Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Friday, July 30, 2010

Leftover Tofu Sandwich

Music: Diana Ross with, occasionally, the Supremes

Today's smoothie: No smoothie today as my blender has broken. Must buy a new one very, very soon! We miss our smoothies!

For lunch yesterday, I made a sandwich I've mentioned making but never described before in this blog. When I make fried tofu sandwiches, sometimes I'll make more tofu slices than I need so that I can use them later either at room temperature as slices in a sandwich or in this yummy spread!

This leftover tofu I used (3 slices) makes enough filling for a whole wheat pita. Alternatively, you could just serve it over your favorite greens.

1 stalk celery, diced fine
1 scallion, diced fine
1/2 large carrot, diced fine
Juice from 1/2 of a fresh lemon
A few sprigs fresh parley, chopped
Enough Vegenaise to make it as creamy as you want

In a medium bowl, mash up the tofu with a fork. Mix in rest of the ingredients. Stuff into a pita with your favorite fixings. I used slices of avocado and lettuce leaves. Sooo good!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Still Here...

Music: FM 89.3 WQUED, the classical station (24 hours!)

Lest you think I've forgotten this blog, never fear! I am now in the great city of Pittsburgh, PA in the neighborhood (or borough as they call them) of Mount Washington. And I'm even living in an absolutely beautiful National Historic Landmark called Chatham Village, a cooperative housing community.

As you can imagine, I'm settling in and unpacking (hate unpacking!) and with that goes learning to navigate my way around the city to get to all my favorite food places including the East End Food Co-op, Trader Joe's, the local Farmers' Markets, and Whole Foods. More details on all of these places later. And also my favorite non-food places such as the local library (yes, I've already got my library card, before my driver's license!).

Pittsburgh is a very hilly place and I feel a bit of culture shock going across numerous bridges (must remember that the Liberty Bridge takes me to Mt. Washington) and rivers and through tunnels, up and down curving streets, etc. I'll find my way. And I'll enjoy sharing it all with you.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Edamame and Artichoke Salad

Music: Broken Bells, Broken Bells

Today's smoothie: fresh peaches, parsley, banana, fresh strawberries

I love doing this. Making recipes I've enjoyed in restaurants or from the prepared food section of the grocery store. I tried this wonderful salad from Whole Foods and it was so good I just had to recreate it at home.

It's got an entire bag (but you could use two so you have leftovers) of frozen edamame beans (cook according to package directions), marinated artichokes drained & chopped (I used an entire 12 ounce jar of Cento brand), finely diced onions (or you could also use leeks or scallions), olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice, sea salt and ground pepper. That's it. How easy can that be? Of course, if that's too hard for you, you could always pay $9.99 for a pound of it at Whole Foods. Much cheaper to make your own, though. Just saying.

It's delicious as is or I sometimes even add a leftover cooked grain like quinoa, couscous, or brown rice for more bulk. Sauteed tofu or tempeh in strips on top would also be yummy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Picnics in the Parks

Music: birds twittering

Today's smoothie: beet greens, rice milk, mango

When the summer holidays hit, Jim and I stay home. We don't like the crowds that hit the highways and prefer to stick close to home. In fact, the one time we tried this around Labor Day weekend, the traffic was so horrible we said, "never again!" This doesn't mean we stay home inside the house. We take advantage of the beautiful parks right around here. This weekend we went to both Holly Recreation Area and the downtown Rochester Municipal Park.

We first stopped at Whole Foods and loaded up at their salad bar with amazingly fresh grain dishes and salad veggies, both roasted & raw. For$7.99 a pound, we filled those eco brown boxes full of delicious stuff!

My box held raw kale with shoyu and sesame oil, raw shredded beets & radishes, raw cucumbers, hearts of palm, tomato & asparagus salad, orange ginger noodles, quinoa with walnut, lemon juice, & roasted red peppers, & Spanish & black olives. Heavenly!

In between eating & water gazing (not to mention enjoying the cool breezes off the water), I read both Tracy Chevalier's latest masterpiece, Remarkable Creatures and Kate Chopin's last short story collection, A Vocation and a Voice. Picture perfect weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Farmers' Market in a Subdivision

Music: John Mellencamp, Life, Death, Love & Freedom

Today's smoothie: beet greens, fresh raspberries, banana

Well, I'm pleasantly surprised. While out on one of our evening turns (that's Jane Austen's term for a stroll in case you haven't heard that before), Jim pointed out to me wild black raspberry shrubs & cherry trees with bright red and black cherries along the foot path near Brewster Road in Rochester Hills (RH).

We're crashing here temporarily with my parents while waiting for our new home to be ready in Pittsburgh and, while RH likes to think it's the country with it's ridiculous two-lane roads (with a population of almost 70,000, who are they kidding?) that cause aggravatingly long commutes (it takes Jim 60 minutes to travel from downtown Royal Oak to here), we discovered a bit of its farm past. There are grooves in the trees on the easement along Brewster Road planted with pines but guess what? Nature comes back as evidenced by both our raspberry shrub and cherry tree finds. We picked at least $5 worth of each for free. Which was good because we couldn't make it to the Farmers' Market last Saturday.

Aren't they beautiful? And they were so sweet!

They were a special treat with my muesli!