Friday, April 27, 2007

Seitan O Greatness and My Little Friend

I finally made the famous Seitan O Greatness that everyone has been making recently. Baking seitan is so much simpler than boiling and gives a much better texture... I don’t think I’ll boil seitan again. It was sweeter than I expected so I think next time I will need to change the spices a little.Once I’d made it I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I had been thinking about making vegetable chilli and decided to make seitan chilli instead. I just cut it in chunks and threw it in the food processor to make “mince”. It made a great chilli and I ended up with stacks of it. To go with the chilli I made cornbread for the first time. I mixed a few recipes I found on the internet and came up with a tasty, not-too-sweet bread. Wee G reckoned it was a bit like eating cake with dinner. What’s wrong with that I ask?!


This is my little friend who lives just outside my apartment with her other squirrel friends. They are all so cute and sit in the tree right beside my balcony all the time eating and peeking in. They are very good subjects for practising taking pics with our new camera :)


And here is the cornbread recipe if you'd like to try it:

Cornbread

Ingredients
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsps raw sugar
½ tsp salt
1½ cups soy milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water

Directions
Preheat oven to 400F. Place cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in bowl and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl mix soy milk, oil and cornstarch and water. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Place in lightly greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 mins.

10 comments:

Urban Vegan said...

Squirelly O'Greatness! How cute they are.

Kati said...

Boy that seitan sure did get around quickly. It's definitely easy to prepare and is better than any mock meats you can buy at the store.

Your squirrel friends are so cute! How kind of them to pose for photos.

Melody Polakow said...

I love the squirrel pics... they are adorable!

I definitely liked baked seitan better any day...

KleoPatra said...

Oh That Squirrel! So cute. i was at Balboa Park today working out with Peter and spotted one that looks a lot like yours here, munching something or other. Just great. Love yer photos of 'em!!

Your seitan o'greatness is yet another winner. i love that you made it with success. Good job in mincing it, too. Neat idea. i'm drooling over your squares of cornbread to go with the chili. Awesome!!

laura jesser said...

I have not found a satisfactory cornbread recipe yet... Can you point me to some of the ones you used? When I made the seitan I changed some of the spices too, to make it more savory. Squirrels are most adorable...

Veg-a-Nut said...

Your little friend is so cute. Finally someone elses seitan looks the same color as mine. I wondered what to do with all of mine too!. I thought of grinding it up and using it in my lasagna. Since your chili worked out so good with it I think I might try it.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

The squirrel is a cutie! Glad to hear you like the seitan~

scottishvegan said...

urban vegan, Squirelly O’Greatness made me laugh so much! :)

kati, the seitan is so much better than anything you can buy in the store and I love that you know exactly what’s in it.

melody, I think we have all been converted to baked seitan!

kleopatra, that’s cool that you work out in the park! I go to my local park and walk 3-4 days a week, but it’s nothing like Balboa Park!

laura, I can’t quite remember where I got the cornbread recipes, but I wrote down what I used and have added it to the original post. I only made a half loaf because I wasn’t sure I would like it, but the recipe on my post is doubled up to make a full loaf. If you try it let me know what you think of it. Just remember I’ve only tasted cornbread once before this so I’m far from an expert! :)

veg-a-nut, putting the seitan in lasagne sounds like a great idea! I think it would be good in Bolognese too!

jess, the seitan was great. I saw you put liquid smoke in yours…I’ll have to try that!

Seitan W├Ârshipper said...

That seitan O`greatness looks wery tasty! I was making it also in last friday and IT REALLY works! I think that recipe whihch i find in that Post Punk Kitchen forums is something just great! I was doing some little changes with spices but that idea was quite a same. Squirrel photos are cute too..

And I really like your blog! Coming back soon I think..

scottishvegan said...

Seitan Worshipper, thanks for your nice comments :) I hope you do come back soon!