This is basically socca. I saw something in a book about "chickpea fries" that got me interested but I refuse to fry things. Instead, I made socca and cut it into strips. I tweaked Caitlin's first, basic socca recipe (though she has other flavors too!) a little bit (1 1/2 TB olive oil, no pumpkin, shallots, garlic or olives) and added some spices (cumin, chopped fresh parsley, black pepper, coriander, garlic powder.) They kind of tasted like falafel bread, which was okay, but I wanted them crispier and the spices are still a little off.
These are SpaBettie's apricot truffles, without the dark chocolate coating. They were delicious enough on their own. I love the texture that fig seeds give. They were a little sweet; if I make them again, I'd swap the agave for lemon juice, probably.
This is a snack plate with carrot sticks, zucchini, black pepper water crackers, and berbere spiced red-lentil hummus, from Susan at Fat Free Vegan. I like the dip a lot, but I hadn't had berbere spices before and expected it to be a bit hotter. It's tweakable to taste, though, obviously. That was actually the most fun part of making the recipe - spooning a little paprika in, mixing in cinnamon, etc. When I make my own food I rarely think to season it at all, but spices are so fun to work with. It also made me happy that I'd had a bag of red lentils in the pantry for months now and it just so happened that I had the exact amount that Susan's recipe called for! I love using up every last bit of something, especially with the move impending.
Standard, non-recipe eats:
Raw salad (corn, tomato, spinach, zucchini, parsley) topped with blurry cooked quinoa.
more quinoa + salad:
mixed greens, beets, carrot, parsley, corn, raw sunflower seeds, tomatoes, quinoa - I added balsamic vinegar and black pepper after the photo.
I told you I have a banana-buying problem! I was buying them all last month, and then not eating them. Hence, I have about 5 frozen bananas in the freezer that needed to be used up. This is my new favorite smoothie:
Spinach, frozen banana, frozen cranberries (also finally finished the last of a bag), goji berries, orange juice, and water. So creamy and cooling.
It's good to be back in the kitchen and using things up. Do you have any favorite "other bloggers recipes" or do you prefer to make yr own? Do you cook from cookbooks more often than from online recipes?