Appetite for Reduction seemed like a great fall dish.
First I made the Surefire Seitan also from Appetite for Reduction. I've made it before and loved it, but this time it didn't turn out! My dough never became elastic like it should. I used a different type of vital wheat gluten, so maybe that's why. It tasted good but wasn't as firm and chewy as it should have been.
The Braised Cabbage recipe is pretty basic. I started by sauteing sliced seitan in olive oil...but I hesitated when it called for adding two teaspoons of thyme to the seitan. I'm not a huge thyme fan so added only a half teaspoon and then some red pepper flakes. Then it was just a matter of adding vegetable broth and sliced cabbage and simmering until the cabbage was tender.
The final dish was pretty bland. All I really tasted was the thyme (damn that thyme!). I loaded my bowl up with salt and pepper, but it wasn't much better. Unfortunately, this recipe was a waste of seitan...and because my seitan was a flop, a waste of eight cups of vegetable broth!