Here's an article I wrote on seitan a while back...hope it helps, too.
First, in your dutch oven or soup pot, put and bring to a boil:
6 c. water
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
pepper to taste
Then, and THIS IS IMPORTANT, measure your little bag of gluten flour (1 to
1-1/2 c.), then put it in a mixing bowl (wider is better than deep). To the
flour add and mix very well:
2 T. nutritional (good-tasting) yeast flakes
2 T. wheat flour
1/2 t. onion powder
1/4 t. garlic powder
Measure out the same amount of tasty stock and add it to the gluten flour,
mixing very quickly. It will turn into a rubbery sponge faster than you
would believe. Then oil up your hands and knead it for five minutes (HA!
and CURSES! you will think, but play along anyway. Daydream about handsome
Greek divers diving for sponges of the coast of sunny Greece. Get wicked!).
Tear the sponge into three balls (imagining what you will), and put them in
the now rolly-boiling stock. Cover the pot and turn the heat to simmer. Set
your timer to 55 minutes, and pour yourself a glass of wine before cleaning
up the mess. Take a bubble bath.
When cool, put the now monster balls into appropriate plastic containers,
and cover them with the stock that's left. Freeze two (unless you will be
cooking for a crowd).
Slice for phoney Swiss steak, and simmer the slices in the tomato sauce for
a while. Grate it for spaghetti sauce. Tear it into oyster-like shreds for
stir fry, or simmer in vegetarian gravy for hot open-face sandwiches. Not
bad braised in barbeque sauce and served over rice, either. Best of all,
glue shreds to your kid's face and send them out to the garage to surprise
their dad with a coffee.
(Okay, so save that one for Halloween - When the kids asks "But Mom, what
am I?", just tell them they're the creeping crud, and "it creeps, all over
you!" while making claw-like gestures at them and sprinkling oatmeal in
their freshly gelled hair for a final touch).
Thanks (apologies?) to "Table For Two", a lovely little book for vegans I
just happened to find at the Cookbook Store in Toronto last week.
Sylvia 8-) +
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