Friday, October 3, 2008

festivus! chili and pie!

I'm so bad... I have been all but absent from the blogging world for a long time, I know... art has been taking up a lot of my creative attention these days. It's been oatmeal/miso/salad forever (and I don't mind, it's just not worthy of post). I will try, though - I took down my Veganmofo banner thinking I wouldn't have the time... but you know what? I'm gonna *make* time. I will even get around to all of your blogs, because I know you've been doing incredible things that I will be sorely tempted to make but won't have time for... but isn't that the way of inspiring food? :D

So yeah... there were actually two dinners of total note in the past few weeks. We made the most perfect chili dinner EVER, I mean, it was off the hook. The chili was spicy chipotle-chocolate with shrooms, corn, peppers, tvp and 4 kinds of beans and it did that... um... chili-thing, where the texture is kinda like... kinda thick and sticky. In the best way!
(there was even red rice and super garlicky sour cream, meaning that Liz swirled her whole plate together like one giant steaming burrito and proceeded to cry little pearly tears of "OMG vegans eat SO WELL!").

We even fried something! Lots of somethings, meaning corn chips. In heart shapes (and moon shapes, and snowflakes and each of our names, but mostly hearts because being twee is cool again, I swear.)

All right, dinner number two... pagan thanksgiving! Or autumn equinox if you prefer. It's the time when the day and night are the exact same length, on September 22, and some like to celebrate with wine and apple desserts, and stories and tarot readings. (hint: we are those people)

Pomme cornbread of another flavour, this time with peppers and zucchini, because cornbread is basically the best accompaniment to everything. Including ice cream! .... okay, okay..... maybe not. But yummy with ratatouille, which we did have.

There it is! From Aux Vivres, actually, so basically super fatty and tasting kinda like gold. Along with couscous, steamed chard and veggies, and the most amazing sagey roasted veggies, it was easy pants to put together this dinner after work and still covered every "festive" base, I think.

And having an ugly apple pie for dessert doesn't hurt that cause, either. Ugly and the best thing that ever happened to apples, that is.
(a mix of cortland, granny smith, macintosh and yellow delicous)

Oh right! And I almost forgot to mention! THAT is my harvest! My weeny teeny tomato harvest. Yep. And it was alllllll worth it. For serious, for true - being able to look outside of my 4th story window to a fire escape full of fragrant vines was the real benefit to this whole endeavour. They're just really cute, tart, perky symbols of urban defiance, woohoo!

15 comments:

Vegetation said...

Mmmm I'd definitely be in for some of that apple pie!

And my last lot of baby tomatoes produced about the same harvest as yours. Only I was sad. They're cute though :D

Cyn said...

ZOMG that chili looks good. And the guac! And the apple pie! I am jealous.

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Snowflake corn chips?! Amazing.

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Your chili sounds amazing. I haven't eating much chili sin carne (not even con carne before I went vegetarian), so it's difficult to cook something right if you don't know how it's supposed to come out!
Anyway, congrats on your tomatoes!

VeggieGirl said...

LIZ!!! Glad to see that you're posting again, and still cooking up amazing feasts :0) That chili and the pie are DEFINITELY favorites!! Yum!!

tofufreak said...

yum! your chili plate sounds and looks awesome :D hehe.

homemade corn chips?! i want some.

and your pie looks uber delicious. =D

Jes said...

Awww cute harvested tomatoes! And your cornbread looks beyond radtastic! I'm glad you're going to try to keep up with the MoFo action. :)

sweetpotato said...

Awesome!!

Bex said...

everything looks great. Especially that chili plate.

kittee said...

hey!
i'd also like the insider's scoop on your chili. i've been hunting for the perfect easy chili for months, and yours sounds great with chipotle and chocolate...

xo
kittee

Sanja said...

I want snowflake corn chips too!

...barbara... said...

your pagan thanksgiving sounds like the kind i want to partake in...
everything looks fantastic...
especially those sweet little tomatoes...
basil and marjoram are what i have managed in my defiance...

pavotrouge said...

happy belated autumn equinox! and congrats for the tomatoes!

Dynah said...

Yum! That cornbread looks so cool!

Bethany said...

I hope my TG meals look that good. those snowflakes are really cool.

I think if you made cinnamon cornbread, it would go w/ ice cream.