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Monday, August 27, 2012

Food from Home

Lately posts have been mostly food I've eaten around town but I have been making things recently too:


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?

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  1. Wow, that smoothie sounds delicious! I have tons of fruit hanging out in my freezer too. I need to get back on my smoothie kick. I could totally slam back a few of those apricot balls, I bet lemon juice would be amazing in them!! You know I love my hummus plates and you continue to be my salad inspiration!

    I have so many recipes bookmarked from other bloggers and from cookbooks but I always seem to go back to the same standard meals. I need to branch out more for sure!

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    1. Yeah, I'm totally guilty of the same standard stuff, too. It's not really a problem because we obviously know what we like but it is fun to try new things too!

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  2. I definitely make things from other bloggers a lot. I'm no expert cook, so I turn to those who have been at it longer than me when I need some inspiration.

    I should get recipes from cookbooks because I have so many of them, but at this point, it's almost all blogs! Eep!

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    1. I think I just buy cookbooks at this point because I enjoy looking at them...and holding something tangible, but blogs are nice for inspiration and FREE recipes.

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  3. I'm always printing out recipes from other bloggers, but I mostly use cookbooks. I'm definitely going to try that hummus, though! I love berbere, but you have to use a lot for heat.

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    1. I just ended up dumping more cayenne straight into the hummus :). I hope you try it! It's really good stuff.

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  4. Oh yeah, socca! Forgot about that stuff! I'll have to throw some berbere hummus sometime , it's like my favorite spice ever and it seldom gets used. Plus, hummus sans chickpeas would be kinda fun (though I adore chickpeas). Tragically, I haven't been buying bananas lately because there's fruit flies everywhere. Like, everywhere. Most people's houses always seem to have a couple floating around, and I hate the bastards, especially because the one thing we have in common is our love of bananas. So it's either a swarm of fruit flies each morning, or no bananas. Bastards.

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    1. Dude I so get you on the fruit fly thing. As a vegan I feel a little weird about the intense hatred but they are horrible little bugs. I always end up slicing the ends off of the bananas because I KNOW fruit flies have tainted it and I'm paranoid they've laid their vicious spawn in there. Yuck.

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  5. I love how you post things that are still a work in progress; it gives us a chance to watch the food journey. I will try a new recipe or so every month just to expand my knowledge. Usually, though, I like to create things on my own. I also, like you, like using up the last of things in my cupboard - it gives me a sense of satisfaction somehow. Because of that, I'll look at something and wonder, hmm, what can I do with you that's different? And, then I'll come up with something. Ta da!

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    1. Haha, I'm not sure how much more journey there will be. I think I'm just done with the socca. Whatever.

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  6. I never heard of socca until I started reading food blogs. It makes think of saying the word soccer with a Boston accent, only I guess that would be pronounced "sawcca."

    I have a lot of cookbooks, and I like to read them, but I usually google or go to VegWeb for a recipe when I get an idea or have a specific ingredient I want to use. Sometimes google sends me to a blog.

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    1. Haha Boston accents are fantastic. I pronounce it like s (oh) cca but I could be wrong.

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  7. You think you'll be churning out all this cool healthy grub in your new digs? I bet not. DON'T MOVE!!!!!

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    1. This makes me sad because you are probably right. And just in time for mofo and the fun food holidays too. Damn all.

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  8. Lots of deliciousness here! I have to try socca, but you make it look so good. Again, you are salad goddess, and I am forever impressed by what you put together! I need to start writing this stuff down. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid! I think salads are the one thing I can make without a recipe.

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  9. Apricot truffles--nom.

    I wish I cooked more from my cookbooks--I think that will be my Vegan MOFO theme this year. The internet just takes over so easily!

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    1. That is always my goal, but never really happens. mofo is a good time to make good on that promise!

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  10. There's something oddly satisfying about using up all that stuff in the back of the cupboard. It's always counter-intuitive for me though - I find a bag with an inch of two of lentils or whatever in, then use them up and think 'phew, one fewer bag in the pantry'. Only then I remember that I really like lentils or whatever it was, don't cook with them enough, and go out and buy another bag...

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    1. Oh, I totally agree with the counter-intuitive part. It's a funny cycle. Sometimes I'll hold off on replacing something immediately but more often then not I'm perfectly happy to buy a fresh, new bag and start all over again (after I forget about the ingredient for months).

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  11. those truffles look amazing! i love the delicate flavor of apricots. and socca fries!! genius!

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    1. Yes, dried apricots are one of my favorite dried fruits. The truffles were totally fun to eat.

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  12. i feel the same way about the chickpea fries- they look SO GOOD, but there's no way i'm frying anything. falafel bread sounds really good, though. maybe if you made it in a cast iron skillet it would get crispier?

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    1. maybe I will try the cast iron thing. I like socca a lot (thanks to you!) so I'm up for experimenting with it :)

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  13. falafel bread sounds like a delicious snack:) maybe you can broil it with a brush of evoo, for crispy edges.
    love the berbere spices lentil hummus. i need to pick up some berbere to try out.

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    1. Good idea! I can try twice-baking it or something. Hmm.. The berbere was really tasty. I'd like to find more stuff to use it in.

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  14. It's been way too long since I've had socca. I love that stuff.

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    1. Well, it's not exactly fun to have the oven on in the summer but treat yrself to all the socca you want in a couple weeks... :)

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  15. I've had chickpea fries and always like them. I really have to get back to cooking. I mean, there's just been very little. We eat well. Sandwiches, salads, wraps, things thrown together. There has just been very little recipe reading.

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    1. Sandwiches, salads, and bowls are so easy and you're right - they can be totally tasty and healthy and different each time; I just have more fun when I intersperse actual recipes to break the monotony.

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