Monday, December 11, 2006

Back To Nature, then Blogging

I want to thank each of you for your comments about BTN on my last post. I hope you each had a moment to check them out and see what it is they're (we're) all about. The fundraiser was a great success in that everyone in attendance had fun, learned something, and left happy. The kids and I made picture frames from old CD jewel cases and scented bath salts which we put in decorated old Rx bottles. we had entirely too much fun for me to remember to take any pics, tho! sorry! ;)

I supplemented the bake sale table with my newly infamous Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever. I made 4 dozen, one third choc chip and walnut, one third choc chip, walnut, and cryztallized ginger, and the rest choc chip and crystallized ginger. We sold them two for a dollar and i was left with what you see here, just seven!These doubled nicely as bday cookies for the Cap'n whose birthday was Friday. ;) I got amazing feedback from people who were all thrilled to try something vegan, interested to learn just how one goes about making such yummy cookies without the traditional methods, and so happy to come back for more! I even supplied the recipe for anyone who wanted to rush home to duplicate it.

Just a reminder that BTN does animal sponsorships which make GREAT christmas gifts. For a small donation of $25 you get a sponsorship certificate, the animal's story, and a beautiful 8x10 of their cute mug! Give the gift of life and great care this holiday season and give your loved one something to feel good about AND adorn their wall with! I've gotten them in the past and put the info and pic in one of those double frames and they've made wonderful presents.

On to the food....
I really liked that sauce I tried from vegweb. So much that I made it yet again, this time taking my own advice and backing down on the tamari, adding real garlic, and then a few sundried tomatoes. I liked this MUCH better. Which, going on how much I liked it the first time, is saying that i LOVED it. hehe

The first night I made it, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, tho. I didn't want pasta, so I opted for a wrap and just shredded a bunch of zucchini and then roasted a portablello cap to put in there with it.It was crazy soupy and really messy but sooooooo good. I loved it. So much, in fact, that this led to the following day's breakfast:

Here I roasted some little yellow potatoes that i'd found (so creamy, like yukons only tiny!) with some garlic, thyme, and rosemary.I also made VwaV's tempeh sausage crumbles. This all went into the wrap with the sauce, more zucchini, and another portabello from the night before. EVEN BETTER! yeah, i had this for lunch too. :) A couple of days later I noticed I still had some of this sauce left but didn't really want to do the same thing. I'd been craving some sort of tempeh salad so I began making the tempeh much like Marlo's Oh My Goddess Tempeh, but boiled it in veggie stock first after crumbling it. Then I sauteed it in olive oil, adding some lemon juice and some sherry (i had no white wine in the house). I added some rosemary but my store bought tempeh was not really flavoring up the way the homemeade stuff does and that just wouldn't do for my in with the remainder of my sundried tomato/cashew sauce! This was all done in a med saucepan that i then took off the heat while i prepared a salad: butter lettuce, shredded carrot, shredded zucchini, chopped tomato....then a heaping scoop of the tempeh salad (still pretty warm...yum!) and then a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and some nutritional yeast. sooooooooooo good!!!!!! I loved this. and it was funny because i had no idea that this is what i would end up eating for dinner. I truly thought i'd be making some tempeh salad sandwhich of some sort. ya never know!

I had the leftover tempeh salad on the ride home from our bday celebration weekend in the car with some torn pieces of a whole wheat wrap and it was fine cool but so much better warm on a crisp cold salad.
speaking of bday celebration weekend....we went to the fam's about an hour away for the Cap'ns bday dinner. I took a tip from Kaji's mom and Susan and decided on some mini crustless quiches. Using what i had in the house I went for broccoli/onion versions.
I sauteed the chopped broccoli florets in some olive oil with garlic, then added some oregano and basil and just let the broccoli release some of that nutty flavor before removing it from the heat. I whipped up the silken tofu in the food processor and basically followed Susan's recipe and directions using a muffin pan.These are truly wonderful. I ate three right out of the oven, two before we left (you can tell from my messy plate that this is not the first one i ate. hehe), and devoured a couple more as part of my dinner at the fam's.

They had fish but were happy to try my quiches. We also had steamed broccoli, some reeeally wonderful black beans (thanks to the Cap'ns mom!), and they all enjoyed a regular caesar salad while I ate (and treated them to the rest of was huge....) Vegan Caesar with sundried tomatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, and hemp seed. This salad is such a winner. I really need to give everyone the recipe for christmas. I haven't had anyone eat it yet that isn't just wowed by how yummy it is, myself included!

Back home from our celebrating, I opted for easy last night and defrosted a curry I'd had in the freezer. Nothing fancy. Just Veg Time's curry from last year some time of lentils, sweet potato, tomato, cauliflower, onion.

I heated it in a saucepan adding one more can of chopped tomatoes (no salt added) and a can of chickpeas (rinsed). Once that was heated thru I served it on some whole wheat bow tie pasta and topped it with shredded raw zucchini.
I can't believe something so simple and easy can turn your tired evening into one with that includes a fabulous meal!!!! I'll be having this for lunch too. I really want to try something new and different tonight so I'm off to scour the internet, all of your blogs included! ;)


aTxVegn said...

All of your salads and wraps look so beautiful and tasty! I made Susan's quiches and ate them like you did too! Weren't they so good?!!

Brooke said...

Okay, this post totally put me over the edge...I am going to make those darn quiches asap!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Kudos with the cause! The cookies look like they were for the fundraiser?

And regarding the 'real' food, the wraps kinda knocks me out! So much goodness.

Anonymous said...

Wow you was very creative, the foos looks amazing. thanks for the links. the cookies looks so good i wish i was there ! 2 vegan cookies for a $1.00 :) i think i will buy a lot Lol

Anonymous said...

I loved reading about how your sauce morphed. It's great when leftovers work out like that. Everything looks so delicious.

Valerie said...

Everything looks delicious. I'm really going to have to try the cheese sauce. I'm planning on making the crustless tofu mini quiches sometime this week. They looks so yummy, and I think they'll make a good party food.