For today, we were to make a vegan dish inspired by a book or movie, etc.
I thought I'd be inspired by the only time I liked a movie or tv show better than a book. Because, lets face it, the book is always better. Except here.
Sorry to tell you, Piper Kerman, your book was poorly written and pretty terrible. But you, go, girl. You get mad revenues for the tv show, which is great.
Season 3 came out, and no spoiler alerts, because we like to take our time. One episode per night, if that.
But there's a scene where Chang makes fritters in the prison microwave using frito chips and peas.
Raise your hand if you're an OITNB watcher and you didn't want to try that.
Now put them down because you're a liar.
In this scene, Chang smashes up a bag of fritos (vegan!) Mixes in peas, and ends up with something that looks delicious. A brief scan of the web reveals multiple blog posts where people have tried to replicate her method. The consensus is that microwaving doesn't get you anything with an appealing texture. They all recommend pan frying the fritters. I do 2 only as an experiment, as I think frying fritos in even more oil has got to be gross.
I also microwave a couple, as she does in the show. These get the best look, but end up being mushy inside.
And I bake a few, which initially looks like a great idea, but then they all fall apart when I go to flip them.
Sigh. I resort to then making Orange is the new black bean nachos. With black beans, vegan crumbles, shredded romaine lettuce, daiya cheddar, sliced jalapeño and some salsa atop a bed of tortilia chips.