Heyo. Happy Fathers' Day to none of my readers (unless you're a dad, then big ups.) I had a nice day. Church, making lunch to eat at the folks', a walk around their hood, some work at home, and now beer.
For lunch I made an orzo salad, like I've made a few times before. This one had basil, sundried tomatoes, navy beans, lemon juice, garlic, a little crumbled dried thyme, salt and pepper. I also made a kale salad with bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, red onion, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and salt.
Seconds after making it safely to my parents' house, I dropped my bag and spilled about 1/8 of the orzo onto the sidewalk! I am such a klutz. Luckily, there was enough that was salvageable and, hey, at least the ants got some too. Anyway, the spread was then supplemented with cold roasted beets and fresh tomatoes that my mother had already. She also heated up some (naan-vegan) naan for my dad, herself, and G, who so kindly came along (sorry for stealing your son for the day, Ken!) We ate outside in the sun and I actually did get a few shots of the whole table but they're on my mom's camera. Maybe she'll send them to me some day.
Here, anyway, is the leftovers I had for dinner:
Orzo mixed with kale salad.
I also served up Hannah Kaminsky's Poppy Seed Coffee Cake from her new Vegan Desserts. She writes that it's perfect for a Mothers' Day brunch, but I decided to gender-cross a bit. Plus I call my father Poppy, so I though it was cute. I don't own a tube pan, so I baked it in a springform pan, which I think had something to do with the cake being a little undercooked, but it was still tasty. I love the crunch of the poppy seeds. I only wish the coffee flavor were a bit more pronounced.
I love the little trail of poppy seeds in the center!
And, not exactly related to today but another baking endeavor: I made the Bakery-Style Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kelly Peloza's Vegan Cookie Connoisseur last night for no good reason, really. G says they're the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever made and I, well, I didn't say much of anything because I had to fall asleep almost immediately after eating one. I usually cut back on both sugar and oil in recipes but sometimes that backfires on me, so I just stuck with the recipe on this one and I kind of regret it. I'm glad G likes them because I cannot handle that much sugar.
Do you guys usually follow recipes to the letter on the first attempt?