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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Boo

I think I got myself a little sick on that walk in the wind and the snow the other day.
(Ya think?) So I'm going to use that as an excuse to drink hot toddies with the whiskey I bought. I also used it as an excuse to buy some honey to put in tea and in breakfast:


Oatmeal, honey, banana, almond butter, cinnamon.

I haven't bought honey in a long time (although I've eaten it when other people put it in things) but sometimes it's really just what I want. Agave and maple syrup are too thin and sweet. There may be other substitutions and maybe someday I'll get there, but I think for now I do okay with veganism minus honey.
Do you guys have a feeling about it one way or the other? Any other recommendations? I used to buy raw honey a lot because I hear it's really good for you, including having anti-cancer properties (Ali, do you know anything about this?)
Anyway, I sort of just wanted the honey.
Other eats of late have been snacky and vegg-y:


Dinner of the past two nights: a loaded veg sandwich with hummus, zucchini, carrot, tomato, onion, spinach, and mustard. Basically a salad on rye and lunch in stages from yesterday: an apple, carrots and tomatoes, Cherry Pie larabar, a spinach/zucchini salad with two green olives.

Monday, December 27, 2010

All Shall Be Well and All Shall Be Well and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well

I panic pretty easily. And over fairly unimportant things. Sometimes I need to remember to calm down and be grateful for the things I do have. Especially on a windy, snowy, cold day like today.
Granted, not having food is not unimportant but we certainly would have made it through ONE DAY with the stuff we had. I am so grateful that I didn't have to go to work today (it was bad out there), I'm glad we had power and heat, I'm glad my kitty was snuggling warm with me and that she isn't one of those sad strays I always see who I hope found somewhere warm to curl up, and I'm glad that Greg was able to take the day off.
I gave him (us) a waffle iron for Christmas and once it was settled that he was staying home, I started through Vegan Brunch for a recipe. We had all the ingredients on hand to break in the iron with Isa's standard Old-Fashioned Chelsea waffles. Easy! Well, maybe I say that because G did most of the work. He's a natural.



He ate his with banana, cinnamon, and maple syrup.


I topped mine with Earth Balance and apricot jam. The best part of this is the stack of waffles frozen and ready to reheat at the drop of a hat! Or a snowflake.
I did some sewing, some reading, puttered about and looked wistfully out the window. Around two, I got dressed in the most ridiculous layers of clothes (two pairs of socks, long johns, work pants, a yoga shirt, long sleeved shirt, nightgown (!), sweater, sweatshirt, and bandana - no gloves for some stupid reason) and went for some groceries. The streets were really a mess and there were cop cars and firefighter cars all over the place. At the same time, it was a little exciting and quite beautiful. Probably the quietest I'll ever see Bed-Stuy.
I picked up: kale, zucchini, oranges, apples, pears, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, olives, hummus, and bread. Only the necessities; aren't you proud of me? It was a bizarre scene though. The shelves were getting pretty empty (I assume deliveries didn't happen today) and I thought the place would be deserted, and it sort of was, but there were only three cashiers so the lines were long. I needed to stop off at the drugstore too but it was closed. I made my way back and made one special stop on the way back to make the trip worth it... When I got back home and showered the chill and the sweat off, I made myself a drink with this beauty.


Hello Hot Toddy. I try not to drink liquor much anymore but whiskey is really my favorite and today called for a little something warm.
After a quick lunch of two carrots and an open-face hummus, tomato, and spinach sandwich, I started on dinner.
When I was meal-planning last night, I had come up with the idea of a tomato and black bean stew over rice, all of which we had in the apartment. Yay canned foods, sometimes. I stayed with that plan, with the ever-welcome addition of the newly acquired kale. It was definitely necessary to the dish:


olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, sliced thinly
2 cans diced tomatoes
1/2 bunch kale, de-stemmed, washed and torn into small pieces
1 can black beans
1/2 cup red wine
3 TBS balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
1 tsp thyme

cooked rice

-Warm olive oil in a large pot and add garlic and onions. Cook until onions are translucent. Add salt and pepper and stir.
-Put diced tomatoes into the pot, along with a little extra water. Add red pepper flakes (or not - I like a little heat). Add wine and balsamic vinegar and heat until bubbling and heated through. Add kale. When the leaves begin to wilt, add black beans and continue to cook about 10 minutes longer. Add thyme at the end, and stir through. Adjust seasonings to taste.
-Serve over rice.

