Sunday, December 2, 2007

Winter Persimmon Salad + Blueberry Corn Pancakes + Apple Pseudoscience

Fancy shmancy lunch time! My first foray into persimmon-eating and I am a full-on convert from first incredible bite. In the salad we got arugula and dates and toasted walnuts (I would have candied them but it was just me and that might have been too sweet actually - the persimmon was like honey), and a vinaigrette of balsamic, orange zest, cinnamon and hazelnut oil. I could jump around for tastiness! I actually made a salad I could serve to people while wearing posh clothes! I thought I was a lost-cause salad maker (or maybe just wasn't interested in the whole phenomenon), but man, has my interest been piqued. This was too good!

Continuing my obsession with the Veganomicon (I really need to get another decent vegan cookbook, n'est pas?), I made the Blueberry Corn Pancakes yesterday and they were really wonderful. I think the batter tasted even better than the cakes though - it started foaming up immediately and was kind of milkshake-ish! Also, they're good straight-up, but they're LOADS better out of the toaster later on - the cornmeal gets all crusty and the blueberries juice up. It's like a pop tart except nothing like a pop tart, and way better for you.

And lastly, I really want to try the Amaranth Breakfast Bars from the Veggie Meal Plan blog, but I didn't wanna just throw raisins and cranberries in it like I do for everything else, so I got all creative with some twine and duct tape and am now attempting to dry some apples in a super-old-school-might-not-even-work sort of way. I remember my mom hanging apple slices in the pantry when I was a kid, so in theory this should work! And if not, I'll brave the weather outside and go *buy* some dried apples, but here's hoping the DIY deities shine down on my little experiment.

8 comments:

sarchan said...

Pretty salad! I don't think I've every had a persimmon, and now I feel like that's a real shame. Your vinaigrette has me wanting hazelnut oil.

If your apple-drying method doesn't work out the way you want it to, I seem to remember Alton Brown showing all these methods for making homemade dehydrators; probably Google would get you there.

VeggieGirl said...

mmm, that salad is fancy shmancy indeed!! the hazelnut-oil that you drizzled on the salad sounds like a particularly intriguing ingredient!!

The pancakes looks quite scrumptious as well - and yes, they reign supreme over pop-tarts!!

Can't wait to see how your Amaranth Breakfast Bars experiment turns out - I love dried apples :0)

Liz² said...

sarchan -- I recommend persimmons sooo much! I'm not sure how I never got around to trying one before but they're incredible. Kind of like... peaches with a date & honey flavour. Sort of. Really good!

And woot Alton Brown! with the filters and the fan, right? I love that show. :)

veggiegirl -- yeah, I got that hazelnut oil for free a very long time ago and never got around to using it until yesterday (hard to believe, but true!). It's super nice in a salad, as you'd probably expect.

also, apple success! the drying worked perfectly and it only took one night! I'll have some pics and the amaranth bars posted up real soon.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Haha I SHOULD have instructed readers to dip the sandwich in chocolate! What was I thinking?! I was ignoring my chocolate-covered-roots!

bazu said...

that salad is gorgeous! and I love the olde schoole apples! =)

Vegyogini said...

Actually, I think there's something to be said for making as many recipes as possible from a single cookbook. That means it's getting a lot of love and use. Keep going!

textual bulldog said...

I, too, am newly persimmon-obsessed, and I totally looooovve love your old school apple drying. DIY forever!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh my gosh, you are drying your own apples, that is cool. OH, and the pancakes look really yummy....