Sunday, 29 June 2008

Mmmmmmmm veggies......

I'm pretty damn proud of the recipe I'm sharing today - I made it up all on my own!!!! It's a polenta, but there's veggies and beans mixed into it before setting. Yummy.

Make the polenta as directed. While you're doing that saute about two to three cups of mushrooms. When the polenta is almost cooked, add in the cooked mushrooms, one tin of cannellini beans, half a chopped capsicum, mixed italian herbs, 2T nutritional yeast. It'll need to cook for a bit longer (the veggies will let off a bit of liquid), once it's a nice porridge again, turn off the heat. Add the baby spinach in handfuls and quickly stir through (you don't want the spinach to wilt - it ruins the cool texture. Pour into a glass dish and refrigerate for at least three hours. Then grill at will. It's pretty low in fat and super yummo. Voila!

Also - here's a salad we made with the Tamari Roasted Chickpeas from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and grilled marinated tofu.

Hope your weekend is going well - I've finally properly started on my scarf (my friend Melissa helped me cast on and select wool yesterday). I'm looking forward to a day of watching Buffy/Grey's Anatomy and knitting!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Soup or stew (or dip)?

I've often wondered to myself whether Cam's lentil soup is actually a soup or a stew. For that matter, what is the difference between soup and stew? When it's this tasty, does it really matter?

I bring this question up because Cam's in the middle of writing us some software to write down recipes (so we can post them on the site!), and he's changed the name of his Lentil Soup to Bean and Vegetable stew. I object. But seeing as I can put it on crackers (above is actually torn up pieces of
Mountain Bread baked in the oven topped with the previous night's soup), is it a fancy-schmancy dip?

Anyways, despite the introspection, it was really tasty (as evidenced below - can you tell I'm missing academic writing?)....

On the fake meat front we have these 'chicken' kebabs. They're basically the fake chicken nuggets from the chinese supermarket baked in the oven (we're avoiding frying like the plague) on kebab bread spread with hummous, and topped with lettuce, tabbouleh, tomatoes, mushroom, the chopped nuggets and topped with vegan mayonnaise. Cam surprised me with this for dinner after an awful day at work. Jealous?

One of the joys of winter is leeks. They're not available all year round - so they're extra special when we can get them! I've made this Leek and Bean Cassoulet from Veganomicon many times (I think I've posted pics at least once before). It's ridiculously good. I always add mushrooms just before it goes into the oven. I love how they explode in your mouth when eating. Drool!!!!

Last, but certainly not least (really? I had to go there? How cliched is that!!!) we found WHITE CHOCOLATE!!!!!
This is one of the vegan holy grails (if we were religiously inclined) apart from cheese that melts (thanks Teese, it's really not a tease at all seeing pictures of your cheese all over the PPK!!). We've found this at two Coles supermarkets in Brisbane thus far (Sunnybank and Redcliffe), so it's not that hard to find!!! You really must try it!

I'm hoping that Cam will have the recipe application done soon, we've got at least ten recipes that we can post (in pdf) so you don't have to read my rambling!

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Never fear, we're still here!!!

As you can see from the title, I use my Arts degree quite a bit these days (not). So we survived the first semester of law/medical school. And we're EXHAUSTED!!! I had my last exam on Monday & Cam had his ONLY exam the week before (I had 4!). So now it's back to cooking exciting things and blogging about nothing of excitement.

We've got food pictures on the camera (but that's so far away in the kitchen), so here's a picture of geeky medical students playing Operation:

We're planning a trip to Magic Wok (or as we like to call it Leader Wok Magic Bowl) tomorrow night & I'll embarrass myself for the sake of pictures.....

And thank you to everyone for your kind comments on the last few posts, sorry I haven't had time to comment on your awesome blogs!!!!