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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wild mushrooms, tofu, wild rice and wild kombucha eyes, or how to make a really long title to optimize search engines


Search engine optimization is on everyones mind, every body wants to be at the top of the list when people go a' searchin'. It is most obvious in the most obvious, you know those titles that pretty much sum it up so much you dont even have to read the blog post - and the fact is I dont. I like to be enticed to read something, you know a little mystery. The most popular way that people do this is by saying their long and drawn out title accompanied by "and a give away" or " and an announcement." Now lets be honest how often do you scroll right to the bottom to get to the teaser? I know I do. So let me cut to the chase. Vegan and vegetarian food is on our menu a couple times a week at least, we are not always plowing through the creatures of this earth sometimes we pillage from the flora as well.


These potatoes were so sweet I bet if you squeezed them sugar would drip out -


....and yes they ARE that purple!


Tofu is an acquired taste for a lot of people and it makes little sense as to why since it basically absorbs what ever flavor you cook it with. This is a nice and simple plate with fried tofu and sesame oil with green onion.


This tofu has wild mushrooms that I found a couple days ago (see first image), green onion, soy sauce and sesame oil to kick it up a tiny bit.


The wonderful people at Goose Valley sent me some wild rice to try and we have enjoyed the heck out of this stuff. It cooks up nice, doesnt blow apart like some rice can and it is loaded with good earthy, grassy flavor.


We have been having it as a side dish to some other meat entrees so since this isnt about meat I will show you the rice with an egg, one of my favorite ways to have rice.


Homemade beers and root beers last year, kombucha this year. A couple Saturdays ago we went to a small producer vendor fair in Brooklyn and Mombucha was there. Well to make a long story short I bought a scoby (symbiotic colony of bacterias and yeast) and I am making my own. So there you go, no teaser at the bottom, no bells and whistles, nothing to win, nothing to take away what-so-ever!

25 comments:

buffalodick said...

What kind of booze is that?

Ciao Chow Linda said...

So what do you do with a scoby?

Vickie said...

Boatload of info in this post ...
I like tofu, love the purple in the (sweet)potatoes and the eggs on rice thingie looks very tasty.

Glad you gave a description of the last picture - it kind of looked like dentures.

WildBabs said...

Dear Christo,

Thanks for Goose Valley mention and the recipe suggestion. I can't wait to cook up some Brown & Wild Fusion rice with and egg on top. It looks amazing!

Thanks again.

Barbara
wildbabs@goosevalley.com

intuitive eggplant said...

Intriguing. What are the purple things in the 5th photo? They don't look like potato, but did your potatoes remain purple after cooking? When I've tried them, the color has dulled significantly. Will have to keep in mind the egg and rice dish too. Thanks!

Jenn said...

I heart tofu. I never really got why so many people don't like it. Oh well... they're missing out on something really good.

Velva said...

You had a lot going on this week in your blog post. I really like the Goose Valley Fusion rice-interesting. I smiled when I saw that you served the ric eup with an egg. I thought I was the only person who ate fried eggs and rice :-)

Great post.

doggybloggy said...

buff: its a tea - mild alcohol full of probiotics

linda: scoby's are the "mother" in a vinegar, for example - they keep it growing and they keep it alive

vickie: dentures - thats funny, I had to go back and look and it did look like dentures

wildbabs: I have more things coming up with the rice

eggplant: those are the peeled potatoes - super sweet, very purple

jenn: it makes no sense - it is a flavor blank slate -

velva: I am a little all over the place lately - its spring and I cant focus

Marjie said...

Your pictures are pretty even if they're not something I want (like fungus!)!

Anette said...

A lot of delight you have there Christo! Have you picked those mushrooms yourself? I like the little egg and rice treat.

Joanne said...

What this post has made me realize is that I need to make my titles even longer. And also that I need to take a trip to Chinatown to buy some purple sweet potatoes.

Tangled Noodle said...

I'm terrible at SEO (in fact, I wasn't even sure what SEO really meant until read this. Lightbulb, ON!) A long post title is like watching the trailer for a movie and realizing you just saw the whole movie! I prefer an intriguing teaser of a title.

Tofu, egg on rice, kombucha, wild mushrooms: why stop at the title when you can have all this in one post?

♥peachkins♥ said...

great dish!


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Angie's Recipes said...

I love those purple yam! And you have just cooked a 5-star tofu dish!
dude, you can COOK!

teresa said...

this makes me want to be a vegetarian!

those purple potatoes are the bomb!

Phyllis said...

Haha...just like Vicky said, I thought the last photo looked like dentures. Gorgeous purple potatoes and I love all the different grains in that wild rice mix. And I've asked picky eaters why they didn't like tofu and it was always a texture thing, but I happen to love it, the smell of fresh tofu is one of my favorite smells of all time.

Bob said...

Heh, awesome. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for those potatoes, they're wicked funky.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

The molded rice and fried egg caught my eye. I could really go for it. I've never heard of wild kombucha eyes. Sounds like a scary movie. I probably need to move into the 21st century.
Sam

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the look of those purple sweet potatoes and would love a taste of that drink you made!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love crispy fried tofu...my favorite!

Sippity Sup said...

I am enjoying these unusual ingredients that have pooped up here in the past few days. GREG

ShadowCat said...

Hi! Love your photos and food combinations! How do I get the recipe for this one and the Crab Cakes Egg Benedict that looks fab? I see comments about the recipe, but have not been able to find it.

doggybloggy said...

shadowcat: send me an e mail and I will send you whatever recipes you desire

Sweta said...

I try to use tofu instead of 'paneer' and the result is equally good!!
I've never seen purple sweet potatoes-must check out the farmer's market. Last year I found a purple cauliflower,so hopefully this year I'll find the sweet potatoes!

Diana H said...

Put the names in the tags so maybe you won't need to rely on the title so much? Like the purple potatoes - they're very pretty.

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