22/03/2012

Cooking in Heels: Veggie Mexican Dinner

Last time I cooked, I told you about my adventures with veganizing the all-American burger-and-fries dinner. Last weekend I travelled a bit more south of the USA and went to Mexico (culinarily speaking). I'd spent half my lunch break browsing vegetarian recipes online and I have to say most of them were ridiculously difficult (especially the "easy" ones). They all either took hours to make or required thirty-seven ingredients, some of them outlandish things like "vegan cheese" that no one this side of the Atlantic has access to. Quick note to US vegans preaching about how mind-bogglingly "simple" it is to go vegan: us Euros don't have a tenth of the the delicious veggie goodies that your enormous supermarkets host, so please give us a break.


There's a NaturaSì supermarket (NaturaSì is an Italian food chain specializing in all things vegetarian, organic and generally fabulous) in front of my gym that I sometimes glance at and really want to go into. One time, I actually ventured inside, only to nearly have a heart attack after a quick look at the price tags. 4,49 euro for three - three - tofu sausages? 3 euro for tea? Wow. As much as I'd love to be Gwyneth Paltrow and only eat super-organic, local and "clean" foods, my wallet politely disagrees.


This Friday, though, I went to NaturaSì with a plan: I was looking for "something to fill tortillas with". A clear, precise, nothing-can-shake-me plan. This led me to a new discovery that will from now on never leave my fridge: smoked tofu. I mean, how delicious is this stuff? You can make sandwiches with it, toss it in salads, veggie plates, anything. Thank you, NaturaSì.



I then marched back into my regular supermarket of choice and came out with mexican bean dip, mushrooms, corn, onions, tomatoes, chili sauce and nachos. Oh, and tortillas.


When David came home and found the dinner on the table, his first words were "I'd marry you tomorrow" (an oral contract is legally binding, right?), but the truth is, I just threw some stuff together. No great cooking skills required.



9 comments:

  1. Volpina: ma il TOFU AFFUMICATO?? anche il mio fidanzato onniviro l'ha divorato!

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  2. Entro qui per la prima volta... mi piace molto il tuo spazio! Ti seguo.
    Se vorrai passare dal mio blog sarai la benvenuta. Laura.

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  3. Il messicano è la mia passione, quest'estate in California non ho mangiato praticamente altro! A casa lo cucino spesso, ma non ho mai provato una versione "veggie"...dev'essere squisito comunque! Natura Si...che dire, è caro come il sangue, non riesco a farci la spesa, a riempire il carrello come vedo tanti fare...magari una cosa particolare quà e là ogni tanto...
    Buon week end!

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  4. Grazie Laura! Passerò sicuramente da te.

    Tatì: sì decisamente troppo costoso! Io in futuro ci andrò ma solo ogni tanto!

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  5. Jag har också precis upptäkt rökt tofu!! Så himla underbart! Önskar jag kunde skicka mat till er för det har kommit så himla mycket vegan mat till Stockholm! Allt från olika typer av sojakorvar (prinskorvar, choritso, sånda där långa) till tofu av olika smaker och till och med tacofärs! Mums filibabba! :)

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  6. I make a "walnut" meat for tacos. Take walnuts and mix with cayenne and/or chili powder and a few sun dried tomatoes. Easy and the texture is pretty good!

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  7. Elle that sounds delicious! I'll try that!

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