Semicircular Vegan


semifrittata and semiscuits by ijustdiedinside
November 30, 2007, 4:10 am
Filed under: Baked goods, Breakfast

Cathy Mitchell says: Finally, everyone can be an expert omelet maker because all you have to do is add the ingredients. There’s no turning necessary and omelets will be browned, puffy, and beautiful.

Since pretty much all of the breakfast recipes are egg based, I decided to try and replicate a typically egg recipe. The Vegan with a Vengeance frittata seemed like an ideal choice. I also felt like I wanted to add something a little on the greasy, unhealthy side to the semi-meal for added effect, so cheese biscuits it was!

The frittata is a mixture of tofu, nutritional yeast, spices, sundried tomato and spinach, and it’s majorly delicious! I made it as directed, putting about a cup of the mixture into each well of the GT Xpress and cooking for about 35 minutes. It was a little fall aparty, but was still able to hold its semicircular shape (thank god).

Here it is before cooking. I forgot to take a picture so I had to open it up after a few minutes, which explains why it looks a little bit cooked.

For the semiscuits, or biscuits to you circular folks, I made a basic biscuit recipe that my sister made on thanksgiving and added some diced Follow Your Heart Cheddar, which I’ve grown to like in the past few months (although it does smell pretty nasty when cooking).

Here they are all squished into the cooker! They baked for about 10 minutes, and came out so perfect! I’m seriously impressed. They were super flaky and perfectly browned and puffy, just like Cathy Mitchell sort of promised.

And finally, the finished product. This meal was awesome. Warm, filling and totally hit the spot on a cold-ish day.

I think this also may be a breakthrough in portion control. 2 biscuits and a cup of frittata seems like a lot less food than I would normally eat for dinner.



Half-Moon Pies by ijustdiedinside
November 28, 2007, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Baked goods, pies, stuffed things

I just got back from a trip to San Diego last night armed with my GT Xpress.  I was really anxious to start “cooking”, but way too lazy to go to the grocery store, so I looked around and found I had the ingredients to make Blueberry-Apple Half Moon Pies.I made a crust based on the basic flaky crust in Veganomicon, and a filling of frozen blueberries, a granny smith apple, flour, cinnamon and maple syrup.   The best part was, I got to use one of the “free gifts” that came with the cooker: a little semicircular pie shaper.  I don’t know what its official name is, but here’s a picture. 

I cooked the pies for about 30 minutes and, despite a lot of blueberry juice leakage, they came out flaky and super yummy. 

Before cooking:

All done!  Not the prettiest, but hey, no one is expecting pretty food from a contraption that makes Stuffed Soup.

I call this first attempt a success!  I’ll give it 4 out of 5 semicircles. 



Half-Moon #1 by ijustdiedinside
November 28, 2007, 2:43 am
Filed under: introduction

I guess I’ll start by admitting that I ❤ infomercials, especially food related ones, the more disgusting the better. I love that super juicer; that gross, meaty rotisserie oven thing; the pasta tube and especially that steamer thing. You know, the one where they made a cake using cake mix and diet orange soda? But my all-time favorite, and obsession for the last few years, is the GT Xpress 101, endorsed by Cathy Mitchell: TV Personality and Food Expert

Basically, it’s like any other sort of Foreman Grill type food cooker. It heats on the top and the bottom, but the catch is, ALL YOUR FOOD COMES OUT IN A SEMICIRCLE! And if that isn’t awesome enough, it comes with glorious recipes like Stuffed Soup, Beef Wrapped Asparagus and Sloppy Joe and Egg Breakfast Pie.

Stuffed Soup
1 can prepared chicken and corn chowder
2 1/2 cups chicken-flavored dry stuffing mix
3 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all ingredients. Spoon 3/4 cup of mixture into each well.
Cook 7 minutes, or until golden brown. Repeat and cook the remaining two servings. Serves 4.

Genius!

And lucky me, thanks to my cousin Diane who also has a sick sense of humor, I am now the proud owner of one GT Xpress 101.

This blog will be dedicated to my adventures making vegan, semicircular food in this device. I will try and replicate some of the recipes that came in the handy cookbook and also create my own semicircular dishes.

Coming soon: Apple Blueberry Moon Pies