February 9, 2009

Don’t be jealous! Ever since I watched a green-haired Todd Oldham on “House of Style” back in the nineties, I knew that I had to get crafty with him one day. So, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Todd and I got together at his downtown NYC studio to show you how to make some heart-shaped gifts that come from the heart. We both agree that this holiday is all about affordable, DIY craftiness.

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From his features in ReadyMade & Dwell, to crafting Amy Sedaris’ interactive vaginal diagram on the Chelsea Lately Show, and with a line of vases for FTD,  a classic menswear-inspired carpet collection, and design book series called Place Space, Todd is a royal of the creative world. To top that, he is a photographer, filmmaker, interior designer, fashion designer, and can see through walls …well, maybe not the last part.

Mr. Oldham is no stranger to being ethically handsome, either. A vegetarian and environmentalist, he has worked with Peta on undercover investigations, encouraged the sales of plantable oak trees through FTD, and even raised money for the NRDC. He continues to find innovative ways to use eco-friendly, recyclable, and animal-friendly materials (from soy based inks, to un-coated, recycled cardboard) in his products, and one thing we agree on is that having mainstream skills along with aspirations for environmentalism, animal rights, and social justice, is a recipe for making change from the inside.

Chocolate Heart Cake

Jodi Taylor

Organic, Vegan, Cake by Joshua Katcher & Todd Oldham Photo: Jodi Taylor

• Two 9″ heart-shaped baking pan
• 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
• 2 cups organic, unrefined sugar
• 1.5 cups organic cocoa
• 2 tsp aluminum-free Baking Powder
• 1.5 tsp Baking Soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
• 1/4 cup organic canola oil
• 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
• 1/2 cup prepared egg-replacer (Energie or Brand)
• 1 Tbs vanilla
• 2 cups almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
• 2 cups cold coffee
• 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (not melted)
• 1/4 cup Earth Balance (or other non-hydrogenated margarine)
• 4 cups organic powdered sugar
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1/4 cup soy creamer
(for pink, add 1/8 cup beet juice or 3 drops of red veg-based food coloring)
• 1 cup marzipan
• Natural veg-based food coloring
• Small cookie cutters

1. Preheat oven to 375º, and coat your pan with non-stick cooking spray or canola oil.
2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl: Flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
3. In a separate bowl (or using a mixer) beat the coconut oil, canola oil, shortening, egg replacer, and vanilla until fluffy.
4. Pour the coffee and almond milk onto the dry mix, then add the whipped oil and egg-replacer, and stir in the chocolate chips until the mixture is smooth.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes (or until edges pull away from sides of pan).

1. Beat the shortening, coconut oil, and margarine until smooth.
2. slowly add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.
3. Finally, add vanilla and soy-creamer and beat for about 5 minutes until fluffy.

*Once cakes have cooled, take out of pan. If storing prior to decoration, line pan with wax-paper, then put cakes back in tins.

Jodi Taylor!

Alternate decorating idea! photo: Jodi Taylor!

Heart of Flowers


Heart of Flowers by Todd Oldham & Joshua Katcher

• 20 carnations
• heart-shaped pan (at least 2″ deep)
• 2 – 4 bricks of floral foam
• water
• scissors

See Video (above)


Wu Hoo! Vday Vid with Todd Oldham & Pizza Crust for the Gods

February 4, 2009

We love Todd Oldham, that crafty, veg, designer-genius! He’ll be featured in an EXCLUSIVE DB Video in the coming days! We’ll school you on some Valentines Day awesomeness, and talk about really macho stuff… So stay tuned!

Page Six Magazine

Photo: Page Six Magazine

Wu Hoo! for us. Boo Hoo, for Jason Wu.
picture-8According to Womens Wear Daily (WWD Issue 02/03/2009 ) Jason Wu, who we blogged about the other day, has decided to put his nasty fur collection on hold. An anonymous DB source linked Tim Gunn (Project Runway), who is very anti-fur, to being Jason Wu’s teacher at Parsons. Maybe he inked a letter? Or it could have been the huge uproar, the thousands of letters we wrote, and the realization that if you’re going to dress our liberal, animal-loving First Lady – your next move should probably not be an economically short-sighted horror-show of cruelty, supposed ‘luxury’, and excess.

