Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Vegan MoFo - Nooch makes everything better
One thing I realised is that the imitation bacon bits available here are far less salty than the ones available in the US. You see, in the UK/Europe, the government actually regulates the food industry in a meaningful way, so they have limits on, for example, how much salt can be in food. So my burgers were a little bland because I didn't account for the lower salt level. The other thing I realised is that these are basically tofu scramble burgers. As far as I'm concerned, it's not scramble if it doesn't contain nooch, and there's no nooch in these.
So I made the burgers again, this time adding about a teaspoon of liquid aminos (for the saltiness) and 1/4 cup of nooch. I managed to get away using slightly less flour this time as well (and I only used 1/2 cup of flour last time, which is the low end of the range for the recipe). They turned out great! I actually want to eat another one right now, but having just calculated the calories (roughly 186 each), I can't really afford to after all those Manner wafers I ate this afternoon.
I'm really glad I gave these another try, because I can see them becoming a breakfast staple. They're really easy to make and take relatively little time, and, as I said above, are filling enough to get you through to lunch. They're a little more calorific than my usual breakfast (cereal and soymilk), but I think I'll make that up by not feeling the need to snack between meals (I hope - abundant Manner wafers notwithstanding). Oh, and they freeze well, so you could make a couple of batches (I managed to fry the whole of one batch in one go) and pop a bunch in the freezer.
Mike's taking me out to dinner tomorrow, but I need to check that I haven't already reviewed this restaurant (I have a feeling I have). If I have, I might make something between getting home and going back out so I have something to blog about!