Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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

...now that the Easter Sweater is finished...I can get back to some N.O.A.H. work...I don't think y'all have seen this project in quite a while...since before Christmas...
...I finished the Granny Squares for the border for the GREEN lapghan...
...and stitched those together...there are seven 3-round Grannies along the bottom border and then nine up the sides...and of course seven across the top...and I went for symmetry...of course...
...I'm planning on using the big skein of dark green for the center...and right now...I'm planning to incorporate a few stitches of randomly spaced random green...just a few stitches to break things up a bit...using up some of the little leftover bits...we'll see how that goes...it's just an idea...and I may not like the outcome...

...but there's just something so satisfying about using up unwanted-unloved-leftover bits of yarn...
...so to get started on the middle portion...I picked up the outside stitch of each square...starting at the top and going down each of the side border strips...and then across the bottom border...
...where I'll begin knitting stockinette stitch...picking up one of the side stitches on each row...like I did with my Niece's Baby afghan...and the B.A.B.Y. afghan too...it's a simple technique that saves seaming later...

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

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we made a Vegan Salmon Mousse...
...and it was good...smoky...fishy...and smooth...served with artisan crackers...
...but this was actually better...we piped the leftover fluff directly onto some cucumber slices and topped them with a pinch of dill...
...and all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, April 24, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...I do our BIG shopping run over the weekend...usually on Saturday...and I'd made another batch of the Vegan Donut Holes...so I took some of those...a bottle of sweet tea...and a bottle of water to tide me over till I got home...
...and I was glad I had made and frozen a batch of Stretchy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese...
...because in between two of my stops there is an awesome second hand store that I usually pop into...just to see if they have anything that I "need"

...that's how I "found" the Hematite Yarn for this year's Prom Shawl...
...anywhoo...I found this awesome Hand Grater...still in it's box...for 50¢...and thought it'd be perfect for grating some vegan cheese...
...so I popped the frozen cheese into the grater...
...and gave it a few turns...it worked perfectly...
...I grated that block of vegan cheese onto a plastic lined baking sheet...
...so I could roll it up and put it back into the freezer...
...and while I was gone...the Man chopped up another gallon of sauerkraut...so happy about that as I don't want to run out...ever...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

...Dinner and a Movie...

...really...not much to report here...we're still in the throes of Indian Summers...and should finish the entire series next week...the Man will be happy about that...not sure this is a favorite for him...
...and likewise dinner was just another 'Farmer's Plate'...and you've seen most of this before...Brussels Sprouts and California Mixed Veggies and Sweet Potato...the radishes are raw...
...but this is the first time I've cooked mushrooms on the Foreman Grill...and they are really delicious this way...chewy and lightly carmelized...Yum!

...what have you been eating and watching?...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

...Vegan Lox...

...can you tell where this is going...(well...you can ignore the bowl of steel cut oats cooling on the stove back there)...but...

...there's this carrot lox craze on the vegan interwebs...and as usual...I'm late to the party...

...but as soon as I saw it...I knew I wanted to try it...

...now...I've never had lox in my life...and didn't even really know what they were...I'd heard the terms bagel and lox...but I'd never given it much thought...but y'all know I love me some bagels...and vegan cream cheese...
...first you make a layer of kosher salt in a casserole dish that will accommodate your carrots...I'm using my cute little veggie roaster from Williams Sonoma...

...just wash your carrots really well...and put them on top of the salt...making sure that they are not touching the bottom or the sides...
...and then completely cover them with more salt...
...this took about 1 and 1/2 containers of kosher salt...
...and then you bake them for about an hour...and then turn the casserole upside down and dump out the carrots...the salt will kinda be hard and chunky...so just chisel it apart...
...and then peel your carrots...now this was easier said than done...
...I found the best way to peel the carrots was to slip a sharp knife under the skin...slice it open...
...and then that made it easier to peel the skins off the carrots...
...then...I took the rings out of my Grandma's Veg-O-Matic...and maneuvered the limp carrots through it...
...to get nice even slices...
...mixed up the marinade...and put the carrots in...
...a couple of days later...I gave them a taste...and thought they needed a little bit of nori...just to make them a little more lox-like...
...then this morning...I gathered my other ingredients...a toasted plain vegan bagel...some fresh dill...some red onion...and capers...
...and assembled my bagel and vegan lox...
...it looked so adorably delicious...
...and it tasted just as delicious as it looked...we are definitely...definitely doing this again...

