Tuesday, August 21, 2007

teaser, recipes coming soon

Hello internets, I babble on and on in this one, just keep scrolling, there are pictures down there . . .

I have a shiny new hard drive, and I am glad to be online and posting again !

A little background information : I'm a few years old, and I work as a chromosome mechanic for a world class university in Berkeley California. I hold a degree in biochemistry, and I have 10+ years experience covering protein chemistry, molecular biology, fermentation science, DNA & RNA sequence manipulation & analysis, and computer programming.

I need to be honest with my eaters. I think I can make a better fake meat than the seitan I used in my amaranth soup recipe. I'm not vegan, and I was challenging myself to work without rice, lentils, and soy for the last trip too. I chose to do seitan because I thought it would be reasonably easy for the trail. I found it fussy. Without having control of the water termperature, and measurments, the recipe was hit or miss. I felt that without limiting my ingredients, I could I achieve a better texture, better chew, and better appearance than anything on the market. I was wrong. There are some incredible fake meats on the market today, but, I couldn't find anything particularly friendly to the lightweight backpacker.

So, I set out to develop a backpacker friendly recipe de novo. I've made a half dozen attempts, and I am near ready to share my progress with you. I have a short trip coming up this weekend, and I will be developing a new dinner recipe. My ambition is to develop a trail friendly tikka masala , using the fake meat. I will be releasing several versions of the fake meat to appeal to my vegatarian and vegan readers, as well as my backpacking audience in the next few weeks.

Anyways, I have myself back online, new recipes later this week !
Here are some pictures of fake meat development, enjoy.


frog-o-phobic said...

You're brilliant - I found you on Chowhound and will be staying tuned for more recipes! Just returned from a 4-day trip in Yosemite and can't even look at those dehydrated meal pouches without gagging. Never again!!

Cayenne Redmonk said...

awesome, thank you for reading. I hope to get some more recipes out soon.

tuttysan said...

Hmmm... this looks yummy. I am going camping this weekend and wished I could have time for some trail cuisine prep. Maybe next time!

Laurie Ann March said...

Hey there fellow wilderness chef. I found your site while researching seitan.

Actually if you have some time I'd love it if you popped by my site www.wildernesscooking.com - perhaps we could talk about featuring one of your recipes on the site (if you'd be interested - it's free).

Keep up the great work! You have some interesting ideas and an obvious passion.

Laurie Ann

Cayenne Redmonk said...

Hi Laurie, I'll send you an email, I just now noticed this comment.