giovedì 29 ottobre 2009

Dried Soya Steaks with Artichokes and Potatoes

This dish is really tasty, ideal for first cool evenings and when the first artichokes appear in organic shops :) These soy steaks are an healthy and versatile alternative to meat!
Soya steaks with Potatoes and Artichokes
For three or four people:
150 gr. steak soy
4 potatoes
2 artichokes
1 onion
1 clove garlic
extra virgin olive oil or other
a dash of soy sauce
Saute the onion with the garlic in a little oil. Wash, peel and chop potatoes. Prepare the artichokes by removing the first leaves (the hardest), shorten the stem, leaving 10 cm. and cut the tip of the artichoke. Cut into 4, the stem can be sliced and added. When the garlic is well golden add the potatoes, artichokes, rosemary and a dash of water. Cover with lid.
Soya steaks are meanwhile rehydrated in warm water for about 20 minutes or until they are soft, then wring them one by one with your hands and pass into the pan. They may have a slightly spongy texture but this effect disappears after cooking. They are not full like seitan but tend to absorb the sauce in which they are immersed, and are more flavorful. You can then add the potatoes and artichokes, or you can switch to a better effect in a pan with a little oil and brown them lightly (as I did) and add them later.
Cook until the potatoes and artichokes are tender. Then add a little more oil, soy sauce and salt.
This tastes a lot better if prepared in advance. Buon Appetito!

Pumpkin Italian Soup

This soup is delightful because it is creamy, I love it.
Prepare the soffrittino with a chopped onion, a clove of minced garlic, rosemary and a pinch of salt. Start by cutting small pieces of half a pumpkin (700 gr.) Taking care to keep the seeds aside for the blue tit who are out in the cold! Do the same with two carrots and add everything to the mixture. Put a lid and cook over a low heat for half an hour. If necessary add a drop of water but not too much. When the carrot and the pumpkin can be mashed under the spoon you can turn off the heat and whisk with a blender. Serve hot garnished with some black sesame seeds.
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