Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Curried Kind of Day

Curried tempeh wrap
My curried tempeh turned out to be very tasty for a first attempt! I definitely think celery and maybe a few raisins would take it over the top. Hot sauce of course makes everything tastier! I know there are a gazillion tempeh salad recipes out there, but here's one more!
                                              Curried Tempeh Salad
  • 1 pkg. Tempeh
  • 3 T. vegan mayo( I used Just Mayo)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. red or yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 T. sweet relish
Steam the tempeh for 15-20 minutes. After the tempeh is steamed and cooled so it can be handled. Crumble with your hands, or a knife into very small pieces. Combine with all other ingredients, and adjust salt and pepper. It tastes best when refrigerated for at least thirty minutes so the flavors can really get to know each other!
Like I said, celery would be perfect, and also some raisins, or even dried cranberries. This is the starter recipe. I don't eat tempeh too often, because honestly I much prefer tofu, but this salad could convince me to have more tempeh in my life!
I decided to venture to my nearest library yesterday. It was the perfect day for a walk, sunny and warm, but not too warm. I had a moment that made me laugh on my way. I walked by a 24 hour fitness, or some kind of huge gym, and there were so many people walking on a treadmill, and riding stationary bikes. It's funny that we live in a world where people pay to walk indoors, and ride bikes that don't go anywhere. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, but aaaaahhhhh! Anyway, on to the books.
What a library haul!
I am super happy with my first selection. I didn't even know that More Peas and Thank You   existed, and I had also never heard of Mouthwatering Vegan written by Miriam Sorrell. I also scored Afro Vegan, written by Bryant Terry. Also a fiction by Nick Hornby who I love sooo much, and somehow I missed this book. I was leafing through Afro Vegan, and there are several pages that have been taped back together. I love that history so much, and those will be the recipes I try first, I bet they're the best! I love that connection with strangers that books give you. Ever since I can remember, library day is always my favorite day of the week! And even as an adult, the sight of a bookmobile makes me want to skip right into it!
I was leafing through my stash, and this recipe from Mouthwatering Vegan jumped out at me. I actually had all of the ingredients, and it gave me another chance to use my favorite Red curry powder.
Yummy is right!
They turned out amazing! I used fresh potatoes that I steamed and mashed. These were really easy to make, and they held together well. I let them cool for about ten minutes after cooking, they really firmed up. I served mine with some Persian cucumbers and baby peppers, and some sriracha. It was a really tasty meal, and I look forward to the leftovers. Curry is always better after a little rest! There are many recipes in this book I plan on trying. Maybe after I've tried a few more recipes, I'll attempt a cookbook review? Maybe. Anyway, I know my slump isn't permanent because I got excited when I saw new to me vegan cookbooks. And everything that I prepared yesterday was fun, and I got tasty results, so I'm pretty happy.
What do you do to pull out of a funk/slump?


  1. You are like a different person back in Seattle. So happy for you.

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty happy too. It's funny how much good some change of scenery can be for your soul!

  2. Curry!? Yes PLEASE! The books look great and all the wonderful food YUM!