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Double “Cheese” Pizza

Posted by trktos on 5-October-2010

We made pizza tonight … with cheddar and mozzarella Diaya. And Italian Seitan Sausage Crumbles with an additional scant 1 tbsp each oats and tapioca granules; amount of gluten used –  215 grams; with 3 tbsp soy, 3 tbsp water, 1 tbsp ketchup, ~1 1/2 tsp marmite for the “7 tbsp marmite water” and the 1/4 cup water from the notes(along with the A1, soy and garbanzo flour from that note). Browned on the stove-top, then dehydrated for a few hours, until they were crispy on the outside (130 degrees, then maybe an hour at 90 degrees). Stored in the ‘fridge for a few days, and was sad to learn they’d sort of dried out. When cooking the pizza toppings, I threw the crumbles in, and let them sit with oil and juices given off by the cooking mushrooms – the crumbles moistened up but didn’t get soggy and were *perfect*, even after baking in the oven.

Pizza toppings: pizza sauce, spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage crumbles, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives (Evin’s pizza), cheddar and mozzarella vegan cheese.

Seitan and Diaya yumminess:

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Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Posted by trktos on 4-October-2010

Adapted from this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 medium bananas, plus 6 figs (recipe called for large bananas and i had figs that needed to be eaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • ener-g powder for one egg
  • 3 tbsp homemade yogurt (soy milk plus vinegar would probably be fine)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine walnuts, chocolate chips and cinnamon and brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. Mash bananas and figs. I pulsed in food processor. Add vanilla.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients
  5. Cream margarine and sugar.
  6. Mix ener-g powder and yogurt/buttermilk. Add to fruit.
  7. Combine fruit with creamed mix.
  8. Add flour to wet mix. Stir until just combined.
  9. Layer half of the batter in a greased, parchmented 8 x 8 baking dish. Top with half of the struesel. Top with batter and then remaining struesel.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool in pan. I’m cutting this directly from the pan. Seemed a little dangerous to try and de-pan, with all that struesel.

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Spicy Orange Sauce

Posted by trktos on 3-October-2010

Made this sauce tonight, had it with “chicken”, blanched broccoli, roasted cashews and rice. Delish.


  • 5 tbsp orange concentrate
  • 9 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • ~ 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ~ 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 clove garlic, microplaned
  • ~ 2 tbsp ginger, microplaned
  • ~ 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • ~ 1 tbsp vegan margarine


  1. Whisk together.
  2. Heat over medium heat, whisking, until thickened and cornstarch raw taste is gone.

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