Potatoes, peas & salad

February 15, 2011 at 1:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Well, it’s been an … interesting two weeks. Whereas this is my personal blog, I cannot really explain what has gone on, but I was put out of my comfort zone.

This, unfortunately, meant that I did not cook as much as I wanted. I had to persevere, though, or I couldn’t eat for a week! (Or I would spend money I did not have on quick food, while some yummy produce rotted in my fridge.)

I did, though, make a couple of dishes and am continuing to make dishes as the Valentine’s weekend comes closer.

It is all a balancing act for me, as I work nights, don’t get up until noon, and have about 3 hours to do all I need/want to do before I need to get ready for work. That means I rush to the gym, rush back, rush making food and rush around my apartment in a frazzled mess.

I haven’t had full access to my living room for about 12 days, so nighttime baking/cooking hasn’t been a choice. Plus, Batman has been sick (What, no!? When did Batman ever get sick?) and needs his wisdom teeth out. With fevers, infections and severe pain, I haven’t been able to do much but worry. He tries to go to bed “early” aka between 1 and 2 a.m., and I have no choice but to sit in bed since one of his superhero friends is crashing on the couch.

Anyways, on to the recipes and the reviews!! Get some more teases at Urban Vegan.

First, I made colcannon, an Irish dish. Batman is part Scottish (close enough? he’s gonna hurt me for that comment.) and I love, love, LOVE potatoes, even if they make me sick.

The dish was sooo good and last a long time. Though, my boyfriend’s friend thought it was potato salad. lol. I loved the little bites of bacon. We had a problem with cooking the potatoes, and I think there has to be an easier way to make mashed potatoes, which is the base of this dish. But maybe this is the traditional recipe to make them?

The next recipe I did was mushy peas. I LOVE peas, too.  It was super simple to make, and I ate it right up! I don’t know what else to say about it.

And the most recent dish I made was panzanella. Who would know that a simple salad would taste so good? The dressing was tasted just like from a restaurant, not my simple oil and balsamic that I usually use for salads. The croutons were an interesting touch, but I prefer to have something more baked.  I had been the only one eating it, as Batman likes when I put together his dishes (so high maintenance. lol) But he smelled my leftovers and wanted some madly! Delish, I would say, delish!!

took at work. Sorry for the blur.

 

Oh, more recipe reviews are to come. I am cooking up a storm again!

Urban Vegan reviews

February 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I know, I know. It has been quite some time. I didn’t mean to be gone for so long, it’s just life steals me away.

I was getting into an exercise grove, then on weekends, I didn’t feel like blogging. I also went away to Michigan to visit “in-laws” for 4 days in January. And then, I hurt my wrist when I fell on snow/ice about a week ago.

But, on that note, let’s get to food!

Wayyyyy back, Jamieson and I decided to make blueberry pie, as I am testing for Urban Vegan. Well, it was delicious! I don’t think I have had blueberry pie since turning vegan, and I LOVE blueberries! Jamieson is a master at crust, and he also put his own touches on the crust (can you see the Batman and Wonder Woman symbols?)

Then there was caponata. It reminded me of an Italian ratatouille. I am not a huge fan of olives (hate them, actually), but it did add to the dish. It called for a little bit of sweet, but it wasn’t overpowering. I think the vinegar and other more “sour” vegetables take over. I had it over rice.

Next, I made Italian Mojitos to drink with this dinner. Well, I don’t know if I didn’t crush the mint leaves well (it just said to chop ‘em), or maybe sparkling water isn’t sweet enough for me. It wasn’t my favorite, but I think mojitos are on the same line and gin and tonic, and I am more of a wine or sweet alcoholic drink.

I made two desserts. First, what I was most excited about, was the peppermint bark. It was SUPER simple. I still have a lot of it, and I keep trying to hand it off to co-workers, who also enjoy it!

Then I made pear tart tartin. I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour (I looked everywhere. Where do I get this stuff?) I had to use regular pastry flour, but only 1/2. It was difficult to get out of the pan, as the goo went EVERYWHERE, but it was a sweet, yummy dish. Definitely a hearty winter dessert to warm you up!

Well, I did test a few more, but that can be for another post, so I don’t bog this one down!! Happy Friday!

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