Monday, February 18, 2008

happy... Family Day! (no really, it's today)

Okay, first off -- I LOVE going home and I LOVE finally being in a house that practically inhales food faster than I can make it! It's so gratifying, and I can cook up a storm like I could never do for just myself. And there's a big 'ol feast I'm making tonight, so I have to throw up all the other pictures first so I can post about the dinner later. Anyway...

Peanut butter banana ice cream (based on ED&BV's Cashew Banana Ice Cream). This was the last meal I had before I got on the bus. Nice meal, eh? Ooh, I want to let *every* banana in the world go overripe and then freeze them all and make creamy nutty soft serve. ALL the TIME.

And this is the leftovers I brought with me on the bus -- the cauliflower curry and saffron garlic rice (both from the Veganomicon). The rice would be better with the chickpeas romesco I think, but it's still the best rice I've ever made, so I shovelled it all up anyway. Does anyone else feel like they're totally indulging by using white rice instead of brown?

I also brought a big container of tofu salad with me, because I make a really mean tofu salad, and I feel better travelling with a huge amount of no-brainer protein. It basically incorporates half my fridge door -- braggs, lemon juice, nayonnaise, dijon, bbq sauce, garlic, paprika, turmeric, thyme, oregano, pepper, nooch, diced pickles and red onion. Oh, and a niiiiiice loooooooong squirt of sriracha, 'cause I roll like that. It's so good. I had to fight my mom away from this sandwich.

So then my sister says "I'm hungry.... lizbeth, go make me something." and I'm like "YES. This is called the V-con. What does your heart desire?" and she goes "Chocolate Chip Brownie Waffles" and I'm like "You rule so hard I can't fathom your rulingness. Where's the cocoa?". These are basically the best thing to ever come off of a panini press, which we had to use instead of a waffle iron but that hardly matters because you could fry this on the sidewalk and it would still be good. They're all fudgey... but not too fudgey. Pleasantly mid-fudgey. *drool*

I can't believe I'm closing with vegetables. But I'm really proud of myself! I made a squash soup worthy of rivalling those little expensive pseudo-gourmet boxed soups. Nothing out of the ordinary, regular squash soup stuff like apple vinegar, almond milk, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, salt. A *tiny* bit of soup powder (but this kind was organic and actually tasted really nice). And a bit of maple syrup, and a bit of coconut milk. I didn't even warm it up, I just blended the roasted squash with everything and put it in the fridge to reheat when I need it, and it's, dare I say it, lovely.

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So that's the spread, but there's a whole wack of goodies happening tonight, I spent all yesterday blending spices and prep-cooking pastes and making chutne---- oh, I shouldn't say anything else. (I made a cake!)

Okay, I'm done. :)


(oh, and my sister actually DOES rule the universe, and keeps bringing me home treats from her job at the health food store -- Belsoy puddings (chocolate and vanilla), asafoetida, gluten flour, thai ginger kettle chips, organic sesame-spelt bread, organic millet and red quinoa, vitasoy soynog (which is amazing, btw), carob chips, a jar of raw cashews about as big as a cat, lots of produce. Most of it free/about to expire. Quelle yay! I wuv her.)

14 comments:

pavotrouge said...

I want your sister. and that ice cream. And I have no regrets about white rice :)

Romina said...

Happy Family Day to you too! I'm quite enjoying the fact that I have the day... no wait, week off. Tee hee.

Don't you just love when you can make an entire recipe of something and have everyone eat it? It's so satisfying!

Goodness me! I've been over-riping 5 bananas just so I can make that stuff! I really want to try it, I even bought cashew butter to make it. Just seeing it makes it look even yummier.

I have saffron somewhere in my pantry, but I can't find it. The rice looks so yummy, and I really want to try that too! And you are so right about the white rice. Anytime I eat anything white, like pasta or bread, I feel like I'm being naughty, but secretly enjoy it.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Belsoy puddings?!?!?!?! I am so jealous of you! They used to sell those in America, but a few years ago, they discontinued doing so. I called the company because it was my favorite food ever, and they told me the puddings would only be available in Canada from then on. So I have a plan to buy a truckload of Belsoy puddings the next time I am in Canada and bring them back with me! (Do you think the border patrol people would look at me oddly when I declared one million puddings?)

Have I mentioned that I love how you make up words/phrases? I do it too, but I like your made-up words better. Hehe "rulingness" :o)

Theresa said...

Your sister sounds awesome! I just had a 45 minute conversation about my sisters pregnancy cravings--fried chicken and Wendy's burgers :-/

I can't wait to see the feast you've made for the fam!

BitterSweet said...

I can't get over the awesomeness that is making waffles in a panini press...!

And I envy your sister's job as well, by the way. Free nearly expired foods? Yes please!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

everything looks great, but that squash is making me soooo hungry!

Vegyogini said...

Your version of the ice cream looks so yummy! I will eventually try that, but I'm so in love w/ the cashew butter version that I don't know when the PB version will appear in my kitchen. :) I don't eat white rice very often, so I don't feel bad doing so on occasion. You and your sister rock!

Rural Vegan said...

I can't decide which is making me drool more, the ice cream or the tofu salad. You can come over and cook this feast for me anytime! Have fun cooking for everyone!

VeggieGirl said...

ahh, what a DELECTABLE way to enjoy Family Day!! that ice cream is causing me to salivate, haha!! looks amazing - you seriously are a queen in the kitchen, girl!

vegetalion said...

health food store connections are the best conenctions to have ^_^

your peanut butter ice cream looks incredible! I think I have a banana or two in the freezer... I'll have to try that!

Vegan_Noodle said...

That ice cream rocks....

Ashasarala said...

I really need an ice cream maker. I think I would get a lot of use out of one.

I admit, I am in love with white rice, but I rarely ever allow myself to eat it. Gotta give the intestines a break every now and then, ya know? So brown rice and I have gotten married but I cheat on him sometimes.

I just gave my boss the recipe for those waffles. I haven't tried it myself, yet, but after seeing rave reviews like yours, I figured he'd like it. He's not vegan and he loves waffles, so here's to hoping! ::crossing fingers::

Anonymous said...

Don't the Thai Kettle chips have honey powder in them?

Liz² said...

http://www.snackaisle.com/page/S/PROD/10923

so they do! If I'd gotten around to eating them, I definitely would have checked. Bummer, I like thai. Honey *powder*? Weird, ha ha.