This was really good. Obviously the stew can be eaten on its own but the rice made it come together. The kale was just the right texture and while it was a little spicier than I had intended (the red pepper flakes opened into the pot! I had to scoop a bunch out), the red wine mellowed it out. And I'm so happy to have used (mostly) stuff from the pantry. Greg liked it a lot, Pete Hamill approves.
Aaannddd finally, I cleaned out the freezer which...wasn't too full...but I did have some mystery cookie dough hanging out in there. I mixed the two and baked cookies:



Half graham-cracker dough (I thought it was gingerbread!) and half sugar cookie. Good enough for a really nice day. And I'm grateful for it all.

Snowed in and Food-less!

This is what always happens around holidays! I generally only buy the food we will use in three or four days (except canned beans or something) and try to grocery shop as little as possible around the big holidays because there are always crazy lines. Then I get so wrapped up in the holiday that I forget we need to eat normal foods and NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!



This is the view out our living room, with drifts up to about 4 feet deep! Do you see how that back wall has almost disappeared?? Not to mention that the winds got up to 47mph last night and our window was being pushed in to the extent that there was snow buildup inside! Wild. And we have no food! We ate the last fresh vegetables (1/2 cucumber and like 8 cherry tomatoes) last night!
My mother had moved the Christmas get-together to Sunday so my uncle and aunt could make it (although they didn't even because of the storm) so G + I ventured out yesterday in that mess (thanks for the ride home, Willy), Brussels sprouts and carmelized onions in tow. This is the same dish from the dinner party but I got photos this time!

PLUS PLUS EQUALS YUM


I didn't take my camera but I also ate roasted potatoes, spinach salad with avocado, sunflower seeds, and pomegranate seeds in a balsamic vinaigrette, turmeric and curried cauliflower, green beans with almonds, and lima beans with stewed tomatoes spiced with honey and dill. There was a really nice spread. For non-vegans there was also grilled squid (yuck), chicken, ham, and butternut squash rolls but everything else, I could eat. And did. And enjoyed! My sister made the majority of it. She's a really good cook.
Desserts were a little lacking for my family because my aunt was supposed to provide the desserts but she didn't feel like coming out in the storm. Understandable. We rustled up some chocolates, and I had baked gingerbread biscotti with ginger and cranberry chunks. The recipe is in VCIYCJ. I dipped a few of them in chocolate. My sister had also made chocolate chip cookies with a lot of butter and milk, some awesome applesauce with molasses and walnuts, and my cousin had mailed homemade truffles, so no one was lacking for sweets.



Not to mention about six or seven glasses of champagne! Oy! So yeah, it was all great but then we came home to...condiments, some dried fruit, and a can of beans. I'm exaggerating a little. We also have canned tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash chunks, and some rice and quinoa. We certainly won't starve but I could really go for some spinach. Or kale. And some carrots right now. I'll post again later today and maybe will have some vegetables if I brave the streets.
Hope everyone is warm and safe, whatever it is you're doing today.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Giveaway

I have a headache. Dirty Duck, you lucky duck, you won the cookie giveaway. Shen, I'll send you the recipe for those gingerbread-chocolate cookies if you want!
I'll post some photos from the past few days tomorrow, but right now I just wanted to get the winner up. I'll have time to blog to my heart's content tomorrow because as of now the snow is seriously a-blowing. I doubt I'll leave the house much tomorrow which is actually unfortunate because we have pretty much zero food in the house.
Stay warm and safe. I hope your holidays were good!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Baking

I am slowly (or not) but surely eating my way through...everything. And baking lots.


Girl Scout Thin Minty things from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza, Graham Crackers from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa and Terry. These both went to Greg's family.


Thin Mint test bite! (okay not all of them went to Greg's family)


Sugar Cookies from the Vegan Cookie Connoisseur. These I brought in to work, saving one for me and one for Greg. I'll never be accused of over-decorating a cookie.

For my family, I'm going to bake Gingerbread biscotti from VCIYCJ. My belly hurts and my kitty is eating Field Roast vegan sausage!! Merry Christmas eve. Pax.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh, Ye of Little Faith

You want proof? Here's (some) proof that we actually made the fancy schmancy meal.
Lunch today was leftover butternut squash risotto, which I ate over some spinach and threw a few cherry tomatoes into as well.


