Wednesday, April 23, 2008

stir fried rice, grilled Teese sandwich

Jared gets off of work kinda late so I try to make stuff that tastes amazing reheated. This week I cut to the chase and made 2 of my favorite dishes into 1: Stir Fried Rice. Early in the day I steamed jasmine rice and let it hang out at room temperature. When I was ready to eat I fried up a block of tofu in canola oil and set it aside. I diced a broccoli crown as well as a small zucchini along with a shredded 1/4 of a green cabbage and placed the washed veggies in a colander. I slowing poured boiling water over the veggies in the colander to slightly steam/wilt the veggies so they wouldn't be raw in my fried rice. I then fried up my cooked jasmine rice with a bit of canola oil, sesame oil and sesame seeds until the edges were browned and crispy. I added the steamed veggies in with the rice with a little Hoi sin sauce, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. At the last minute I combined the fried tofu. I topped it all off with chopped green onions and more black and white sesame seeds. This was nothing ground breaking but Jared really, really enjoyed it after a long day at work.
Is it true that one of my favorite foods of all times is back: Grilled Cheese!? Thanks to Teese and Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe for carrying it, we can again enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich when nothing else will do.
I'm not gonna lie, the very first grilled cheese I made with Teese didn't blow me away. The problem? I cut the Teese (insert joke here) too thick and it overwhelmed the whole sandwich. It tasted too soy milky and got really juicy/drippy when it melted (kinda like Buffalo mozzarella when it's melted). Plus I didn't think it was salty enough and kinda tasted like dill (not my most favorite thing). So, for my second grilled Teese sandwich, I cut the Teese thinner and added a bit of garlic salt, which gave it a salty bite and toned down the dill taste. Both times I made this I did add thin sliced tomatoes because I don't know about your tomatoes right now, but ours (from Florida which we got at our local farmers market) are so wonderful. Sweet, full tomato flavor and bright red! Plus I think grilled cheese sandwiches are a little boring without sliced tomato.
Perfection on a plate!
The price of Teese wasn't too bad either, about $8 for a pound of it (I have definitely spent more on an imported cheese before). I'm not sure it will be something we will always have around, because I could dangerously eat too much of it, but it is certainly the best non-animal milk cheese I have had since becoming vegan and I am thrilled I CAN have a decent grilled cheese sandwich once again.


Celine said...

holy...I know what I will be having tomorrow for lunch: grilled teese sandwich!!!

VeggieGirl said...

Stir Fried Rice + Grilled Teese = hooray for vegan-friendly comfort foods! :0)

Jennifer said...

That fried rice looks and sounds perfect. It's been TOO LONG since I've had fried rice, I love it, what's wrong with me?!

Teese, eh? I've never seen that, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that.

romina said...

I need that sandwich in my mouth!

Bee Roach said...

Nice grilled teese!

For lunch today, I had a pita with tofurky sausage, teese, and marinara. Good stuff! You are lucky you can go to Cosmo's!

Anonymous said...

I love the texture and colors of the rice! Fried tofu is love.
And uugh~I dislike dill as well D: My brother loves it--I just can't fathom WHY...o_O
I'm glad the second time worked for you! At first I thought the toasts were actually pancakes :p

Dark Faerie said...

yum...yum...yum....they both look delish! I can't wait to try Teese.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Thanks for the Teese tips! I'm still looking for a good vegan cheese. And I can't believe you have good tomatoes already! Ours won't be at their best until about August.

Animal-Friendly said...

Both meals looks great!

I agree completely that grilled cheese sandwiches NEED a nice slice of fresh tomato, or some great tomato soup.

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Mmm, I love grilled "cheese" sandwiches with toasted bread, tomatoes and avocados!

Happy Herbivore! said...

we really like the all-american grilledcheeze in the uncheese cookbook... want me to email it to you?

(p.s. your Teese looks mighty fine!)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

The fried rice sounds AWESOME! I've been enjoying grilled Teese as well! It's great for pizza.

Veggie said...

Yum, I love fried rice.

I wish I could try Teese, if it melts as well as you describe I bet it would be great on pizza.

We won't have fresh garden tomatoes until August, maybe Teese will make it up here by then.

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