Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last Year on Chocolate Onion











The nights and mornings are starting to feel like fall here (already!). Here's what I was writing about this time last year.

August 23, 2010: Quick Meals for the Dog Days of Summer I don't know about you, but when these dog days of hot summer hit, I find that my appetite kind of vanishes. I crave more fruit and fruity drinks and ice cold water. Read more.

August 18, 2010: Hearts of Palm, Tomato, & Green Bean Salad This is a spin-off of a wonderfully simple salad I enjoyed from Whole Foods last month. Read more.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Light Summer Dinner

Music: Bessie Smith, Empty Bed Blues











In the summer, when it's a little too warm for a little too long, my appetite lessens. So, this past weekend, this simple meal satisfied me. It's my homemade hummus spread on some toasted cracked wheat bread, one with cucumbers and our fresh parsley the other with heirloom tomatoes and our fresh basil. Leftovers veggies on the side with some Annie's Naturals Goddess Dressing (the vegan variety). Delish.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What Else Can You Make Besides Homemade Bread?

Music: Gerry O'Beirne, Half Moon Bay (with compliments to T.L.!)


Up until the summer heat really hit here, Jim was making homemade bread a few times a week and pizza every Sunday. But even with air conditioning, our kitchen gets very hot since there are no a/c vents in the room. And we don't want to make the a/c work too hard. This was the last pizza Jim made a few weeks ago, Pizza Patate (Potato Pizza). It's from the book, My Bread by Jim Lahey. It was so delicious and moist, who needs icky cheese? Cheese would definitely ruin this pizza, which the recipe didn't even call for.



Isn't it beautiful? I was in heaven! I think we'll make this for my parents next time we visit...






And, from an older bit of leftover bread, Jim made a Panzanella Salad (recipe is from the same book mentioned above), which is made with cubed stale bread that is rehydrated by soaking it in water in a bowl for about a minute, then squeezing out as much of the liquid as possible. It is then ready to be made into the salad and absorb the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. We added diced onion, greens, cucumbers, basil leaves, and tomatoes.