Plans are underway for a new me. Well not completely but I need to start taking care of myself more, in all areas of my life. Step 1: a dentist appointment tomorrow morning. I haven't been in a while (shame on me) and really need to stop using school as an excuse for not doing things. Step 2: Appointment with my academic advisor tomorrow afternoon. I'll find out once and for all if all my credits and courses are in line so I can stop speculating. Step 3: I need to make an appointment for a *full* physical. I haven't had one since grade 12 (18) and I'm now 21. Step 4: take control and get my body back. I'm becoming a fat slob. I hate all these attempts I keep making. I'm going to dedicate myself to my wellbeing. My godmother bought me The Idiot's Guide to Being Vegetarian and The Vegan Sourcebook at a yardsale, so I'm going to bone up on nutrition and start exercising a lot more. I did yoga yesterday, my Jorge Cruise's 8 minutes in the morning this morning and I also walked to the market. Anyways, enough about that...FOOD!
The other day I wanted to make something for lunch that wouldn't take too long but that was still healthy and homemade. So I made the cauliflower potato soup with nutmeg from La Dolce Vegan. It was pretty good...it was even better the next day. As with most soups the taste improves as the flavours have time to blend and establish themselves. So maybe not the best "Last minute" soup but still very yummy. I really like cauliflower in soup. I didn't have any fresh cauliflower though so I used up the rest of my frozen ones. Its nice to have those on hand for situations exactly like this, because cauliflower is not a staple in my fridge.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, this week I'm following the menu plan from Vegan Cooking for One. The cookbook gives a grocery list for the week and then there are recipes for Sunday lunch, dinner and dessert, weekday dinners and Saturday lunch. The book claims the recipes make enough for one, but so far I find that its still too much food for one sitting. It does make a lot less than some other conventional recipes though. Basically, it leaves you with leftovers for lunch, which is a bonus. For anyone who has the book, I am doing Week 2 of the Spring/Summer recipes.
So Sunday lunch was basque salad. I did most of the prep work Saturday night so I could just throw it all together at lunchtime. Its a simple recipe. Its roasted red pepper strips and sliced tomato on whole wheat toast with a dressing made of oil, vinegar, paprika, tomato paste, garlic salt and pepper. I roasted the pepper and scalded and skinned the tomato the night before. I had never done either one, but the recipe explains how to do it and I had fun roasting and skinning the peppers!
This is a recipe best eaten with a knife and fork. With the first piece of toast I used my hands and it was quite the mess, and the toppings kept falling off onto my pineapple on the plate. Afterall, you are putting a whole pepper and tomato onto two pieces of bread...that's a lot! The second piece was better with a knife. The recipe was okay...it wasn't gross or anything but I doubt I'll make it again.
Dinner was vegetable pilau special. This was kind of cooked the way a casserole would be but didn't end up looking like it on the plate. I made the turmeric-spiced rice the night before in my steamer to save time. The turmeric stained the container bright yellow :(. On top of the rice there was onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, chili powder, tomatoes, carrot, peas, green bean and slivered almonds. All in all, a pretty good dish. Again, I don't think I'd make it again any time soon but I did like it. The almonds added a much needed crunch.
Most of the prep work for the dessert was done the night before too. It was strawberry "cheese". Now this, I would make again. The recipe said to hang soy yogurt in cheesecloth over a bowl for several hours or overnight. The yogurt would then resemble fromage frais. I don't know if mine did, but some liquid did drip out and the yogurt became thicker. Then I refrigerated it overnight. Then all I had to do was mash a few strawberries (organic) in a small bowl and add the yogurt and some sugar and mix it all together. Mmmmm I loved it! Of course, this recipe only make a single serving, so I gobbled it up really fast. I used a tablespoon or a bit more of sugar, but if the strawberries had been sweeter I wouldn't have needed as much.
So all in all, Sunday was a good day food wise ( I had Wolffie's chocolate walnut loaf from LDV for breakfast with raspberry jam...I'm so naughty!) and although I wasn't blown away by the recipes, I enjoyed them and can say I tried a lot of new things!
Today's dinner is a stirfry...photos and deets to come later.