Monday, April 25, 2011

Seitan 101

On Saturday, I led a seitan-makin' class for our local vegetarian group, Food Awareness. A few new members had requested a vegetarian cooking class, and I volunteered to lead it. The topic was up to me, and I thought it'd be fun to show folks how to make seitan from scratch and how to use that seitan to make my Seitan Hot Wangz. I also demonstrated how to make gluten-based Creole Steamed Sausages.

I have a roomy kitchen, so we held the demo at my house. Here I am kneading the seitan dough. Oh, and check out my new hair!

This is Mary Carmen. She's new to our group, and she's not yet a vegetarian. This was her first time trying seitan, and she went back for seconds before she had to leave to catch the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-offs:

After we made our dough and boiled the seitan chunks in broth, I demonstrated my Seitan Hot Wangz recipe. It's in my cookbook, which will be coming out around the end of the year:

And then we made my Creole Steamed Sausages, also from the cookbook:

Six people (well, eight if you count my friends Greg and Pat who conveniently showed up just in time for samples) turned out for the class, and all the bite-sized samples were gone by the end. Seitan success!

16 comments:

Rose said...

Well done! What a fantastic group and way to spread the word about the joys of seitan and a plant-based diet. It all looks delicious!

Celine said...

hot wangz? god I love you.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

People really think seitan is so mysterious. Way to break through that myth... and yum.

VeggieLow said...

love it! i would love to go to a seitan class... i have my own recipe, but i always love learning about the special way most people make theirs... and i know from testing your wangz, that your chicken style is deelish!

also, you totally inspired me to buy a panini maker (from previous posts) - finally found one on craigslist and gonna try it this weekend. keep up the great blog! :)

Caitlin said...

i love your blog! all the pictures are great and your food looks delicious!

Leslie R. said...

That's awesome! Congrats on a success!

T said...

Wish I had been there! My seitan making skills are incredibly inadequate- it comes out different every time! Will have to get the cookbook for the expert tips. :)

Melissa said...

I'm interested in joining this vegetarian group! How often do you meet and what are the topics each meeting? Thanks!

Jesse said...

Love the new hair, and the fact that you are hosting your own classes. I wish I lived near you! I'd love the recipe for those hot wangz. :)

vegan.in.brighton said...

I love the idea of a seitan making class. Also, Hot Wangz, awesome!

Jennifer said...

Can't wait for your cookbook!!

Vegan Valerie said...

I've been doing the vegan thing for five years now and I STILL have yet to make seitan! It's so delicious...

I commit to try out a recipe.

I am excited for your cookbook to come to stores this year! Your pics are always so tantalizing, I'm eager to see how you do it! :)

Bianca said...

Hey Melissa! Our group, Food Awareness, meets once a month for lunches (and occasionally dinners) at veg-friendly restaurants. Our next meeting is May 7th at 4 p.m. at Escape Alley Sundry on Marshall Ave downtown. Author Will Tuttle (he wrote the World Peace Diet) will be speaking at our meeting)). You should come!! Meetings are free and open to anyone.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the info... unfortunately, I will be out of town at the next meeting, but I'd love to come to June's meeting. Do you have an e-mail list that I could sign up for?

Eric said...

liking the hrrr! oh and the wings and such look really good, might have to crank some out tonight...!

Adey said...

Hey; I love your cookbook. It was my first try at Seitan, now I'm a Seitan Master and try my hand at everything from Creole Chicken to Chinese Pork, and just experimenting with a Turmeric Fish a La Reunion - not quite there with that one... x