Vegan MoFo Day 15 – I love pot pie!

We’re in the home stretch of Vegan MoFo kids! I have discovered so many new blogs and “met” many new bloggers thanks to this fabulous month highlighting vegan food. How cool is it to meet new people and enjoy so much “virtual” food? Rock ‘n roll, kids! I’m loving this MoFo Mojo!

Like so many of my fellow bloggers, the chilly Autumn weather has lulled me into pot pie time. Growing up, those nasty, fat-filled hydrogenated frozen wonders, the individual pot pie, was one of my favorite treats. When I had a bad cold and was home from school, or maybe just to make my day extra special, I was allowed to have a pot pie – these were very special treats to be rationed. The idea of having food out of the freezer, and out of an individual box was so hypnotizing, seductive even.

I didn’t grow up on junk and fast foods. When I was a kid, my mum made homemade yogurt and always had sprouts next to the window. Sugar-sweetened cereals were something we got to eat when visiting Grandma, not at home. This health food-heaven did slip slowly into the SAD as each new member of the family arrived (I’m the eldest of 6), convenience and time management winning over more time-consuming healthful food preparation. If I’m sharing this with you, it’s to really underline the exceptional nature of the pot pie in my tender childhood memories. That being said, the pendulum had swung to the complete other side of the spectrum for my youngest siblings who ate fast food multiple times a week and who lived on frozen foods. The yin and the yang of the universe.

I now make vegan pot pies once or twice a month during the winter months. I most often just make veggie pot pies, but I wanted to try the “All American Seitan Pot Pie” from VCON to see what it was all about.

Here’s my crust – I used half buckwheat flour half white AP. I really prefer using whole wheat, but I was out so opted to try this little experiment. I really liked it. The buckwheat gave it a deep, earthy flavor that we really enjoyed.

Do you see that steam? My fillings just in the crust. I just used the veggies I had in my freezer – corn, green beans and peas, plus some carrots and potatoes.

And here we are, a hair short of an hour later (notice the now yellow picture due to the freaking darkness outside – grrr). May I serve you up a bit of pot pie?

I could never malign a pot pie, I just couldn’t do it. I will say I found this particular recipe a bit too salty, but I think that’s because I’m not accustomed to using the seitan in the pie. Maybe not. It was powerful good, though, and the leftovers had but a brief stay in my fridge.

One of the television stations is carrying the presidential debate starting at 4:45 a.m. I might get up for it. You know. Trying to make me feel less concerned that McWar isn’t going to give Bush a third term…

33 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo Day 15 – I love pot pie!

  1. Mmmm…pot pie *makes Homer gurgling sound*. This looks really fantastic. I can totally picture making this on a cold day…mmmmm..

  2. I grew up eating frozen pot pies too. I love pot pie. When I make one I double the recipe and make a second one to freeze. Such goodness.

  3. Oh, I just love seitan pot pies! I like to use root veggies (turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots) and a whole wheat crust. I bet buckwheat crust was even better.

    Did you get to watch the debate? Wasn’t McCain a slimy little sleazeball? I loved when he got all huffy about the attack ads. Barack was calm as a cucumber.

  4. um yes, i would like to come over for some pot pie, please. next time you do the seitan, just add less salt to it so that it doesn’t make your whole pie salty. i’ve found homemade seitan recipes to be a bit heavy on the salt, myself (1/2 cup of soy sauce? nothanks.)

  5. As a poor college student, I once ate one of those cheapie frozen pot pies from the store. What a mistake that was! Your pot pie, on the other hand, looks delicious. I think I need to fire up the oven…

  6. Shelly, the package arrived yesterday! Thank you so much, everything you sent is beautiful, adorable and just great.

    Potpie is a dish I got to know through blogging, I don’t think anything like that exists over hear. It’s one of the things I’ve been meaning to try. Thank you for the review, yours looks very, very comforting.
    Yesterday many programmes featured McCain’s and Obama’s campains so far. It was quite interesting. And it was quite interesting what some people thought about Obama. One even compared him to Hitler. Can you imagine that? But right now it looks like McCain can’t make it anymore. I hope that this will also be the result on the 4th of November.

  7. you like…pot?? for shame, Shelly! oh wait…
    mon mari veut que je fasse du pot pie aussi, alors merci pour l’inspiration et tout et tout. <3

  8. I haven’t made pot pie in ages but it’s one of my favorite things to eat, especially during the cooler months. Your post has me thinking about the potpie book sitting on my bookshelf – I think it’s time I showed it some love!

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