Boy oh boy, today was suuuuch an easy day. Phew. I'm beat.
I baked last night: Jam-Filled Bran Muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking.
I made both strawberry-filled and apricot-filled. These were really good! That cookbook has not let me down yet. I ate one this morning for breakfast, and after a while made a smoothie:
Spinach, 1/2 chopped (finely for my poor old blender) organic Golden apple, 1 kiwi, 1/2 banana, some ground flax seed, and ice. Topped with slivered almonds. These were both quite filling.
However, not long after, I made lunch because noon was the testing deadline for Urban Vegan's upcoming cookbook. I was in a time crunch so I just made something quick and easy that I had all the ingredients lying around for: Soba Noodles with dipping broth and toppings.
I topped my noodles with nori, cucumber, carrot, spinach, and sesame seeds. The broth was half vegetable broth/half miso, which I realize isn't particularly traditional but I have to use up the open vegetable broth. It was a tasty lunch. A bit heavy after the big breakfast, and especially so since I rarely eat noodles and have been eating raw a lot lately, but still good. I only found it wanting some kick - red pepper flakes or chopped scallion would have been good.
Anyway, I went for a walk, picked up some things, started pita dough! for dinner, and did some chores for digestion. As I was changing the sheets, my cat kept running under the sheet and lying there! I had no choice but to make the bed around her. And take some cute photographs.
Whooo boy. I think she's what wore me out - That Darn Cat. So funny. I even got the blanket on the bed and she stayed under there for a good five minutes before she emerged back among the living.
And here's dinner. I used a pita recipe from a recipe comic book by Marguerite Dabaie that G picked up for me last year. The recipes are apparently from Dabaie's Palestinian grandmother, so I figured it would be good.
They were certainly tasty but I even followed her specific instructions to get the pocket inside and it didn't work! Boo. I have a few theories on why, but I'll definitely be playing around with it. So, instead of putting a salad in the pita, I just had them alongside.
Annnnd topped it all with more Smoky Tahini sauce. Good stuff, that.
So, that was a lot of bready stuff today and I feel pretty bloated BUT this drink (the top one with muddled blackberries!) has had me itching for one since I saw Lacey's post. I bought a muddler today along with a bottle of bourbon and bitters (apparently my walks are really just an excuse to go to kitchen goods stores and liquor stores). SO BEFORE I STOP BLABBING - I also bring up Lacey's site (Her new one, anyway; she used to be the Kuntrageous Vegan) because she's super nice and just gave away one of her copies of the Happy Herbivore Cookbook, which I'm sure some of you have been hearing about. I'm really excited to make some things from it, so thanks again, Lacey.
To pass along the karma, I figured I'd do a giveaway too. And this time, you have options. You can pick: a copy of Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr, another much-talked about vegan book OR you can opt for the slightly less-healthy choice (no judgment!) to have me bake you a batch of cookies/baked goodies of your picking.
Alls ya gotta do is leave a comment on this post saying which one you'd rather receive. If you spread the word, leave another comment saying so and you'll get another entry. I'll leave the giveaway open until Friday night (4/8), and pick a winner then.
Simple enough? Good luck. Now I really need a drink.