Wednesday, October 8, 2008
makin' a mess.
Do you remember the first time you got your hands dirty in the kitchen? I was three, and my mom let me cook something for my dad for dinner. You may scoff that I remember, but I have wicked good long term memory (possibly a benefit from veganism, who knows). Anyway, my mom gave me the "have to it" to the pantry--and I thought my little brain might explode from the unbridled fun. I mixed a box of chocolate cake mix with some water, an egg or two and some Triscuits, then stirred it all around and served it to my dad in the mixing bowl.
I still like to take liberties in the kitchen. Maybe not with the ucktastic selection I chose when I was three, but it's still fun to get wonky on kitchen adrenaline and put new things together. This afternoon, I played around with making shrimp to batter and deep fry. Although the flavor of my muse is not at all shrimpy, (I googled what shrimp taste like, I have no idea--anyone?), the texture is nice--al dente, but not too chewy. I made up a basic tofu ricotta with Vegenaise, parsley, salt, pepper, Creole seasoning and nutritional yeast, then added carrot shreds and rice and chickpea flour to make a kind of dumpling (think gnocchi). I simmered the guys for awhile, then let them cool and drain and wrapped them in softened tapioca wrappers for shape and steamed carrot for color. I plan to batter and fry 'em to see how well they hold up. My goal is something shrimp shaped to top off or garnish stew and rice dishes.