Aug. 25, 2012
This Week's Q&A (Talking Soda Bread & Storing Produce)
You've got questions and we've got answers!
Q: I have a question about tempeh. I want to like it, it looks like something I would like, but every time I try it it tastes like a soybean sponge. In one of your recipes you recommend using a "vegetable" tempeh rather than a soy. Can you suggest a brand or give me a list of ingredients to look for.
A: Most stores that sell tempeh have different types of tempeh, like 5-grain or rice or veggie. The veggie one usually has peppers and onions added with the soybeans. Lightlife makes a grain and veggie version. You can also crumble tempeh and turn it into sausage crumbles (like from Everyday Happy Herbivore ) which might have a more familiar taste to ease you into tempeh.
Q: I'm wanting to make your Strawberry Cupcakes in HHC and noticed no strawberries are actually added to the batter, just as a garnish on top of baked cupcakes. Are strawberries supposed to be added to the batter?
A: You can add them to the batter if you like, but the recipe was written to only have them on top. Either works.
Q: Any tips for storing produce in the fridge? Should I wash, cut, and store in containers or leave them in the grocery store produce bags until i'm ready to use it? My crisper drawers are full and I don't want anything to go bad. Thanks!
A: We keep them in the fridge, out of the bags, until we're ready to eat/cook them. Then we'll wash & chop them. I know many people chop their produce in the beginning of the week for convenience- I don't think either way you'll have a problem- but definitely take them out of the bag!
Q: So, while Googling vegan irish soda breads this morning, I found one that looks awesome...and then I noticed it's YOURS! :) When you say "non-dairy milk," can I use unsweetened almond milk? (which is what we use in place of milk).
A: You can use any nondairy, almond or soy or rice or whatever. White whole wheat might work.