Friday, August 11, 2006

Funny Vegetarian Anecdote

So, we were all chuckling over the Bizarro from a few days ago, where the guy at a buffet was asking the gal who worked there, "How's the chicken?" and she says "happy and healthy! This is seitan."

We started talking about seitan (which, I try to say with a long a at the second syllable, but the real pronunciation is just like satan, you know, that old enemy of God's). Zac didn't know what it was, so I told him it's wheat protein. How is it made? By developing the gluten from wheat flour and then washing away thee other stuff besides the gluten. Hibi said that she had a cookbook that told how to make it. Then, inspired, she said in a little kid voice, "I'm going to make seitan!" (She was referring to the story in my previous post, Making Jesus, so this won't make any sense if you didn't read it!)

We've been enjoying this evolving radical side of Bizarro--he's come out as an obvious vegetarian in the last year or so.


Mimi said...

How neat is that?

I enjoy Bizarro as well, in fact, I have an old one that I've been kicking around using in a post.

Enjoy making the setian. I've always pronounced it "see-tea-en" maybe I'm wrong?

Jennifershmoo said...

LOL!!! That's so funny. :-)

Making seitan using vital wheat gluten powder is very easy. Vital wheat gluten has already had the rest of the flour washed away, so you don't have to do all that kneading and rinsing. You just add broth and whatever seasonings you'd like, mash it into a spongy ball and cook it. Yummy!

Hybee said...

the Bizzaro artist is vegan.