All posts filed under: Soy Free

Tales of Woe ~ Love, Hate, and Fake Soy Sauce

Shortly after Soy became an ugly four – letter word in our house (okay… 3, but it’s still a terrible thing), I was convinced I could produce a fake soy sauce that would mimic the properties, taste and joy of the luscious dark brown elixir. I’m here to tell you – I can’t…. And, neither can you. There is an army of crazy people out there that believes just because it looks like soy sauce… you can trick people into thinking it actually tastes like it. I fell into their trap; mixing balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and instant coffee – – – Roasting mushrooms and steeping them in beef broth, or this attempt,  expressing the heavenly ( garbage )mixtures into soy-free nirvana – – – Fake soy sauce has become the culinary equivalent of the  alchemist transmutation of lead into gold… it can’t be done. However… that isn’t to say that  finding a suitable medium (like chickpeas, or lentils), then submitting them to rigorous fermenting, salting, and aging (like a traditional soy or tamari) can’t …

Tahini Grilled Chicken

  Yes, yes… it does day “eating allergy free” up there in the picture. But, before you go all cat lady crazy on me – let me explain. First off, I’m not calling it “All Encompassing Allergy Free” because frankly if you go that far, you’re just living off air… that’s been scrubbed… and hasn’t been anywhere near people… or farms… We, unfortunately, have a very specific set of allergens that I have to navigate in order to provide food that is tasty, appealing, and somewhat resembles foods we used to enjoy. And instead of dredging all that back up here.. just go back to The Long, Slow Train to Crazytown and catch up. The thing is.. we like peanut satays. Scratch that – we love anything with peanuts. But like the train ride tells you, it’s just another of the things I’ve had to scour out of our diet. Among the substitutions I’ve been testing in our diet, I’ve found that Jane has absolutely no issue with sesame… in any form. Lately, she’s even …

Test Kitchen – Fake Soy Sauce – Round 2

The last time I did this, I was convinced I could make a fake soy sauce out of browned mushrooms. And to be painfully honest, it was just okay. It worked like I needed it to for the handful of recipes I utilized it in… but, it still didn’t taste quite enough like soy to make me happy…. in other words – it still tasted like mushrooms. So, I’ve decided to go back the beginning and see if I could bolster those existing fake soy recipes out there and give them what they are all lacking – body / richness / stainable color / umami (god, I hate that word.) First things First ONE – ALL non-soy recipes are essentially the same. Boullion, Vinegar, Spices, Water. – so I’m not listing the original recipe from any particular source… (google “fake soy” and the window fills up with recipes)… I picked one at random just to get the general proportions. TWO – I’ve used good to excellent quality ingredients. Meaning, it isn’t going to be cheap to buy …