02 August 2012

Picnic, The Vegg and Soy Curls

Hi y'all! I've missed you, it's true!

Guess what I did last night? I went to an amazing picnic potluck at Parc Jeanne Mance!
I met so many cool new friends and ate lots of delicious food too. People are just oh so talented! Good job everyone!

For my part, I chose to make Stuffed Sesame Sushi Balls with Tahini Peanut Dipping Sauce. They were super fun to make, easy to transport and tasted delicious to boot. I promised the gang that I'd share my recipe, and I definitely will! Just not today. (It's done!) And anyway, it's not so much a recipe as a list of ingredients with directions! But that's okay, right? I'll give you a little sneak peak for now :

HINT : They're the round sesame coated balls! :)

What I really wanted to share with you today, were my exciting finds at Viva Granola in the Plateau! Check 'em out :

The Vegg and Butler's Soy Curls

Before heading over to the picnic, my friend and I popped into Viva Granola in search of The Vegg!  And we found it! I've been wanting to try this vegan powdery, egg yolk replacement for quite a while now. I just couldn't find it in-store and didn't want to order it online. So I waited patiently. It's meant to taste and feel like egg yolk which is kind of a strange concept to me... but I really like trying new things so I bought a package anyway! Plus, 10% of the proceeds go to Compassion Over Killing, can't go wrong. I bought a 1.56 oz bag for about $9.00.  One bag yields 1 L of yolk, the equivalent of 30-40 chicken egg yolks! That's a lot.

The main ingredients in The Vegg are nutritional yeast and black salt. I regularly use both of those ingredients to make vegan egg salad and tofu scramble, so I'm not really sure how this product will stand apart.  I guess I'll let you know once I've tried it out! I'm pretty pumped about it. The product's website has a plethora of interesting recipes that incorporate the vegan egg yolk, such as: french toast, frittatas, custard, homemade pasta and just plain old liquid egg yolk to dip your toast in at brunch.... interesting. Like I said... I'll keep you posted with my results!

I also purchased Butler's Soy Curls while at Viva Granola! I'm not a huge TVP product fan, but this brand caught my eye mainly because of their beautiful golden hue and crispy fried-like appearance! Everyone knows I'm a sucker for crispy, fried goodness!
I've been pondering what to do with the curls, and I'm probably leaning towards re-hydrating them in some delicious veggie broth, rubbing them with jerk seasoning**  and frying them up in peanut oil until CRISP and delicious! So either that, or a variation of this chick'n salad! I'd stuff a couple mini pitas with the salad mixture, add some sprouts and arugula and voila : Yumminess.

Does anyone out there have any tried and true recipes or fun suggestions for either The Vegg or the curls? I'd love to hear about them!

**like allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, green onions, and salt!


  1. I like cooking up the Soy Curls with BBQ sauce, and in stir fry over rice are my favorite. Just rehydrate for about 10 min. in warm water first.