Thursday, October 13, 2011

Biscuits, Gravy, and a Vegan Soul Kitchen Giveaway!


Biscuits and gravy. Comfort food of the first order. For biscuits I like Tzippy's version, but I hear amazing things about Johnp's biscuits (can someone link me to these?) and also Bazu's. For gravy, mine, which riffs on Isa Chandra Moskowitz's recipe for tempeh sausage crumbles.

Updated Tempeh Gravy for Biscuits

1 8 oz package tempeh, crumbled fine
1 onion, diced medium
2 T vegan butter
3 T flour
3/4 t marjoram
3/4 t rubbed sage
3/4 t fennel seeds
pinch nutmeg
pinch cayenne
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 c soy milk

Place tempeh in a large pan. Add water to nearly cover, and steam the tempeh for ten minutes. Allow to cool. Saute onion in butter till soft over medium heat. Add flour and allow to cook a couple of minutes, stirring, to get rid of the raw taste. Slowly add soy milk to the pan, stirring. If you get some lumps, whisk it. Add in tempeh and spices and allow to thicken. If it is not as thick as you would like, mix some arrowroot or cornstarch (corn flour) with a bit of broth and keep adding it in until you get your desired thickness.

This freezes well, and so do biscuits! I freeze it in portion sizes to cover two biscuit halves.

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Giveaway, you say? Riffs, say I? Biscuits? Gravy? Vegan Soul Kitchen. I am very pleased that Bryant Terry and Perseus Books have allowed me to host a giveaway! This cookbook is serious. Choirqueer loves it because it has a soundtrack. You will love it for recipes like Double Mustard Greens & Roasted Yam Soup, Cajun-Creole-Spiced Tempeh Pieces with Creamy Grits, and Sweet Cornmeal-Coconut Butter Drop Biscuits.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below. Tell me about your favorite southern food, your favorite soul music, or anything at all. This giveaway is open to US residents only, but others this month will be open to everybody everywhere. The winners will be chosen by a random number generator and posted tomorrow below tomorrow's giveaway. If you win a giveaway on this blog at some point this month, please be kind and don't enter further giveaways--I'd love as many people to win something as possible!

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The winners of yesterday's Quick & Easy Vegan Slow Cooking are Gumbootscatsandvegansnacks and Bobbie[The Vegan Crew]! Congratulations! Please send your name and address to me at miso...@yahoo.com. (<---make sure to click on the . . . link for the rest of the email address. This is a spam avoidance thing.) Remember, you'll receive this book in early January!


17 comments:

  1. I am down with the biscuits and gravy. And Johnp knows from biscuits. I'll look up his recipe for you. I've also had the bazu version and they are mighty good. I will travel for vegan biscuits.

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  2. I may have to try Johnp's biscuits and bazu's. I haven't had either yet. Biscuits are the best. Biscuit biscuit biscuit.

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  3. I love biscuits and gravy, its definitely in my top ten favorite foods. I naively thought I would have to give this food up when I went vegan, ho ho!

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  4. I love funeral potatoes! It's a potato, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cheese and cornflake bake! I've veganized it! DELICIOUS!

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  5. A soundtrack?!?! no way! I think that's the best cookbook idea ever. I have zero soul-food experience, so this is definitely a must-have for me.

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  6. Corn bread, collards, hoppin' johns, i looove soul food

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  7. i Loveee cornbread. and cheesy potato casserole!

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  8. Biscuits and Gravy all the way!

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  9. My favorite Southern food is probably yams or potato salad or mac and cheese or BBQ tofu or biscuits and gravy (the list goes on). Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

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  10. I looooooved the apple beet currant salad that I made earlier this week-I have this cookbook out from the library for the Ppk cookbook challenge. Ive been listening to the soundtrack that choirqueer put together and have been listening to it at work. Summertime (and the living is easy) is a particular favorite.

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  11. I'm woefully unschooled in Southern food. That's why I'd love to get this book!

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  12. Cornbread, anytime, anywhere. ;)

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  13. YESSSSSS!! Oh I have such a crush on this book. I am going to make the turnip-shallot soup again this week.

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  14. I never liked biscuits and gravy as an omnivore, but I love some vegan gravy! I think I'll need some this weekend :)

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  15. Yum, make me up a plate and I'll be right over!

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