Saturday, May 31, 2008

In the mood for...

I usually crave things that I have never made before so I always visit veg web for recipes. It's one of my favorite recipe websites. People leave comments after they've made them to say whether or not the recipe was any good or let you know about any alterations they made. It also has some homemade household recipes too! If you haven't visited this site please follow the link on the right. We were craving Quiche the other day so I tried this recipe from VegWeb. You could add any veggies you want and it was pretty tasty.


Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine( I used Earth Balance)
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 package frozen spinach or 1 bunch fresh
3/4 package firm tofu (play with the quantity)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of soy milk
3/4 package frozen corn, or its fresh equivalent
onion medium sized, portabello mushroom (optional, but yummy)
oregano, sage
salt and pepper


Mix the first 6 ingredients to form a pastry dough. This doesn't roll well, but it makes a great pie crust. Once its mixed well, pat evenly into a greased pie pan and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Prick the bottom before putting in the oven.

Sauté the onions, finely chopped. Add the portabello mushroom, thinly sliced when the onions are transparent. Add plenty of oregano, enough salt and a good quantity of pepper. (I sprinkled some curry powder and added a teaspoon of vegan Worcestershire sauce for the heck of it). Then add the spinach.. you can also add some pine nuts/walnuts for an interesting texture and flavor.

Remember to take the crust out of the oven. In a blender, add the soymilk, tofu (crumbled a bit) and the corn and blend into a thick puree/paste. Play with the quantities to get it to a consistency a little thicker than cake batter. Stir this into the veggie mix and taste for flavors (to get the traditional yellowish egg yolk color, add some turmeric). Add this to the pie crust and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Note* I like more filling than pie crust, so I tend to overfill. Reduce quantity of spinach and the rest if you want... serve hot.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 1 hour

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