Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Houseboat and Viva Vegan/Peruvian Seitan and Potato Skewers

Hi everyone!  I was trying to post the other day but something was going on with my blog and it just didn't work out.  I'm here now!  I hope you are all off to a great summer.  4th of July is coming up, do you all have plans?  My in-laws are coming up again this year to watch the fireworks with us.  Our town has a parade and then some good bands that play before the fireworks.

We have been back from the family reunion housboat trip about a week now.  We had a nice time.  It was only like 104-107 degrees out. lol!   Acually that isn't bad because we have been houseboating in the middle of July and that's when it doesn't even cool off very much at night. My father-in-law made some awesome margarita's that I will post soon.   Here are a few pic's, I'm waiting on everyone else's pic's because we couldn't stay the whole week. 
Looking out from the front of our boat to the back of the "old people's boat" as we called it! lol!  Those "older ones" can put down some drink I tell you! 

Cleo hanging out!  First day we found a place to anchor she was non-stop in the water.  She was pooped out the next day.
I couldn't wait to make another recipe from Viva Vegan and the Peruvian Seitan and Potato Skewers were calling to me.  These are so good!!!  I made the Red Seitan recipe from the book and used up 3 out of 4 loaves from it for the skewers.  The seitan recipe is really easy to make and it made 12 skewers.  For the skewers I found these small cherry size potato's at Trader Joe's that worked perfectly.  The marinade for these skewers is delicious!  Next time I will kick up the heat more, I toned it down for my son.

This is one skewer(kabob) served with the So Good, So Green Dipping Sauce that is also in the book.  Again I will add more heat next go around but we really liked this sauce.  We made some artichokes as well and used the green sauce for dipping the leaves in them.

This sauce makes alot!!!

I had plenty of left over skewers from the night before so for dinner the next night I sauteed up some zucchini slices,a couple of tomatoes, then added the veggies and seitan from the skewers and heated through.  Warmed up some corn tortillas, filled them with the seitan mixture, topped off with avocado, lettuce, green onion and green sauce!  Served with a side of pinto beans. The seitan was really good the next night with all of those wonderful flavors from the marinade. Yum!  Dave commented on how good this was and topped off with the green sauce that he really likes!
My next venture...tamales? 

 I have a couple of girlfriends coming up to visit today.  I better go get ready. 
Until next post..have a wonderful summer day!


  1. Cleo is killing that lounging! I love it! I want a doggie.... :(

  2. Looks good! I make a Green sauce that looks very similar.. Does it have Mint or Cilantro in it??

  3. Indu-Yes. the sauce has cilantro and jalepeno in it. It's also called aji sauce.

  4. Obviously we don't celebrate 4th of July. But it's my bf's birthday. So we might get the grill out and make your skewers. They look delicious.

  5. so awesome on the all the boating fun, JoLynn! Cleo is too adorable & i bet she totally wore herself out - that's too funny! the seitan potato skewers look so super amazing & delicious! i need to get Viva Vegan. i love that you used the leftovers for tasty tortillas, and i can't wait to read about the margaritas, too. hope you had fun yesterday with your girlfriends - and enjoy the weekend of the 4th with your in-laws! dan and i are just vegging out. think we might meet up with friends for a cookout and spend some quality time bumming it on the couch, too. hooray for a long weekend!

  6. All awesome looking food from viva vegan! Sounds like a really fun family reunion. Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend! :-)