11.27.2010

candle cafe (MoFo 17)

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Candle Cafe started as a health food and vitamin store. It has evolved into a much loved Manhattan vegan restaurant that also has a sister fine dining place, Candle 79. They serve local, fresh food, all the while being eco-conscious and green. And then there is the food.

They serve a Mezze Platter, with hummus and tabouli, Chimichurri Sietan and a daily assortment of soups. Their main meals range from Teriyaki Seitan to Tuscan Lasagna. In other words, they serve a variety of seasonal dishes.

I chose to make Candle Cafe's World Famous Split Pea Soup. I happen to adore split pea soup and couldn't resist the World Famous one. I added some toasted croutons.

And what every soup needs is a sidekick - a sandwich. The Southwestern Chile-Rubbed Seitan Sandwich sounded right. The seitan is rubbed with a homemade chile paste and grilled. Then it is topped with caramelized onions and chipotle-mayo. This was outstanding. If you happen to have some seitan and chilies lying around, you know what to make.

And don't forget to enter to win a copy of "American Vegan Kitchen" on the T.G.I.Friday's post!

Cost Breakdown:

soup:
peas: $1
carrot, celery: $1.50
bread: $1
Total to make 5 servings:
$3.50

sandwich:
bread: $1
seitan: $1.50
chilies: $1
tomato: $1
veganaise, garlic, vinegar: $1.50 
onion: $1
Total to make 3 sandwiches:
$7.00


Split Pea Soup


Southwestern Seitan Sandwich



6 comments:

  1. I've been talking about Candle Cafe over at my blog. I don't think I've ever made these dishes. But I will now! Candle's seitan dishes are always the best.

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  2. Should that sandwich recipe link? I really want to make it but the link doesn't seem to work. Is it from the book?

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  3. Thanks, Jenny. I will come visit you.

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  4. Liz, I am so sorry - I forgot to link the recipes. It is fixed and the sandwich is all yours. Thanks for catching that!

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  5. These all look fantastic, and not just because it's past dinner time...
    Which seitan did you use for the sami?
    Cheers!

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  6. in2insight, I used Tender Seitan, but this sandwich relies on the rub, so any one will work.
    Cheers!

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