Monday, July 10, 2006

The Jerk Satan and ewey gewey brownies

I thought this post best as a Sunday post, to publish right after church. This is Matt's Vegan with a Vengance Jerk Seitan. We arranged ours a little differently and added a few more veggies, replaced cayenne pepper with a chipotle pepper and ate this dish up to serve three a wonderful lunch. I'm sure it could stretch further, but Matt makes up two in and of himself.

I giggled when Matthew told me what he wanted to make as his assignment this week. You read that right, assignment. I make my kids cook or they have no entertainment priveledges... the car and e-mail is considered entertainment in our house also, you see the motivation here. I have discovered that they are delighted with themself at the end of the meal though. I also know that financially they won't make it as young adults without some cooking skills. $20 and some cooking skills can feed one or tow for several meals, compared that to $20 of a restaurant meal.

Okay why did I giggle when I heard what Matt wanted to cook? As he was thumbing through VwaV and he said, "I want the jerk satan." So "the jerk satan" we had. In picture one, he blended the jerk marinade in a magic bullet blender cup and poured it into a yellow bowl. The recipe says to marinate the seitan we just dipped it and pan seared it. You see my seitan (pronounced "say-tan")/tofu patties in the plastic dish already cooked (in my clay cooker). In the pan we used thick slices of onion, a 7" zucchini and some red pepper. Picture 2: A yummy closeup. The pan seared seitan after dipping it into the jerk marinade and veggies.

And at last the finished ready to eat plate. We made the VwaV coconut "rice using BULGHUR in the rice maker. My rule of thumb with the rice maker is 2 cups of grain, 4 Cups of liquid with 1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt. We used 2 Cups soymilk with the liquid and 1/2 tsp coconut extract with 2 Cups of water.... to make this recipe taste like the VwaV version. We spooned the jerk sauce over the seitan/tofu patty and bulghur. We devoured this quickly and had no veggies left for supper.

He also made the VwaV Ewey Gewey Banana Brownies. Oh My.... umm, can't speak because my mouth salivates to much with the memory. Now you can salivate at the site of these. So worth it... run and get the book right away!

We also topped ours with a little powdered sugar drizzle leftover from the faustess cupcakes in order to make the cherry stick. Another successful assignment. A + on this meal, if he goes for a walk with our dog to get some exerise, I'll even allow a little more flexibilty with that entertainment time. A hard mom, I know... but no "pain" no "gain"

And this dessert was so painful. ;b

9 comments:

Melody said...

Looks wonderful... I have to try the seitan with the tofu mixed in.. I can tell by the pic that the texture is awesome..

Good for you with the cooking thing. I might have to do the same thing with my boys.

Tanya Kristine said...

he is just so cute. and a good cook to boot!

you're a lucky woman dori...

Catherine said...

Dori, it's been WAY too long since I've made the blog rounds! All of your fantastic food sounds fabulous! You are an incredible budgeter and user-upper of things that might otherwise go to waste. When I need pointers about this, I know who to call!

KleoPatra said...

It all looks grand, Dori. Love that "Satan" food and your ideas with the "Jerk." Hee hee. Your son is such a gem. Love this post!

funwithyourfood said...

I like that you assign the kids to cook! I think it's a great idea. I need to remember that when I have kids

Teddy

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

jerk seitan has offlate become my favorite.. though I keep going back to peppered version every now and then.. too much seitan on all blogs.. I'm gonna give my 3rd shot at making seitan at home.. and see how it goes..!!!

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Ok, confession time...we call it Satan primarily for fun, but also because we didn't know how to pronounce it!!

Good job on the parenting tip - LOVE IT! We just need to get around to the having kids part in order to put this in play.

-Crystal

karen said...

This all looks soooo good! I make the VwaV seitan, but your roast sounds amazing. I haven't tried the rice or the jerk sauce yet. And the brownies look yummy! You are teaching your kids to be self sufficient and how to cook amazing things... Good for you!!!

Vivacious Vegan said...

What a great idea to have your boys cook for entertainment privileges. I wish my hubby's mom would have taught him.