After Michelle Obama sported a Jason Wu gown for the inaugural balls, the designer has been basking in all the attention. The overnight fame has made him shift gears slightly. Wu was scheduled to launch a fur collection with Sara Furs for fall but, according to him, it’s been put on the back burner until further notice. “As a result of increased interest and demand from our global retailers, we’ve decided to put our fur license on hold and concentrate on our growing ready-to-wear business,” Wu said.- (WWD Issue 02/03/2009 )

Una Pizza NapoletanaOne-fourth of their menu is vegan. 100% of it is vegetarian. This, of course, is incidental – but I’m not complaining. There are only four things on the menu, after all. The vegan “Marinara” pie is simply: San Marzano tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, fresh garlic, fresh basil, sea salt. Definitely go check it out. but the magic is in the painstaking dough process, involving yeast that dates back 2000 years! You’ll believe it when you taste it.picture-11

Who in the their right mind would spend $20 on a personal pizza?” You ask.  Well, I was skeptical at first, until my friend Jodi convinced me to bite the bullet and bite into the most amazing pasta per pizza I’ve had in my life. At Una Pizza Napoletana in NYC’s East Village – you’ll find the art of Neapolitan pizza most excellently executed. If you are a lover of artisan pizza, this is it’s chapel. Plus, the owner, Anthony, has got some sick tatts.

Boy Bonnett • Green Jeans • Musubi

November 11, 2008

I’ve been searching for a thick, knit cap for the winter, and all the styles I love are made with wool from sheep that are usually treated quite horribly. If you think harvesting wool is ‘just a haircut‘, you haven’t done your research. Mulesing and live export are just two of the most horrible aspects of the wool trade. Click HERE to learn more, and look below for a handsome boy-bonnet made from organic cotton, available at KAIGHT.


Boy Bonnett "Ibolai" from Eairth

Levis has an Eco line, featuring organic cotton & recycled denim. I just got a pair of the skinny fit and they are my new favorite jeans! They are also really affordable at just $70. Click on the small images below for details.


RECIPE: Musubi

Musubi is a very popular snack in Hawaii, made in the tradition of Japanese onigiri. Traditionally, this eye-appealing morsel is made with spam, which is pretty gross. Here, we’ve replaced the spam with marinated squash and tofu.

Tofu Squash Musubi

Tofu Squash Musubi

What You’ll Need:

• Musubi Press (get it at any kitchen supply store or HERE on amazon)
• 1 package firm tofu (cut into 1″ x 1/4″ strips)
• 1 butternut squash (skinned and cut into 1″ x1/4″ strips)
• 2 cups of sushi rice
• 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
• 3 tbsp Shoyu
• 3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
• 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
• 1/4 cup Orange Juice

1. Prepare sushi rice according to directions on bag.
2. Combine shoyu, maple syrup, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and  orange juice into a marinade.
3. Lightly oil a casserole dish, put in squash and tofu, pour on marinade and bake at 350 for about 30 min until tender (but not mushy).
4. Cut Nori sheets into 1 inch strips. Each piece of Musubi will be wrapped by 1 strip.
5. Press rice in the Musubi Press, cut in half, add toppings, wrap with a nori strip, and seal the strip seam at the bottom with a drop of water.

For variations, try avocado, pickled radish, mushrooms, or other marinated veggies. Thanks to Aylssa and Jodi for this yummy treat!

Fresh Friday Finds

July 25, 2008

1. Conference of Birds

I attended the COB runway show for the Spring 2009 collection and was thrilled to see some organics! Andrew Holden’s ‘excellent bad-boys’ looked as if they were just back to London from a desert excavation or an Egyptian urban-safari. This collection featured gorgeous canvas jackets, Hebrew-inspired scarves, lots of layers, an organic hooded trench coat, vests, and a bright but soft color palate of yellow, bone, black, gray and pale blue. DB contributer Jodi worked on this collection. Most of the spring collection was vegan, but there was some wool and leather, unfortunately.

2. Blog of a Vegan Pirate

SuperVegan has been publishing the blog of Tod Emko who documented his time serving on the Sea Shepherd pirate ship, The Steve Irwin, and their mission to stop illegal Japanese whaling from February and March of 2008. In light of the 2008 IWC Meeting finishing with the usual deadlock, and Sea Shepherd officially announcing its 2008-2009 anti-whaling campaign, Operation Musashi, it seemed a good time to show people what’s going on in the world of whaling.



3. ‘Top Model’ Judge Protects Seals!

