Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thai Peanut Burger Wraps and a new blogging initiative

I have been in a funk over the past several months, as you may have noticed by my absence from the blogosphere. My whole life has been that way; I've fallen into a few unhealthy habits and given up on some things that I used to love--and it's time for me to get back to life as usual. Granted, work will be extremely busy until mid-April, but I can and must still find time to do the things I like to do--getting outside, writing, cooking, blogging, reading your blogs... So that's my new initiative. As far as this blog is concerned, I am going to try and update it at least twice a week. There's time for me to do that. There's also time for me to leave comments at your blogs a couple of times a week. And since there's not time for me to cook as much as I'd like to, I am going to start writing some posts about being vegan in Atlanta--no west-coast town, but a pretty good place for a vegan lifestyle if you know where to look!


These Thai Peanut Burger Wraps with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce are from Vegan Planet. I had a difficult time getting them to firm up--I think I used firm tofu whereas it would have turned out better if I had used extra-firm. But no worries... They still tasted delicious, peanutty with a spicy kick, and a satisfyingly crunchy coating. The sauce made a perfect accompaniment--I was worried that it would be a bit excessive on the peanut flavor, but to the contrary, it really helped to bring out the different flavors that were going on.

I had leftovers, which were actually not quite as tasty as they were when they were fresh. I'm not really complaining... Maybe that's just me, anyway. I can definitely be funny about leftovers, and there are certain foods that I just don't really like when they have to be reheated. Oh well--the simple solution is to halve the recipe next time. Problem solved!

Have a great week. I'll be back around soon!

16 comments:

Melody Polakow said...

glad to see you back here...

I'm sorry things have been so rough... if you ever need to talk, I'm here.

Urban Vegan said...

Hey Lauara--Nice to see you back. The burger wraps look marvy. That sauce is calling my name.

As for the blog, it's supposed to be fun, so I wouldn't get too regimented about it--unless you're having fun!

Sam said...

I've blogged about these before (although yours look much prettier!) I had the same problem with them holding together, I ended up adding more panko and that seemed to help. Glad to see you back!

Courtney said...

Nice to see you posting again! I am sorry about your funk, but it sounds like you have a plan and you know what you need to do. You need to take time out for yourself and do things you enjoy--no matter how busy you get! You have to take care of yourself.

Those wraps look really really good...and I am not even a huge peanut butter fan!

Courtney

Paulina said...

Mmmm...I love anything peanut-y and don't worry, I'm the same way about leftovers too :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Good to hear from you Laura! Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, doesn't it? AS UV said, just have fun with it!

Monika K said...

I'm glad to hear you'll be blogging a bit more (even if it's not every week) - I really enjoy reading what you have to say. (-:

Robin said...

I enjoy your blog, too, Laura!

I agree that an extra-firm tofu is key in those Thai Peanut-Burgers and it seems like every brand of tofu has a different idea about what "extra-firm" means! In any case, a little extra breadcrumbs or some flour will usually do the trick.

VegTeen for Christ said...

Good to see your back and blogging! Its hard to make time for blogging when life gets buisy(ive run into that many times allready)!

I enjoy you blog, and really love the name!

God Bless,
Kelsey

Megan the Vegan said...

yeah - I want that sauce on my next wrap.

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, yum! That burger looks amazing.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Mmmm looks like a terrific way to kick-start your re-entry to the blogging world!

bazu said...

I like your blogger initiative, because it's so nice to hear from you! I love dreaming of re-visiting Atlanta, especially as the weather gets warmer and warmer!

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WOW!
This looks really delicious. :)

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Will try making this out next weekend.

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