Saturday, August 28, 2010
Also, an added incentive arose! Earlier in the summer when I was telling my mom about my journey to make my own pickle and asking her if she had seen them in any stores I cleverly got her to promise to try one if I made them. She is on a crazy restrictive diet (crazy but highly highly effective) and so she has not been allowed to try anything I've made since the inception of this blog. Two months ago though, I garnered the promise and I made her eat one of my pickles darn it! She liked it but I wouldn't take that too seriously because she hasn't eaten anything really awesome for a while now. The rest of my family who have eaten real food recently though (myself included) also thought these were pretty tasty.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I treated this just like regular hummus and served with pita chips and vegetables. My favorite was bringing a little tupperware full of the hummus to school and eating it with some celery sticks. O. I'm back to school now which is seriously debilitating my cooking time. Luckily this recipe is less than labor intensive.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I think there are few foods as intimidating as sushi-- pristine rolls of vegetables and raw fish seem very beyond the skill level of the average home cook. Lucky for the vegetarian though, the raw fish is already eliminated as a potential problem. I will admit that even if I ate meat, raw preparations would certainly frighten me. In the meantime I am still going about 8 years strong as a vegetarian so sushi is an excellent not terrifying meal. Just know that in the recipe to follow, I'm not claiming to be a Morimoto or even close really. Sushi can be so scary because so many people are absolute experts at it and sometimes the sushi served at restaurants is on the same level as an art form. They include intricate designs with unique and well planned patterns. I have heard that some of the best sushi chefs in the world think it's an insult to dip the sushi in anything. Sushi is really just pretty amazing to me.
So while not a sushi expert, I still produce a mean meal with some soy sauce and some wasabi.Shockingly enough too, the only additional equipment needed is a bamboo mat to roll the sushi in, everything else is just optional. The first time I made this, I just happened to have a bamboo mat on accident because I thought they were neat... It was during my Asian decoration phase that I never really got out of. The ingredients are not things that many people have in their kitchen but nori and sushi rice really aren't difficult to find in a run of the mill supermarket. No need even for a specialty store.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I've made myself a new friend in these burritos. They are really amazing and it should be no secret that I'm obsessed with black beans. I hear tell they are good for me too which only adds fuel to my fire. I was mostly inspired by a recipe in the low fat moosewood cookbook that I got at a garage sale for a dollar. I love garage sales and don't know that I could ever pay full price for a cookbook. In fact, looking at my cookbooks right now, none of them were full priced. Anyway, back to the task at hand. I added cheese on top because that sounded good but without cheese the burritos would be vegan. The pictures also include the yellow rice I made on the side (to de-healthy the dish a bit naturally). The flavor is really unlike any other burrito I've ever had before but it was just spicy enough with a little bit of salsa on top. Cilantro and lemon juice mixed in with the black beans add another appreciated dose of flavor to the mix.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Also have I ever mentioned how much I love bar desserts? Love them! I'm completely obsessed in fact.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
portobello mushroom sandwiches. So if you're planning your menu for the week these two would be easy to make in the same week.