America’s Next Top Model judge and renowned photographer Nigel Barker opens A Sealed Fate? tonight in New York. If you are in NYC, go check out an exhibition about the world’s largest slaughter of marine animals. Tyra, no doubt, would approve—even if she didn’t think of it first.
July 25-27 at 401 Projects, 401 West St., New York, (212) 633-6202, humanesociety.org/protectseals

4. Victoria’s (Dirty Forest Destroying) Secret cleaned up!

Victoria's Secret
LISTEN to CEO Todd Katzenmeyer as he talks about how the Forest Ethics campaign changed the company’s catalog practices. Also pay attention to the insanity of Corporate monsters like VS and the insanity they foster.

5. An Olympic-Sized Fur Trade

A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms

China is one of the world’s largest suppliers of fur garments. More than 95 percent of China’s finished fur garments are exported for sale overseas, and many of them go to North America. Cat and dog fur is often deliberately mislabeled as “Asian jackal” or “rabbit” fur. This summer, with the world’s eyes focused on China during the Olympics, PETA is exposing the horrors that take place on Chinese fur farms. This is a historic opportunity to speak out against the global fur trade and influence consumers worldwide.

Sign the Pledge to fo Fur-Free

6. Ontario has made the largest conservation commitment in Canadian history, setting aside at least half the Northern Boreal region – 225,000 square kilometres – for permanent protection from development.

7. CBS News Joins FOX in revealing the true role of mainstream media: Lies.

8. Click to feed shelter dogs (for free!)


9. VINYL from Olympia

Product Image

10. Graphic Tease

Some fresh Organic Prints from Edun & Loomstate:

Rice is Nice

July 8, 2008
rice is nice

rice is nice

Jodi made this scrumptious dish for a dinner party – and it vanished in 12 seconds. Rice really is nice.

rice is nice

  • 1 block tofu cube, marinated in for at least 2 hours in:
  • shoyu 4 tbs
  • sesame oil 1 tbs
  • rice vinigar 4 tbs
  • orange juice 4tbs
  1. Then bake at 350 for 45 min
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or cashews or almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sauteed mushrooms w/ 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup sauteed zuchinni & carrot pieces
  • 1/4 cup rice vinigar
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh cillantro
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mix veggies, rice oil, nuts, vinegar & seasonings together
it is best if you let refrigerate for an hour or so before serving.

You can also sub in your fav’ veggies like broccoli or cauliflower!

yum! Garnish with fresh orange wedges…

Jodi thinks rice is nice

Jodi thinks rice is nice

Boutiques, Sweets, Slices, & Endangered Bears

May 17, 2008

1. Eco Boutique Opens in LA.
An awesome eco-boutique, Visionary, has opened in West Hollywood – but so far it’s only for the ladies. Hey Visionary! Don’t forget about us Brutes!

2. Penny Licks is Vegan Sweets Heaven!
Last night at Penny Licks – Melissa, Jodi and I indulged in vegan brownie sundays with soy whipped-cream and a cherry on top! While wearing a gorgeous Organic cotton polo, I had a peanut-butter brownie sunday with temptation cookie-dough vegan ice cream. Jodi went to town on a huge slice of vegan coconut cream cake from Vegan Treats. To top that off, We ate with biodegradable corn-based spoons and ate out of biodegradable cups. Not everything is vegan here, but most of it is, and most of it is organic as well. This is my new favorite spot! See you there….

Penny Licks

3. Vinnie’s Pizzeria Makes Love to the Vegan Pie.vinnies vegan pizza
Just a few doors down from Penny Licks, Vinnie’s Pizzeria is putting shame to any other pizza place that has attempted to do vegan pies before. There isn’t just one “we have to put something out to take economic advantage of those annoying vegans” pie. Every day there are at least three innovative pies, in addition to handwheels, rolls, and sandwiches. They use Teese, from the same people that brought you Temptation.

4. Polar Bear on Official “Endangered Species” list.

https://i1.wp.com/www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/07/08/polar_wideweb__430x272.jpgEarlier this week, the Secretary of the Interior placed the polar bear on the Endangered Species List as a threatened species.The listing is clearly a step in the right direction. Much more needs to be done — to save the polar bear and solve the climate crisis. WeCanSolveIt.org


March 17, 2008
completed bundt cake

Jodi and I catered a dinner party under our alias, Savory & Seed, not too long ago. The dessert we made (that Jodi designed) was these amazing Vegan Chocolate Marzipan Mini Bunt Cakes. We made them in individual serving-sized mini-bundts (almost the size of doughnuts, but much more classy). This dessert goes great with an Italian menu, and looks gorgeous set out on display.


