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Cooking is an Art (Cooking Challenge Included)

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magic-wandYes, cooking is an art, and so is vegan cooking. Playing with flavors, mixing them together, creating something new, it is nearly like magic. Although I do have a few good cookbooks, I rarely follow the instructions in a recipe, unless it involves baking. To bake a cake or anything else that goes in the oven, the food chemistry and amounts have to be just right. I do, however, still defy baking recipes here and there by changing spices or replacing certain ingredients. I can’t help myself. I love creating 🙂

Creating is Magic

When thinking of creating and magic, I tend to think of writing books, painting, writing songs, playing music … But creating meals is also pretty magical, especially when you improvise and something incredibly tasty comes out of it. That is what happened to me yesterday.

Improvise Even When Grocery Shopping

Do I make lists when I buy my groceries? Sometimes, they are certainly useful, especially when you tend to forget certain items, like I do 😉 I often forget to make shopping lists though …

Yesterday I went to a local grocery store and walked into the fruit and veggie section where I discovered bags of finely chopped cauliflower or mixes of chopped cauliflower and broccoli. I know, nothing to get excited about. Jeez, it’s just broccoli, isn’t it? The wheels in my brain started spinning though. Finely chopped, so fine I would never do it myself. Someone actually did it for me, put it in a bag and placed it on a shelf, so that I could pick it up – at a reasonable price – and do something with it.

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And I thought, “burgers!” Yep. Cauliflower burgers. Cauliflower has the perfect texture for that. I got the bag with the broccoli and cauliflower and began to think of what I would make. OK, burgers, great. What else? How about cauliflower “minced meat” for tacos or quesadillas? So, off I went to the vegan section and I picked up a bag of vegan mozzarella cheese.

Time to Get Creative

At home, I started to experiment with flour, water, a pinch of salt, half a tea spoon of paprika (great flavor), pepper, 1/3 cut up white onion, and half a chillie pepper. I mixed it in with the chopped cauliflower and broccoli and made a nice little mash. Then I fried it in olive oil. I hadn’t made the mixture strong enough, so when it broke apart, I just broke up the rest of the patties with a fork and fried it like “minced meat”, and oh my God! It got a nice brown color and it tasted so good. Then I heated some tortillas, filled them with my “minced meat” and added my vegan mozzarella cheese, and waited until the cheese melted. I added some chopped cherry tomatoes from my garden, a splash of guacamole salsa, and arranged my tacos on a plate.

It was incredibly good! I impressed myself, lol. Wow!

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I did it all on the spot, improvised, but I didn’t take any pictures, and I didn’t even think of writing about it. But then I thought, well, I have a blog about vegan sausages (and other foods too, because we can’t live of sausages alone, can we 😉 ?) So, why not write about it today?

Ready for a Small Challenge?

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I am going to make it again and next time I will document it properly and share the recipe with you. Or why don’t you create a new meal with the info I just gave you? I love improvising in the kitchen. Something so wonderful can come of it, and that’s what happened yesterday. So, here it is, a little challenge. Venture into the world of improvising and make a new recipe, using the one I described here or an entirely new one. Let those creative juices flow (that sounds like another pun 😉 ) And let me know in the comments how it went.

Whoever said that vegan food was “boring” or “flavorless” ? Send that person over here please, let me cook for him or her. We can’t let them miss out on all these delicacies now, can we? 🙂

Christine

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