Sunday, January 30, 2011

Huevos Rancheros

My love affair with the egg is continuing on strong but this time in a different language. Te amo los huevos. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that mean "I love eggs" in Spanish. I was actually recently thinking that the name of my blog should have been Trina of the Eggs because there are so many more egg recipes than beans.

I must say that these were absolutely delicious and so easy. Essentially it is a fried egg on a tortilla with some cheese and I have no problem with that. I was making only one at a time as my roommate but they looked so good that we couldn't wait until there was one for each of us and each took a fork and shared. We stayed in the kitchen standing up, cooking and eating until we were so full of huevos we fell down. Almost.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cinnamon Swirly Bread

It sure has been a long time since I made a quick bread but I am very glad that I saved myself for this one. To be more precise, it has been a long time since I have made anything let alone added it to this site. I have just started school and I'm taking six classes and on top of that I'm moving on February 1st. As a natural consequence of these two combining my cooking has been pushed aside. Enough about me though and on to this great bread. I would like to profess my love for the entire population of quick breads and their sweet and dense yeast-free greatness. This one was just a basic bread but with swirls of cinnamon running through it. I think it was actually supposed to be more like two lines of the cinnamon sugar but mine had a mind of its own and decided to go where ever it pleased. I was ok with that. It's sweet, quick and easy. And O ya, it has a full two tablespoons of cinnamon in it so this recipe is not for the faint-hearted. Now that I've given you fair warning...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Baked Goat Cheese in Marinara

This is the only picture I have from this adventure in appetizers but I can explain. It was mah jong night! There are even a few rogue tiles in the picture. Over the past few weeks, I have become at least mildly obsessed with this amazing game. I think it is kind of like rummy or gin but with tiles but just to clarify it is not at all like the game that comes with some PC's.  It requires four players and for the first time we all went to a Chinese tea house to play but became so hooked that we bought our own set. Now there is time for mah jong night and for the occasion I whipped up an Asian snack-- crostinis with goat cheese slices baked in marinara sauce. Asian right?

I should also mention that this recipe set me off on one of my semantics tirades. Here it is: what differentiates marinara sauce from any of the other tomato sauces out there? Really there are so many, a bolognese, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and I think pomodoro is one too. So I will not answer what the rest are but the impression that I got after my vast research was that marinara is a meat-free tomato sauce with lots of basil that is cooked relatively quickly. Any other takers to tackle this dilemma?

I did really like this though, as simple as it was and you shall soon see just how little effort this required. The goat cheese gets melty and slightly brown on top and though I will eat goat cheese in any setting, drowned in marinara is preferable. It may seem like it keeps it is still just a slab of goat cheese in sauce but underneath it is gooey and becomes one with the marinara.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tofu Bacon Sandwiches

I can already read the minds of everyone reading the title for this post. Tofu bacon? Blech! I will not make any claims that this tofu is any better than the fatty pig parts everyone seems to adore so much but I will make a stand for this delicious substitute: for those among us who have not tasted bacon in years, this is by far the best substitute available. On top of that, I call this bacon because the recipe called it bacon but I would be happy with calling them salty and amazing baked tofu slabs for sandwiches. I know that there is fake meat because people want meat, but as someone who has no real craving for meat, I'm happy with calling it as it is, be it tofu or seitan or what have you.

All semantics aside though, this was a very satisfying sandwich that felt slightly healthy. I'm in love actually.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Baked Zucchini Fries

I found the perfect snack ever and am so happy to share it with the world. It's one of those many snacks that I love so much because I can tell myself that it is healthy without it being raw celery sticks. Not that I have anything against raw celery sticks... It's just that I would prefer these baked, breaded zucchini sticks. I don't think I'm alone. They were very simple to make though perhaps a bit time consuming. To make really great fries it is kind of necessary to dip them in the egg white and bread crumbs individually. They bake and get this delicious crunchy coating on the outside so it could probably be anything inside and it would still taste amazing. I served these with ketchup mixed with sriracha. It's my favorite dipping "sauce" for fries.

The original recipe called for whole wheat bread crumbs which would be great but the cheapest bread crumbs were the ones that I got. They were just some panko but it made me kind of sad that the healthiest options are consistently the most expensive. yet people believe that with nutritional education alone we can solve obesity problems. It's just a weird and depressing situation the world is in.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Almond Butter Granola Bars

I'm a big fan of granola lately but not the sugary corny stuff from the store but making my own. I saw this recipe for almond butter granola bars I knew that I would fall in love because I also like to make my own almond butter. I felt like this seemed really healthy too and like a great, energizing snack. It uses mashed bananas and some almond butter instead of a bunch of sugar and syrup. There are also whole almonds, pepitas, and some dried raisins and sour cherries. I must make note of the sour cherries because they were so amazing. I found them in the bulk bins at whole foods and they were kind of expensive so I only got a little bit more than I needed but the extra cherries ended up being my breakfast. Delicious! This is also my first experience with pepitas and they were really good in these bars.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Curry Tofu Salad

 I was looking across the posts of my blog when I noticed a trend uncommon to many vegetarian blogs-- a distinct lack of tofu. Or any vegetarian protein for that matter unless you count mushrooms and black beans (which I kind of do since they are the majority of my diet, but it is still inexcusable). I really like to get tofu and other proteins when I go out to eat but I guess I have had little desire to cook with them. I even have a cookbook just for tofu which was a goodwill find and isn't all that great because many of the recipes combine tofu with chicken or something like that. No thank you. Ultimately though, it was time and I had an idea of what I wanted to make. I wanted to recreate the curried tuna or chicken salad that was common in tea sandwiches or just eating plain but completely vegetarian. I got to cooking.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Banana Pancakes

I really love to bake with bananas but I also really love to eat bananas so it is a difficult struggle to get them ripe enough. The reason I enjoy using them in baking recipes is that you need to add only a minuscule amount of sugar (if any) to achieve the desired sweetness. I'm always a fan of tricking my taste buds and I think these pancakes do the trick. They are actually relatively healthy but they still taste great.

One downside to making banana pancakes? That damn Jack Johnson song that one simply cannot escape. So while I'm sure that everyone is humming it now. I will not mention it again for the duration of this post. It is not fair that such an innocent food is now forever doomed to be associated with a song. I will end by saying that these pancakes are not a gimmick, they are actually delicious in their own right.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Eggy Muffins and Corny Beans

My obsession with egg dishes has been made obvious quite a few times on this blog but this dish had something that other egg dishes lack: the adorable factor. I saw these in a magazine featuring some dishes from Jessica Seinfeld's new cookbook and I learned that she is pretty insane. These initially called for pureed cauliflower and nearly every other recipe called for some other vegetable puree. Probably healthy but certainly not practical. Everything was whole grain and vegetable purees and chocolate is only for the weekends. This was NOT how I imagined Jerry Seinfeld lived his life. It was shocking to say the least. These little eggy muffins looked so adorable though that I was more than willing to overlook the crazy that came with them and made a few adjustments to make them more approachable but still healthy in my mind (but I am able to convince myself that everything I really want to eat is healthy so you be the judge). I also made a bean side dish to take these eggs south of the border so to speak. I really ended up loving them because they were so cute but they were also delicious.