Monday, March 2, 2009

Idaho Mess!!

In Cincinnati there's a place called Melt. It's amazing-- it has a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options, and even a vegan cheese option. It's pretty frickin' delicious. Unfortunately, we live in Columbus and cannot frequent such an establishment, so one Saturday I decided to make my own version of their Vegan Redskin Mess. I call it "Idaho Mess". Well, at first I thought Russet Mess, but that didn't sound right-- and Andy made the money decision to call it Idaho Mess. Either way, it's awesome.

I pretty much just turned Isa's cheezy sauce into a smokey cheddar like I did for the Jack Fruit Enchiladas [[recipe here]]. I made some rosemary potatoes and some tofu scramble, then baked it all into a delicious concoction.

[[Rosemary Potatoes]]

* 3-4 Idaho potatoes
* some olive oil
* 3-5 teaspoons of dried rosemary, this is a rough guess-- do it to taste
* a few shakes of parsley
* salt and pepper to taste

-Chop potatoes into three sections and add to boiling water with a little salt for about 15 minutes-- or until a fork inserts easily. When done, drain, and cut into wedges. Heat a a little olive oil, and fry the potatoes with all seasonings until golden brown. Make sure the potatoes are coated well!


[[Tofu Scramble]]

* 3/4 container of extra firm tofu [[or just firm. Whatever.]]
* 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 to 2 cups of spinach, depending on how much greens you want
* 1/2 of a red onion, chopped
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice [[optional, I guess- I hate buying just one lemon]]
* 2 teaspoons turmeric
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 1/2 teaspoon thyme
* some fine sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper
* 1/4 cup of water

- Heat oil, saute onions, garlic, and spinach for 1-2 minutes, until spinach is wilted. Add turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, and thyme-- saute for anther 30 seconds to a minute. Add 1/2 cup of water and crumble tofu with your hands into the pan, like scrambled eggs! Cook until water is gone and the tofu looks coated-- the turmeric should make it kind of orange. You can add more spices, I usually do to make it spicier. Add nutritional yeast and lemon. Cook for a minute more. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper to taste.


[[Assembling the Mess]]

- put potatoes in casserole dish, add tofu scramble, and pour smoky cheddar cheezy sauce over it all. Bake at 350 degrees [[F]] for 10-15 minutes.
-Remove and enjoy the mess. If you're Andrew, you'll drizzle sriracha hot sauce all over it.

Props to Andrew for the sweet pictures, too. :)


Andrew Warner said...

You call it Idaho Mess, eh?

Ashley said...

Wow this looks like a great brunch option.

ps. I have had the falafel and it is great.

Ashley said...

I tried an apple empanada and it was pretty lovely. They're prices are pretty good, but I worry they'll up once it gains more popularity.

I'm still waiting for the right occasion to hit up the dragonfly. The b/f considered reservations for Valentine's day, but the price too high for our budgets that week. I'd rather go on a less busy night anyway, after reading about your experience.

I'm thinking of going when I graduate. Frankly, it gives me more motivation to graduate than anything else.

Ashley said...

Creative and Professional Writing, at OSU.

Hope your falafel lived up today!