Friday, December 5, 2008

Adorable Vegan Granola!

Several years back, two of the kitchen staff were a fabulously adorable vegan couple in their early twenties. They even went so far as to make home-made seitan for marinated veggie-seitan kebabs. Dedication, hard work, and delicious food were hallmarks of their presence. These two made such a delicious granola (because most conventional granola isn't vegan) that I begged for the recipe, which I now bring to you.

Delicious Vegan Granola

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup molasses
6 c oats
1 c coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 chopped almond
2/3 cup bran or wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup craisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a pan, heat the molasses and oil and stir until blended.
Remove from heat, stir in all the ingredients except the craisins.
Spread on a baking sheet (or several, as needed). Bake 10 minutes.
Toss with a spatula, then bake 5-10 more minutes until golden brown.
When cool, add craisins.

Delicious with milk, soy milk, or plain yogurt!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I volunteered for this...

I'm cooking a vegetable dish. For forty people. To be served tonight at 7 p.m. -- I don't know if there will be ways to reheat it, ways to keep it warm, or how it will survive the 45-minute-plus drive out to the meeting. EEEEK!

Right now I'm plotting to wash, peel, and oven-roast a boatload of butternut squash, then chunk it up and simmer it in a curry sauce. Most of the people eating will be die-hard carnivores, and the vegetable dish is just a gesture toward the fact that not everyone will want to eat meat and potatoes. I may also make mushroom curry for me to eat, because if I'm making squash for forty people, I'll be damned if that's all I'm eating for dinner. There's bound to be a stray vegetarian/vegan or two, right?

To Soulard Market!