Saturday, March 15, 2008

happy pats, and some recent food

I have no idea if I got the Isles in me. Me mum says I do, but that could be wishful thinking and a tendency to believe that a british heritage means ALLLL that area had a hand in the genetic making. But yeah... doesn't mean I can't pretend. Although this shamrock charm cookie thing is a one time deal - bloody blasted darned canapé-sized sugar cookies take FOREVER, plus icing time. I had ghostly premonitions of my life as an unappreciated mother-of-two slaving over bakesale wares to limited applause. Never again! (but adorable. very very adorable.) I used NoWheyKatie's recipe from the ppk (I can't find the link, though! ;_;), and added lime juice and zest to make them, um... more green.

Lunch today - I ran out of pita and a little light went off in my head, 'cause I have a few kilos of whole wheat flour sitting in my kitchen and I ought to be making chapati way more often. Not to mention that the flavour and texture are loads better than most storebought pitas. I dumped leftover potsticker dipping sauce all over this and the chapati stayed watertight! Go fresh bread, eh? There's also a leftover kidney bean burger in there, plus sriracha and other trimmings. Oh, and green beans (I added them later). Call me weird, but they absolutely sing on sandwiches. Maybe not the best *shape* for it, but they're all like, "woah, what's that crunchy niceness?"

Veganomicon roasted eggplant and tomato stew with chickpeas, with soft poppyseed polenta - this fulfilled a craving I've had stored away since the last time I made polenta (and kinda botched it). At 17. So I've been craving polenta and roasted vegetables for a long time. The whole thing was awesome, probably so especially good because I roasted the tomatoes along with everything else. I want to make this again, actually. Maybe right now. :P
(Oh, and when you microwave the leftovers for just a bit too long, everything melts together and becomes absolutely LUSCIOUS.)

And this recipe has been at the top of my list since I first got the V-con - the greek-style tomato-zucchini fritters and cashew cucumber sauce! Holy cremini, they are exactly as wonderful as I wanted them to be. They are rich little fritters of awesome, and they have mint in them! (also, the tofu-paste itself is an experience not to be missed --- don't let me put you off the whole idea, but man, did it look/feel like grey cookie dough!) I'm gonna par-bake a bunch and have them in the freezer, I get this feeling they'd sub in for falafal really nicely. Oh, and the cucumber sauce got licked off of every implement that came into contact with it (spatula, spoon.... yes, stickblender. .... unplugged, though! :D)

17 comments:

Leigh said...

I'm glad you posted about the fritters. I've been trying to decide if I should make them soon, and now I know the answer is yes.

Romina said...

Mmm those cookies are so cute!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Ooh I love the cookies! I'm so excited for St. Patrick's Day-- Irish Soda Bread and lotsa green foods!

Jes said...

Those cookies are super cute! Even if they did take forever to make... :)

aTxVegn said...

I've been catching up on all your posts and everything looks outstanding! For some reason the eggplant looks like roast beef to me - maybe that's why I don't like eggplant.....

You don't have to be Irish to enjoy some cute little cookies.

stonielove said...

ooo, i love your cookies! what a nice tone of green :) and your tomato-zucchini fritters made me want to treat myself with a cope of V-con (i was waiting for my b-day to come)!

Theresa said...

I'm pretty sure I have exactly zero Irish ancestors, but that didn't stop me from making Irish Soda Bread yesterday!

Green cookies would have been better, though. And soft polenta looks good... I've only ever tried hard, and I must admit, it's a bit weird.

Anardana said...

I MUST make those two vcon recipes! They look amazing!!

Lizzy said...

Your sandwich looks so phenomenal, you have no idea what I'd do to eat this right now =p
And I've wanted to try making my own chapatis for at least a month now...

I can't wait to get Veganomicon. Your dinner looks so comforting!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I don't know where to begin because everything looks so good~

I was thinking about making cookies too! but wasn't sure how to go about the coloring -- what a smart idea to use lime!

I think I'll have your lunch for lunch today! That would send my mouth and tummy to vegan food happy place!

& I've looked over those ballz a few times but wasn't sure hoq they'd come out... now that I see you'rs are AWESOME I'll have to give them a try!

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Happy Herbivore! said...

oh & I didn't like the stew at all - but yours looks way more appetizing than mine already!

Melody Polakow said...

That wrap looks delicious!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

adorable cookies. sugar cookie area lot of work though. everything else looks amazing, as usual. beautiful pictures.

VeggieGirl said...

happy st. patrick's day, liz!! I LOVE the festive cookies, especially :0)

BitterSweet said...

Happy [belated] St. Patrick's day! Very cute cookies, by the way!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I love those little cookies! So festive. Happy (late) st. paddy's day!

textual bulldog said...

girlfriend, you are the V'con friggen QUEEN! truly awesome.