Monday, March 24, 2008

Food Catchup

I start my final practice teaching placement tomorrow, and that lasts a month. My cooking habits during the previous two were non-existent for the most part, so no promises this time ;) although I'm going to try and keep it quick and easy, since cooking does help relieve stress for me.

I hope everyone had a great long weekend, and enjoyed their Easter if they celebrated. Billy is used to getting a chocolate bunny every year, so I decided to make him one. Unfortunately I waited too long and there were no bunny molds left at Bulk Barn, but I did get some molds for chicken lollipops and eggs. It was pretty easy too, just melted chocolate chips in the microwave and poured it into the molds.

I jumped on the V'con bandwagon again and tried my hand at the Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits. It was very good. Even Billy liked it, well primarily the biscuit part that is baked on top. Very delicious, and definitely comfort food.

Based on that dish, Billy got the idea to make dumplings and put them in one of our favourite soups. The "chicken" and rice soup from La Dolce Vegan. He googled a simple dumpling recipe and we cooked them with the soup. The dumplings ended up taking up most of the pot, but it was yummy. And we also substituted orzo for the basmati rice this time.

Speaking of orzo, I whipped together an orzo salad with zucchini and basil from Vegan Italiano for lunch this week. It has a great lemony taste and the fresh basil is awesome.

And finally, also from V'con, the carrot pineapple sunshine muffins, or something along that line. I haven't tried these yet, but they should taste good...they've got carrot, pineapple, raisins, ginger, cinnamon and a bunch of good stuff. It should be a good pick me up after those grade sevens run me ragged ;)

7 comments:

louie said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I've found out plenty of techniques which can be used to relief stress. Read them up at http://www.howtorelievestress.org and give them a try today. It'll do good for you.

Catherine said...

Your chocolate chicken-pop is awesome! How cute and quirky!

Carmen said...

The dumplings look so good! And orzo is one of my favorite foods in the whole entire world~!
And haha teaching can be quite the...stimulating experience. I'm not a teacher, but I have tutored a bunch of kids at the same time in the past, and it can be very trying if they're fidgety. Anyway, good luck with your placement! :)

Erik said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......that chocolate chicken looks yummy!! lol i luv chocolate!

Cookie Monster said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......that chocolate chicken looks yummy!! lol i luv chocolate!

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