Thursday, June 5, 2008

eats of the week

Just a quick update, a couple photos that have been on the computer for a few days...

In retrospect I think this was turnip, but the mashed rutabaga recipe from Vcon was nonetheless amazing, especially with corn (lime, coconut + corn? yes!)

And I'm really not exaggerating when I say this is my favourite tofu marinade yet - it's a Swell Vegan tester recipe for maple-mustard-chili tofu, and it's awesome. The salad paled in comparison, and the second half of the batch got eaten straight up, with glee, much like a plate of chicken nuggets of yore or something. Total make-again recipe!

And more pizza! I'm pizza-obsessed! J says I'm also crust-bubble obsessed, but he's quite allowed to say that because... I am. This is only my favourite crust-bubble, and there were many, each with a photo... I am a nerd. :D

And J is still staying with us, and my new roommate is a kitchen-goddess in her own right and works at the best vegan restaurant in the city, so we've been collaborating on dinners! Her own component of a brown rice macro bowl was so delicious there wasn't a speck of leftovers to take a photo of the next day (imagine perfectly cooked rice, confetti-bright vegetables and toasted sesames everywhere), but there was a little bit of my curry around for lunch the next day, so here it is. Aloo paratha, gajar salad, lentil sprouts and a really nice katirikka rasavangi (south indian eggplant curry). I think I might explore this south indian thing a bit more, I'm adoring the heat and the coconut.

And woo! Blackberry-lemon verbena sorbet success! I don't have an ice cream maker, so I had to nurse this stuff over the course of a few days, stirring it constantly and waiting for my wonky freezer to make it scoopable (I also had to add a bunch of water to help with the freezing, but I was really happy to do that, it was a little sweet in the beginning). Anyway, I'm totally hooked on this sorbet thing! It's so refreshing, and the herbal bit was transcendant. I'm thinking of trying vegan addict's Black Hole Sorbet next - it looks sooo decadent. yum!

14 comments:

Carrie said...

Everything looks so good! Especially that sorbet....mmmm...I love the little garnish!

Cyn said...

That tofu on the salad looks sooo tasty! Yum!

Katy said...

That sorbet looks so yummy! I don't have an ice cream maker either, or your patience. But as soon as I buy one, I definitely want to try this recipe!

VeggieGirl said...

Haha, at first I thought that the mashed rutabaga was a small margarita, with the lime on top of it ;0)

Mmm, the pizza and sorbet look FABULOUS!!

Theresa said...

A roommate who works at a vegan restaurant! You'll be spoiled in no time. And so will she, with all your creative and amazing meals :)

vegan addict said...

Your photos are so beautiful! I especially enjoy the pizza crust bubble photo; your crust looks so chewy...my favorite. And, you should definitely try that Black Hole Sorbet! It certainly won't be refreshing, but it will be satisfyingly awesome! Lucky you, having a roommate who works at the best vegan restaurant in the city!

CeciLiA said...

Oh my, that maple-mustard-chili tofu, pizza, eggplant curry, aloo paratha, sorbet...EVERYTHING, are calling out to me!! I'm so jealous!! I never know that it's possible to make such fine looking sorbet without an ice cream machine..BONUS!! oh.... please do make the black hole sorbet, can't wait to see you blogging about that!

Shirley said...

I don't have an ice cream maker either. The sorbet looks so good. Would you mind explaining how you made it?

Erin said...

The tofu and the pizza and everything, yum yum yum. I wish I knew any vegans in town, much less one who works at a restaurant and cooks with me!

sarchan said...

You've got me needing to make pizza.

And yeah, that sorbet is beautiful.

I don't know if you're are interested in cookbooks, but one I like is Healthy South Indian Cooking. I also have Dakshin, which is more old-school and traditional, but I don't get as much use out of it, because the recipes are more involved and often requiring ingredients I can't get.

Mihl said...

Please, I want that salad!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Your roommate is a vegan chef! you're too lucky... :-)
The salad looks so good and refreshing! with marinated tofu, mmm

poopiebitch said...

Ah, the coveted crust bubble! Yours looks perfect. I MUST try that test tofu recipe asap - I haven't had a chance to make any yet!

Chelsea said...

gorgeous sorbet! when i was little i hated taking medicine of any kind. pills, liquid stuff, i refused to take any of it. i convinced myself that sorbet was my only "medicine," and my dad would humor me and buy me tubs of sorbet when i was sick to make me feel better :)
i'm into this blackberry-lemon verbena flavor combo..i'll have to try that one out!