REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes. All Vegan, mostly Gluten-Free.

Vegan Angela Pia

Angela Pia means Pious Angel and it’s is a rich, luscious Italian dessert. It’s typically made with brandy and rum. We didn’t have either so we substituted Bourbon and Vermouth. It’s fabulous and so easy to make. You may also make the virgin version, without Bourbon or Vermouth and you’ll have a lovely vanilla pudding.…

Oven Baked Vegetables

I didn’t have a backyard to dig a fire pit to cook my vegetables so I baked them in our oven instead. Vedure Al Forno All vegetables used were organic from GoOrganicNYC. We used za’atar, a mix of ground thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac. You can use any herb mix that you…

Homemade Tofu and Chocolate Mousse

I was given samples of Morinaga’s Make Your Own Tofu Kit, consisting of two 12 ounce containers of soy milk and two packets of nigari along with instructions on how to make tofu. I had made one portion of tofu a few weeks ago. It was very, very soft. I like soft tofu, but this…

Gooey Apricot Danish, Gluten-Free

While chopping some dried apricots to put in our morning oatmeal yesterday, Gary reminisced about a rustic apricot bread he loved that he used to get at the Acme Bread Company in Berkeley. He described it and this morning we set out to make our REAL version, based on Gary’s memory. It was fun and…

Black Thai Peas

Black-Eyed Peas are supposed to be one of those foods to eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. After your Black Tie New Year’s Eve Party settle in and celebrate the New Year’s Day with our Black Thai Peas: Black-Eyed Peas in a rich and spicy Coconut Curry Sauce. Black Thai Peas pictured…

Quick Cashew Cheese Sauce

This light frothy sauce is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. With a high-powered blender like a Vitamix the cashews do not need to be soaked in advance. A regular blender can be used but then the cashews must be soaked in water for at least 4 hours to soften them first. Soaked cashews…

REAL New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch

Here is our fantasy New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch. Try one dish or all of them at your New Year’s Day brunch or anytime you feel like breakfast. These dishes have been tested and retested and they are all gluten-free. They adapt really well to doubling, tripling and quadrupling depending on how many…

Red Enchilada Sauce Soup

This is a quick and easy soup that you’ll swear tastes like liquid enchiladas. 3 cups crushed organic tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock or Water 1 onion 2 stalks celery 1 carrot 1/4 cup red organic chili powder 8 parsley leaves salt and pepper to taste 1 cup cooked adzuki beans REAL Jalapeño Jack Cheese…

How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw

We are calling this Red Cabbage Pineapple Slaw recipe How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw or Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw. It’s a wonderful winter salad recipe with a little tropical sunshine added in. The pineapple sweetness goes so well with the red cabbage.…

Feast of the Seven Dishes by Gary De Mattei

I’m not a religious person, however, I am spiritual. And now that I’m a vegan the holidays have taken on an even deeper spiritual meaning for me, especially when it comes to food. I no longer see the meat-centered dishes of my pre-vegan holidays as a way of celebrating the true spirit of Christmas. Now…

Vegan Cannoli

Here is the filling we use in our gluten-free Cannoli Shells. 1 lb firm tofu (about 2 cups) 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup thick cashew cream 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate or tiny chocolate chips or 1/4 cup diced REAL “candied” fruit (2 Tablespoons each of…

Osso Vita (Vegan Osso Buco)

We love taking old favorite recipes and making them vegan. One recipe that Gary’s been wanting to recreate, vegan-style, is the Italian classic Osso Buco (translated from Italian literally means “bone hole”) like the dish he loved so much at Harry’s Bar in Venice. Here is the recipe, salty and chewy, right down to the…

Vegan Polenta Torta

We enjoy making polenta and Gary told me about a secret family recipe of his Aunt Bing’s called Polenta Torta. I love making cakes, and this savory polenta layer cake sounded so gooey and good. I never had the chance to try Aunt Bing’s original recipe but this vegan version takes the cake! If you…

Risotto Veganese

Risotto Veganese is our vegan version of the braised rice dish from Northern Italy, an adaptation of Risotto Milanese. The distinctive ingredient in both the classic version and ours is a good quality saffron from Spain. Spanish saffron will set you back around $20 an ounce in a specialty food store. It may be a…

Bellini

The Bellini, one of Italy’s most famous cocktails, is made ​​with sparkling white wine (Prosecco) and pureed white peaches (succo di pesca). If peach puree is not available try pear or another fruit nectar. The well-loved drink was invented in Italy in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, head bartender and owner of perhaps the most famous…

Vegan Carpaccio (in the manner of Harry’s Bar, Venice)

32 organic sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup capers vegan carpaccio mayonnaise sauce (recipe below) (Serves 8) Rehydrate tomatoes overnight in olive oil, vinegar and Herbes de Provence. Prepare the sun dried tomatoes Take two pieces of parchment paper…

La Baguette, gluten-free

Ooh la la! It’s fresh bread, vegan and gluten-free. This is basically the same recipe as the Pita Bread just cooked longer in a baguette shape. 1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Happy Halloween

When The Swingin’ Gourmets celebrate Halloween it’s not just swingin’, it’s also vegan.   Part I:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Part II:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Get these great recipes for your very own Happy Halloweegan Fondue Party!   Cashew Cheese Fondue Chocolate…