Sunday, October 30, 2011

Miscellaneous grub

This was inspired by Zoa talking about Bryanna Clark Grogan's Authentic Chinese Cuisine cookbook recently to make Dan Dan noodles.  Turns out we didn't have many of things one would need to make this recipe, so I skipped to the chow mein recipe a few pages down.  Much simpler for a lazy person like me.
 I added tofu and homemade seitan because someone once told me protein is important for satiety (the recipe in the book is just veggies; also, this photo was taken before I added the noodles. It was a good shot for me and I gotta take what I can get).

A few days later I managed to get my act together and take a picture of something I've been making quite a bit of lately: the bean-oat patties from Melomeals.  I have been having these for breakfast, actually, on top of a kale salad.  This version, though, was a little different and I recommend the approach. If you have some beans that are highly seasoned already (e.g., for chili; in the present case, I used leftover lentils from the Veganomicon's Snobby Joe's), use them instead of plain beans for EVEN MORE NOMS!!!!

Here there are in a pita with our Halloween decor.

And here's a sneaky boy, trying to steal some people food. He will actually eat almost anything if you let him. 


  1. Creepy pumpkin! The bean-oat patties sound great; I have a tonnn of leftover baked beans that would be perfect in those.

  2. Oh, I love Bryanna's Authentic Chinese cookbook. It's really the only one I have that I actually use. I was excited to try the Dan Dan noodles after Zoa's post too. I'll have to check out the recipe, so I can pick up the items needed. The chow mein looks like a pan full of color and delicousness too!

    We definitely share recipe love; I adore Melody's bean-oat burgers, and usually a batch when I cook beans. It is genius to use already seasoned beans! I'm going to do that next time for sure.

    The pumpkin is very Halloweeny...he looks ghoulish.

    Your kitty is too cats don't have any interest in our food! :(

  3. That first plate has all kinds of stuff in it!
    I love how your kitty is in the pic. I find it so hard to get any pics around here without a kitty in them.

  4. Never saw such bright and colorful Chow Mein.

    I was wondering if you were going to bring back the unique collectibles with the food pics. Definitely your signature style.

  5. Heeeeeeey! Thanks for stopping by everyone!

    FF, I refuse to waste food--this is a nice way to turn bean leftovers into something new.

    Rose, I have to say that if I could visit a fellow blogger and force them to cook dinner for me, you would be at the top of the list. I feel like we like the same recipes but you always have a slightly different take on them, and your versions look beautiful.

    Carissa, he is such a catdog. He will try ANYTHING. I made a little coffee cake for my husband and some of his work colleagues, and they turned their backs for one second: when they looked back, kitty had his face and front paws in the cake pan and was going to town!

    Shen, I like the term "unique collectables." Some would call them thrift store crap--this is much more flattering!

  6. Your Chow Mein looks delish!

    I made melomeals bean burgers the other night and I love them. Rose told me to come check out the twist that you put on the burgers. :o) Great idea! I will definitely try this the next time I have some left over beans or lentils.

    BTW..I can't believe that I haven't been to your blog it!

  7. Thanks, Michelle! Your blog looks great--I added you to my ol' blog-o-rolli!

  8. I have been happy to see the return of the strategically placed faces, etc. Yeah, I'd want Rose to come set my table for me. I would neat the seitan to satisfy me, for sure. It looks pretty!