Sunday, August 19, 2007

Corn Chowder

We don't have cable but sometimes out of habit we turn on the TV and flip through the 6 or so channels that we do get and see what's on. This afternoon on the local PBS station we happened upon a show called Down Home Virginia which is put out by the farm bureau and reports on agricultural news. Not a place I'd expect to find a vegan recipe but bear with me. Apparently they always do a cooking segment on this show and that segment happened to be starting as we were trolling through the channels. Our interest was piqued when the chef started making a corn chowder, especially when he said it would be vegetarian. But nothing could have prepared us for what happened next. As he was adding heavy cream to the chowder he says, "now if you want to make this vegan just use soy milk instead and use more olive oil instead of the butter."

I just about fell out of my chair. But corn chowder sounded good and it just so happened that we picked up fresh corn and cherry tomatoes from the farmers market yesterday. So we made Chef Maxwell's corn chowder and also some breaded and fried seitan on the side. If you could package up summer and serve it in a bowl, that's what this chowder tasted like, what with the fresh corn, tomatoes and basil. The recipe is available on-line and so is the video clip so you can watch it for yourself if you want. (Note that the printed recipe calls for chicken stock but in the video he used vegetable stock. There are other slight differences between the print and video versions too but either way it's good.)

And in sticking with the summer theme, we jumped on the bandwagon and made Susan's Peach Upside-Down Cake for dessert (served with vanilla So Delicious). Her pictures are much better but I snapped one so I figured I'd include it. The only slight modification I made was to cut back on the sugar just a bit because these white peaches we got from the market yesterday were outrageously sweet already. Almost to the point of not being peachy but instead like you're biting into a sugar bomb. Almost. But just peachy enough to make this one yummy dessert.

7 comments:

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

that corn chowder looks like it IS summer in a bowl for sure.

funwithyourfood said...

I don't know if I've ever heard the word vegan on a cooking show. That is awesome!

Teddy

Vegan_Noodle said...

That is definitely cool that they actually told you you could veganize something on tv. And plus it looks yummy to boot!!
I simply must try that peach upside down cake. I've been eating peaches and nectarines non-stop the past week or so and just can't get enough of them. PLus, fruit in dessert = healthy, right?

Chris said...

that's right vegan noodle so eat all the dessert you want ;-)

Come to think of it I'm not sure if I have either Teddy...

springsandwells said...

Hi Chris!
You know what's interesting? Our state farm bureau show also often includes veg/vegan meals! It is actually one of my favorite shows to stumble across - all about fruits and veggies and local agriculture. Even if there's a big bit on cattle ranching or something, most of the recipes end up being totally veg-friendly. Hm!

Chris said...

Well how about that Amey... though I might expect that more in California than in Virginia but still it's nice to see.

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Am I the only one who hasn't made that peach pie yet? And corn chowder was just what I've had in mind for some time. Just figured it was too hot to make it! Saw another good recipe for one that used amaranth as well. Might give this a try on Labor Day!