Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bagels Aplenty

In a last hurrah before the kids go back to school, Vegan Mom and I packed up the kids and headed to Ottawa. We booked a suite in a downtown hotel equipped with a kitchen so we could cook our own meals. I am sure Ottawa has some great vegan restaurants, but we wanted to keep costs down and had no desire to cart four kids to an eating establishment and become "that family" that everyone wishes would just leave. To prep for the trip I made a ton of bagels--perfect for lunches, breakfasts, and snacks.

The basic recipe is from Peter Reinhart's Bread Baker's Apprentice, but made a few changes. Let's go from right to left:

Multi-Grain Mixed Berry Bagels:
I made the sponge out of 5 oz oat bran, 2 oz steel cut oats, 2 oz 12 grain cereal, and 9 oz white flour (plus the yeast and water the recipe calls for). I let it soak for an extra hour. In the final dough I replaced 4 oz of the white flour with vital wheat gluten. In the final minutes of kneading I added 1 1/2 cups of dried berries (I used blueberries, cranberries, and cherries).

Whole Wheat Bagels: Replace white flour with whole wheat flour, but replace 2 oz with vital wheat gluten. I find that bagels need good gluten content to remain that dense and chewy consistency.

New York Bagels: as per the recipe.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagels: as per the note on p. 122.
Here is a pic of the centre block of Parliament that Son#1 took. You can see the Peace Tower, obviously, and down on the lawn are about 100 people doing yoga. Yes, Canada is a hippie paradise.

16 comments:

VeganLisa said...

The bagels are beautiful. I'm sure it is easier to go back to school when you know a delicious bagel will be in your lunch bag.

Jain said...

Ha, hippie paradise, love it. True, true (Ohioan just back from an Ontario vacation).

Thanks for the ww bagel tip. My favorite bagels ever are "Everything Bagels," littered with onion, garlic, poppy, caraway, sesame, kosher salt - but they're always white bread (blech!). The only way to get WW Everything is to make them myself, I guess.

Kris said...

Yay for Ottawa :) And beautiful bagels, by the way. The next time you head to Ottawa, though, you should definitely check out The Green Door. It's a mostly-vegan cafeteria-style restaurant where you pay for your fresh, local, organic food by weight. It's not exceedingly pricey, but if you should show up there while ravenous, well, you might end up with more food than you could ever dream of eating (and hence with a larger bill than you're comfortable with paying). Regardless! Thanks for sharing the photos of your lovely bagels and of our lovely country's capital. Cheers!

Sarah said...

hippie paradise AND bagels? i'm in! :D

Anonymous said...

I've always chuckled at the folks partaking in yogo smack-bang in the city centre. What so tranquil about stone and concrete obelisks channelling hundreds-of-kilos of exhaust fumes into your supposed 'relaxing' yoga area?!

Indoor and QUIET when in the city is my preferred spot, out in the open with proper fresh air and native critters when in the country.

Iyengar all the way.

Carlota said...

We don't have bagels in Brazil..I'll try one of those recipes. Have a nice family trip!

peep said...

go vegan dad it's your birthday!

Anonymous said...

Next time you're in Ottawa, I'd recommend heading to Govindas with the family. $7/adults $5/students/kids all you can eat vegan buffet. The menu never changes, but it's very satisfying. A nice pasta salad, lentil soup, fresh garden salad, dahl, some veg. chili, lots of rice, and a beautiful spice cake for dessert. It's run out of a Hare Krishna temple on the Ottawa U Campus, and is a nice quiet place, very welcoming and calming.

Nobel4Lit said...

Wow, those bagels look great!

Tea Time said...

Wow you sure have some amazing looking vegan food on here. You must be some cook!

Isabel said...

You were in my city and I didn't know about it. ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG!!!!!

There are a lot of veg-friendly places in Ottawa that are super cheap and family friendly. Depending where you stay, there are lots and lots of options.

Vegan Dad said...

Thanks to all for the tips of vegan food in Ottawa. I will certainly be back since the kids loved the city and we only scratched the surface of things to see there.

Anon,
I couldn't decide if the yoga was cool, or just pretentious. Oh well. It's not for me to judge. Chacun son gout, as they say.

maddy said...

You'll have to come back soon and check out the Green Door http://www.thegreendoor.ca/

The mini eggplant boats are awesome!

Judy said...

Yay for Ottawa! The Table on Wellington is another really great veggie restaurant in Ottawa, we eat there a lot.

Cafe Cyan said...

I love that I can visit your blog and bookmark so many awesome recipes - thanks for the work!

Yoga outside? That's awesome. I love gatherings like that.

Anonymous said...

Ah! I was just craving some quality grub from Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise, also by U of Ottawa... Depending on the dish, not overly cheap, but oh-so-good and nourishing for an overworked grad student!
I think I will have to experiment with these bagels instead.