This you'll be seeing a lot of, as it made a TON and is really filling. The Brussels sprouts all got eaten. They were very tasty, if you like onions. The pistachios gave a good crunch and the Brussels were a bit browned from the oven roasting (Shen) but softened up a bit when thrown in and sauteed with the carmelized onions.
Dinner was a step back from all the rich foods of late:


Salad, sesame crispbread, sliced zucchini, and hummus. Fresh and filling, though not a great photo. I don't know what that lemon is doing there.

And, also Biblically: ask and thou shalt receive. I probably won't be getting rid of the last batch of cookies, since they're already a few days old (and I'm growing to like them. I think they're better room temp than cold) but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to mailing out some baked goods to a lucky winner. Tis the season, after all. I probably won't want to mail anything out until after Christmas, not to mention I'm pretty busy until then, but let's see:
You tell me one of your favorite meals you cooked for someone you wanted to impress OR, simply, say, SEND ME COOKIES, and that'll be considered an entry for the baked goods giveaway. I'll pick a winner Sunday night (the 26th), so you have until then to enter. After that, we'll discuss what you'd like me to make, and what I'm actually capable of! Cool? Cool. One thing: I'm thinking U.S. entries only, if only for freshness sake.
Speaking of giveaways, I won one of Amey's cookbooklettes and it came in the mail today! If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. She draws little cartoons for a lot of her entries and they are super cute. Plus all the food she makes looks awesome.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Not a Failure!

The dinner party went well! I think all of my anxiety was burned through by the time Greg's parents arrived. It was a little awkward, but mostly the parents did their parenty thing and G and I tried to be good hosts.
The menu was:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Carmelized Onion and Pistachios (Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Apple-Sage Field Roast sausage (adapted from a recipe from Isa Moskowitz I found in BUST magazine)
one of G's famous salads with a balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette

Earl Grey tea cake based on this recipe
and another stab at the Martha Stewart Chocolate-Ginger cookies.
If you can't tell, I really want to like these. I tweaked them a bit more and they were less soft and less salty, but spread less and were a little cakey. I liked them more and only Greg had had the previous incarnation so I can't tell which to run with, but I think he liked the first version better. At least I got some actual feedback - from both G's dad and mine. So that's nice. They both thought a little something was missing, but his mom enjoyed them enough.
Anyway, it all went pretty smoothly except for a few minor details - I forgot to sweep the carpet, we could have had a bit more wine, I didn't warm the pita or have a nice bowl for the hummus, there could have been a few more crudite, I forgot to put out some nuts to start...I could probably go on because I'm neurotic, but they're our parents and they love us either way and even if they weren't our parents, I think the guests still would have had a nice time. Even kitty was well-behaved. And no, I'm not pregnant nor are we getting married.
I didn't take many pictures; maybe Ken (or Greg) got a few more but here's the ish:


Roasted so juicy! I don't know why I don't eat squash more regularly.


Chocolate-Ginger cookies, take two


Earl Grey Tea cake, pre-icing

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Quick Post

This is pretty much the breakfast I've been eating lately:
a fruit, in this case banananana, the homemade Whole Wheat bread with Earth Balance and apricot jam, and caffeinated tea.


This is what I ate for dinner since we have a LOT of food but it's all to be saved for the dinner party tomorrow! OMGOMGOMG. Note: NYC has some pretty decent "healthy delis" that have in-house, high-turnover sushi bars. This is brown rice with spinach, cucumber, and avocado with sesame seeds. Really nice. A bowl of spinach and carrots on the side because you can't get enough vegetables. Ever.


Please excuse the mess, I'll clean it up before the parents get here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

