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!
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:
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.
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:
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!