Hearty Meatless Burger by Anja

capture_16012015_231212The main ingredients for this burger are mushrooms and lentils.  In the video, Anja demonstrates how to saute the mushrooms without any oil.  She adds the mushrooms and canned lentils to a food processor, along with tapioca flour, oats, garlic powder, onion powder, fennel seeds, mixed Italian herbs, sage, paprika, tomato paste, and salt and pepper.  She bakes her patties, rather than pan frying them.  Assemble your burgers on a bun along with your favorite condiments.  This is a healthy and delicious recipe.  Try it and Enjoy. Continue reading

Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu | Perfect Party Appetizer by Michelle Johnson

capture_11012015_151536Michelle shows a delicious recipe using tofu as a party appetizer.  She demonstrates how to prepare the tofu, and pan fries it to get crispy bite sized tofu pieces.  She also demonstrates how to make the sweet and sour sauce, with which she coats the fried tofu pieces. The result is a sweet and tangy, crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside, tofu appetizer.  I’ll bet even people who say they don’t like tofu will like this dish. Continue reading

How to Make a Vegetarian Alternative to Fish Sauce by Christie Morrison (America’s Test Kitchen)

capture_08122014_141445There are delicious recipes that include fish sauce.  Fish sauce adds umami, or depth of flavor and savoriness to recipes.. Most umami-rich foods are animal based, such as bacon or fish or parmesan cheese.   However, several vegan foods such as seaweed, mushrooms, and miso also contain umami.   And, fermented foods, such as soy sauce, are loaded with umami.   Here is an easy to make recipe, developed by America’s Test Kitchen, to make a vegan fish sauce alternative.  Or, you can buy a commercially available vegan fish sauce. Continue reading

How to use a Pestle and Mortar by Jamie Oliver

capture_16112014_131356 Jamie demonstrates the two basic techniques for using a pestle and mortar, bashing and muddling.  He demonstrates how to grind spices with both muddling and bashing.   He then creates a wonderful flavored oil by bashing fresh basil leaves and mixing them with olive oil.  Finally, he makes a marinade by bashing lemon peel, rosemary, garlic, and olive oil.  You can almost smell and taste his dressing, flavored oil, and marinade just by watching his video.  Learning how to use a pestle and mortar is definitely a skill worth developing. Continue reading