Ruby Lynn in deep thought...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Ruby Lynn in deep thought...
We've eaten a lot of junk during the past week; vegan burgers, fries, pizza, tacos and so forth. I did make a yummy veggie curry and barley dinner one night (which made enough for many lunches!!) as well as salads and tasty low-fat fajitas...so hopefully that has offset some of the bad stuff we have had!
I'm hoping to post again tomorrow some photos of the better dinners we've had and hopefully some of the delicious items i'll have scored at the farmers market tomorrow night!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I've had an awesome jam-packed weekend and even though today was pretty hectic, I had an excellent night!
I attended the Gene Baur reading & booksigning at the Borders in Buckhead this evening. It was the first animal rights related reading i've been to (the last one I planned on going to was canceled a few days beforehand), so I wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed every moment and was so glad I went. Gene Baur is obviously very knowledgeable on the subject and was so well spoken and just a delight to listen to. There were quite a few folks there, including a class from Morehouse college, so it was really a great turnout. Some good questions were asked afterwards and I left feeling very elated and ready to tackle the world (I also came home to some pamphlets I ordered from COK - so anyone who wants to go leaflet with me sometime here in Atlanta, let me know!).
I purchased his book beforehand and he signed it with a very nice message! It was great to talk to him for a little while and thank him for coming to Atlanta.
I didn't realize until the last moment that I had my camera with me, so I didn't have time to adjust the settings...so please forgive me for the dark, out of focus shots I took.
As for our weekend, we were out and about for most of it, so I wasn't doing too much cooking or baking at home (though I did make 2 dozen peanut butter cookies from the Damn Tasty Vegan baking cookbook Thursday night). We ate out at Soul Vegetarian Friday night and as usual, left completely satisfied and very full. I had my favorite meal there, BBQ cauliflower w/ macncheese and collard greens. YUMM. Mondo had the crispy tofu cutlets w/ sweet potatoes and collard greens. We both had some of their delicious vegan chocolate ice cream afterwards. I don't have any photos of what we ate, since it's kind of dark in there in the evenings, but trust me - it's amazing.
I hope everyone out there had a lovely weekend, too! Spring is definitely sticking around here in Atlanta, so i'm looking forward to spending more time outdoors and more time trying new recipes in the kitchen!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I just love living in the same city as this rad store. I'm always so happy when we go there and I always find something new to try. Along with the Teese (which came in a very phallic shape that makes for plenty of jokes at home), I picked up their new tote bag (so cute and roomy!), a copy of The Damn Tasty Vegan baking guide, multivitamins, tartex (we love it on water crackers), a dark chocolate bar w/ raspberry filling (I can't recall the brand, but it was for Mondo) and a Sweet & Sara's s'more (for me).
I knew that we couldn't take a grilled sandwich to work for lunch, so I also made the lentil soup from YRR. I love to make soups (and cannot wait to try the Curry Eggplant Soup from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen) and lentil is one of my favorites because it's SO EASY and tastes great. I didn't get a photo of it, certains soups don't photograph well and this is one of them.
Everything came together so easy; it was just Orecchiette pasta, sauteed garlic w/ cannellini beans and spinach pesto (I never add salt or lemon juice: spinach, walnuts, garlic, nooch and olive oil). I did add some small chunks of teese to it, to make it creamy. Mondo gave it the thumbs up between 'mmmm's'. We don't eat pasta that often (like once a month if that), so I don't feel too guilty that this is pretty high in fat. The taste made it so worth it!
I love spring; always something to do!
Monday, April 14, 2008
We both had the 'World Peace Burger', which is made fron savory organic vegetables and organic oats. Mondo had his plain (lettuce, tomato and vegannaise) and I had mine the same but with a slice of vegan cheese. It comes with a side of roasted potato wedges (which were a little underdone this time around). I ordered their 'Mock Mint Julep', which had an excellent taste and flavor, and Mondo had a bottle of Virgil's Cream Soda (which he proclaimed the best cream soda ever). We usually only drink water (and a lot of espresso/cuban coffee), so it was nice to mix things up.