People are Weird

I veganized another Martha Stewart recipe from her cookie tome: UM. I love Martha Stewart and I especially love this book. Her recipes are beautiful and there is a photograph for almost every cookie. Even the ones that I doubt I could veganize (almond lace, meringues, macaroons, etc.) are a dream to ogle. This time around I made the cookies that are actually featured on the cover: Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies. I love ginger and I love chocolate and even not knowing what they actually were, I sought out the cover recipe because they were so pretty. Kris Holechek's similar "Spice and Ice Molasses Cookies" finally pushed me over the edge. So I made them.
This was a two day process for me but it doesn't need to be. The dough needs to be rolled out and chilled for at least two hours to make it easier to work with (I did it overnight just because I was too busy one night to do it all) and the next day, after they are formed into balls, they need to be chilled 20 more minutes. No big, unless you really want to eat them. Then that sucks.
Anyway, the only problem with veganizing recipes is that Earth Balance butter contains salt. And Martha's recipes always specifically say "unsalted butter." There was no added salt in the recipe, so I couldn't even cut back there. I cut back on the butter itself because the recipe called for a 1/4 pound and I just couldn't make myself measure that much out.
What I'm trying to say is NOT that Martha failed me but I didn't like these cookies as much as I really, really wanted to. That being said, I brought the remaining ones in to work the next day and everyone loved them. Either I'm more sensitive to salt than I thought or my hopes were too high to begin with or I was off-put by seeing how much grease was in the cookies or I actually really don't like soft cookies, but I was disappointed. Greg did say that they were better the next day and that they were really gingery - maybe I should have waited for them. Oh well. I'll take the compliments and fewer calories. Or maybe I'll just make them again and wait a day to try them. It's just frustrating because people are so vulturous for sweets, they'll scarf down anything I give them without really tasting it and I can't tell if the food I make is good or not. Does anyone else have this problem? I also don't take compliments well. Eh.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When Life Freezes Your Lemons

Not many posts lately; I've been pretty busy with holiday presents and other stuffs aka PLANNING A PARENTAL DINNER PARTY AHHHHH. Also my food has been ugly (though delicious) and repetitive. I even ate out two lunches this week! (Cucumber-Avocado brown rice rolls, cheap at only $3.50 for 8! and this same pizza for only 4 bucks if you can believe it.)
Greg got vegetables to make a salad the other day but put them in the freezer at work because there was no room in the fridge and a few things sort of...disintegrated. LETS JUST SAY I'm working on a lettuce soup recipe. Some vegetables fared better than others, but to swoop in before anything rotted, I chopped up the red pepper, the broccoli, and a parsnip that was going to wilt anyway and roasted them with a little olive oil, salt, thyme, and rosemary.


When I last left you, I had just made Quinoa-White Bean and Kale stew. There was still kale leftover from that and since the oven was roasting away anyway, I rubbed the kale with some olive oil, cayenne pepper, and nutritional yeast. They made the kale chips pictured here, of which I ate almost the whole baking sheet's worth. How are they so delicious??


Since then, lunches have been the roasted vegetables topped with tahini, red wine vinegar, and mustard. Really tasty.
Dinner tonight was a similar sauce: tahini, mustard, and nooch over spinach and boiled sweet potatoes. Happy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Hooky Yields

And to think I almost went to work today!
I ate breakfast, got dressed, packed my snacks and coffee, grabbed my bag and HEADED to work with the best intentions but at the transfer station, the train to work was really messed up and there was no way of telling when the problem would be fixed so Greg and I got off the train and I called out! Sometimes you just have to take a day off. I have been thinking about it recently anyway because of a lot of holiday present planning, chores that needed to be done, etc. etc. and whatever. Work is lame. G prefaced the beginning of our adventurous day with, "Are you cooking? If you're cooking I'll stay home."
I'm glad we had the day off together because seeing him hard at work rubs off on me and I get more productive too. As soon as we got back home (around 11) after stopping at an art supply store and a grocery for some fruit, I started measuring ingredients to make Whole Wheat bread from The Joy of Vegan Baking.
I bake a lot but rarely make breads and if I do, it's a quick bread and not a yeasted one but I have been wanting to have one of those typical quiet days off you hear about in fairy tales or something (seriously, who has these days??) and make a bread: kneading, punching, rising, and all. So I did. While it rose (for 2 1/2+ hours!) I did laundry, cleaned the bedroom, finished a poem I've thinking about, and picked up groceries for the "lunch" G picked out from my newwwww cookbook!

He picked Quinoa, White Bean, and Kale stew because he is a gustatory genius and a man with good taste. The bread was a serious project even though it was a lot of down time: it took about 5 hours from start to finish so I held off on the soup until the last hour or so of the bread baking. Yeah, our planned "lunch" became a nice dinner. In the meantime I worked on a Christmas present. Phew! I still have more work to do, but after a (fairly) calm day (the laundry was a pretty grueling haul) I have energy and more concentration to spare. The totally delicious, nutritious dinner didn't hurt either. Here are the day's hooky yields:

Waiting to be slathered with Earth Balance

SO tasty and super filling

All together now (plus another bowlful)

Not to mention the peace of mind of accomplishment, a clean bunch of clothes, and a cleared apartment. And so much more soup in the fridge!! AND I have big, beautiful plans for the other half bunch of kale. I hope everyone else had a great day too.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Groceries, Explosions

Pretty breakfast with tea, not coffee this morning!
I am trying to cut down on my coffee and also spread it throughout the day so as to stay at a more even keel and not get so tired after 3:30. I often feel my teeth on edge in the mornings, worrying about being late to work and coffee is probably no help there. Earl Grey has such a nice flavor and just enough caffeine.


