Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blueberry Muffins, Biscuits, Vegan Sushi, Soy Curls w/ Peanut Sauce, Hummus and Yuca Frita!

It seemed like it was going to rain pretty hard all afternoon yesterday, but of course I was wrong and it only lasted about 1.5 hours. It was enough though to make me feel bored, so I made blueberry muffins to busy me while I did some sewing and other things until the rain stopped.

The last time I made blueberry muffins I forgot to add baking powder and it was a disaster. These were absolutely marvelous!! Mondo really enjoyed them, I believe he proclaimed "Damn, these are good!" after eating one and then went for a second.

After cooling for a bit, slathered with some EB.

P-Bo trying to keep an eye on them, to make sure they don't burn.

Last week I saw a recipe for some biscuits on Vegan Explosion! and decided I had to make them right then and there. I'm glad I did. My dad always made the most awesome biscuits for breakfast as a kid and I figured I could do the same and failed at doing so a few other times. Well, now I can! I think all recipes for biscuits are typically the same but something magical happened and these came out so fluffy and big and AWESOME. I see biscuits and gravy in our near future...

We went out to Sushi Avenue last Tuesday afternoon (we took the day off). We first went here with Lori and Jared and were so pleased at how cute the interior is of the restaurant and how yummy the rolls are.

Here is our first order (oh yeah, we totally did a second order with the same as below minus the avocado roll. We rolled ourselves out of the door after that).

From L to R: Avocado roll, Asparagus Tempura Roll, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Tempura roll

We feel in love with the soy curls we picked up at Cosmo's during the ice cream social. They are so versatile and taste great! I first used them in a 'chicken salad' wrap and decided to use the rest of the bag to make stir fried soy curls (w/ garlic and onions) topped with a spicy peanut sauce and broccoli. The result was one of the beast meals I have ever made. This came out perfect and still perfect after eating it for dinner that night, lunch the next day and then for dinner again the next night. (It ended up making A LOT). I'm not a fan of rice, so I served it over some red quinoa and it paired very well.

Just some roasted red pepper hummus I whipped up. The recipe is from YRR (I just add extra I do with everything!). It turned out much brighter than this, but the color looks so muted in this photo! Very very yummy hummus.

Finally, last night's dinner! I found frozen yuca at Publix for less than a dollar per bag and grabbed 2 bags to keep in my freezer! I've had a hard time finding it here and thought I had bought some before at the farmers market but couldn't find it again the last time I went. I remembered all the yummy yucca dishes we'd eat while living in Miami and decided upon making Yuca frita (fried yuca). It was so much easier to make than I thought! You just boil the yuca chunks for about 30 minutes (I did less, because I didn't want it mushy), cut then into pieces and de-stem them (they have a hard little string on the inside that you can very easily pull out with your fingers). Pour some oil in your pain, turn it up to med-high and fry them on both sides until they look a little brown. I drain them on a plate with some paper towels and then sprinkle them with salt. These are extremely tasty, kind of like a giant french fry (since yuca is in the same family as potatoes).

I did a simple salad on the side: romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, broccoli sprouts and sliced (Florida) avocado. On the side is some goddess dressing for the salad.


Jes said...

Yuca frita! Ogoshyum! I loved eating yuca all the time in Peru but haven't make anything with it since I came back--was it in the regular frozen veggie section of Publix?

Vegan_Noodle said...

I definitely don't remember the last time I made blueberry muffins, yours look soooooo good.
And wow, yuca frita!! Yum!

VegLife Atlanta said...

These muffins look great!

We'll have to check out Sushi Avenue very soon!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

How nice for P-Bo to assist with your baking! And you're so lucky to have Cosmo's in town!

Anonymous said...

Those blueberry muffins look perfect!

Your dog is soo cute :)

B36Kitchen said...

I'm adding blueberries to my shopping list. I want muffins now!

Leigh said...

Aww, P-Bo! Such a good helper!

Liz² said...

those blueberry muffins look soooo perfect, even all melty with EB on top. did you mention where the recipe was from? cause I need those in my belly!

Pink Theory said...

ahhh sushi! I've been eating a lot of cold sushi and salads to deal with the heat and that sushi plate has me craving some! And your pupper is so, so cute.

Anonymous said...

Muffins look fab! Which recipe did you use?

Vegan Invasion! (Ashley Nicole) said...

Thanks everyone! I used the blueberry muffin recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I'm tempted to make strawberry muffins this weekend, mmmm!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Aww, P-Bo! I need to try Yuca!

Rural Vegan said...

I haven't had a blueberry muffin in ages, but after seeing yours, I'm gonna need one pronto! I love the YRR hummus too, it's a staple in my house.

Lori- the Pleasantly Plump Vegan said...

we need to hit up Sushi Ave again soon!
i love fried yuca, so i'll have to keep my eye out for those.
oh, and the soy curls are AMAZING! i have been making chik'n and dumplings with them.

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