rants & recipes

Archive for November, 2008

Evin’s Pork Seitan for Pulled Pork BBQ

Posted by trktos on 8-November-2008


  • 4 cups wheat gluten (480 grams)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (48 g)
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour (30 g)
  • 2 cups water with 1-2 vegetable broth cubes
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp marmite
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • scant 1/2 tsp each: cumin, ground corriander, ground fennel
  • broth: 6-7 cups water(1600g), 2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce(100-200g), 3 to 4 vegetable cubes


  1. Mix all but broth ingredients until combined.
  2. Knead gluten to form into loaves.
  3. Place in broth and bring to low boil.
  4. Reduce heat, cover, simmer for 1 hour.
  5. Cool and smoke, if desired.


  • This was a combination/adaptation of seitan from Veganomicon plus spices for the “pork rub” part from Alton Brown.
  • After boiling/simmering/etc, we smoked it in our clay pot smoker for 1.5 to 2 hours. We pulled it, and served it with coleslaw and an eastern NC vinegar/tomato-free sauce – we had way too much of this sauce and the “pork” didn’t soak it up as well as I would have liked. I also hope to take photos of our smoker, the next time we use it.
  • This made a lot more than we wanted to eat over a few days, so we froze some. I didn’t think it froze very well, after smoking – it seemed a little ashy or something. Next time, we’ll make less or freeze some, unsmoked.

Posted in 0: Recipes, meat subs, seitan | Comments Off on Evin’s Pork Seitan for Pulled Pork BBQ

Crispy Waffles

Posted by trktos on 7-November-2008


  • 2 cups flour (half all-purpose, half whole wheat is fine)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp ener-g w/ 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup soymilk
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • dash cinnamon


  1. Make ener-g egg.
  2. Mix dry ingredients.
  3. Mix wet ingredients.
  4. Heat waffle iron.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  6. Bake according to waffle iron’s instructions.


  • These waffles are crispy and very filling.
  • For some reason, they take about twice as long to cook as most other waffles I’ve made. Cook until steam no longer billows out of the iron.
  • I make 1.5 times this recipe for Evin and myself, which makes 3.5 two-part waffles in our iron. For this amount, I use 1/4 cup Earth Balance, 3/8 cup oil and 2 1/2 cups of soymilk (or soymilk + water)

Posted in 0: Recipes, breakfast, waffles | Comments Off on Crispy Waffles

Bike Ride, 1-NOV-08

Posted by trktos on 1-November-2008

We got out on the bike trail today, headed west and rode about 17 miles total. It was almost 70 degrees out, not bad of the first of November. Finally, the leaves here have some vibrant color – almost all through October, they were just brown and dying and falling off too early. I’m glad some held on long enough to change … saw lots of brilliant yellows, reds and oranges today. Unfortunately, there weren’t many leaves on the trail yet, so I didn’t get to watch them blur by as I rode over them, looking down with unfocused eyes … I should really try to take a photo but I’m afraid that would end up in a tangle of bike and Jill and camera.

We didn’t see much wildlife today … a few squirrels and one very persistent lady bug, who kept landing on me, flying away, and returning while we sat on a trail-side bench … I think she was attracted to my sunscreen?

I did get a chance to watch a deer for a little while … Evin had rode on ahead and missed out. I suppose she was a doe – no antlers and it wouldn’t be hunting season if deer didn’t have antlers now, would it? – but she was kinda big. As I rode by, I saw her, off the trail, and down in a little valley by a stream. I stopped my bike, got off and walked back, pretending not to be looking at her. At first, she couldn’t decide if I was a threat or not and kept turning to look at me with those big, brown eyes. She was only, maybe, 40 feet away. I could see her swallowing (the food she had grazed before I came along, I guess.) While she was looking directly at me, I tried not to look directly back at her, so she wouldn’t run off. At one point, she lifted her nose high in the air, slightly bobbing her head, to get a better scent from me. Those big ears forward, listening. She eventually decided I wasn’t going to bother her, and went on about her deer business, which was eating leaves off the little scrubby trees along the embankment. After a few minutes, she slowly moved behind some bushes, and I couldn’t see her anymore.

Posted in 1: Rants, animals, biking, hobbies, wildlife | Comments Off on Bike Ride, 1-NOV-08