Tofutti cream cheese with banana slices and pumpkin with cinnamon on a WW and Flax Arnold's Sandwich Thin. This would have been better with the bread toasted or warmed, but I generally like these Thins and the fact that they're pretty healthy and low calorie.
Lunch was nothing special (salad, like most days) and eaten pretty quickly so as to make a trip to Trader Joe's. Boy I spent a lot this trip, picking up special holiday baking ingredients: dried cranberries, ginger chunks (for gingerbread!), almond flour (for linzer tortes! Yes I will!), raw cashews, and other random goodies I snatched up in a rush. I ALSO picked up a bottle of 9% ABV dark beer which exploded in my bag at work!
This covered half the groceries in beer and beer smell, so when I got home I washed some of the groceries, leading to a bit of an absurd scene in the kitchen:


Larabars drying in the dish rack (oh and hell yeah to Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip larabar)


Mystery canned goods: I'm not 100% positive I labeled these correctly. But the bare tin like that makes me feel like Molly from American Girls living during World War II. Remember those dolls and the books?? I loved them and always related to Molly (mostly because she seemed the serious, studious one with glasses and braids. I was such a nerd) but I also had Samantha. My sister had Kiersten. Annnnyways. That was the bomb shelter scene of the night. Then I ate dinner.


Chopped beet, carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach mixed with a tahini-lemon-mustard paste. Then that peanut butter/choc chip larabar. Mad stuffed.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Greens the Season

Since yesterday's kale was such a hit, I couldn't help but make the rest of the bunch again for today's lunch even though I sort of wanted to save it for kale chips. Oh well, guess I'll just have to buy moreeeee kalllleeee.
But for today, I heated up some leftover quinoa to go with the braised kale and topped it with some marinara sauce we had in the fridge. The kale wasn't as good as yesterday but the quinoa was really, really good. I love the crunch of it and its cute little tails!



It was flurrying on and off all day today and I was working on and off on Christmas presents, so I decided to bake something Christmas-y that I've been seeing around the food blogs: peppermint brownies topped with candy cane crumbles (or, chunks, in my case). I used the brownie recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking and added a teaspoon of mint extract to the wet ingredients. Here's a prep shot, which I don't usually do mostly because my hands are covered in batter, etc. but the prep was set up like this without me intending it and I thought it looked cool with all the circles in a row.


No? Ahh, whatever. The orange bowl on the left contains the candy cane pieces which were IMPOSSIBLE to break up. Seriously, I had bring to out my hammer to crush them and then pieces just went flying all over the kitchen. So I ended up with some small sprinkles, which I baked onto the cake. These melted and disappeared. The bigger chunks, I had set aside and mostly topped the brownies with for appearance sake. Anyway, like I said, they taste alright.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Now That the Oven's Working

Aw, Greg's dad helped us move in the last of G's stuff and all he got was a glass of water. We don't have much food in the apartment (somehow?! I just went to the store, didn't I?) and the one thing he almost accepted, I had shoved the last of into my mouth last night. Sorry, Ken.
I made lunch with the remnants of produce while G put his stuff away: Quinoa-stuffed acorn squash with braised kale.



The only notes I have on this are that it was pretty tasty. The kale especially: Minced garlic, vegetable broth to wilt the kale, and maybe a few too many red pepper flakes.
The sliced tomatoes would have been better mixed into the quinoa, but they were sort of a last second addition. They were nice on top at least.
I'm glad that squash is finally out of my life and the last of the quinoa cleared some space in the pantry for...something. Ken, maybe we'll feed you some time soon.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My First Baked Goods in a New Stove

...are only the most autumnal baked goods I could ever make!
G and I have been a little frustrated with the stove burners because only some of them work, and even then ya gotta jiggle it... Soft hands, or something. I'm too manic and stressed to calmly fiddle with knobs.
So I was a little worried to try to bake anything, which is sad because it's my - I don't know, lifesblood? Hobby? Somewhere in between, I think. My first attempt to use the oven resulted in mad smoke and a piercing alarm (thank goodness we had the ladder) and then I was even more put off. But the other day, after checking prices online for oven thermometers (okay, not insanely expensive) and checking a few random stores (no, not an oven timer) I picked up what almost every baking cookbook recommends as almost indispensable:

I carefully positioned the thermometer in my oven and got to work whipping up Pumpkin-Corn Muffins with Cranberries.


