This year Mardi Gras came before Valentine’s Day, and apparently in Louisiana that means Ya Ka Mein. National treasure Joni Marie Newman whipped up her own insanely gorgeous bowl that includes tofu deviled eggs—in a soup!—and savory seitan chunks in a special broth, and which seems like a much tastier tradition than “drinking hurricanes until your shirt comes off.” Not that we know anything about being stupid on Mardi Gras. Happy Ash Wednesday, everyone!
Every year, (former) longtime New Orleans resident and vegan superheroine Kittee Berns makes vegan king cakes. This is a photo of her apple cheezecake king cake, from her 2013 King Cake Kindergarten, for new king cake bakers.
Yes, today is Mardi Gras and technically the last day of the king cake season, but does that mean you can’t make a first-day-of-Lent king cake for tomorrow? A welcome-to-spring king cake in March? Of course not. Don’t let the calendar dictate your baking habits (when you’re not using fresh produce, of course).
Check out Kittee’s entire king cake archive (includes gluten-ful and gluten-free recipes!) and celebrate Mardi Gras the way we celebrate all the best holidays: with riotously colored, rich and sugary baked goods.
It’s another vegan king cake! From Mighty Vegan, who did a series on vegan Mardi Gras with some good-looking recipes! Thanks, lady! Happy Mardi Gras!
Happy Mardi Gras! King Cake for everyone!
Vi Zahajszky has a recipe for vegan beignets up at Bay Area Bites. They look delicious and like not toooooo much work. I would like a million of them and 17 cups of coffee and also, some French fries. What? It’s Mardi Gras Monday! Oh, I guess that means some gumbo, too.
Recipe: Vegan gumbo! Happy Mardi Gras, tramps! »
So Mardi Gras is coming up, and if can’t get to New Orleans to flash your boobs for beads (don’t do that, ladies! you don’t want to end up on Girls with Low Self-Esteem! this joke is dated!), you can still Live the Glory by eating buckets and buckets of gumbo. Riddle me this: Why is gumbo so ridiculously delicious? It cannot be explained! It just is! This recipe is from Jonas’ dad and that man can COOK. We ate this at his house over New Year’s and my year is going really well so far. Coincidence? Probably. Am I going to claim that it’s not? Definitely.
Anyway, make this! It’s labor and time intensive but you end up with so much food that you’re in eating heaven for many days. It’s completely worth it, you will not regret it, and if you do, then you are a lazy, terrible person, I hate you, etc. LET’S DO THIS!
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup olive oil
4 green onions, chopped
7 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 cups vegan chicken broth
1 14-oz. can chopped tomatoes
3 cups fresh or frozen okra, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning (if you can’t find this, just mix some cayenne, pepper, and garlic powder!)
2 vegan sausages, sliced (I use Field Roast and you can use more, you know?)
2 cups vegan shrimp (I get it at Layonna’s in Oakland, or you can order online)
Filé powder (it’s ground sassafras!)
Hot sauce, to taste
1. In a large saucepan over high heat, blend the flour and oil to create a roux. Stir constantly so that it doesn’t burn. You are striving for a dark brown mahogany color; the darker, the better. If you can achieve a black roux, you are a genius magician. Place the green onions, garlic, bell pepper, and celery into a saucepan and mix to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
2. Transfer ingredients to a large stock pot over medium heat. Add broth, tomatoes, okra, and cajun seasoning, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Place sausages and shrimp into stockpot, and turn heat to low. Let simmer for at least two hours so the flavors can meld. Serve over rice and garnish with Filé powder and hot sauce. Stuff your face and pass out. Rinse and repeat!
This recipe was first published in the VegWeb weekly newsletter, which I write and you should receive, just sign up on the front page of VegWeb! I haven’t taken pictures of this gumbo yet because I’m not rich and fancy like you with your digital cameras so this one is from Don’t Lose Your Lunch! It looks like they have a gumbo recipe, too! Perhaps you can combine the two for MEGA GUMBO!