In the large food processor fitted with a bread blade, combine the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to combine.
Now combine the WARM water (make sure it's warm, not hot) and the liquid smoke.
Then pour the warm combined with liquid smoke into the food processer.
Turn the food processor on the bread setting and process until the dough forms a ball, pulling away from the blade.
Remove the dough from the food processor, place in a bowl and cover with a towel for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare a stockpot; fill it ¾ full of water and add chopped vegetables and the bay leaves.
Remove the seitan from the covered bowl.
Cut the seitan in half and then cut each half into thirds; you will have six pieces.
Next, place all six pieces into the boiling stockpot.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and boil for 1 ½ hours.
Remove the seitan pieces from the stockpot, place them in a large container, and cover cold water.
The seitan should be stored in the refrigerator until it is fully cooled.
Once cooled, remove the pieces from the water. Then, using a sharp knife, slice the seitan as desired for a variety of recipes.
Seitan should be marinated for 1-2 days and can freeze up to months for later use.
If freezing, make sure you remove the seitan from the freezer and allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. I strongly suggest marinating if you pant o freeze it to avoid having to marinate for 1-2 days after thawing.