1 large bundt cake
6 mini-bundt cakes

About an hour

1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot coffee or espresso
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup grated marzipan (set aside small amount for decorative leaves)
1 cup organic sweetner (if using a wet sweetener like agave, add a tbsp of additional flour)
1/2 cup earth balance
1/2 cup coconut oil
Egg Replacer = to 4 eggs (I use Ener-G Egg Replacer)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups Organic All-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Electric mixer
Mini-bundt pan for 6

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour the pan.
2. Whisk the cocoa powder into the hot coffee until dissolved. Stir in the almond milk and set aside to cool.
3. With an electric mixer, beat together the grated almond paste, sugar, earth balance & coconut oil until light and fluffy.
4. Add the egg replacer mixture one tablespoon at a time, beating well between each spoonfull.
5. Add the vanilla extract and beat until just blended.
6. In a separate bowl sift the flour together with the baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
7. Beating on low speed, alternately add flour and cooled coffee mixture into the creamed ingredients until all mixed together. Increase speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes more.
8. Fill the pan(s) with batter.
9. If using a bunt pan, bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 1” from edge of pan comes out clean.
If using mini loaf pans, bake 22 – 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
10. Whip organic powered sugar, Earth Balance, almond milk, and vanilla in electric mixer until frosting is fluffly and smooth.
11. Fill a decorative pastry bag half-way with icing (or make your own by poking a small hole in the corner of a plastic bag)
12. Squeeze small flowers of icing around the cake.
Shape the extra marzipan into desired decorative elements. We made leaves, using out fingers and a butter-knife for details.
14. Toast decorations until golden, then place them where you’d like!

Marzipan Leaves

SPRING 08 STYLE REPORT: Slim Lounge, Urban Sport & Back to Nature

January 30, 2008

by DB Style Director, Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor DB Special Comment: Jodi Taylor is a fashion designer and stylist living in New York City. She is also my roommate and business partner in our vegan, organic, dinner party catering company “Savory & Seed”. Her comprehensive Spring 2008 Men’s fashion report serves as evidence of her fashion expertise and as a tool to inspire fashion decisions based on current trends.

* NOTE: Many of the runway images used in this report are for inspirational purposes only, as the designers use leather , fur, and wool products.

Springtime is always refreshing. Shedding the heavy winter jacket and lightening up the wardrobe with new spring looks can make you feel like a dapper gent.

This spring, my three favorite looks are Slim Lounge, Urban Sport & Back to Nature. All of these themes are easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe. Choose the one that suits you the best so you feel comfortable and confident…you want to own the style not vice versa. Here is how to keep up with the seasons top trends while staying squeaky-green!


Givenchy spring 2008Valentino Spring 08

  • For this style, think 70’s lounge meets gangster with a little rock & roll .
  • Wear a 3-piece suit relaxed, and unbutton the first few buttons of your shirt.
  • Don’t be afraid of the ascot or a slim light cotton scarf. If you need a little help tying your tie or scarf click HERE.
  • Try mixing a subtle print and texture as well as vintage pieces to your collection.
  • Go thrifting and look for pieces to add to your wardrobe like a printed polo or a slim fit button up.
  • If you wear a tie, do it skinny, easy to get vintage.

The 70’s lounge look is a little tricky, don’t overdo it otherwise it will end up looking a little too theatrical.

The color palette for this look should be subdued. Chose smooth and charismatic colors that will go from day to night; charcoals and shades of gray, navy, black and khaki. Add a little warmth to your ensemble with a muted lavender or teal.

Stay subtle in color and pattern, but combine it with a two-tone suit or a printed shirt under a plain vest or blazer to make a statement. Classic black & white also works for this look and is a simple solution that’s always in.

Etro Sping 2008

key items for this look:

  • crisp button up with a more pronounced collar
  • fitted slacks & blazer that give you a slim silhouette
  • white jeans
  • printed polo shirts
  • loafers
  • tapered white pants

How to get it:

The jacket and vest – I love this Dogtooth shawl collar waistcoat and skinny blazer, both 100% cotton at Topman.

