Thursday, May 22, 2008

this week from the cucina povera

Blub blub! Miso soup with real kombu (finally) required some sort of infantile time-wasting awesomeness, hence carrot-fish. I swear it made it more delicious!

And I actually ate something besides oatmeal for breakfast the other day! I love how sleeping in means I have to budget my time which means pancakes, ooh, life is hard. These weren't perfect (oatmeal chocolate chip, for the record), but maybe I'll fix the liquid ratio and put them in the zine someday. Chocolate for breakfast, though... it's great.

This was another one I was thinking of putting in the zine, but then I was like, "uh, no. Everybody has a banana bread recipe and I actually suspect I got this from the ppk years ago, before I even knew what the ppk was." Tasty, but I mostly just made it to see if I could still make banana bread, ha. (quartering a recipe and making it in a tiny pan turns it into banana bars, though, which is pretty cool!)

Yummy black bean and wheat berry salad, with corn, red onion, radish, carrot, cilantro, lime, cumin and cinnamon. It could use bell peppers and/or tomato, but not bad at all for an empty fridge kinda thing!

And banhi mi, banhi mi!! Okay, "vietnamese seitan sandwich with savoury broth dip" (from what else but Vcon). I was too excited to eat it to take a decent photo at all, but you can probably see that I deviated from the recipe and tried to make it more authentic, I suppose. So there's cucumber sticks, sweet pickled carrot, green onion, radish, jalapeno, tomato, mayo, cilantro and delicious satan. I mean seitan. I'd never dipped a sandwich before, it was lovely, mushy spicy and bready.

Another cleaning out the fridge deal, this time minestrone, with the expected vegetable guests, but also corn because I really really like corn. And macaroni noodles. And I even resisted making it spicy. Oh, and I added ground up toasted almonds to approximate parmesan and this was a good decision, it totally made it right.

So very nourishing!

17 comments:

romina said...

Pickled carrots are a MUST in vietnamese subs!! I need to get me some so I can make it again.

Carrie said...

Isn't the broth dip for the sub delicious??

That minestrone looks yum!

Cyn said...

I love the Vietnamese sub! The broth is SO good.

That minestrone looks good too.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Those banana bars sound excellent! (You should totally hook me up with your recipe so I can 1/4-th it!)

I made my first seitan today, and I've been thinking about that Vietnamese dipping sandwich recipe all day. You must have a crazy amount of veggies in your fridge - all I have right now are broccoli, onions, and spinach so I don't know if I could make it with good results. Hastily taken or not, your pic is still making me hungry for that sandwich.

I want to steal your almond "parmesan" idea. Smart!

vegan addict said...

You make the most beautiful sandwiches! And soups! Sigh...I need more time in my day and a bigger binder for all these recipes!

Heikki said...

The carrot fish is super-cute! We got ourselves some kombu from a Japanese store a few weeks back too, haven't yet used it tho.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I'll make "fish" for my next miso soup and will tell my boyfriend that my soup has fish. Hehehe.

Emmie said...

The wheat berry salad looks great! I'm making spelt berry salad for lunch today, it's so good.

Rural Vegan said...

I need to come over the next time you're cleaning out the 'frig! In my house we call those "mystery meals" - sometimes they work out, sometimes not! The carrot fish is adorable and your soup looks SO good!

VeggieGirl said...

Miso soup!!! My favorite!!! Love the carrot-fish, haha - too cute!!

WOW that black bean & wheatberry salad is gorgeous - so vibrant!!

As always, I love EVERYTHING that you cook/bake - Liz, how do you do it all?? So inspiring!!

Erin said...

Carrot fishies, TOO cute. And the minestron sounds so good, the ground up almonds was a stroke of inspiration.

Celine said...

if only we could swap who gets to cook from time to time, I'd hop into your kitchen and get to eat all the wonderful stuff you've prepared lately!

meghan: sugar-shock.blogspot.com said...

carrot fish are the cutest things EVER. i can see where the soup would taste better that way!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Thanks for the banana bars recipe! I'll be making that asap - I'm thinking that would make a great breakfast or mid-afternoon snack with a soy latte... Mmm!

Cherry said...

Everything looks delicious. The carrot fish are so creative!

Melody Polakow said...

your minestrone looks soo good! I forgot how much I loved whole rounds of zucchini... zukes are a comfort food for me.. at work, I always have them diced or cut up or whatever... but the rounds are the best!

Vegan On Stage said...

HEY! Your bean salad is beautiful.. and that bananna bread looks amazingggggg!!!!!!!!