It is no secret that I do love the Spicy Cajun Mac & Yease at Plum Bistro in Seattle. A lot of the other dishes that I have tried are a touch and go. Some days they are ridiculously interesting and good and some other days its like a pre-made, half the things forgotten affair. The Mac n Yease though has almost almost always been the same. Gooey, spicy, crispy and floating in a load of oil. As my Mom says, that much oil will make anything taste better. I respectfully disagree Mom. Though I really like eating the Mac n yease, it leaves me with an uneasy tummy after a few minutes. And I always think that if I had to make this, I would definitely reduce the oil/fat a bit. I mean sure it is supposed to be an indulgence that you would normally not eat at home. But there is just so much oil in it.
So I decided to try my hand at the delicious mac. I do not have a copy of Makini's cookbook(which has a smoky Mac recipe), so this came out after looking on the interwebz and trying some things.
Some flour and oil sauce, with a load of mustard, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Then baked with a crumbly bread crumb topping with more red pepper flakes and voila. Sure, it can be improved upon more. But this is something I have already made 4 times since I took them pictures. Bad addiction.
You can reduce the oil further and also increase the amount of non dairy milk(add 1/2 to 1 cup more) to get more sauce and hence more servings. Plum's version I think has a good amount of daiya cheese as well, making it quite heavy. This is a spicy(somewhat for us, very for many)recipe, use the pepper flakes and cayenne to taste. It is a delicious recipe without the spice too.
~Brain to Blog Wednesdays~
Brambling some of what goes on inside me head onto the blog, as a part of Vegan Month of Food. These are questions and statements from real discussions. Check out other QA sessions on Wednesday posts from this month.
I know everything about how the animals are treated. I just choose to live with it.
This is a tricky one. Most times the person saying this does Not know enough about how animals are treated. And when you do get into more details, there is a very high chance of being shut out. 99 times out of 100, I have been met with disbelief about male calves and male chicks being slaughtered because they are just a no use by-product of the dairy and egg industry.
I cannot associate with animals, hence cannot feel the compassion, hence all this information doesnt do anything.
I cannot associate with "all" animals too, like alligators, snakes and the likes. But I know that each animal species is capable of experiencing a lot of emotions, pleasure and pain at different levels. I can understand the happiness and pain of our adopted companion dog Chewie. I can understand the happiness and pain of my husband and family. I can understand that the animals I cannot associate with, feel the same. I can understand that if I had to endure the pain and torture that the animals in the food or other animal exploitation industry go through, I would be distraught, broken, and begging to be freed or killed.
Here are a few videos to get you thinking.
Evolve Campaign video on Why Vegan - Not very Graphic. Its a slide show.
Bite Size Vegans V-logs. - mostly verbal.
If you'd really like to know Where the meat, dairy, eggs come from, please see a few videos from this list.
Roast the flour and oil, then add the hot almond milk and water and spices.
Whisk into a smooth consistency.
Add al-dente elbows. Mix and take off heat.
Fill up Ramekins with the mac and cheese.
Add the bread crumb mixture on top. Drizzle evoo or thin slices of earth balance on top.
Broil for 2-3 minutes. Let sit in the oven for another few.
Remove from Ramekin. Look at that crispyness.
More Mac & Cheeses.........
This Roasted Tomato Chipotle Mac.
and this Nacho Mac Casserole with Tempeh Taco Meat, pickled Jalapenos and all the fix-ins. Make it.
This easy Mac n cheese sauce in a jar. Keep this one handy to make mac in 10 minutes.
What are your favorite Mac recipes?
Somewhat Plum's Spicy Mac n Yease
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, nut. Can be made soy-free with coconut aminos.
1 1/4 cup uncooked pasta (I used whole wheat Elbows)
3 Tablespoons Oil (I used 2 Tablespoons earth balance and 1 Tablespoon organic canola oil. You can reduce this to 2 Tablespoons oil)
1/4 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup almond milk or other non dairy-milk
1/2-2/3 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
1/2 teaspoon italian herb blend (oregano, parsley, basil, thyme)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1.5 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
3-4 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Boil a large pot of water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add uncooked pasta. Cook till al-dente. Heat the almond milk and water till it starts to boil. Meanwhile, in a wide pan, add the oil and flour, mix and cook on medium heat until fragrant. 2-3 minutes.
Add the hot milk+water to the flour oil mixture slowly. Keep whisking to avoid lumps. Even if there are lumps, they will dissolve as the mixture gets heated up. Add all of the spices, sauces, salt. Continue whisking until bubbly and the sauce is evenly smooth. Taste and adjust salt, spice. Add more garlic, mustard, nutritional yeast, or red pepper flakes if needed. Mix the mac pasta into the sauce and take off heat after a minute. Cover the pasta and let rest for a few minutes.
Serve as is or top with some daiya pepperjack. Or Put some mac n cheese in small ramekins. Mix everything under topping and add a Tablespoon of the bread mixture on top of the pasta. Drizzle a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil(less or more to preference) or put a thin slice of earth balance butter on top. Broil for 2-4 minutes until the bread mixture turns golden brown. Let sit in the oven for another 2-3 minutes so the pasta gets heated through. Serve as is or remove from Ramekin and serve. The mac is already spicy, so u use pepper flakes in the bread topping to taste.
No Bake Version: You can also just cook heat each serving of the mac n cheese in a teaspoon of oil and some bread crumb mixture, on high heat, until slightly crisp and serve. I like the ramekin version better since it closer to Plum's with the greasyness and crispyness.
Inspired by Rootielicious's version . This Mac and Cheese is being shared at Rickis wellness weekend.