Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's Been Awhile...

And I'm still here! Just been busy, annoyed with the dating scene, hitting the gym, and of course cooking some grub! Here is some of the food porn I managed to take the last few weeks.

Of course there were tons of enchiladas/ burritos eaten since I make a batch of homemade refried beans weekly. I love Viva Vegan's recipe for Yellow Garlic Rice and pretty much have that in my regular food rotation as well. I love stuffing these puppies with refried beans, rice, and roasted or baked potatoes :)

Also in my regular food rotation is Garbanzo Bean Salad, this time I topped the spread with some curry powder, I really enjoy it this way.
Asparagus was on sale a few weeks ago for $.99/lb so I bought 3 bunches of it and enjoyed it roasted with salt, pepper, and garlic powder alongside some pasta topped with Ragu and Tofurkey Italian Sausages.
I also enjoyed my asparagus sauteed with Trader Joe's Soyaki Sauce, my fave!
I made a big batch of the asparagus pictured above and added it to a Hoisen Tofu Stirfry along with carrots, onions, and green bell peppers that needed to be used up.
Vegweb is having a cooking challenge and last week's cookbook of choice was Vcon so I made a few recipes to participate in the fun. First up was Red Lentil Cauliflower Curry which turned out phenomenal but seemed more like a dahl than curry.
I also made the Tamarind Lentils using brown lentils that unfortunately didn't cook enough as I am not an experienced lentil cooker and this was my first time cooking with brown lentils but the flavor was fantastic.
The I made BBQ Black Eyed Pea Collard rolls, which was my first experience using collard greens and black eyed peas. I loved the rolls but the homemade Backyard Barbecue Sauce from this book was just too sweet for my tastes and I scraped all the extra sauce off the top since there was sauce inside the rolls as well. I also got 2 extra rolls out of this recipe.
I also made the Qunioa Salad with Black Beans and Mango. All my coworkers that I shared this with enjoyed it, I thought it was okay and was bummed how quickly it went bad... I threw the rest out after 3 days.
Lastly, I got a crap ton of lemons from a coworker so I decided to make a Lemon Loaf Cake. I screwed this up and added the whole amount of sugar to the batter since I feel the directions should have said, divided so my idiot self wouldn't have added the whole amount. I also used white sugar since for some reason I didn't seem to notice the recipe said to use brown. I added an extra cup or so of flour to my batter and the cake ended up turning out really good. I was going to make the glaze but it looked way too watery for me when I cooked it so I just left it off.
I am planning on making recipes from VWAV for next weeks cooking challenge and hope to post some pictures. Sorry to leave you guys and girls hanging!


Stella said...

Ugh, I hate dating, Amy. I feel for you, and just know you will eventually meet someone nice! Ooh, and all of this food looks wonderful. I'm really curious about that top photo-that sauce on those rolls looks so good:)

amymylove said...

yep dating blows and i'm over it! lol about the sauce... it actually came out of a can... love my homemade sauces much better!