Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seitan Roast – Celebrate your Holidays with Seitan

Seitan Roast – Celebrate your Holidays with Seitan

I love this roast for holiday events. With Easter coming up, I wanted to share it with you. This is a great one for mixed company. Meat eaters completely enjoy it. Sadly, not for the Gluten Free guests though.

All Hail Seitan!

For the Seitan:
10 oz Firm tofu
1 cup water
3 Tbl oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic gradual/powder
1 tsp sage
2 Tbl soy sauce
1 Tbl Braggs liquid amino (or ½ Tbl more soy sauce)
2 Tbl Nutritional yeast (big flake, not fine powder)
2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet
2 and 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten

For the Stuffing:
.5 cup mixed wild rice
1 cups water
1 “chicken” flavor bouillon cube
1 sprig fresh Rosemary, finely chopped
¼ cup pine nuts (raw or toasted – I usually use raw)
Salt and pepper to taste

You will also need:
A steamer tray or stove top steamer (available for super cheap at any Asian grocery store)
Tin foil
Spray cooking oil

Start the stuffing first – In a pan or rice cooker, add rice, water, bouillon cube and rosemary – Cook rice following standard cooking method – Once rice is done, add pine nuts, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Get your steamer going.

In a medium bowl, add the vital wheat gluten. In a blender (blender is preferable, but food processor will also work), combine everything on the “For the Seitan” list except the vital wheat gluten.  Pour mixture into the bowl with the vital wheat gluten and stir. Once the mixture has combined a little, get your hands in there and knead it a bunch. You want to activate the gluten so that it pulls against itself a bit and creates thick strands (about 3-4 minutes of kneading).

Lay out 2 large pieces of tinfoil in a cross pattern and spray with cooking oil.

Create a flat layer of the gluten mixture in the center of the tinfoil cross. To do this, I usually pull off small pieces and lay them side-by-side and then flatten them all together (since gluten can be difficult to roll out or flatten like pizza dough) – the small pieces will form together as it is cooking.

In the center of your flattened gluten, make a pile of the rice mixture. Roll the gluten around the rice mixture like a burrito. Pinch the ends together so that the rice is entirely encased. Use the foil wrapping to hold it all together tightly.

Place in the steamer and steam for 1 hour. Check on the water occasionally to make sure your steamer doesn't boil dry. 15 minutes before the steaming is complete, turn the oven to 350 degrees. When the steaming is complete, put the foil wrapped goodness into the oven for 45 minutes.

Optional, you can roast vegetables in the oven with the roast (in a separate pan) so they are ready when the roast is!

When oven time is complete, serve sliced with your festive meal :D

Friday, March 28, 2014

Beet Burgers - Gluten Free and Vegan

I don’t think I can eat enough beets and cauliflower. They might be my favorite foods. Both vegetables are incredibly versatile.

For this meal, I went very “American bar food” – burgers and hot wing. Shockingly, we were not watching sports that night.

For the hot-wings, I love the PETA Vegan Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wing – I have made them with a few different types of flour and find that brown rice flour is my favorite – this makes them vegan AND gluten free AND paleo (in some people’s interpretation of paleo). While I am not gluten free nor paleo, I have some dear friends who are both. Finding gluten-free, paleo, vegan recipes is an exciting challenge. I love food challenge.

The Beet Burgers are hands down my favorite burger ever. The recipe is super quick and easy too!
Note: if you go gluten free on the flour and bun, this is a great gluten free and vegan meal!

3 whole beets – medium sized:  raw, peeled and grated
1 small onion, diced
2 Tbl chia seeds
1 Tbl flour (whatever kind you like, I love brown rice flour)
1 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp garlic granuals/powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dry basil (if you have fresh, use that instead. Nummers)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Condiments and Buns – I love sprouts, avocado and vegan mayo/aoili on this amazing burger.  

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stir well. Let sit for about 30 minutes.

Once the beet mixture has had time to mingle, heat about 3 Tbls of oil In a pan. Form the beet mixture into patties and place carefully in the oil. Let cook on that side for 4-5 minutes, until a good crust has formed. Flip and cook that side as well.

Place pattie on bun and add condiments.


Serves 2-3, depending on burger thickness.

With the leftover beet mixture, I made little slider burgers and fried them. I then packed them for lunch the next day with some adorable vegan (but not GF) buns that I found. This is the slider bar at my desk at work:

Excel Formula Tips

In a world where art meets Excel, lives these pretty little Excel Tips posters.

I had gathered some formulas for calculating workdays and displaying weekdays and workdays in a report. I use them often and wanted a nice way to remind myself of them.

This one hangs at my desk:

This is one that I made for a coworker who wanted a refresher on Excel, basic Sum and Average functions, as well a keyboard shortcuts for copying formulas and cells across rows or down columns. I added the fill series down menu option, since it is used often in our office. The background of this one is Opal Creek, OR. So pretty. I look forward to going there this summer.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Another New Years Resolution

I'm generally not one for New Year's Resolutions, but I've been thinking about this blog a lot lately. It's time to step it up and really start posting more. It also happens to be the start of the New Year.. so that works out well. Coming up soon, I will document the delicious Tofurkey Noodle Soup that I made last night.

Starting with this little teaser.

Delicious vegan soup. It's winter. Soup is where it's at. Also, new truffle color Le Creuset makes me want to post a million pictures of cooking. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


We've lived (and I've owned) this house for almost 6 years. We used to be listed in the club listings in the first couple years, since we would have shows in the big 45 ft long main room. Now that room is used a lot more for riding bikes around in. It's a good time living here.

We're right on 39th Ave. (I won't call it Cesar E Chavez until I absolutely have to) but we still maintain some good gardens in the front. We call it AdventureLand.. but since it looks tiiiny outside and it's muuuuch larger on the inside, it's been suggested that TARDIS might have been a better name. Don't care, it'll always be AdventureLand.

The giant main room of the house comes with the required "tall, tattooed guy".

The main floor also features a study/library (not pictured), a Russian inspired bathroom with a chandelier (also not pictured) and the AdventureCade (pictured below) with a projector and Super Nintendo. (edit - this is now my office.. still looks the same though)

Check out the Photosynth panoramic

The Upstairs!

The upstairs features a bedroom (not pictured) and 2 offices. Slightly different things happen in these rooms. The clean guy, my husband, (below) is a film maker. The crazy, messy room (above)  is mine... and there's not much that I don't do.

And then there is, of course, the upstairs bathroom. We designed and helped build it. the sinks are from the Rebuilding Center, the counter top is reclaimed hardwood and bamboo floors are from a socially responsible, local manufacturer and distributor.. yep, I know.

Last, but certainly not least, the basement. There are several other rooms (darkroom, weird americana laundry room, green screen room, etc) down there, but here are the highlights:

My husband's man-cave. Also a screening room for his movies and lovingly called the Vietnam Lounge. Another Photosynth Panoramic!

My studio is used mainly for bike fixing and screen printing. The panorama was a little weird on this one (the center is a full wall size mirror). You can see for yourself with one last Photosynth!

That's AdventureLand!

Monday, June 20, 2011


Oh yeah.. and some nerdy, awesome stuff. Like this dude:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Intentions

Here are the things that I am promising you.

1. A weird obsession with The Cult of Done.
2. Updates about what the projects I am working on, especially when they are done.
3. Vegan recipes.
4. Probably a lot about my garden in the summer and my cat in the winter... ok, probably a lot about my cat all seasons.