...have you tried carrot lox yet?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast - Banana Bread - my recipe here, (or the Veganomicon one is very good too - recipe here), fruit (apple), tea
Lunch - Vegan Cheese on Pita Round, Vegan Coleslaw, green beans...tea and a cup of vegan broth...

...I just split the pita in half and sprinkled on some Daiya Cheddar shreds...and then toasted it...ahem...a little too much...
Dinner - Bean Soup, Vegan Cornbread, Greens, Pickles

...this is one of my favorite meals ever...I even loved it as a child...
...then for a snack...I made some chia jam...
...I just smashed some frozen strawberries with some chia seeds...which I should have ground up first...
...and then I added some thick and creamy probiotic whey-made yogurt...
...stirred that all together...
...and added some ground flax seed on top...and it was so delicious...

Snack - Vegan yogurt with flax seeds and chia/strawberry jam...

...your turn...what did you eat yesterday?

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

...I thought y'all might like to see the finished Easter sweater...so I got Scout to snap a couple of photos before Church... ...
...I'm pretty happy with how it turned out...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

...Tuesdays with & w/o Julia...

...funny title...because...

...you may find it odd...that Mastering the Art of French Cooking does not include a recipe for French Bread...which really is a staple in France...

...I couldn't count the number of times I saw someone with an unwrapped loaf tucked into a bag or under an arm...

...and I think the reason it's not in the book...is just because of that...French people don't make their own bread...(or they rarely do)...

...so I'll get no 'credit' at The Vegan Version for this recipe...
...and I used the 5 (FIVE) page recipe from this book...Baking with Julia...
....Julia says... there are no starters or sponges in French bread...the flavor and texture come from good mixing, enough kneading, a double rise at the right temperature, proper shaping, and a closely timed bake in a hot, humid oven...
...so you just mix flour, water, yeast and a little bit of salt...and Julia gives separate directions for kneading by hand and by machine...I chose the machine method...

...you start by mixing the water and flour on low...there are lots of periods of mixing and resting...
...measure the yeast carefully...weighing is best...
...add the yeast slowly...
...then the salt...
...then you increase the speed and knead the dough for 5 minutes...
...then turn the dough out on a floured surface...
...and knead just for a minute or two...to bring the dough to completion...
...then let it rest...
...covered for 15 minutes...
...the gluten relaxs and it rises just a bit...
...then you go through a specific set of instructions for slapping the dough...
...and stretching it...
...and folding it...
...then you shape it into a tight ball...
...and cover it again with a floured cloth...
...and you let it rise until doubled...Julia says that the temperature of the room and the dough come into play dramatically...
...so then you deflate the dough...
...and shape it...
...I placed our loaf diagonally on my largest sheet pan...lined with parchment and sprinkled with cornmeal...but Julia gives instructions for making little bumps with towels...to form troughs for letting the dough rise...
...then you let it rise again for another couple of hours...until doubled...Julia says it should barely spring back when you prod it with your finger...
...and she also gives specific instructions for the slashing of the bread with a razor...
...and then you're ready to bake in a humid...which is so counter-intuitive to me...that a humid oven would make a crisp crust...

...but you put the bread into the hot oven...then throw a cup of water into a preheated skillet...quickly close the oven door and do not open it again...
...and as so often happens with Julia...she was so right...the bread turned out perfectly...
...you have to let it cool at least 20 minutes before slicing...
...just look at that dense crumb and perfectly crispy crust...
...so delicious spread with Earth Balance...a perfect accompaniment to our Easter Dinner...

...and then one of our sides for Easter dinner was parsnips...
...I should have taken a photo before I started peeling and trimming them...

...now...I'm not a fan of parsnips...and I've only tried them a handful of times in my life...so if y'all know of a really good parsnip recipe...please send it my way...

...anywhoo...I looked in the MtAoFC index for a parsnip recipe...and didn't find one...

...so I got out my other tome...The Joy of Cooking...and found a simple looking recipe for glazed parsnips...and thought it looked palatable...
...quarter the parsnips and put them in a skillet with 2 cups of water...a spoonful of sugar...and 3 Tbp. on Earth Balance...and salt to taste...
...and a pinch of white pepper...
...then you just simmer them...
...letting all of the water evaporate as they cook...
...leaving them just lightly and sweetly glazed...
...and they were perfect...I probably still won't buy parsnips very often...but this is the way I'll make them when I do...

...what did you have for Easter Dinner?...

~Have a lovely day!