Tuesday, April 07, 2020

4.7...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made another variation of vegan duck...Vegan Canard Braisé avec Choucroute, à la Badoise...of course I looked up Badoise...and it just means of or from Baden...a spa town in Germany...also saw a reference to a dance...la Badoise (Baby Polka)...which I thought was cute...
...it was predictably good...served with peas and buttery potatoes...

...and all the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, April 06, 2020

...4.6...Over the Weekend...

...continuing my comforting love affair with homemade bread...I made the One Hour Artisan Bread again...this time I added 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour...just because I have plenty of it...and I topped it with some sesame seeds for a little bit of variety...

...it turned out perfectly...and tasted nutty and good with the additions...
...I made a bunch more masks and got them in the mail...
...believe it or not I still had a fresh cucumber in the veg drawer...I guess that wax they put on them must protect them pretty well...but it was not the crispest cuke in the world...haha...so I thought I'd turn it into a cucumber salad with some tomato and onion and Italian dressing...(basically this recipe...just adding some onion...from the freezer...

...remember when I froze those summer tomatoes in muffin tins...well...I got one of those out...
...thawed the tomato and the onion...and just mixed them in with the fresh cucumber...and it was entirely palatable...
...the Man ordered a case of this tofu for me from Amazon at the beginning of the pandemic and we didn't know when we'd be able to get groceries...

...so I opened one...and made three different things with it...
...with the first third of the block...I put it in a jar with a half teaspoon of lemon juice, a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar...and a little bit of sugar...and a splash of vanilla...and gave it a blend with the stick blender...and it made a very nice and creamy soy yogurt alternative...topped with the dregs of a bag of bran flakes...it was yummy...
...then with the middle third...I got out my little egg slicer thingy and chopped/diced it into tiny cubes...added some cashew cream, salt and AC vinegar and lemon juice...to make some cottage cheese...
...I ate that on top of some saltines...reminding me of being in graduate school at Chapel Hill...where one of the French TAs used to eat cottage cheese that way in the caf...I'd never had it like that before...but I copied her and found that it was a very good cracker topping...haha...
...and the final third...also got chopped up like diced hard boiled eggs...
...and then I made the little egg yolks from my vegan hard boiled eggs...and got out some mustard and homemade vegan mayo...and chopped some sweet pickles...
...I added some kala namak (black salt) for some egg-y flavor...mixed that all up to make a delicious vegan egg salad...
...and we had yummy Vegan Egg Salad sammies for lunch...

~Wishing you a a lovely start to a safe and healthy week!

Saturday, April 04, 2020

...4.4...Dinner and a Movie...

...Dinner was these delicious homemade veggie burgers...I'll post about making them soon...
...they're really healthy I'm sure...we had Brussels sprouts as well...and a couple of spoonfuls of homemade sauerkraut...

...and...it seems like we've been watching a LOT of TV lately...mostly news...and we didn't watch a movie...we watched an episode of Midnight Diner...that I've posted about before...it's really sweet...and we also watched an episode of Would I Lie to You......it's pretty hilarious...we rarely know the participants...but it's good to end the day laughing...

...and we also completed a crossword together...

...what have you been watching lately?...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 03, 2020

...Friday Favorites...Bread...

...still using up things from the cupboard...this Beer Bread was in one of those baskets of goodies you often get at Christmas...so we poured a beer in a bowl and mixed that up...
...and baked it...
...it turned out perfectly...and made the whole house smell wonderfully...
...and seriously...is there anything better and more comforting to eat that fresh bread hot from the oven...
...spread some plant butter on and it's even better...
...we do like the new Country Crock plant butters..this one is almond...but the avocado one is my favorite...
...I've been making bread a couple of times a week...as we still haven't been to the grocery store...

...have you been making more bread now that you're staying home?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

...4.2...What I Ate in a Day...as a Vegan...

...remember a few weeks ago when I had the trigo shake at the Cuban restaurant...it seems like a really long time ago...

...and I bought a box of Kashi...because I couldn't find just plain puffed wheat...
...well...I blended up some Kashi with some milk and sugar in the Vitamix...
...and it was even better than the shake I'd had at the restaurant...probably because of the almond milk...the restaurant had to use water to make it vegan...this was a yummy and quick way to eat (drink) a bowl of cereal...haha...
...and then last weekend...when we found the tiny baggie of frozen blueberries (bloobs...we call them...)
...I added those to some homemade vegan yogurt...and gave it a quick whirl in the food processor...
...topped it with some bottom of the bag bran flake crumbs and homemade granola...

...so I don't know if that's just a continuation of breakfast or a mid-morning snack...there were a couple of hours in between...
...and then for lunch...I had some crackers topped simply with sliced silken tofu and some pepper relish given to me by a South Carolina friend at Christmas...

...and it really goes to show you how much of a difference there is in people's tolerance for pepper heat...my friend said this home grown and canned salsa was 'very mild'...but I must say that his determination of 'very mild' and mine are several hundred scoville points apart...hahaha...I don't think I could have tolerated it at all without the creaminess of the tofu...
...I also had a nice cool and colourful salad plate with that...
...after lunch I got a jar of blackberries that the Man found in the cupboard and added some turbinado sugar...and mixed up a quick crust...just SR flour, vegan butter and a little bit of almond milk...
...and dropped that by spoonfuls on top of the blackberries...
...baked until bubbly and golden on top...
...so that was just perfect with some tea...
...I'm still loving my stretchy silicone covers...they even cover oddly shaped dishes like this baker...
...and then for dinner I made Samantha's (It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken) Sweet Korean Lentils...
...I had everything for the recipe in the cupboard...and they were so delicious...I even texted a photo and a recipe link to Our Airman because I knew he would like to try them too...
...and finally while sitting around watching TV...I had a few bites of leftover Foreman Grilled sweet potato...I'm always saving little odds and ends like this...and I like having them on hand for little snacks...

...what did you eat yesterday?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

...4.1...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...the new pattern for April's Porch Pillow is up over at The Porch Pillow Project...

...other than that...I've been making more masks...we have a different hospital in need of masks and they use a different pattern...so as soon as I've finished all of these I have cut out I'll be starting on those...
...other than that...I've done a little bit of mending...these slippers which the Man gave me for Christmas...what?...3 months ago...already have holes worn in the soles...
...so I took some of that old white vinyl that I bought years ago in North Dakota to make booties for Jack to wear out in the snow and cold...and just stitched it onto the bottoms...and then cut around the stitching...so now these cozy booties will last a bit longer...
...I've kitchener-ed the toe of the navy socks...
...they fit perfectly...
...and I'm on to the cuff...

...what's in your workbasket?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made two recipes with Julia...first the Vegan Fricadelles de Veau Duxelles...which is just a variation of the Fricadelles that I've made before...
...and then Babette over at Vegan à Montréal inspired me with her Sauce Brune Style Maison...

...and I'm so glad I made the sauce because it was so delicious...

...and all of the particulars for the patties are at Vegan Fricadelles de Veau Duxelles...

...and for the sauce at Vegan Sauce Brune aux Fines Herbes/Vegan Sauce Brune à Tarragon...

~Have a lovely day!