Happy August, guys. I kind of burnt out on the last days of July but now I am back with a (VWA) vengeance. I cooked and baked a fair amount of things today, as well as picked up a huge shopping haul from Trader Joe's (I'm gonna say 30 lbs on my two little arms, as well as bags of other errands, on public transportation. A sight to behold.), but I'm gonna focus on today's lunch.
Oh, and the morning, fueled by this chicory/coffee blend from Cafe Du Monde!
I feel like my sister got this from a friend of hers who stopped in New Orleans a while back but it's been festering in my parents' drawers for too long so...I swiped it. I'd been thinking about the stuff since Hannah shared this cute little cartoon on twitter. It was less labor intensive and quite delicious, iced cold all day. My family and I actually stopped in Cafe du Monde when we were in NOLA in 2005 (before Katrina!) and had some coffee and (non vegan) beignets.
Anyway, I felt like putting a little effort into the day for a change, and since G stayed home to totally work really hard, I made him lunch from Vegan Yum Yum: Pan-Seared Tomato and Rosemary Artichoke sandwich. He says he liked it; he's a big fan of artichokes. To quote, "It was basically really good. If there was a place near work that offered it for 7 dollars or less and came with a side salad I would probably order this salad on a semi regular basis for a couple of months or until I got sick of it." Apparently it was a bit oily but that could be because I drizzled more oil on the bread and toasted it in the oven rather than grilling it like the directions say.
It was pretty easy to put together despite the separate steps. You cook the tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes because that's what we had) and artichokes in the same pan, so there wasn't much to wash afterwards. Honestly, the most annoying part was making the balsamic reduction to drizzle on top - you have to be very careful not to overcook it but I was paranoid and may have took it off the heat too soon. It definitely didn't get "syrupy," though the taste did change.
I chose not to partake because I had eaten lunch a little earlier. My lunch was less planned out but still delicious. A big salad with veg from the shopping haul (oh check out my new bowl!) AND a cucumber/lemon half-sandwich from Shen's post waaaayyy baaacckk when!
However, if you want to know the whole sad story behind this lunch, I ate the salad first while checking Shen's blog to see if the sandwich was missing anything or if I did something wrong but my computer is so slow and busted that I had finished the salad before Shen's post had loaded and I was still hungry so I just ate the sandwich, only to learn later that there was supposed to be salt on the cukes and hummus on the bread. Oh well. I'd say next time, but I thought the rinds on the lemon were kind of gross, so there probably won't be a next time.
Are there any recipes that have been marinating in your minds since seeing them a long time ago? Or do you usually make something interesting as soon as you see it?