Thursday, September 9, 2010

And to think they said it couldn't be done! Ok, so maybe it was me who said it couldn't be done...

The other night I decided to expand my culinary horizons.  I went searching the web for suggestions and came across a recipe for vegan filet mignon, from scratch.  Home-made fake meat?  Perish the thought.  I mean, I always have eaten meat substitutes since I was a kid, so the concept of fake meat is actually an appealing one to me, but I always left the whole from-soybean-to-patty process to the professionals.  Make it myself?  From handy household ingredients?  Dare I?  I dared. 
The results were stupendous.  Now remember, I have never been an omnivore, so I have no idea if it was anything like a filet mignon.  I highly doubt it.  If it were that easy to make a filet mignon from scratch, I doubt it would cost 30+ at a restaurant, and killing cows would be a lot less popular.  That said, filet-mignon-ish or not, the results DEEE-LISH. :)  Hubby and my very carnivorous doggy both approved, as did my omnivorous co-worker, who deemed it "sausage-y".  I choose to take that as a compliment, despite the fact I don't know how sausage tastes.  I would post the recipe, but it's not mine, so you will have to follow the link to one of my favoritest blogs*, "A vegan for dinner".  It came out a little salty for my tastes, so I plan to tweak this recipe later and make it my own, and when/if I do (and if it's changed enough to be called my own), I will post it then.  Here is the results of my 2+ hours of labor over a hot stove.  Minutes before it was devoured. :)

*warning for the faint of heart, she is very funny, but sometimes her humor is a little blue. 

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