Monday, August 23, 2010

Vegan Taco Night! Ay ay ay!

Golden Rule of Weekends Going Forward Hence Forth: Do something on a Friday! It makes your weekend feel long. Eek every moment to the fullest, then go back to workeatsleepworkeatsleep. Friday night we had our friends Kris and Darcy and Sam and Amy over for Mexican night! I think the night was a total success. We made Vegan Tacos 3 ways: Tofu "Carnitas" with green chili peppers, Chipotle Shitake Mushrooms and Black Beans and Cumin Paprika Potatoes w/ Roasted Corn (which I think I forgot to take a pic of!). Another shining star among the night were Shawn's MateVeza & Mint Shandys. I tried a revision of my Peachy Mango Salsa from a while back but subbed the Peach for pureed pineapple and it was delish. Also included was a rousing game of celebrity. Honestly, all Star Wars references should be banned!
Also , below are Darcy's awesome vegan margarita cupcakes!

Recipe for "Carnitas" tofu: Shawn braised triangle'd tofu in coca-cola and orange juice, salt and peppered it to taste and added diced green chiles for spice! The consistency was in between BBQ'd tofu and fried tofu. the hard edges really made it glow!

Recipe for Chipotle Shitake Mushrooms and Black Beans: I sauteed sliced shitakes with olive oil, salt and pepper and added a vegan chipotle taco sauce and simmered with the black beans for 10m.

Recipe for Cumin & Smoked Paprika Potatoes with Roasted Corn: I sliced potatoes small, sprinkled heavily with salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. Over medium heat I cooked, turning frequently until crispy! Then I added corn that I roasted in the oven over 350 for 30 minutes (wrapped in foil, smothered in vegan butter and salt) broiling to brown the kernels for 5 minutes at the end.

1 comment:

  1. I'm having vegan taco night next weekend, please, PLEASE share more details on the carnitas tofu recipe! What are the ratios of coke to oj (this sounds crazy, but brillant!) and did you fry it, bake it, grill it?! Please share!