I was stuffed by the time I finished my meal, but there was still dessert to be had (I swear I'm cutting back on sweets this week). I chose the Chocolate Almond cake and Mondo had a slice of their Strawberry cake. Oh boy, so delicious. I could only find room for a few bites, so I decided to take the rest home with me and to enjoy all over again later that night. Yumm!!
I'm lovin' Atlanta so much right now!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Well, I ended up making blueberry muffins last night as opposed to Tuesday night. I was really tired and wanted to finish watching 'Night of the Comet' with Mondo. I think the muffins turned out sucky, but Mondo ate 2 last night, then 2 more in the middle of the night and 2 this morning. I guess he liked them. I wasn't paying attention while making them and forgot to add baking powder, so they ended up being short and dense. I tried to salvage them by making a fattening topping, which consisted of EB, brown sugar and a little flour. It helped, apparently.
There was some purple cabbage in the fridge that I had forgotten about and looked like it was about to go bad. I searched for a yummy recipe in a cookbook I checked out from the library and found a wilted sesame cabbage dish. Amazing.
Tonight I decided to try out a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies that involves Tofutti Cream Cheese. And then I wonder why I keep gaining weight...hmm.
These turned out so awesome!! They were very soft and rich, yumm! I wish I would've added walnuts, but I completely forgot I had some in the freezer. I will definitely make these again. Luckily I live with a food vacuum, so I'm sure he'll have eaten all of them before I can eat anymore.
I really think this will be one of the last things I bake for awhile (I've packed on some pounds). It's a good thing they turned out so well; I can go out with a bang!
On to dinner! We were craving tempeh wingz so I decided to make that tonight, but with BBQ sauce in place of hot sauce. I realized I didn't have a lot of panko bread crumbs left, but that's cool - make do with what I've got! They turned out tasty as usual and we had some basic sides: mashed potatoes and corn.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I made a small side salad to eat before the burgers. Some romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, sliced avocado topped off with a creamy ceaser dressing I made last week.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I made yummy Pumpkin Leek soup tonight, from the recipe Vegilicious! posted on her blog awhile back. This is my second time making it and it came out so much better this time around. Last time I peeled the potatoes, because I wanted the soup to be creamier - but this time I left the skin on (for the extra vitamins) and it came out so thick and wonderful!
I also pureed the leeks I had sauteed seperately into the soup, because Mondo asked me to last time. That made a difference, too. This became one of the most flavorful soups I have ever made; Mondo declared it to be 'the best soup ever'.
We had some coconut milk leftover from a lentil dish I made last week, so I was interested in swirling a bit in to see how it would taste. I don't think i'll do it again; it wasn't bad - I just don't think the flavors jive so well. Plus it didn't make a pretty swirl like I had hoped it would!
Another great thing about making soup is all the leftovers it leaves you! We always brown bag it for lunch at work in order to save some dough, so this made enough for 2 days worth of lunch for both of us. Score!
I think Mondo is pretty pumped about me having a blog. He already wants to make his amazing (and sugar filled) Café au lait this weekend and photograph it for the blog. He can make some pretty rad cinnamon designs for it! I can't wait to see what he comes up with now!
I know I've sent e-mails and all that, but I wanted to say thanks everyone for coming out yesterday! I can't wait to have another one :-)
My dish was the Goddess Pasta Salad from Yellow Rose Recipes. I think it turned out really well (the last time I made it I thought it'd be cool to put 6 cloves of garlic in it. not cool whatsoever). My favorite dish though was the macncheese that my friend Lori from Pleasantly Plump Vegan brought. So delish. Laurie from The PPK brought 4 dozen cupcakes: Pink Lemonade, Root Beer, Chocolate (super super chocolate) and Chick-O-Stick!!
Idalys from Dulce Vegan brought the most awesome Pineapple Upside Down cake EVER. I think everyone was in agreement, as evidenced by the photo above.
I think we had about 25 folks out and that was the perfect amount to fit at the picnic tables! The weather was perfect too, not too hot with a nice breeze. I was so worried that it was going to rain or that the pavilion would be taken by someone else; but everything worked out in my favor for the day! Success!