Friday, February 24, 2012

Franks and Beans, oh so Tone on Tone

A delicious, rather beige dinner.
Oven roasted cauliflower with curry powder and potatoes with Northwoods Seasoning; black beans transformed into BBQ baked beans by the addition of everyone's fave condiments: ketchup, mustard, molasses, soy sauce and agave. Tofu pups complete the neutral color scheme!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pumpkin lentil tofu

Inspired by Afghan pumpkin dishes baked pumpkins and boiled lentils seasoned with garlic, curry powder, chili powder, turmeric, and paprika; sautéed onion
Side of pasta with Rao's Arrabbiata spicy tomato sauce, and green salad.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Burgers and Fries

What DO vegetarians* eat?
The All American: veggy burgers, oven fries, home baked buns (white flour, cornmeal and teff); salad with apple, pistachio and buttermilk honey mustard thousand island dressing.
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* I'm technically an omnivore but I prefer vegetarian food, cook it 99% of the time.

Pad Thai brunch

Inspired by a recipe in Bon Appetit and a radio interview on Thai Street Food. Additions and subtractions based on pantry.
Added: julienned turnip, kaffir lime leaf, dulse, dried salted black beans, sesame oil, sautéed onion and collards.
I think the combination of lime leaf, tamarind and brown sugar is divine. So did not really follow the recipe but did use the scheme of it.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kitchen Sink Croquettes

Take whatever leftovers you can find...blend in the Cuisinart with a stale roll aka bread crumbs, a couple handfuls rolled oats, and an egg. Make patties coated in a thin shake of sieved flour and sauté till browned on both sides; transfer pan to a 350• oven to finish. Serve with ketchup (and bowls of leftover soup)
Okay? You want to know my leftovers dontcha?
Some cooked seasoned chickpeas and vegetables; caramelized onion and collard sauté. But almost anything goes. Tasted pretty great, something like tofu burgers or falafel.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bread (roll) Dressing

Stuffing! No bird needed.
Sauté chopt onion, celery, turnip with thyme and savory. Meanwhile soak stale home baked rolls in pear cider from Emily Zass (don't say it fast)
Combine all together with veggie stock (I used kombu-shiitake dashi) and when cooler, stir in one egg and bake.
JB: "What made it spicy?"
CB: "I did."
Really, it was some Aleppo pepper.
Serve with soup and salad.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Flowers

Essential for the table!
Thanks Linda and Foster

Butternut soup

Deceptively delicious! I'm loving my winter farm share. Supplemented at the farmers mkt.
Sauté a chopped onion and a large whole garlic clove. No need to chop as this will all be puréed in the Magic Bullet. Add Aleppo pepper and thyme then small amount of veggie broth. I used No-Chicken Stock. Quarter and seed a small butternut squash and pressure cook it all together 10 minutes till well done.
Purée the onion and garlic with more veg stock, peel the squash.
Next sauté a sliced potato, turnip and celery stalk and return the onion stuff and the squash to pot, stir then simmer till yum.
I threw in ~1/4cup chipotle salsa for kick.
Serve with Ornish Irish soda bread.
Next day: reheat with frozen corn added to change it up!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thai Cabbage spaghetti

Last night's in-progress pix were eaten by the iPhone apparently. So as I recall...
Boil thin whole wheat spaghetti, drain and toss with sesame oil.
Use same water to pre-boil a sliced small cabbage and a cup of frozen peas.
Wok-fry sliced leek, minced garlic and a sliced turnip.
Flavors:
Thai green curry paste
Mirin
Soy sauce
The cabbage water, cornstarch
Pineapple juice
Mr Yoshida's
Sugar


Spicy good! Here's what the leftovers look like.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Local kale and pasta

The winter farmers market! Easy to spend over $30. on cabbage, kale, collards, turnips, squash and sweet potatoes.
Ahhh but what sweet, delicious kale, sautéed with Greek seasoning, Aleppo pepper and Mirin.
Serve with pasta and Field Roast sausages.
(note experimental Greek twist rolls)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Split P soup

Simple quick: sautéed in olive oil, leek, carrot, celery, italian seasoning, mirin; add a cup of the dried peas, Not-Chicken stock, kombu-shiitake dashi, pressure cooked fast while Joel was driving home; add a splash of Bragg Aminos at the end, and crushed red pepper to taste.

Served with green salad and toast

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pita, baked and stuffed

My home-baked pitas poofed!
Stuffed with purchased chickpea salad, feta and lettuce with some killer Thai hot chili fish sauce splashed on.
Wow sandwich bliss

Monday, February 6, 2012

Best Baby Bok choy

After cooking up the mock dock I chopped up the baby Bok choi and sautéed it in the same (not yet washed) pan. Added some canola oil cooked it then splash of Mirin and Penzeys 4S. Delish with mandarin pancakes and Mun Cha'i Ya

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Another sweet potato stew

Dinner for two from a single Yam. Oh, my.
This time with two tone rice, salad, and pumpkin corn bread
Stew has puréed horseradish root and Kaffir lime leaf and curry powder; apple, onion, celery, yam.

Sandwich de la Semana

This week's sandwich trend...
Avocado and fat free cream cheese!
A perfect breakfast, lunch or snack

Not Rye

It's the caraway flavor we really love so this Faux Rye aka Caraway Oat Bread is yum and rye-less.
Rye has less gluten so it's harder to work with.