This week on the show, we talk about shepherd's pie and eat Simulate Chicken Nuggs. But first, I told an emotional tale of Golden Oreo pie.
We also talked about Doctor Who, which we are rewatching. And we talk about spoilers. Because our Doctor Who conversation contains some spoilers about the early seasons.
Is it a spoiler when it's something that aired over 10 years ago?
Then we talked about Search Party in the most generic, spoiler-avoiding way possible.
I made a Golden Oreo pie!
Three weekends ago, I was sharing a slice of Oreo pie with the kid and got the idea to make a similar pie, but with Golden Oreos. Genius, I know.
It took a week to get all of the ingredients, since we are doing grocery orders only right now, no in-store shopping.
When everything arrived, we made the pie. It was much anticipated. It chilled in the fridge until after dinner.
As I lifted the first slice of pie from the pan, a small piece of the premade graham cracker crust fell off, and I decided to snack on it. I deserved it!
Y'all, this crust was rancid. It truly tasted like vomit. I had to throw the entire pie, a two-week endeavor, into the trash.
But this weekend, I finally got all of the ingredients again and remade the pie. And it. was. a. DREAM! Vanilla-y, cookie-y, creamy perfection in a graham cracker crust.
I'm going to remake it again and shoot it for the blog, so recipe to come!
We got a letter!
Erin on Instagram said:
Listening to your pod now and I got the fried eggs for my daughter’s birthday ramen and it was not runny or even eggy.
It worked for us since we just wanted the look of an egg for ramen, but not what Dave is looking for.
She's referring to the frozen fried eggs from Be Leaf that we talked about on our Vegan Zeastar salmon episode.
Even after this very clear feedback that they will be a letdown, Dave still wants to order these vegan fried eggs, so stay tuned for that.
I also alerted Dave to Isa Chandra's fried tofu egg recipe, which she makes from silken tofu. This looks like one where you could adjust the runniness of the yolk a bit.
Nestle in the UK is launching Vegan KitKats!
It's called the KitKat V, and will launch in several countries. Sorry, US vegans. No KitKat for us yet.
Nestle UK already has vegan ice cream and coffee creamers.
The US won't get vegan KitKats because Hershey's produces them, not Nestle, for some reason.
We ate shepherd's pie!
Y'all, it has been way too long since I made my family a shepherd's pie.
The other night, I was trying to come up with a good casserole for supper, because I had a 5:00 meeting. I needed something that I could assemble early and toss into the oven post-meeting for dinner.
A tofu shepherd's pie, modified to use what veggies we had on hand, was it!
If you're new to shep pie, I encourage you to try it. It's basically braised veggies and tofu topped with creamy mashed potatoes. And baked until browned on top.
Traditional shepherd's pie has a gravy, but I use a shortcut to keep things nice and saucy without having to do all of the work of making a gravy.
This time, I added french fried onions to the top of our pie, because they make everything crispy and delicious.
The shepherd's pie reminded Dave that we haven't had chili pie in a while. He says that any time I want chili, I should make chili pie instead.
In conclusion, we love any meal that includes mashed potatoes. The pies above are good examples, as is my BBQ tofu mashed potato bowl.
We ate Nuggs!
When I placed that big GTFO It's Vegan order for the vegan salmon, I loaded up my cart with lots of other goodness that we will be talking about on upcoming episodes. One item that I was excited to see in their store -- and on sale! -- was Nuggs.
The brand is now called Simulate, and you should check out their website, because it is very cool. They really embrace the tech side of food technology in a cheeky way.
If you're on Instagram, chances are you've seen ads for these vegan chicken nuggets. I see them often, and so does Dave! So we were excited to try these.
I cooked them in the air fryer, because of course I did. We did our usual 10 minutes at 400° F, which was perfect.
When I shared a pic to my Insta stories, a lot of people wanted to know how they stacked up versus other vegan nuggets out there, so Dave and I ranked them along with: Morningstar Farms nuggets, Gardein nuggets (not the tenders, the nuggets), and Quorn nuggets.
I can't stress enough that we are talking about the Garden nuggets. Their tenders are fantastic, but we wanted to compare Nuggs to nuggets.
Dave thought that the Nuggs were a good balance between the thickness of the breading and the protein inside. He also felt like the protein part of the Nuggs were "airier", which he enjoyed.
He says they remind him of a McNugget, which I agree with.
For me, these were too bready. I agree with Dave -- the protein was good. I wanted more of it.
For me, the Morningstar really hits the mark. They have a generous amount of protein, then a thin coating with pieces of panko or breadcrumbs for crunch.
This is my ideal breading situation. The breading adds texture but doesn't take away from the flavor and texture of the main event.
It really came down to personal taste. Dave is a real Freddy Bready, so the Nuggs were higher on his list. I prefer my nuggets to be more protein-forward, so these weren't my fave.
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