Friday, November 5, 2010


One of the (many) good things about living in New York is that when it comes to vegan food options, you're pretty much spoiled for choice. No matter what kind of food you want, we have it. And we usually have more than one option for it. And no two people will ever agree on which option is the best. Every place is someone's favorite. Fine dining is no exception. Some people prefer Pure Food and Wine, some Blossom and others Candle 79. One thing almost every can agree on, though, is that the best thing to get at Candle 79 is the seitan picatta (but if you're there for brunch, get the tofu scramble. Seriously). So eating picatta always makes me feel fancy. Even when I make it myself, it looks like this and I'm eating it in my pajamas:

(how did I never notice how ugly this bowl is?)

Yes, we're ending Chickpea Week with Isa's chickpea picatta, which I'm pretty sure is going to be in Appetite for Reduction. I subbed extra broth for the wine and it was still super flavorful. I've been craving polenta since August, so I served it over that instead of mashed potatoes. My arugala didn't wilt much and I think I allowed my picatta to reduce a bit too much, but it was still damn fine. Looking at this picture, it kind of reminds me the doubles from Caribbean Vegan, but it tastes nothing like that. It's just chickpeas over something yellow.

Thus ends the first week of VeganMoFo. Thanks for reading. If all goes according to plan, I'll be back next week with a new theme and a new lease on life. Or at least a new theme. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Mihl said...

I had to think of the doubles too!

panda with cookie said...

I think your bowl is lovely! Or perhaps I am too distracted by the chickpeas to care.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reminding me of this. I have been wanting to make that recipe since I saw it, maybe I will do it next week!

celyn said...

I haven't tried the piccata recipe yet, but now I will! Yum. Also, Tay's doubles? MOST delicious.

veronica said...

Oh, I LOVE picatta. I actually made my version for dinner last night, with tofu and pasta. But I pretty much everything and anything into picatta and it rocks. You should really try it with shiitake mushrooms... they soak in the flavors SO well and taste amazing! Polenta was a good choice, too. YUM! Yours looks awesome. I need to try this recipe. :)