Friday, July 13, 2018

Stuff I Want To Make

Hey you guys! I hope that you are all doing well. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of things that I want to try to make in my own kitchen. I tend to get into patterns with what I eat and I want to break out of that a little bit and make some yummy food that I have either always wanted to try, dishes that I've had and miss/haven't had in a while or restaurant meals I want to recreate. Of course I'll be including source links for the images since most of these are not mine so feel free to check theirs out!

The first dish I have been wanting to make for the longest time but never have is called Swimming Rama. When I lived in Seattle I would go to an AMAZING Thai place called Thai Tom in the University District. My friend got this dish called Swimming Rama with Tofu and let me try it. OMG you guys. It's amazing. It's a bed of rice topped with lightly sautéed spinach, bean sprouts and tofu smothered in the most delicious spicy peanut sauce. And without fail I got it every single time I went after that (I was vegetarian at the time so I was mostly concerned with fish sauce but I think the sauce is otherwise vegan?). Anyway, I have been craving this for the longest time and have not ever taken the time to make it. That's totally going to change because I really want it 😂 The picture above is actually the Swimming Rama with Tofu from Thai Tom (I grabbed it from their Yelp page, gave source credit as best as I could).

I've heard really amazing things about the Eggplant Hummus from Trader Joe's. Sadly I've never been able to try it because mine just doesn't carry it ever. I've never seen it there. From what I've seen and heard, it kind of looks like and oil free combination of hummus and babaganoush and it sounds pretty damn awesome. I've decided it's now my mission to make it myself at home. I won't be able to tell how close I come but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty damn delicious whether or not it tastes like the original. 

I know you're probably thinking what the hell does this New Yorker know about biscuits and gravy? Well, I know that they are freaking delicious and I want them in my face hole. Sadly I don't really have access to them here but I'm determined to make them some day. I don't know how authentic they are but the Buttermilk Biscuits and Country Gravy by The Simple Veganista sound pretty awesome. I think this will have to be something to try in the fall and/or winter when I'm in need of some warm comfort food on a cold day.

This is a little similar to the biscuits and gravy but omg it's too good not to include here. Every time I visit my best friend in Florida we go for brunch at Ethos Vegan Kitchen and EVERY TIME I get this amazing Breakfast Burrito. It is stuffed with faux sausage, tofu scramble, giant chunks of roasted potato and then wrapped up in a tortilla and smothered in sausage gravy. It is freaking delicious and I need it in my life way more often. It seems easy enough to make. I'm sure the spices will be off a bit but I definitely think I could come close to this in my kitchen and I will definitely be giving it a shot! I also think it would be awesome as a breakfast burrito bowl with just the potatoes, scramble, sausage and gravy in a bowl.

I figured I'd bring it back to summertime treats and mention that I really want to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich before the summer ends. It couldn't be easier... make a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies and stuff it with your favorite vegan ice cream (there is so much to choose from now!). You can bet that mine will have sprinkles around the outside because sprinkles are so festive and delightful.

The last thing that I really want to make is a proper Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese. I'm sorry but the crap you buy in the package in the store is gross. All of them. I've never tried one that I like. So the only way to resolve that is to make my own the proper way. It will be incredibly unhealthy but damn will it be good. It's not something I will eat every day but sometimes you just want a proper mac and cheese and that means finding a good mac and cheese recipe where you veganize the dairy, make the cheese sauce and then bake it off in the oven. That will definitely be happening because it has been entirely too long since I've had a proper mac and cheese.

So these are some of the things that I want to try to make in the upcoming months. As I mentioned, some of these recipes will be better in the fall or winter when warm comfort food is definitely more appropriate. As I try to make these recipes I will definitely show you how they come out and I'll share how I made them. I'm especially excited about the Swimming Rama and hope to try that soon!

What are some foods that you want to make? Any restaurant meals that you want to recreate? Let me know!

I hope that you enjoy your weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday!! ❤


vegan peace said...

I love Thai Tom! I never had the swimming rama there, but I had it often at Thai Siam in Ballard which was one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle! I want it now too! I can't wait to see what you come up with!!
I've never had the eggplant hummus from Trader Joe's, but I've heard good things too. I love to recreate hummus because it's so much cheaper to make it yourself!

Sarah said...

Thai Tom was THE BEST!! I would go at least once a week and there were so many bubble tea places around there too. I really want to go back and visit Seattle now that I'm so far removed from grad school and really enjoy the city.

I've heard the hummus is amazing and I definitely have an idea as to how I want to make it. The TJs one has no oil so I'll probably stay true to that which will be awesome. And yes, SO MUCH CHEAPER!

Julie said...

So many good ideas! The Swimming Rama sounds amazing, and I'd love to try the biscuits and gravy and breakfast burrito, too!

Sarah said...

Swimming Rama is so so good! I definitely need to make that happen sooner rather than later! The burrito is probably one of my favorite all time meals :)

Unknown said...

I don’t think that TJs even sells the eggplant hummus anymore.... the very lazy side of my brain is thinking you could buy the Abraham’s babaganoush (which is the best i’ve had, and reasonable price too) and mix it into homemade hummus.

That breakfast burrito speaks to me! Although i would certainly need a nap afterwards....

Sarah said...

Oh really?! I always see people eating it on Youtube. I wonder if it's a regional thing. I know that different regions carry different products and I've never seen that at mine. I was thinking I would roast and eggplant and blend it up with chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and tahini (and salt and pepper of course!). I'm guessing it can't be much more than that?

OMG. That breakfast burrito is seriously the best meal ever. I need to recreate it because it is the best. And yes, I always just want to be so lazy after. It's definitely a heavy meal!

Jennifer said...

I wish I didn't read this blog post when I was hungry! Ack! Everything sounds awesome! Especially that peanut thai dish. Yes please.

Funny you mention baked mac and cheese because it has been a LOOOONG time since I've made a baked mac and cheese. Most of the time if I am making a pasta casserole there is something EXTRA. Like I recently made chili mac. I should bookshelf that idea and make it during the fall when it cools down.

Sarah said...

OMG the Swimming Rama is SO GOOD. I definitely see that in my future.

Yes, baked mac and cheese is such a great treat! I will definitely be making up a pan when it gets cooler because it's just been way too long!