Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Chestnuts...exploding in my oven.
I had to roast chestnuts to make the golden chestnut soup from Vegan Lunchbox last night. I cut the x slits into them, but two of them still exploded all over my oven! Boo. Note to self: next time make huge slits! The soup was okay, it had a similar texture to a potato soup. The white pepper gives it a really distinct flavour that I think I'm going to have to learn to like. I added some more salt and ate it with some whole wheat crackers, and it made a satisfying lunch.
I packed the soup along with some gingerbread vegans and icing, a mandarin orange, and Best brussel sprouts, a recipe also from Lunchbox; to make the Christmas Menu from the book. The sprouts are really good, even at room temperature. Now I've got a few ways to prepare those guys...which I can't get Billy to eat, for the life of me. I also can't get him to eat oranges, so I've been eating mandarins from the box like crazy! Not that its hard.
I also made the tomato basil bread soup from La Dolce Vegan. Not my favourite from the book but its tasty enough, with plenty of tomato and fresh basil and topped with some parm.
And finally, I have to share my dinner from last night, even though its nothing new. Bowties and cheese with some of the Best brussel sprouts. The cheese sauce turned out better than ever before...so creamy and cheesy! I do admit I was a cheese person when I wasn't vegan, but I like that fact because when people say to me "Ohhhhh, I could never be vegan, I love cheese too much!" I have something to feed them that'll shut them up (in a nice way, of course)!
I'm so excited. My parents gave me a Christmas present early because its heavy....a pantry/cupboard! I got the birch one. My kitchen is so organized now! And everything's not crammed into one shelf. Billy tried to surprise me by starting the assembly while I was at school...didn't work out so well, but I improvised. A fight and a half later, and much insistance that I don't care that he's not a handyman...and its all good! ;)