WaistcoatSkinny Blazer

If you can’t find your 70’s style button up shirt vintage try this organic us made button down collar shirt at Boll Organic. I also recommend Ted Baker and Paul Smith for the best fit and hottest look.. don’t freak out – they’re worth the price!

The printed polo – For the cool pastel print polo to wear with your black skinny jeans and plimsoles, get the placement print polo shirt at asos.com

Printed Polo

Must have the Hot skinny jeans – Acne makes a great beige pair available at http://www.barneys.com Or for more texture I like these white painted jeans from topman.com

Acne Jeanspainted jeans

For the shoes I recommend these Brown faux wingtips or loafers by NOHARM, sharp! Buys these babies on Togged.

NOHARM wingtips

If you need a bag, like I do, complete the look with this faux-leather “Dirty Harry” briefcase by Matt & Nat.

Dirty Harry


Admen spring 2008


Spring is for Sport and getting in shape, so lets prep it up with comfy style and small pops of color. Think street sport meets country club. Achieve this look with casual knits paired with technical fabric pieces and carefully selected accessories. This easy to wear style is inspired by tennis, soccer and is a fusion of tough meets refined.

  • layers and neutral base colors are key for this look
  • tees and polos with trim, cropped, cotton trousers
  • track jackets over washed button ups with scarves & gloves
  • don’t forget a little aristocratic embellishment like a coat of arms patch or pin but do it vintage and apply it yourself for the best results!

This look definitely requires the right attitude, so wear the mood along with the look.

The colors for this look are the basic neutrals: black, gray, khaki and white used in combination with small pops of color that make the look, like deep red, blue, and yellow.

Essential items for this look:

  • wind breaker
  • crop pants
  • track jackets
  • no sox or ankle sox
  • tennis shoes, shorts
  • fun accessories like the fingerless gloves
  • sheer textural summer scarf

How to get it:

I suggest you put this look together with these must-have items.

The Polo – Get this handsome fair trade, organic cotton slim fit “Jaguar Polo” at Adili.

Fair Trade Polo

The Wind Breaker – “Rasta Rain Coat” from the eco-friendly skaters at ipath.

Wind Breaker

The track jacket – This 100% organic cotton loomstate track jacket is great, get it at the greenloop. I also suggest the Hemp track Jacket available at ipath.

LoomstateHemp Track Jacket

The Pants and Shorts – Wear the tapered cotton trousers with a crisp or messy cuff. The cotton, ‘Pringle of Scotland’ pants are at Saks. The crop pant is more affordable at Topman. Get great navy seersucker shorts or if you would rather gray cut off sweat- shorts both cotton and both available at RPM Clothing. (Remember, cutoff sweats are cheap and easy to make yourself!)

Pringle of Scotland Cropped Trousers

SeersuckerCutoff Shorts

The tee – Choose from Edun’s wide selection of organic tees, I like the “Cameo” & “twisted tree” avaliable from Edun.

Tree TeeEdun Tee - Cameo

The Scarf – I love this white checker, light weight cotton “Wem” scarf at equip, or just get it from the street vendors on St Marks place if you’re in New York.

Wem Scarf

The shoes – We saw chrome lace-ups on the runway for spring from Gucci.

Gucci Chrome

You can work this look with the vegan slim shoe like the lace up canvas “plimsole” in silver or white from Asos.

Silver PlimsolesWhite Plimsole

Boat Shoe – On the Gucchi Spring ’08 runway, we also saw these sporty, nautical themed shoes:

Gucci BoatGo for the original (and vegan) classics at Sperry Top-Sider. Also available in white & khaki.  *READER JASON informs us these have leather laces!! Yuck! steer clear.


The Gloves – Yellow cotton fingerless gloves can complete the look, get them at topman.

Yellow Fingerless

The Bag – this vegan white tote is where it’s at for sporty style “Dunlap Retro Bag” available at topman, or this PVC-free, vegan Parapete canvas and gun-metal chrome tote at Amazon.

PVC Retro Bag Parapete Tote


Helmut Lang Spring 2008


Take winter into spring with this seemingly effortless look…being green has never been so trendy. This season the raw, organic, recycled look is in with an influence of military styling.

  • Be slightly disheveled, push up your sleeves don’t iron the shirt; relax because it just adds character.
  • Go for oversize jackets, linen pants & raw denim.
  • Feel complete in soft jersey henleys & the broken in button up.
  • Accessorize with wooden prayer beads, ethnic scarves with coins and other worldly charms that you find along the way.

