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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Testcetera

Lots of ceteras lately.
I'm testing for a new Joni Marie Newman cookbook, Going Vegan:

                                                 Vegan potato salad! Pea-y, dilly, creamy.

Also this from the cookbook: mango-pineapple-coconut chia pudding. Only slightly sweet and really fun to eat.

Lunch out with G: avocado, arugula, kalamata olives, and sundried tomato on a delicious bread. From Pret a Manger.

                                                                          Breakfast.

New packaging on the Justin's cups! They are nestled in a lil containter. Not sure how I feel about that waste-wise, but I do know that it means that without a wrapper, they melt in yr hand. There is also a Justin's imprint on the bottom of the cuppy now. No detectable difference in taste.

                                                        Dinner today. It's a classic.

                     Not mine. G hunted down the Taim falafel truck and they had a beet falafel!

More falafel! This is the Mediterranean platter from Quantum Leap. The pita was delicious and soft. G helped his dad at a flea market and Ken kindly took us out to dinner. G got a Fiesta burger - the pictures didn't come out too clearly.

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  1. The chia pudding looks much better than most — it makes me want to eat chia pudding. Beet felafel? That actually sounds really good! I used to really love Mediterranean platters until I stopped eating wheat, but now I realize they often contain so much I can't have, like pita and tabouli. Bummer.

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    1. Yeah, the pudding used coconut milk, which I think made it a lot creamier than usual.
      Bummer about the platters. Pitas rule; I can usually do without the tabbouleh though. It's probably hard to know even if the falafels themselves have gluten in them...

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  2. I feel like the Justin's chocolate would be far more fun to eat than chia pudding, but maybe that's just me.

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  3. Falafel everywhere! Just the way I like it :) I'm not a fan of potato salad at all but that one looks really great, and even better that it doesn't have mayo! The chia pudding sounds delicious too! Very tropical ;) Minus the olives that sandwich is something I'd love to chow down on! yum!

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    1. I don't eat potato salad that often, and this isn't the typical way I make it, but it's a solid summer side.

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  4. I really want to be a recipe tester but I have such agida over my kitchen skillz.

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    1. No need! All ya gotta do is follow directions and if something goes wrong, it's not yr doing - it's the recipe! Then other people fix it for you! I like knowing about secret recipes before other people do :)

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  5. When you test recipes do you get reimbursed for groceries? Potato salad looks great!

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    1. Oh man, I WISH! That's my one issue with it... but it's worth it, and usually pretty fun.

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    2. Bummer. I test and get reimbursed. I thought that wasn't normal. Some weeks it's crazy expensive. I guess I'd be more selective about choosing recipes. I just take everything that comes my way. Thanks.

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  6. A better title for this post would've been 'Testicular'. Like a testing spectacular.

    Great looking Pret A Manger Sandwich. G is da man!

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    1. You are so right. Kicking myself right now.

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  7. You're making me want falafel! It's been quite a while and I love it so much.

    It would be fun to test for a cookbook. Looks like there are at least a few really great recipes in it! The chia pudding sounds especially delicious.

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    1. Yeah, I take breaks from it but always come crawling back, haha. There are so many variations on it, too.

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  8. Yum! From what you've been testing, the cookbook sounds delicious. Nice med platter, too!

    I hope it's cooling down for you in NY!

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    1. It's definitely cooled down. Still feel inappropriately sluggish. maybe it's all the falafel.

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  9. the lil paper cup means i can share! bring back the paper cup! i have not seen the new packaging yet...

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  10. Yay Joni, I didn't know you were testing for her! Beet falafel is genius! Though I think that chia pudding looks the most appealing right now.

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    1. She has like 3 cookbooks in the works! Crazy keeping up with it. Beet falafel does sound great, right? I wish I'd tried it.

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  11. I do love messing around with a new cookbook - that potato salad looks right up my street. As does the pudding. Nice!

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    1. I liked the capers and bell pepper in it a lot. Nice change of pace.

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  12. That sounds like a great chia pudding combo- i burned out on it for a while but this could rekindle the love :)
    I adore Taim!! Their green falafel is the $hit. So is their cold beet salad. And everything else.......
    Ants on a log are genius. (Note to self: buy celery)
    Ttrockwood

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