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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tofu Benny and my second hat

 
If you don't own Vegan Brunch, you should find access!  Try requesting it at your local library if it's not a good time to buy it or borrow it from a friend (if you're lucky enough to live near many vegans).  Every single image looks amazing.  Seriously.  I remember discovering scrambled tofu, VwaV style, and realizing that we could have homestyle vegan breakfasts that matched our omnivore days.  What a delight!  I am a breakfast lover, which means that there is rarely a time that it doesn't sound good :)

Now, let's take it to the next level.  We once made the Greek Tofu Benedict from Veganomicon, which turned out quite nice, served up with a tahini dill sauce, tomato, and olives with a side of fried potatoes.  It was actually my first "benedict" and a good experience.  When I asked Adam what he would like to celebrate his 3rd Veganversary (which was actually in January) he wanted Tofu Benny from Vegan Brunch (one of the incentives for gifting it to me at Christmas) and I was happy to oblige.  We've talked about making English Muffins for sometime and this seemed like the perfect time to start.  We made the English muffins in the book, using spelt flour and they were great.  Just as good as the store and we know all of the ingredients without spending $5 for the "good stuff."  The only other changes to the English muffins that we made were coconut oil instead of margarine and we did not add sugar to the yeast.  For the tofu marinade the only thing I substituted was apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar, which worked out fine.  For the Hollandaise sauce I used lime juice instead of lemon and apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar.  All of these changes were made to accommodate what we had on hand.

These babies were served up with Breakfast Sausages that I mentioned in yesterday's post and a little spinach and raisin salad on the side.  Delicious!  I highly recommend this recipe.  The tofu had a wonderful texture and the Hollandaise tasted amazing!  Strangely, the texture of the Hollandaise sauce really reminded me of egg yolk.  Has anyone else had this experience?

And, how about a pic of my second completed hat?
This was meant for Jordan (my brother), but was a bit bigger than he wanted.  For some reason I had decided to add a few stitches misunderstanding what the yarn was capable of!  But, I will say that I am very proud of how smooth the top turned out compared to the last (which you can't really see in this picture).  And my parents were quite happy to receive it, so all is well!

I plan to start a Flickr account soon and then you can see each of us styling it if you choose :)

8 comments:

bittersweetblog said...

So I've never had any sort of Hollandaise sauce, traditional or non, but something tells me I would love this version. It looks delicious!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

cute hat! very impressive.

Mihl said...

That hat is beautiful! I haven't tried the tofu benny recipe yet, thank you for the review and recommendation.

two vegan boys said...

The tofu benny sounds delicious. I have Vegan Brunch. I need to make that for breakfast. Yum.

Kelly said...

Hi!
Great job on the hat! What a yummy yarn, too! I love Vegan Brunch--many post-its accompany this cookbook on my shelf! If you get a chance, try the waffles--they are delish, too!

fiddlewitch said...

my 70-something newbie knitter friend has now completed SIX hats, but you're going to catch up! she's moved on to mittens for grandkids...

weeseaweed said...

cute hat! what yarn did you use?

that breakfast looks amazing! i love breakfast...

chow said...

The tofu benny looks so good! I love savory breakfast food. I've heard Vegan Brunch is awesome but haven't gotten around to getting it. Now I really have to, thanks! :-)