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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Stewed Tofu and Miso Gravy & Roasted Chickpeas

I'm back from Orlando and it was a fantastic conference. Everyone was very enthusiastic and the weather was gorgeous. I had a couple folks from the American Cancer Society speak about cancer prevention and ways we can help in the community. I was so impressed with our hosts at the University of Central Florida. They helped me get everything on track and keep it on track. I'm so appreciative!

Onto the food...

Yes, you've seen this picture before! We made Stewed Tofu and Miso Gravy again from the VwaV cookbook and I forgot to take a picture, so I used one from an old post. It looks the same anyway, so that works. We did a couple different things this time, like using mini portabello mushrooms instead of cremini and used a russet potato instead of the mini fingerlings. Ryan liked it better than last time while I thought it was extremely similar to last time.

I'm still surprised at how tasty this dish is. I never thought I'd like tofu that wasn't crisped up, but I was wrong!

Something I've been meaning to try for awhile, but hadn't gotten around to it is Cheezy Roasted Chickpeas from the Vegan Lunchbox cookbook. I think I cooked them a bit too long (I was very concerned they'd be too chewy instead of crunchy). These were a great snack right out of the oven.

We also brought some to lunch the next day, but they were too soggy for me. Ryan thought they were fine and would bring them again. I'm going to stick to "fresh from the oven" from now on.

We made vegan brownies awhile ago and I just came across the picture which reminded me to make them again. I'm thinking they were Dreena's and boy were they good! Seriously, brownies in general rock. Yum!


  1. I tried those roasted chickpea things when they were being posted all over the place. They were good, but I guess not that good, since I've only made them once.

  2. You have really changed the look of your place over here, looks nice. The tofu soup reminds me of a miso soup I have tried before. Looks good. i like the way the tofu picks up the flavor of the strong broth.

    I tried some roasted chickpeas several years ago. I liked them for a fast snack okay, but haven't made them since. And I agree about the brownies, delish anytime!

  3. Welcome back!!!

    Cheezy chickpeas?! YUMMY!

    The stewed tofu with the miso gravy... that really looks awesome. And the mushroom change there no doubt made it even better. You can't go wrong with mushrooms, but their flavours are different, aren't they?!

    You cannot go wrong with brownies, they certainly do rock!!

    That is awesome that you had a great experience at the Florida conference, Crystal. Bravo!

  4. The tofu and miso looks really good. I've really begun to love miso.

    I tried roasting chickpeas once, but I didn't like them. I prefer just eating chickpeas right out of the can (rinsed of course).

    And brownies...yum!

  5. I must make that miso/tofu dish.. looks amazing..

    I love roasted chickpeas.. I think they key to keeping them crispy is to leave them out uncovered in a single layer the first 12 hours or so.. although, I haven't seen her recipe.. I keep meaning to buy that cookbook..

  6. I loved the Stewed Tofu and Miso Gravey that time you helped me make it. I really need to make it again. So flavorful and tasty.

    I haven't been cooking anything lately . . . had a big job I was working on the last two weeks. I've been checking your site but haven't commented :(

    Also, the Cheezy Roasted Chickpeas sound like they would be fabulous . . . anything cheesy, and I'm all for it!!! Just like Jimmy . . . meow, meow, meow!!!

    I want to cut a brownie right now and eat it, but I guess that's not happening.

    Love You - See You at the Shower!!!


  7. looks very good!
    have a nice wekend

  8. Hey there,
    You commented on my site back in July and I'm just finally replying now. About time, eh?

    As far as the wedding goes, in the end it was a more relaxed and fun day than I expected it to be. I only had one minor freak out at the end of the night when some friends started to leave the reception at 10pm, but it was understandable since it had been such a long day and a lot of them don't enjoy dancing. I was just on such an emotional rollercoaster that I freaked out a little when I let my guard down.

    Generally, I hear people say that in the end it was worth it. I honestly have to say that I don't think it was. It was so expensive and way too much planning that took over my entire life straining my personal relationships. Granted, I wasn't paying for most of it, but I just kept thinking about all the much better uses for all that money (feeding starving people maybe??? yeah).

    The thing that I probably didn't specify on my site is that this was a pretty ridiculous wedding. My father-in-law is very active in the Indian community and felt he had an obligation to invite nearly everyone. There were close to 1000 people invited. There were also some cultural differences since I felt it was my place to plan everything as the bride and he felt it was his responsibility to plan the whole thing so we didn't feel stressed out.

    I think what I learned overall was not to have any expectations. When I know that I'm involved in something that I can't get out of and I'm afraid will stress me out, I should sit back and go with the flow. Choose your battles, make sure you stand up for things that are really really important to you, but let everything else go.

    K, I just made a really really long comment on your blog, but I wanted to make sure you got it rather than just posting it on my site.

    I'm really excited to see that you post recipes! I love trying new recipes so I'll definitely be back. My husband and I now run a restaurant review site where reviewers can add and comment on individual menu items too. Seems like it might be right up your alley, especially since most of our entries so far are in the Twin Cities.

    Looks like we may have very similar interests in music too. I'll have to add your blog to my rss feed. I don't post to my site very often these days, but I do have a blog on LiveJournal under the username, Ketiya.

    Alright, I'm done now. ;0) Have a nice day!

  9. I can't believe I've missed that tofu miso gravy recipe....twice now by the sounds of it. I'm going to look that up because it sounds great! BROWNIES?! Say no more!

  10. I made a double batch of the tofu/miso gravy for a dinner party a few weeks ago, it was a big hit even with the omni crowd. I thought cremini mushrooms were baby portabellas? Maybe I am confused… I tried the crunchy chickpea thing recently and liked them, only some of them turned out perfectly crisp and others a bit soggy. Maybe they need to be stirred up a few times during roasting.

    I will be in your area next Saturday night for a family gathering, if you want to try and get together you should drop me a line. Your brownies look awesome by the way!

  11. I've been drooling over your brownie picture for a few days now... and chickpeas and miso are two other favorites for me. Loving this post!

    Thank you for your comments, Crystal- I'm honored to be in the 28 club. Who else can we get to join? =)

  12. I need to try the chickpeas straight from the oven. I have been putting them on the back burner way to long. Everything looks so yummy!

    Rachel Ray even made toasted chickpeas the other day on her show. Maybe it will be the new craze!


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