Thursday, January 13, 2011

Randomness - Or Things I've Made As Of Late

I'm a major perfectionist. It's a real problem. Either I have all my clothes ordered by color in style in my closet, or I have the Mt. Everest of laundry. My little problem bleeds into my food photography, not that I really know what I'm doing. I hate it when I can't get a great picture of something I really loved. And to top it all off, I have the worst light known to man in my house. (I'm not dramatic at all.) Anyway, in an effort to cleanse myself of my perfectionism, I will post food that doesn't look great, but tasted good nevertheless :) The above Potato Asparagus Soup (page 66) recipe is from Vegan With A Vengence. Gone are the days of creamy vegetable soups, but I can't say I miss them. Soup is supposed to be hearty without making you feel like you ate a couple of sticks of butter or 10 cups of cream (which was basically my old potato soup recipe.) This bowl of soup grew on me. Incidentally, if you live in the KC area, Bread of Life bread is A-mazing. Really, It may be better than Ezekiel bread IMO. You can buy it at some Farmer's markets, and at Green Acres market. I cut it up and browned it in a wee bit of olive oil. Such a nice addition to this soup :)

Nate's Two Cents:  Some combos don't work for me.  At Italian restaurants my dad drinks coffee with his lasagna. I used to think it was a grown-up thing, but at 34 I still don't get it--how do his tastebuds unscramble that madness in his mouth? This, however, is a sensible combo that is tasty, light, mild on the stomach, and good for you.  It's perfect with a sandwich on the side, or even just a nice thick slice of toast.

This is Kind Diet recipe. I like this cookbook because as a new vegan it introduced me to a bunch of different ingredients I hadn't really heard of. This is the Warm Potato, Soybean, and Cucumber Salad. I don't know, but there's something I really like about this salad. This was also the first time I used Umeboshi Vinegar which Alicia Silverstone favors highly. It's in a lot of other stuff in the book. The crispiness of the cucumbers, the warmth of the potatoes and the bite of the edamame was really satisfying. At least it was to me anyway :)

Yet another Kind Diet recipe. This is Pan-Fried Mochi (page 237.) Mine don't look as gooey as the picture, but this is surprisingly really good. I thought it was weird to add soy sauce to something sweet, but it really adds something. My 8 year old loves having this as his snack sometimes. I love that it's drizzled with brown rice syrup (which doesn't freak him out as much as other sweet things), and it is a great source of fiber. This is a great way to trick your kids that they're having something really bad :)

This is Silas; the best little kitchen tester in town. He is always seeing me taking pictures of this or that, and insisted on getting in the Mochi picture :)

This last one is from Appetite for Reduction. These Black Bean, Zucchini, and Olive Tacos don't look fancy, but I have to say they were quite delicious for a simple dish. I did change up a few things. I didn't have kalamata olives (or at least I didn't  want to pay 5 bucks for them because I had already gone off the deep end with my grocery fund this week), so I used black olives instead. I also threw in a cup of frozen corn for good measure. You cook all this up in salsa verde. I love the addition of sliced jalapeƱos. This is the perfect meal to make when you have a hair appointment to get to and don't want to mess around too much in the kitchen, or is it just I that makes my hair appointment every month a major priority? Anyway, there you have it. A week in the life of said Vegan Piggy :)

Nate's Two Cents:  I think Tara thought I was patronizing her when I said it, but I actually really liked this recipe.  The green filler doesn't just make the taco pretty.  It actually works as a new layer of taste.  The closest thing I've had to this was a taco from a street vendor in Tijuana sixteen years ago.  Unlike that time, I know exactly what is in this recipe, and the person making it isn't smoking a cigar and laughing diabolically for no apparent reason.


Chef Amber Shea said...

I have never bought or tried Bread of Life...I try VERY hard not to ever buy bread (I only buy 1-2 loaves per year, literally) because it is NOT safe around me. Bread has got to be my #1 once-I-start-I-can't-stop food (Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill are danger zones for me too). BUT...I may have to check Bread of Life out!

Good to know the olive taco recipe is tasty too :)

Healthy on Purpose said...

I love it! So happy you're back!! Keith loves to get involved in my pictures too - great pic of Silas! Cutie! I must try the tacos - yum!

Healthy on Purpose said...

And for the record - your pics are always fabulous! Another one of your talents! If I waited to post things until my pictures were good, I wouldn't have pictures on my blog :-)

JBird said...

Hi there. What did you use for the tortilla?