The color palette for this style is elegant, yet rugged – let the palette and textures of your wardrobe reflect the variegations and subtleties in nature and the city. Neutral & weathered gray, pale green & khaki work well and let you be a part of the city and nature at the same time.

The must have items are:

  • the worn in blazer or coat
  • the perfect long sleeve henley
  • the linen cargo pant
  • the ethnic scarf
  • prayer beads
  • a cool, conscious attitude

How to get the look:

Synchronize the style with the following items;

The Jacket – This piece will transition from winter to spring perfectly – “Warsaw” trench in olive, 100% cotton, or go for a lighter jacket like the Nice collective “Event Jacket” both available @ frankeys.com

Warsaw TrenchEvent Jacket

The organic tee – hooded, washed & ready to go, get this shark gray cotton hoodie by NSF at Barneys.

organic hooded tee

The Linen Pant – give your legs some omega 3’s with this organic cotton/linen(AKA flax) pant from Edun. The “shillingford” military pants available at Saks:

Organic Linen (flax) pant.

Organic Jeans – These Nudie, dry-aged organic jeans are a hit, get em at Tobi.

Nudie Organic

The Scarf – deep red check, light weight cotton summer scarf at topman, or if you live in New York, just get it from the street vendors on St Mark’s Place for cheap.

Mini check

The Beads – Support Tibetan artisans while relaxing and chanting your mantra of choice with this Dark bodhi Seed Mala necklaces at dharmashop.


The Bag – Feed Hungry children around the world with this cool “feed” tote that matches your style at amazon.com.

Feed ChidrenFeed Chidren

Dude Food: Cornmeal-Crusted, Drunk-Seitan w/ Dijon Tartar Sauce & Cauliflower Mash

January 28, 2008

Last night, my roommate Jodi and I made this recipe to add to our catering company, Savory & Seed‘s arsenal – it’s crispy, filling, and tender – satisfying enough for the skeptical meat-eater and delicious enough for people to ask how the heck you made that seitan so juicy and flavorful. So the next time you are having a few people over for grub – this recipe can be whipped up in under 30 minutes.

Cornmeal Crusted Seitan

(serves 4)

You will need :

1 cup vital wheat glutan
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup matzoh meal or bread crumbs
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup beer (lager)
2 tbsp tahini or cashew butter
2 cubes (or 2 Tablespoons) vegan bullion
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Soy or Tamari
1 tsp seat salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
canola oil

Tarter Sauce:
1/4 cup vegan mayonaise
1/4 cup sweet relish
2 tbsp dijon mustard
cayanne pepper

Cauliflower Mash:
1/2 head cauliflower
2 tbsp Earth Balance (or other non-dairy butter)
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (rice, soy or almond)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp allspice


  • In a mixing bowl combine the wheat gluten with the nutritional yeast, bread crumbs, salt, and dry spices. Mix until uniformly combined.
  • Add (but do not mix) the oil, tahini, soy, vinegar and bullion (dissolve bullion in 2 tbsp hot water if necessary)
  • Add Beer
  • VERY GENTLY fold the batter only a few times (this ensures the seitan will not become rubbery) then using your hands – form into a long, flat dough.
  • If the dough is too wet (falling apart in your hands) add more gluten flour until it holds together.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, boil dough for 15 minutes, flipping once. It will grow in size.
  • In a separate shallow bowl, place cornmeal with salt and pepper
  • remove seitan from boiling water, let cool for a few minutes
  • cut seitan into 4 pieces, then press each side in cornmeal
  • pan-fry on medium-high heat in 1/4 inch of canola oil until crisp and golden on each side

Tartar sauce

  • combine vegan mayo (Veganaise, Nasoya) with sweet relish and mustard.
  • add cayanne to taste

Cauliflower Mash

  • Steam cauliflower 15 minutes until tender
  • in a small pan, sautee garlic in Earth Balance until golden
  • in a bowl, mash cauliflower with fork or mixers, adding all other ingredients

Serve on a large steamed leaf like swiss chard or collard. Try this dish with a spicy Malbec red wine from Argentina.

DB’s Etiquette Recommendation: When hosting a dinner, make sure your guests feel comfortable by cleaning up and setting the table ahead of time. Unless it’s a movie party, turn the TV off. Soft music is always welcome, but make sure to ask your guests if they mind – and lastly, don’t talk about yourself the whole time!