Wednesday, October 08, 2008

VeganMoFo: Tempeh boring, Tempeh BLAM!

Talk about a weird progression.

So this afternoon I was all chicken-fried steak-y inspired by Jessy's comfort food spread from the other night. So I decided to fry up some tempeh (dredged in flour, dipoed in almond milk-cornstarch slurry, dipped in coating). I used the Jay-Lo's breading recipe from La Dolce Vegan, but added about 1/4 cup of panko. Then I fried it up in olive oil this afternoon and set it aside. I was dreaming of mashed potatoes and fried tempeh...then I tasted the tempeh. It was good, but NOT chicken-fried anything. It was kind of...well...bland. NOTE: this was NOT Jessy's tempeh recipe! I'm sure hers is superwickedawesome! I went out on a limb here and fell flat on my face.

What to do?!?

And then it hit me: PICCATA!!! Of course. If they made piccata-flavored lollipops, I would buy them. The Veganomicon recipe for piccata might just be worth the price of the book. It's salty and lemony and winey and savory and olive-y and OMGYUM. It was the perfect thing to save my drib drab tempeh.

All over fingerling potatoes we dug ourselves at the farm. Wicked fun! And I meant to make carrots but instead I found myself fending off a feral two-year-old from my olives - that kid could eat a whole jar of kalamatas in about 5 minutes if I let him. But I don't. Cause I want to eat them, too! I'm a really bad mom. Plus, he's still in diapers. I'll just leave you there.

9 comments:

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Looks good! And that Vcon recipe is to die for.

Mihl said...

What a great progression! So glad you could "save" the tempeh.

jessy said...

what an awesome way to make your tempeh more delicious! piccata = the best! (i wish dan loved piccata because i would make it allllll the time.) it looks freak'n amazing! those capers & olives are calling my name! ooohhhhhhhhhhh, salty deliciousness of yumminess! you've got a wee one that loves olives?! that = glorious! and too funny on having to fend him off! ahaahahahaha! awesome!

(and i'm totally jealous you got to dig up your own fingerling potatoes! that's pretty much the best thing ever!)

carrie said...

That piccata looks delicious. It's just past breakfast, and my stomach is already rumbling for lunch after reading your post. I'd probably have to do seitan piccata though, as I just can't groove on tempeh (I want to, but I can't).

That's funny about Silas. My 5 year old is an olive fiend too!! My 2 year old can't stand them....go figure.

vegannifer said...

What a great way to resurrect your tempeh! I love that you kept going despite your first attempt not working out so well. That's awesome perseverance!

I've never had piccata anything. It sounds pretty good, though!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Great save on the tempeh! I love piccata, too....any time, any where.

allularpunk said...

oh. my. goodness. i love piccata. like, with all my heart. i've been putting off making that recipe out of vcon (mostly because michael's not a big fan of capers) but not for much longer! how can i resist when you photo of it looks so freaking yummy?

Kati said...

I'll have to try that piccata - it looks super!

Bethany said...

That looks so amazingly delicious. I have to try that recipe.