Thursday, February 22, 2007

Umami heaven

Natural Health magazine may have atrocious covers, but it's a great read. I actually find myself taking notes when I read it. Last month's issue had a story on umami, the recently-discovered fifth type of taste. Umami is a savory, rich taste. Mushrooms, aged cheese, and balsamic vinegar are all umami-heavy. (By the way, is umami a band name? It should be.) The image above shows a world map of popular umami foods.

HS (my partner in vegan crime) and I made an umami-packed dinner that ranks as one of our most triumphant meals. It is not vegan, but I swear I'll make it vegan next time. Also, this contains more processed foods than I aim for, but I don't see a way around that.

Umami BLTs
(makes about 5 sandwiches)

1 loaf of whole-grain bread
Umamayo: whip in the food processor half a carton of silken tofu, a few tablespoons of blue cheese (substitute chipotles in adobo to make it vegan), 1 clove raw garlic, salt, pepper, and 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.
1 or 2 tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
Leaf lettuce
1 package "Smart bacon" (fakin' bacon), pan-fried and blotted on paper towels.

Toast the bread and spread the umamayo on it. Layer the other ingredients and enjoy!


Anonymous said...

This blog is umami like veggie salami!


Anonymous said...

yes, Umami us a band name!