Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Sea Veg Salad, Scones, and Soap!

The last few days were plenty busy. We avoided the crowds and skipped fireworks. I know, not very patriotic, but it was relatively stormy in Boston yesterday anyway. My town has fireworks for its Founder's Day festival in June, so it feels like we just saw fireworks not that long ago.

Anyway, I finally decided to brave making the sea vegetable salad I like to order at my favorite restaurant. First, I boiled the arame and hiziki in water. While that was cooking, I mixed up the carrot ginger miso dressing. It is definitely not the same dressing I get at the restaurant as this was creamy with silken tofu.

The recipe came from a group on Yahoo that I frequent. The credit says, "From an old Cooking Light magazine." Here it is, in case you want to try it.

Tofu Carrot Ginger Miso Dressing
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup silken tofu
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons yellow miso
2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 garlic clove, crushed

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.

It is really good and low fat. I drained and sauteed the sea vegetables for a few minutes after they had softened. The salad is greens and carrots with the sea veggies. I've been adding a sprinkle of toasted sesame oil to these salads. Last night I was lazy and had not cooked up brown rice yet. Today, I have brown rice to mix with my lunch salad. At the restaurant the dressing is ginger miso (not tofu) and they serve wood grilled tofu and brown rice with the salad.

This dressing is addicting, it reminds me of the orange carrot ginger dressing you get on salads at a Japanese restaurant, except creamier.

Also during the holiday, I had to use up the fresh currants I purchased at the farm while strawberry picking. I found a currant scone recipe while flipping through Modern Vegetarian Kitchen. (This cookbook was a clearance find at a local bookstore a few months ago.) The recipe wasn't vegan, but did have directions to veganize. They were kind of funny actually. It called for yogurt or whey, but said to substitute water and lemon juice for a vegan scone. I just used soy yogurt. The scones look pretty and I love the way the pastry tastes, but I am not a fan of the currants. The fresh currants are very tart, almost like cranberries. I probably should have added more sugar to the recipe. Most of the scones are in the freezer, don't worry I will eventually devour all of them.

Lastly, yesterday I cut up my mojito soap. The soap is made with olive oil, palm oil, and coconut oil. Then I "super fatted" it with mango butter for some extra moisturizing. It is scented with spearmint, bay rum, peru balsam, and lime essential oils. It smells very fresh and I'm looking forward to when it is usable. In the picture, you can see I dipped the cut bars in dried spearmint leaves. This needs to cure for at least 4 weeks while the saponification reaction continues.


Dori said...

The soap looks awesome. Several years ago I thought I wanted to learn how to make soap and bought a book, but I never got around to it.... I'll just admire yours from a distance. :)

Sea veggie salad and your dressing looks unique, I have sea veggies a few times and am beginning to develop a taste for it.

Here's the 7 grain bread machine recipe... I posted it under comments on my blog, but decided to come post it for you here too.
Dori's Seven Grain Bread Machine Recipe
#Remember to check for the proper dough devlopment 5 minutes after machine starts and add flour of water as necessary.

This was orginally made in a two pound capacity machine using the BASIC light crust cycle.

Add the following in the order receommended by your machine.

1 1/4 C water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 C white wheat flour*
1 C organic all purpose wheat flour*
1/3 C cracked 7 or 9 grain cereal
2 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp turbinado, sugar in the raw
1 1/2 tsp flax seed
1 1/2 tsp sesame seed
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp SAF yeast

* I have made this successfully using spelt flour completely to replace. Flours have different moisture contents so MAKE SURE you check the dough ball at five minutes to see if it needs more water or flour and add 1 Tbsp at a time until a good dough ball forms.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Wow - that soap! Plus mojito is my favorite drink, so I am so impressed.

MeloMeals said...

lovely soap...

I admire your willingness to make the Sea Vegetable Salad... I enjoy it at the japanese restaurant, but doubt I could re-create it at home... hmmm... maybe I could? I am kind of grossed out by too "fishy" things, but I do love that salad.

KleoPatra said...

Hey, GREAT soap!!! Thank you for posting the photo of it.

The salad does look good, i have to say!

Haven't had a scone in years... but yours are probably great! Can i drop by for one!? :o)

Jody from VegChic said...

dori---I did the same with soap making until I found someone to show me how to do it. The directions can sound a little scary to try on your own. My start in soap making also coincided with me becoming vegetarian. As a vegan, I love the fact that I know what is in my soap.

Thanks for the bread recipe...I will definitely try it soon!

Jess--I'm a fan of mojitos as well. One of the best I had was a rasberry mojito made with fresh pureed rasberries/mint. Yum. If you want me to send you up a bar when it is ready, drop me an email. You were one of the trio that helped me make the switch to vegan, so I owe you! ;-)

melody---I love the sea veg salad at the Japanese restaurant. I'm pretty sure that is different sea vegetables than this salad. I'm grossed out by "fishy" too. They key is boiling or soaking the veggies, then draining and sauteeing for a bit. = Less fishy! Give it a try some time. I'll likely have some sea veg salad tonight for dinner.

kleo--thanks for stopping by! If any of you west coasters are in the area, stop on by for scones or whatever I may be cooking up. Seriously, drop me an email.

urban vegan said...

the soap looks good enough to eat.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Jody - Sorry it took me so long to see this! It's been a stressful life lately, blah blah ; )
I've also had mojaritas that were lovely, and an awesome strawberry one from the cheesecake factory of all places. I'll send an email your way.....