Monday, November 30, 2009

Vegan Migas!

Vegan Migas!

Ben Snakepit is a comic artist who draws a three panel strip every day of his life and publishes collections of the strips every year or so. Most of his comics are about taking drugs, playing in bands, and feeling ill. So, I'm pretty sure that Mr. Snakepit and I wouldn't have a whole lot in common (except for the fact that our first books were published by the same publisher) if we ever were to hang out. However, reading his comics is kind of like reading the diary of someone prone to disaster, and we all know how entertaining that kind of thing is. So I keep reading.

Recently the Man of Science was working his way through my collection of Snakepit books and he brought up something that hadn't really occurred to me.

"Reading those comics really makes me want Mexican food."

It's true. Most of the comics take place in Austin, Texas where Mexican food is plentiful and probably delicious. And in a lot of the strips, Ben is eating at Mexican restaurants and proclaiming his love of various dishes. The most common dish he talks about is something called "migas" which I had never heard of before.

(comic from My Life In A Jugular Vein: Three More Years of Snakepit Comics by Ben Snakepit)

When I was visiting Nicole, Alex, and baby Jake last week, I was thumbing through a cookbook of theirs and saw a very non-vegan recipe for migas. It helped me understand what the dish was, so I scrawled out a few notes on how I might make a vegan version without all the eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.

I must say, I was delighted with these results. This was a new take on the usual tofu scramble, and it was quick and easy to make. I added avocado instead of cheese on the top to give it the same kind of fatty goodness. All in all, a resounding success.

chop chop

Vegan Migas

3 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 tbsp vegan margarine (or olive oil in a pinch)
1 pound of tofu, mashed
1 onion, diced
1 tomato roughly chopped
2 tbsp unflavoured, unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp chipotle hot sauce
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1 avocado, diced

Melt margarine over medium heat and add tortilla strips. Fry until they are browned and slightly crispy.

Remove strips from the pan and set aside.

Keeping pan over medium heat, add onions and cook, stirring until they are tender.

Add tofu, tomatoes, soy milk, hot sauce, and turmeric.

Reduce heat to med-low and stir mixture occasionally as it cooks until tomatoes have softened, about seven minutes.

Add fried tortilla pieces and stir them in with the tofu.

Season with salt and pepper and serve with avocado slices on top.

Feeds two hungry people, or four less hungry people (especially if served with a side of spicy breakfast potatoes.)

ingredients (well, the important ones)

Some (long!) Notes:

- We had a real scare with our dog, Catie, this last week. The week before she'd been listless and barfy, but the vet said that she probably had a stomach bug and gave her antibiotics. The medicine didn't do anything, and she got worse and worse, refusing to eat and only drinking water occasionally. She was so weak she couldn't get off the couch and barely opened her eyes when we called her name. The Man of Science ended up taking her to a different vet who suspected that she had what is called "Addison's Disease". She had to stay at the emergency vet clinic overnight for two nights while they fed her intravenously and monitored her condition. She is doing much better now, and she will be fine as long as she takes medicine for the rest of her life. As the vet said, the disease is deadly if it's not treated, but if treated, dogs can live a perfectly normal life.

-Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all my American readers! Up here in Canada we're all "been there done that", but I certainly loved hearing about the great feasts that were prepared south of the border. And holy! Martha Stewart even got on the veggie Thanksgiving bandwagon. I sort of love her.

-I'm not really a fan of PETA because they often end up being mean, offensive, and sexist just to get publicity. However, I gave them a tiny bit of my heard earned money this week and ordered this t-shirt which shouts out in big black letters exactly how I feel about people buying animals from breeders. I imagine that there will be a lot of backlash on this count this week, given the horrid conditions that have been discovered at the Toronto Humane Society, so I just want to remind people that there are lots of reputable shelters and rescue organizations out there where you can adopt an animal in need even if you want to avoid the Human Society. The two dogs I've adopted in my life came from the Aylmer SPCA and BARK Rescue and I had positive experiences with both organizations.



Parasol said...

Just popping in to say that Humane Societies, while they share a name, do not share common policies so should not be bundled together as in "avoid the Humane Society". It doesn't really matter where you get your second-hand dog or cat from, as long as you're relieving her of her life in a cage and are mentally and financially prepared for him.

And, I would even go so far as to add that despite the recent shit storm at the THS, the animals living there need adoptive homes so the recent press should not turn people off adopting from there (perhaps it should encourage it!).

Rania said...

Looks SUPER delicious! Can't wait to try it.

Two questions:

(1) What do you do with the tortillas and the tofu after they've both been prepared? Mix them together? Serve n top? Your recipe skips out on that part.;-)

(2) I'm a fellow Canuck. Where, oh, where do you find corn tortillas? I've searched far and wide, but to no avail...


J. said...

Parasol: You're absolutely right! None of this is the animals' fault and they need loving homes just as much as always.

Rania: Whoops! I'll fix the post right now to include that step. Good catch!

I get the corn tortillas at Loblaws which I think is only in Ontario. So if you're in Ontario you're in luck! If not, I don't know what to suggest. Before Loblaws had them I used to go to a local Latin market for them, so maybe search for one of those? Good luck!

T said...

Ooh, I'd never heard of Migas either, (despite being a Mexican food-lova) but now I want to try them. Especially with the avocados on top, great addition.

Glad to hear that your dog is ok! That must have been frightening...

Cyn said...

This sounds a lot like something we call chilaquilas in San Diego. And it's delicious! I am totally making this.

The Voracious Vegan said...

MIGAS ARE AWESOME! And these look epically delicious, I'm very impressed!

I'm sorry to hear about your sweet pup, but I'm glad that all is okay now.

deBeauxOs said...

Glad to know Catie's condition is known and you have a treatment for it.

We have an organic foods co-op in Sandy that is managed by the same folks who started the pet food place, corner Wilbrod/Friel. They carry frozen corn tortillas. Most health food grocery stores like Nature's Pantry and Rainbow have organic corn tortillas. I'd guess that Loblaws' are manufactured with GMO corn.

An organization that I love is Hopeful Hearts. I often cruise its website longingly. My aged feline companion would be seriously put out by a new addition to our family. Also, I work out of town about 1 week a month which is not ideal for bringing a dog into one's life.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe. i was actually looking for one because of snakepit! i tried it out (more or less) this morning, and it was delicious.