Tuesday, February 21, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I'm going to go ahead and post this here...because obviously I really did cook it...but I'm not going to post it over at The Vegan Version...because I've already posted this recipe over there...Vegan Aubergines à la Grecque...
...way back in August of 2013...
...so I peeled the eggplant...
...and diced it up this time...
...last time...I cut it into rounds...and I actually think that is the prettier presentation...
...this time instead of using my tea ball for the herbs...
...I tied them up in a bit of muslin...making for a clearer court bouillon...
...and just tucked that into the pot of simmering veggies...
...then I spooned the eggplant into a dish...
...and boiled down the clear sauce...
...until it was reduced by half...
...and was a rich golden colour...
...even with the muslin...I still strained the sauce...
...and poured it over the eggplant...
...see what I mean about the slices making a prettier presentation...
...we had it as a side with some vegan beef tips (TVP), rice and green beans...
...it's a good and different way to serve eggplant...

...so I think I'll check the recipe index before I start another recipe...the count is slowly getting up there...and sometimes I can't remember if I've made a recipe or not... and blogs are pretty great historical references...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

...Lean Mean VEGAN Grilling Machine...

...I showed y'all a glimpse of my 'new' (second hand really) grilling machine already...so now I thought I'd show you some of the things I've already made using it...and how easy and quick it is...
...the very first thing that I made after I got home with the machine and got it all cleaned up and sanitized...was a grilled sweet potato...
...I just cut the potato into rounds about 1/4 inch thick...
...I spread a piece of foil over both halves of the machine...just for easy cleanup...and then 10 minutes later I had a perfectly grilled (with all those yummy caramelized bits) sweet potato...at least a half hour time savings over oven roasting...
...and then because I hadn't eaten enough orange food...I grilled a whole tray of baby carrots...
...just look at that stack of delicious carrots...
...and then I grilled some cauliflower...along with a few more carrots...just because I had a few left over...
...just look how perfectly grilled all that veg is...and in just a few minutes...
...and now for something green...a bunch of fresh broccoli florets...
...also grilled to perfection...
...and finally some tofu...
...perfectly grilled in 10 minutes...

...and I kept using the same foil over and over...so cleanup was a breeze...and we had so much delicious veg to eat...I love this 'new' tool...definitely worth the space it takes up in your kitchen...

~Have a lovely day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

...Dinner...but no movie...

...There was a fancy dress/white table cloth dinner fundraiser at the Church last night...so we did have dinner...but no movie...

...the Man flew home from Orlando...had a little rest and then we got dressed up for our evening out...

...seatings were scheduled every hour starting at 5:00 and ending at 8:00...
...our 'reservation' was for 7:00...

...and they had vegan options...which was very nice...
...Scout was our server...he did such a good job...and everything was decorated nice...and the candlelight kinda transformed the fellowship hall...

...we were met by a maître d' at the door...and we even had to wait a bit for our table...
...I totally meant to photograph my soup and salad...and then totally forgot...and ate half of my entrée before I took a picture...and you can see that my entrée was not on the menu...they just made a vegan option just for me...and I guess I just got caught up talking and catching up with the Man after his trip...and forgot about photos...sorry...
...and then instead of pie for dessert...I chose to have a baked sweet potato...and they brought vegan butter and a cinnamon sugar shaker...

...it really was a fun night out...and they raised over $2300 for the AED...more than enough for two...one for the sanctuary and one for the fellowship hall...

...it's one of those things that you're glad to have and hope that you will never have to use...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, February 17, 2017

...5 Little Things Friday...

...it's time for 5 little things...making me happy this week...

...and they're all food related...for some reason...I guess I like food...a lot...
...so...to start off...they've been having the heirloom tomatoes at our local Harris Teeter...
...the tag says Farmer's Market...and they're grown in the USA...
...sliced up with some cucumber they sure are tasty...
...the second thing...is this fat free (almost) peanut butter powder...

...y'all know how Amazon uses cookies to 'suggest' purchases for you based on what you've searched for out in the wild blue internet yonder...

...well...I had searched for PB2...and so Amazon suggested that I purchase this organic Honeywell Peanut powder...and so...just to prove to Amazon that this type of marketing works... I did...

...it is so delicious...I love to blend it into smoothies...but probably my favorite thing is a Vegan Chunky Monkey n'Ice Cream...I just put a frozen banana and a tablespoon of Peanut Powder into the Vitamix...and then add a handful of vegan chocolate chips at the end...so...very...delicious...
...and I'm still TOTALLY loving this breakfast idea that I got from my overseas internet friend Maureen...

...seriously just blueberries and grapefruit...I love it so much...because I was seriously not a fan of grapefruit before...I had to have at least of couple of spoonfuls of sugar just to eat a half of a grapefruit...and now...I just section out the grapefruit and dump on some frozen blueberries...and eat it all up...no sugar...
...number 4...fresh pineapple...they are ridiculously cheap right now...love that...
...and finally...a Lean Machine...

...I had seen this BRILLIANT idea for cooking vegetables over at The Anarchist Kitchen...and mentioned that I wanted one...

...I was really kinda hinting...but then I was dropping some of our junk off at Goodwill and they had a whole shelf of George Foreman Grills...so...I nabbed this shiny silver one for $5...

...I'm going to do a whole post on this AWESOME vegan hack soon...

...your turn...what's making you happy this Friday...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

...W.I.A.Y. ...Vegan Traveling Day ...

...this actually should have been last week's What I Ate Yesterday...because this is what I ate for my trip to Columbia last week...and I thought y'all might like to see what a vegan eats on the road...
Breakfast - Coffee with Cashew Cream in a travel mug, a sliced pear, and some walnuts...
Lunch - Traveling - Tofurkey Sandwich, Chips, Date Bar, Apple, Passion fruit tea...
Dinner - Vegan Miso Soup, Salad, and Avocado Maki Roll...

...Asian restaurants are often easy places for vegans to eat...I did ask about the Miso Soup as some restaurants put some sort of fish sauce in it...but happily here it was vegan...

...what do you eat when you're traveling?

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

...make your own Vegan Chocolate Death Star...

...a second Valentine's Day related post...
...Scout wanted to give his Valentine a Death Star...they are both avid Star Wars fans...but it does seem like a strange Valentine's gift...but maybe since he's going to make it of chocolate it's OK...

...he melted some vegan chocolate chips...
...and covered his Magic 8 Ball with plastic to use a form for the chocolate...
...and poured over the molten chocolate...
...just until it reached the halfway mark...he's going to make two halves and then melt them together...
...this is the top half ready to be unmolded...
...there was already a seam in the center the Magic 8 Ball...to use as a guide...
...then to build up the thickness of the chocolate for the Death ray's focusing disk indentation (not really sure what to call that)...he added more chocolate to the inside...
...then he turned over the 8 ball and covered it and poured over the chocolate...
...and molded the bottom half...
...it has a flat place so it will stand on it's own...
...then he melted the seams on both halves and put them together...
...he dipped a spoon into hot water and melted that focusing ray disc area...divot...thingy...
...got some skewers hot in a tall cup of hot water...
...and used them to melt the chocolate to make the exterior design of the Death Star...
...and apparently he knows the design by heart...because he didn't even have a reference...
...wrapped it up...
...and used the leftover chocolate to make some freeform hearts...

...she absolutely loved it and pronounced it the most original Valentine's gift ever...

~Have a lovely day!