Friday, June 22, 2007

Changing days

I have to confess that I haven't been in much of a cooking mood lately. I have basically been putting various things together in a somewhat satisfying fashion, in an attempt to clean out my fridge before I move. I did get a few good outcomes, helped out mostly by my last weekly farmers market trip, which was bursting with summer goodies.

I picked up some local tomatoes (it is tomato season afterall), a funny shaped eggplant, a sweet yellow pepper, a mystery squash, and the juciest blackberries I have ever eaten.

A couple of weeks ago, I made the pistachio-arugula pesto I found at Vegan Yum Yum. I wanted to make some kind of napoleon with the eggplant and squash and a tomato based sauce. When I cut open the squash, it seemed more like an acorn squash than the summer squash I was expecting, but not as hard. I decided to roughly follow the recipe in VwaV, subbing the artichoke for squash. I had it with some roasted long beans, which I picked up at the market (but forgot to include in the picture-whoops!) It was tasty, a bit messy, and a great compliment for the pesto, which should always be the showcase of any meal it is included in.

I put together this yummy fruit salad for breakfast one morning. It is a prime summer meal, cool, light, and refreshing. It has those scrumptious blackberries, organic kiwi, and orange, and a fresh picked peach from the tree growing right on the sidewalk at T'afia.

This is a dish inspired by a recipe I found somewhere for potato, broccoli, and chickpeas tossed with a vinagrette. I don't remember where it comes from, but this is my spin on it. Steamed red potatoes, edamame, and chickpeas, tossed with T'afia's Sherry Vinagrette and thyme. The thyme was a last minute thing I had lurking in my fridge, and was a really nice addition. Simple summer salad, would have been good on some crisp lettuce, but none was to be found. I put it on half of a hemp tortilla.

I'm not a big fan of fake meats, but they do come in handy. I was pleasantly suprised with this dish. I followed the recipe on the Garden burger box for these lettuce rolls, putting my own spin on it, using what I had. Garden burger strips, green onion, red cabbage, a soy sauce/ginger/red pepper mix, dotted with sesame oil, topped with peanuts. I didn't have whole lettuce leaves, but some chopped romaine. Pretty tasty, but didn't much remind me of the lettuce wraps I loved pre-vegan. Maybe one day I will find a good substitute.

My posts will be more sparse than usual for a while. So sorry to all of my (3 or so) readers. I will update every now and then to track my journeys. I will be leaving next weekend to spend a week or so at my friend's house in Austin. I'm sure I will have plenty of fun experiences to share, and free internet access. The pride parade is also coming up this weekend. We will have a Go Veg float (the Best lil Veggie House in Texas) in it, which I will be on, loud and proud. Many fun pictures are sure to come out of that. See you around!

1 comment:

Vegan_Noodle said...

Great to see you posting again! Are you leaving Houston for good or just awhile? All your food looks great. How was the float at the gay pride parade? I wasn't feeling so great that day so didn't make the lunch. Saw part of the parade but didn't make it to the end. Hope yall had an awesome time. Enjoy Austin!!