After seeing this post on Vegan Crunk I had a desire for some pigs in a blanket. These snacks were not prevalent in my household as a kid, probably because biscuits were more expensive than wonder bread, so I never had the chance to experience the real thing. Doesn’t matter. I liked the idea of boiling up some gluten pigs and wrapping them snugly. My first try used a new vegan dog recipe, located here, which I then wrapped in vegan biscuits and cooked in the oven:
After sharing these with my friend Bob, we nicknamed them gluten in a gluten blanket as it was way too much gluten (although that could partially be because I ate twelve of them in one afternoon). I took about a three week hiatus to allow my body to recover and then gave the pigs another whirl. This time I used the tried and true Vegan Dad Sausage Recipe, threw some thai basil leaves on top and wrapped it all in rice paper:
This version was much easier to handle and didn’t make me feel like I overdosed at the gluten factory.
Big fatty piles of gluten wrapped in warming mechanisms aren’t all that Tinpan Orange is about. In fact, you ask the band about a large pile of gluten and I’m not sure they’d respond favorably at all. But Tinpan Orange’s roots based sibling rock is just the thing to take a celiac’s worst nightmare and give it pulsating depth. The band’s sound can best be described from their own mouth: “imagine Edith Piaf in the body of Mrs Jessica Rabbit, wandering through a landscape of suburban fairy tales and electric static clouds.” That’s the stuff from which dreams are made. Check out “Barcelona” and “Like Snow” below: