29 March 2010

Enchilada Bowl

Kassy came for dinner and was nice enough to bring a few ingredients. This became a "throw everything we have around the house" meal... and what resulted was an enchilada bowl. Spicy rice, layered with black beans and corn, green onions, black olives, and the essential avocados. Then we smothered the combination with enchilada sauce and the beloved Clancy's.

I don't know what I ever did without my rice cooker. I'm convinced rice cooked in it turns out far superior to anything I can make on the stove. For this recipe, I added Rapunzel No Salt Added Vegan Boullion cubes to the water in the rice cooker. They are the best flavor, and add a bit of extra kick to anything you add them to. I even tossed in some yellow onions to add to the bite.

I felt bad I couldn't whip up something more exotic, especially since Kassy is my first official blog supporter. But I'm still struggling in the kitchen with one arm, and I have to get back into the hang of things somehow. Regardless, the enchilada bowls were delicious!
Who needs the tortilla?

26 March 2010

Sushi Salad

I'm only posting this as inspiration for an upcoming dinner. I went to Purdue for the day with Molly, and had this awesome sushi salad. Best idea ever!

"Layers of fresh ingredients over seasoned sushi rice" was the menu description... but it was so much more than that. Slivered cucumbers, carrots, avocados, shitake mushrooms, marinated tofu, and seaweed flakes. Then it was topped off with Sriracha. Delicious!

There is definitely a sushi salad dinner party in the near future.

25 March 2010

Retro Waffles

My grandma passed on this retro waffle iron a few weeks ago. So amazing... and just when I was thinking about buying one! And it still works after decades and decades!

This week was filled with local fun, since Stacy has been on a staycation from work. Gourmet waffles on a Thursday morning? Why not!

We hijacked the recipe for coconut pancakes and made coconut waffles instead. It was a good move. They were crispy and light, with the perfect amount of coconut and spice. We served them with a Tropical Pineapple Sauce, which turned out nicely with fresh pineapple. I still prefer less-sweet breakfast treats, but this morning delight (and the lovely company) was still a great start to the day.

21 March 2010

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch was my segue-way into cooking regularly again. I needed a lot of help from my lovely friends, of course, but it was a success! And so much fun, I want to do it again every week.

We had an array of deliciousness. Pumpkin waffles had great flavor, but not the crunchy light waffle texture I prefer. They tasted more like a waffle shaped pumpkin pancake. The Vegan Pancakes were just sweet enough and the consistency was impressive sans eggs. I definitely want to try different flavors in the pancake batter next time. There were so many other treats that no one even noticed the missing eggs, cheese, and butter.

This Sunday turned out to be a bit more carb overload than we needed... but it was a fabulous first run. And it left me inspired to try out a lot more Vegan Brunch recipes for next time!

16 March 2010

Market Fresh

We started our Saturday Detroit adventure with the morning at Eastern Market! The winter market is pretty mediocre, but I couldn't resist picking up fresh asparagus. Roasted asparagus with tarragon turned out great - and cold leftovers were even tasty the next day.

11 March 2010

Mexican Potluck

I'm still pretty useless in the kitchen with my right arm in a cast. So for my "little sister" Kaylee visiting from Florida, we threw together a mexican potluck. The perfect way to spend an evening with friends.

We made mango salsa, which is one of the easiest and most delicious things ever. Then we served edamame tacos, tofu tacos, and Match Meat faux ground beef tacos. Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory corn tortillas and lime tortilla chips completed the meal. Something for everyone!

05 March 2010

Gluten-Free Goodies

I try to eat Gluten-Free foods whenever I can - which isn't always a success. I love love love Sami's Bakery in Florida. Their GF Millet & Flax baked goods are amazing, even when compared to standard wheat breads. I could eat their Millet & Flax lavash every day. (When I lived down south, I did.)

I can't help but order from them every few months... and this delicious batch arrived today. Where do I start?