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Archive for February, 2012

…I see you!

Remember that little game? I loved doing that with children, still do. However it is not why I’ve entitled this post as such.

My beautiful girl received this kit for Cmas from Santa. Yes, I still do Santa, but only one gift each. *shrug* It’s a mom thing plus it’s fun…having that extra present under the tree that wasn’t there before but now when you wake up, ta-da!

Back to the fungi ~ She started this kit about a month or so ago. And finally they’re starting to peek out but from up inside where it’s dark. Now almost everyone knows that ‘shrooms like the dark, humid atmosphere combined with just the right soil. However the instructions stated they should be placed in indirect sunlight. I would have done the opposite if it were my kit, but she followed the directions like a good little do-bee.

We are looking forward to a nice crop or two of these lovely delicacies. She and I are mushroom freaks, the boys not so much. Who cares about them anyway ūüėČ

I can’t wait until¬†this year’s Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square with Maya!

Happy Sunday!

~V~

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Happy Fasnacht Day!¬† Or as I like to call it “Donut Day”¬† I don’t believe I’ve ever had a true fascncht. Being 25% (maybe a bit less) Mexican Indian, we didn’t really “do” this as a celebration plus we weren’t Catholic and didn’t observe Lent as it is traditionally observed. Some day I plan on trying one of these treats, perhaps today if I get bored enough to go out haha.

But I do love bakeries. The warm feeling, the beautiful products, the scent of yeast…

Jaime posted on Facebook¬†about a bakery in the UK…maybe I should go on a world tour hahaha¬† Hannah Banana Bakery¬†¬†¬† Check it out!

My daughter made vegan donuts over the weekend. I asked her to save me one to try…did she? Yes. Did I get to¬†eat it? No. Why? Because that little turd asked me if I wanted one, I told her I did, but apparently because I didn’t drop everything to eat it, she decided to inhale it for me. >.>¬† Nice kid, eh?

Here are photos of her creations.

             

The chocolate donuts are a work in progress she says…not chocolately enough.

I wish I could bake bread without a machine. I probably can, I can do all sorts of other complicated things, why not bread? It scares me lol. I haven’t a clue why. My sister can bake bread really well…I’m sure my nieces¬†can too. Me? Nope. Chicken bwak¬†bwak!

mmm chicken ūüėČ

Speaking of food, gotta figure out tonight’s vegan dinner.

Toodles.

~V~

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…nope, not Pink Floyd….but the view of the Navesink River in February. The air smells fresh and clean and the morning was quiet. A few people on the dock some out to fish, some taking in the view. It was indeed a nice sight on a Sunday morning.

Now it’s back to reality and life and routine.

Happy Sunday to everyone!

 

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Me Me Me….

…oh, it’s MEME…. doh! haha *groan*

Saw this and thought of all my vegan friends out there ūüėĬ†

Don’t know if I’ll be around tomorrow…cardiologist appt…it’s always something!

Have a great night!

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…a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I’ll meet you any time you want at our Italian restaurant…

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

I bought some vegan friendly candy for my daughter and some fancy chili-mango chocolate for my husband.

It’s the one time of year where I can combine my two favourite things…the colour purple and hearts!

 

¬†¬†¬†¬† ~ Tonight’s Menu ~¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†

French bread ~ garlic kissed and grilled with fresh bruschetta

Bella Dona Salad Redux  ~ mixed greens with vanilla tarragon vinaigrette and garnished with thinly sliced apples and crushed pistachios)*

Calamarata Pasta ~  paired with a red sauce combined with pinches of vegan sausage, wilted onions and garlic and fresh basil*

And for dessert…

 ¡Bessame mucho, mi esposo!

 

 

 

 

*Click here for recipes 

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Not¬† a snow day per se¬† but…

it is snowing lightly and as the temperature drops, the snow is accumulating on the trees and grounds around my house.

¬†I am sitting in my living room¬†looking through our big bay window. I am watching the snow fall and it just makes everything seem quieter. It’s such a beautiful view. I am all sunken into one of our big cushy leather chair and cannot see the road…only the snow and the trees.

On my way back from getting my nails done today (very very important, you know haha), it had begun to snow and I was remembering a blog post I read this morning. The post was on a blog belonging to someone whom I thought I knew but as it turns out, I was wrong.

In any event, she spoke about soup and feeling yucky and I felt bad for her and remembered that she loved to cook and loved to make potato soup. (At least the person I thought I was remembering did these things). It made me think, “Hmmm good day for soup. My girl has to work today and I’d like to send her off with a nice bowl of soup.”

My mind whirled around thinking about the ingredients and should I add quinoa, barley, bulgur or¬†tagliatelle¬† as¬† “bulk.” As I was saut√©ing veggies… carrots to a light caramelize state, mushrooms, scallions I was thinking what to do next. I don’t like soups that lack “substance” i.e., are too liquidy without any bite so to speak. So after saut√©ing veggies at the beginning, I sprinkle in some flour and cook the rawness of it off before adding liquid. I don’t make it a chowder but it does give the “thin” broth some more substance. I had decided on some Anenili (sic) pasta (tiny little circles) but it just didn’t seem to happen for me.

I remembered that I had a couple of cups of peeled and cubed butternut squash in the fridge so I dumped them in. Then cooked it for a while until the squash was cooked thru. It was really nice. Then just before serving her some (after we got back from school), I dumped in some frozen chopped spinach (that I keep on hand in case I am out of fresh). It tasted very very nice. At this point I would add some nutmeg but the herbs I already added were good enough.

I almost always top off a dish like this with some red wine vinegar but opted that out. Vinegar is good to splash into cream soups or into a hearty veggie dish as well.

And that’s my story for today. I know I still have some reviews and recipes to put up on my pages and I’ll get to it at some point soon.

Happy Wednesday!

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Vge Café

I stumbled across this new eatery on Facebook, particularly Jaime’s blog… Save the Kales!

I can’t wait to try it!¬† I haven’t yet told dd about this place yet as I’m not sure if it’s open yet or not. I will have to take a drive by the area and check it out!

We did eat at Retro Cafe at the Moravian Bookstore as promised on the “Pig Out” page. I will be posting a review soon!


In the meantime, check out the article on Vge Cafe!

V

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