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Evin’s Mushroom Seitan

Posted by trktos on 26-October-2008


  • 362g wheat gluten
  • 33g nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • .5 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 8 oz package mushrooms less half a mushroom thieved, diced
  • 1.5 tsp marmite
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 65g red wine
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 207g water
  • 112g reduced sodium soy sauce


  1. Cook mushrooms in half the olive oil
  2. Mix dry ingredients
  3. Mix wet ingredients
  4. Combine and mix in machine
  5. Knead by hand to form
  6. Put in slow cooker
  7. Add extra (reduced sodium) soy sauce, water, garlic cloves, and bouillon cube to almost cover
  8. Cook on high until bubbly, turn down to low and cook for 3 hours, flipping halfway through


  • This seitan was really good! We had to add more liquid during the cooking process to completely and also found the middle had a hard time getting done. Next time, we will form two or more loaves, and use more broth from the start.
  • We will probably increase the wine, decrease the soy sauce … dice the mushrooms even smaller and maybe decrease the ground coriander to 3/4 tsp.

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Update on the broken Bosch

Posted by trktos on 7-October-2008

Last Wednesday, I think it was, our new Bosch arrived. We planned to compare the two mixers this weekend and give Evin a chance to hear the broken one.

Well, we made some bread Saturday … to my surprise, the “broken” mixer sounded just fine! I was a bit upset and felt a bit guilty – here they’d sent a new one, an extra bowl and a return shipping label and ours sounded fine. So, we decided to push the “broken” one with a batch of seitan today (Sunday).

Again, the mixer sounded “fine” – fine in quotes because, to be honest, neither of them sound that great to me … for the amount of money, I don’t know, they should just sound better, stronger. As Evin said, he should be able to mix cement in this thing … for the record, we have not tried that. But I was beginning to doubt what I heard before … and maybe all that gunk was food?

Anyway, although the broken mixer sounded fine while mixing a batch of seitan, I noticed later, more oil is now practically pouring out … did I mention, before, this stuff burns like candle wax? So, it’s spewing more mysterious substance and I know nothing else has magically seeped through the bottom of my solid bowl! If this were some accumulation of food stuff – how has the rest of my mixer, especially the path-way the food would travel, to wedge itself into this crevice, remained clean?

So I feel a little better … maybe what I was hearing was the mixer not sufficiently stuck down to the counter. It has little suction cup feet – note to self, never buy another kitchen appliance, no matter how pricey, that has suction cup feet. Actually, this was my initial intuition but I convinced myself, somehow, that little suction cup feet didn’t preclude “quality”. Apparently, I learned nothing from all the suction-cup-shower-crap I’ve purchased.

But there’s clearly a problem with this mixer. I really want to take the thing apart and have a look inside but if we should be unable to get it back together, they might not accept it as a return.

I sorta expect the new one to succumb to the same fate as the first … we’ll see.

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