Sunday was such a busy day! I did the Run for the Animals 5k in the morning, and sent my daughter out to a local farm to get some of these:
There is nothing better than the first strawberries of the season, especially when they are still warm. So good.
Last week I decided I needed a pressure cooker. I get these weird ideas, and although I have never needed a pressure cooker before, something came over me and I just had to have one. I bought this set, it has an 8 quart and a 4 quart pot, a pressure lid and a regular lid and a steamer basket.
I decided on Sunday to make seitan in the pressure cooker. I normally use the recipe from Vegan Yum Yum, which I love, but I tried a different recipe this time. I made a log, wrapped it in cheesecloth and pressure cooked it for 30 minutes.
Looks really ugly, right? That’s how you know it is seitan! So the pressure cooker was a success, the texture of the seitan was just fine, but the recipe – not so good. I think I’ll stick to my tried and true recipe.
In the afternoon I went to an International Food Fair at a Seventh Day Adventist church in DC (by the way, Seventh Day Adventists are not Mormon, in case you are wondering). All of the food was prepared by the congregants and it was all vegetarian and vegan. The dishes were labeled with the ingredients, and the vegan labels were green so you could spot right away the dishes that had no dairy or eggs. There were about 5 rooms full of food, divided up by continent. North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Caribbean, etc. I walked in and I was just astounded.
So much food! I met up with some friends from my vegan meetup groups, and we had a really nice afternoon talking and eating and trying to figure out if Seventh Day Adventists are the same as Mormons, but no, they are two totally different religions.
In the evening Princess Lemon and I went to Merriweather Post Pavilion to see Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. It was a beautiful night for a concert, but I am so glad my days of lawn seats are over because I could not stand being in a crowd like in the picture below. I had never seen Lady Antebellum before, and I have to say that the male singer of the group, Charles Kelley, had on the tightest pants I have ever seen. And my friend swore he had a sock in it. Is that really necessary? I don’t think so. Darius Rucker was amazing – and he is hot!
Yesterday I made a stir fry with my seitan. There is asparagus, snow peas, mushrooms, and onions in Peanut Mmmm Sauce over Trader Joe’s harvest grain blend. Have you made the Peanut Mmmm Sauce? It is so good, I am addicted to it. Go make it!