As you'll remember, my last corn muffins didn't go over too well. These were lighter inside and while not as sweet as a lot of people would like (especially with the cranberries), I think they'd pretty nice as a breakfast muffin and something to use up the leftover Thanksgiving goods hanging out in the refrigerator.


They have almost no oil but are light inside because of the pumpkin:

1/2 c. cornmeal
1 tsp. salt, divided
1 c. almond milk
1 TBS flax, 3 Tbs water, mixed
2 scant cups WW flour
4 TBS brown sugar
2 (largish) tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 c. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. apple cider
2 tsp. corn oil (you could probably omit this altogether)
1/2 c. frozen cranberries

-Preheat oven to 375* and grease muffin tins.
-Soak cornmeal and 1/2 tsp salt in milk while you prepare everything else.
-Blend flax and water until gelatinous and set aside.
-In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and other 1/2 tsp. salt.
-In a small bowl, mix cornmeal and milk mixture, pumpkin puree, apple cider, oil and flax egg. Add into the dry ingredients. Add cranberries in at the very end so as to not burst them, but do not over mix batter. A bit of visible flour is okay.
-Fill muffin tins and top with a light sprinkling of sugar. Bake for about 25 minutes.



Anyway, as it turns out, the inside of my stove isn't off by much at all but it's good to know. I feel comforted and will commence more holiday baking.....now.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Taste the Rainbow and a Recipe

Well, I have NOT yet seen a copy of the much-anticipated new Color Me Vegan by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. She's the one also responsible for The Vegan Table and The Joy of Vegan Baking, both of which are much used and often spilled upon round these parts.
I know it's out already (does anyone have it yet?) and I have a wait-list order on it at work, but it's yet to come through.
However, I DID find a copy of Lauren Ulm's Vegan Yum Yum (whoa too many links) today, which I've had an order on for forever! Yay! I'm pretty excited because I love finding things out of the blue like that even though it had been so long that I pretty much forgot I ordered it. She doesn't post on her blog so much anymore but she makes some great looking stuff so, to reiterate: Yay!
To keep the Color Me Vegan vibes alive, I ate a lot of color coordinated (and delicious) food today. I definitely got my vitamins by eating the rainbow.
Breakfast was orange and yellow: Oatmeal with pumpkin puree, a banana, and a spoonful of almond butter.
My snack was more orange: a few dried apricots and some baby carrots.
Lunch was a salad! It had been so long!


This was spinach, beets, carrot, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber and black beans. Topped with balsamic vinegar, a splash of apple cider, and black pepper. I also had an apple.
Dinner was green:


Spinach and broccoli with tofu cooked with a bit of soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. This was really tasty. I ate it far too quickly.

And that's that. Also, here's the recipe for the Chard-Fennel Tart from Thanksgiving. I don't usually post recipes because I'm never precise in what I use to cook and because a lot of recipes are from other people's cookbooks, but this recipe I adapted and combined enough. So here it is. You're welcome, JOE but you better damn make it.

2 pie crusts, uncooked (homemade or store-bought)
1 TBS oil or butter
2 large yellow onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
2 big bunches Swiss chard, cleaned, de-stemmed and coarsely chopped
1 TBS cider vinegar
2 TBS fennel greens, chopped
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 cup soy milk
15 oz. extra-firm tofu
½ tsp nutmeg
5 TBS flour
2 TBS nutritional yeast

-Preheat oven to 350. Bake pie shells for 10 minutes, and remove from oven. Set aside.
-In a large pan, sauté onions, garlic, and fennel bulb in oil or butter over a medium flame until vegetables soften.
-Add chopped chard by the handful to wilt in pan. Add in cider vinegar, fennel greens, salt and pepper and keep cooking until the liquid evaporates.
-Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool. In a blender or food processor, combine milk, tofu, nutmeg, flour and nutritional yeast until smooth. In a large bowl, combine contents of blender and vegetables.
-Stir all ingredients together and distribute evenly between two pie shells. Bake for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is set.