her during VeganMoFo of 2008 where she did amazing Halloween themed things!

Cupcake Kitteh- I love Mandee's blog not only because she loves Scrubs as much as I do.  She also makes a mostly gluten free and soy free lifestyle look easy!

More to come soon...


kmouse said...

Thanks for the blog award my lovely!

That soup looks incredible! I'll have to ask my canadian husband if he's heard of that soup. :)

dreaminitvegan said...

You know my neighbor growing up was part Canadian, they were always going back to Canada visit family. Anyways I know that she loved cheese soup.

Yay for your award. I love squirrels it's the gophers that are the devils. ughhh.

Michelle said...

Your chicken fried seitan looks delicious. Chicken or country fried anything looks and sounds good to me, as I am from the south...TN. I need to try my hand at making that! :o)

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

Kim-You're welcome!

Dreamin' It Vegan-Gophers are very horrible! The house we just moved out of had a ridiculous gopher problem. The would mess up our yard all the time.

Michelle-I don't know what Southerners are without their fried foods, gravy, and bbq! :)

lazysmurf said...

Wait I need that recipe for that Cheese soup, get your act together! Really, it looks super awesome. I miss drinking coffee and smoking all night. sigh. Your fried steak looks so good! I don't think I have had it since I became vegan either.

jessy said...

i too am eagerly awaiting the recipe to the cheeze soup. it sounds ridiculously goooood, and it's soup season so i'm up for the awesomeness! while i do love a good mushroom gravy, white gravy is the way of the south, fo 'sho. dan and i made fried tempeh with green beans and smashed potatoes the other night, and you better believe it was smothered in a peppery white gravy. mmmmmm! congrats on the award - and i too LOVE to play board games. it's tough for me to find people to play me as well. more people should love board games, methinks! they're the best and waaay better than card games, in my opinion. :)

Mihl said...

Wow, thank you!

I have a scar in my face from a dog bite from when I was two. Fortunately I don't even remember it. It's strange to have a scar and you don't really know why it's there.

I really enjoyed this post and reading about your meories. Comedy troupe sounds exiting.

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

ooooh does that cheeze soup have beer in it? I haven't had cheese soup in...10 years? wow.

Andrea said...

The cheese soup, no matter its origins, looks warm and comforting. If I can't have sunshine here in the PNW, at least I can have creamy soup, right? Personally, squirrels are OK, earwigs are the devil. (Maybe fruit flies or mosquitoes)

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Aww, Mo! Congrats on the award and thank you so much for passing it on! How sweet! I think I'll pass mine on to people that haven't blogged in a while, you know, to poke them a little! :P

You were born in England! That's so cool! I would love to travel to England some day to visit my buddy Becks and to do a Jane Austen tour! :)

Whenever I see one of our backyard squirrels being a bully I think of you! Heehee!