• Vegan seafood, cheese, crabstuffed mushrooms, and bonus cookies... Oh my.

    Profile photo of Stoli

    Over a year ago

    It’s been months since I last posted, but I discovered several awesome edible things in the past few weeks, so naturally I needed to share with some fellow vegans. 😀

    First off and possibly most importantly: vegan seafood. It’s amazing, you need to try it. Right now. http://sophieskitchen.net/html/products/crab.html
    The calamari is mind-blowing. While the idea of most real animal products does gross me out, calamari is one of the very few things that I do miss. And this stuff is perfect. Deep fried it in my wok and made a tzatziki sauce out of plain soy yogurt, cucumber, and garlic/onion powders.
    The crab cakes and scallops are also excellent. Sadly, the shrimp made me gag, but oh well, you can’t have everything, right?

    Nextup: you’re already aware that daiya = god. Well now, it gets better. Daiya now makes blocks of slicable cheese, which are far more versatile and sammich-friendly than the shreds. In fact, they are SO much better than the shreds, that I actually can’t eat the shreds anymore! Go figure. The cheddar is bizarre tasting, the jack is good, but the jalapeno havarti. Oh my goodness, the jalapeno havarti. Words fail me, please do the world a favour and taste this stuff.

    So, vegan seafood and amazing cheese… put them together… crab stuffed mushrooms! Quite possibly the most gourmet-looking food that I have ever prepared. Pop the stems out of some brown mushrooms, finely chop up the stems and fry along with diced crab cakes and some shallots. Add in some garlic powder (or fresh diced garlic!) and a spoonful or two of tofutti cream cheese.
    Lightly fry the mushrooms themselves for a few minutes. Get all the oil off the caps and scoop the filing into each one. Place a slice of the havarti daiya on top of each shroom and pop in the oven at 400º for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to brown.
    Let them cool! Be careful with these things, the cheese will stick to the top of your mouth and scald you. Lol XD

    Finally, cookies. I had a bag of dried dates sitting around with nothing to do. http://www.bcliving.ca/food/recipe-vegan-oatmeal-walnut-and-date-cookies
    Personally, I would reduce the salt a bit, but they were delicious all the same.

    Ah, food. Tell me what you think if you’ve had any of these. :)

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  • Profile photo of SaraRose

    Over a year ago

    I love Sophie’s kitchen!!!!!!!! I’m obsessed with their crab cakes and love their fish fillets so much! The shrimp was okayy. I love Daiya’s new wedges too! Best vegan cheese ever!! Omgg the crab stuffed mushrooms sound amazing! Making my mouth water!!!

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  • Profile photo of Stoli

    Over a year ago

    I know exactly what you mean about the smell! There’s nothing quite like walking into a grocery store that carries a ton of live fish and being hit with that wall of scent.

    So no, the crab cakes don’t have that (I don’t think it’s really something that you could replicate in vegan food even if you wanted to!). They have just enough “this could be fishy” that you know it’s supposed to be crab? Although the other day I did cook them in chili garlic sauce and ate them pretty much just for the texture…

    @Slayla
    I love the idea of foodie penpals! I had a friend on the other side of the country who used to make jokes about me mailing baked goods to him, I always laughed it off as impossible!

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  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    Over a year ago

    I’ve seen an ad for Sophie’s in Vegetarian Times magazine!

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  • Profile photo of Slayla

    Over a year ago

    All of it sounds so good, I wish PETA 2 had a penpal group like http://www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/
    That way we could trade animal rights stuff as well as vegan goodies. I, for one, have never had Daiya cheese, or the Sophie’s Kitchen seafood and feel left out of the veg loop.

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    Over a year ago

    I loovvveee the new Daiya blocks! They’re so much easier to use and they do taste better as well! I love eating it with crackers, on veggie burgers or grilled cheese, oh and on salad. (: yumm.

    Although I have seen the crab cakes in our freezer before, I have not tried them. Before I went veg I wasn’t too crazy about seafood. I would eat chicken, cows, and pigs, but I thought it was disgusting and almost horrific to eat fishy things. *shrugs* Just before I went veg I had started to eat fish and it was only one kind of fish lol. However, the smell of cooking fish always really grossed me out and I never cared for the taste of it. So because of this I haven’t had much want to try the veg crab cakes and what not. Do they taste or smell fishy? lol

    I have never tried oatmeal walnut date cookies, but I love making sugar, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies! I also love New man O’s and my boyfriend and I recently tried this other veg cookie brand that was really good, but I can’t remember the name. It may have been something like Nature Living or something like that.

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