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It's Hot. – swell

It's Hot.

Eating Out: Cafe Agris Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Polenta

Eating Out: Cafe Agri's Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Polenta

I’ve been spending the last few days trying NOT to cook.  After a relatively chilly start to June, we’ve been sweltering in the humid 80s and 90s the past few days.  (And of course every Minnesotan who was wishing for the hot temps at the beginning of June is whining about it being too hot now!)  It’s strange to think that four months ago we had a day where it was about 117 degrees colder than it is today, and that was before windchill!  Sometimes I can’t believe I live here.  I even cut off all my hair today!

Enough with the stereotypical Minnesotan topic of the weather, after I needlessly explain to you that I haven’t been very into cooking lately.  Except other people’s cooking.  I went crazy and ordered a handful of cookbooks from the internet, and signed up to test for another cookbook (jae steele’s – yay!).  All while settling into being a two-person household again, and trying to make up for being a bit of a poor Veggie Thing contributor since I had been so busy making my own meals at home.  I know I owe a backlog of baking recipes (not to mention starting to develop recipes for a second zine), so for today, you get a bit of a photo gallery of recent yummy eats instead of more productive posting.  I promise to work that out as soon as I feel brave enough to fire up the oven for experimenting on my own food.

First of all, I got Vegan Brunch.  Overwhelmed by the choices and wanting to make something that I hadn’t seen online yet, I opted for the Mushroom Leek and White Bean Pie, only I used a different crust recipe and made it more of a tart than a pie.  While delicious, my ladyfriend and I took to calling it gas pie due to some unfortunate after-effects…  I am looking forward to trying out the tofu omelettes and some of the baked goodies in the future!

Mushroom Leek and White Bean Pie

Mushroom Leek and White Bean Pie

My other cookbooks haven’t arrived yet, so I have been busy making some of jae’s testers.  First we made the Tempeh Soysauges, which were really yummy and a nice alternative to seitan-based sausages:

Tempeh Soysauges

Tempeh "Soysauges"

Everyone’s favorite part of new cookbooks, it seems: sweets!  Here are Constellation Cookies, which are chocolatey and dotted with little amaranth grains.  They were loved by all!  Also, some Apricot Oatbran Scones, which I would add some cinnamon or ginger to, but were simple and light and fruity.

Constellation Cookies

Constellation Cookies

Apricot Oatbran Scones

Apricot Oatbran Scones

I have also been making a point to go to the farmer’s market every weekend.  This week everything seemed green, and I was excited to see garlic scapes!  I bought a bunch and made jae’s recipe Garlic Scape Pesto which I later used to make Pesto Potato Salad.  I’ve never been a fan of mayonnaise, egg-based or not, so this was a yummy way to eat a picnic staple:

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

I am diligently working out an epic post on green smoothies also, have no fear.  I am trying to figure out the best way to organize the information and get some tasty little concoctions copied down as recipes for inquiring minds who want to know.  Hope everyone is well and staying warm or cool, wherever you are.  Till next time!

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  1. Courtney says:

    OMG–it is SO hot and humid here! I totally get not wanting to cook…there is *no* way I am turning on the stove or the oven in my apt without AC. The humidity is awful! To beat the heat, I have been enjoying huge salads from my farmers market bounty–yum!

    I am totally jealous of your Vegan Brunch purchase, and all the tester recipes…everything looks amazing!

    Stay cool! Drink green smoothies…nice and icy cold :o )

    Courtney

  2. Shelby says:

    It is absolutely digusting here too! I hate the humidity! I’ve been enjoying green smoothies, salads, and more salads to keep cool. I wish I could break this oatmeal addiction, its almost too hot to cook them…almost. haha

    COOKIES! YUM! I’m loving the scones too.

  3. Kim says:

    Yes, MPLS is HOT! I’ve been relishing in crispy salads, green smoothies, and lots of fresh veggies…that’s the only way to get through! But I’m not whining – I’m letting the heat sink in. I spent all winter bitching and moaning about living in an icebox, so I’m holding my tongue now : ) All that food looks DELICIOUS! Especially the Garlic Scape Pesto…yum yum yum. And those chocolate amaranth cookies! Wow…

  4. Dawn says:

    I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, so I’m laughing about the “sweltering” 80s and 90s. Then of course I think “hmm, I have air conditioning” (central air, of course, not some weiny window unit). And I’d never in a million years make it through a Minnesota winter. I’d find a hot tub and not leave it for 6 months.

    LOL about the “gas pie”!! The Swiss Chard Frittata is really good. And I’ve heard many raves about the Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes and the Lemon Poppy muffins (I think that’s what they’re called).

    • a-k says:

      Well, I know other places have it worse than we do, but relatively speaking it’s pretty crazy! Every fan is at full blast, and our window unit is chugging along in the bedroom.

      I have heard good things about those Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes too, I will have to try them out soon!

  5. Krista says:

    I’m in love with those apricot oat bran scones as well as the tempeh soysausages! Yummy!

  6. Lisa says:

    Lots of good looking food! Apricot scones, cookies, mushroom pie, tempeh sausage – yum!

  7. Looks like you’re staying busy in the kitchen. Your meals look so tasty…especially the pesto!

  8. Nora says:

    nice photos! i love that asparagus architecture!

  9. tahinitoo says:

    I see owls in the Apricot Oatbran Scones photo!!!! Too cute. It hasn’t reached unbearable temps yet in Portland, and I am hoping it never does (but it will, it always goes against my wishes).

    Another zine?! Hooray! I love the first one, so the second one will be a welcome addition to my cookbook shelf when it becomes available. Hurry up!

  10. kittee says:

    We’ve been dying in 97-99F weather down here, way hotter than our usual June stuff. Oppressively hot.

    What new cookbooks did you buy besides Vegan Brunch?

    xo

    kittee

    • a-k says:

      Oohhh, let’s see… Vegan Soul Kitchen, Fresh (by Sergei and Valya Boutenko), Ani’s Raw Food Desserts, the Gluten-Free Vegan, and I’m still awaiting Sweet Freedom. Also I picked up Lickin’ the Beaters at Quimby’s in Chicago, which I’m excited about!

  11. veganhomemade says:

    The constellation cookies are so cute, what a great idea! And your pesto potato salad sounds amazing. Yummy.

  12. SweetKaroline says:

    I hear ya on the weather! I am traveling out to MN tomorrow and checked the weather to see what I should pack. 90 degrees! Ahhhh nooooooo.

    You Minnesotans and your crazy weather, I don’t know how you do it.

  13. Kim says:

    Sweet Freedom is great! You’ll love it.

  14. Judy says:

    Great post – now I know what to do with all that garlic from my CSA box!

  15. Kim says:

    One more thing – in the small world of the internet, I am emailing with Courtney, who says she has worked with you on your zine! She contacted me at the email address listed on my site (eatingfreely@gmail.com) to ask about my naturopath’s contact information. Because she said she is vegan, and also lives in Mpls, I mentioned that she shoudl check out your blog because it is awesome and also in Mpls – and she said she knows you! Truly, the internet makes the world smaller everyday. Anyway, I had to share that funny story : )

  16. Your photos all look so delicious! Do you deliver? :)

    If you’re ever looking for some smoothie ideas or recipes, please feel free to take them from my site: http://theblenderdiaries.com.

    Cheers,

    Chris

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