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!! ❤