Sorry I haven't posted for a few days - I've been busy! I just got home from a 5 1/2 hour yoga workshop! Phew! I was looking forward to cooking, but I can't say I was too disappointed to walk in and see Musty with a bag of Chinese delivery. :) Here are a few highlights of interest:
Well, I gotta say, the food here in Northern California is just so insanely amazing. Here's what I brought home from the farmer's market one day this week (I go at least once, sometimes twice a week). It's all organic, and all local! Rutabegas, English cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, little gem lettuce, asparagus, chard, kiwis, 2 grapefruits and a pomelo, and STRAWBERRIES! Oh yeah! I -heart- strawberry season!
2 nights ago I spontaneously made this wonderful, wonderful meal! hoorah! I've had a little tube of that pre-made Trader Joe's polenta in my cupboard for quite a while now... waiting for inspiration. First, I sliced up a red onion into a bunch of rings, and started slowly caramelizing them in a 1/2 tsp or so of olive oil (I used a special porcini mushroom olive oil, for extra flavor). Then I cut up about 4 tomatoes, into 1/4 inch slices and started them roasting in the oven at 400 degrees. I drizzled them with a very little amount of oil (Hot Tuscan Olive Oil) and sprinkled a little bit of salt before popping them in the oven. Then I cut 8 discs from the polenta tube, about 1/2 inch thick and sauteed them in a little olive oil. Meanwhile, I started a quick steam sautee of my big huge bag of spinach, with a couple cloves of coarsely chopped spinach. When the tomatoes were almost done, I sprinkled on some fresh, chopped rosemary. Yum! I made some little timbales with my polenta discs... A polenta disc, a scoop of tofu ricotta, a couple roasted tomatoes, a little more ricotta, another polenta, more ricotta, and topped with another tomato or two. I served with some steam-sauteed garlicky spinach, fresh corn, and extra roasted tomatoes. Musty declared this to be one of the best meals I have ever made. Right on!
I don't eat that much chocolate - but I was really in a mood for it this week! So I got us a bunch of different ones to sample and enjoy: Terra Nostra Rice Milk Truffle, Terra Nostra Raisins and Pecans, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Mink, & Endangered Species Dark Chocolate with Blueberries. Both of us agreed that our favorite was definitely the Rice Milk Truffle bar - which sort of surprised me because I am a big fan of dark chocolate. It was so so good, creamy and yummy!
Also - check out this deal! The other day I accompanied Musty to "his" store (i.e. the "normal" grocery store, as compared to all the natural foods stores I frequent). Around here, even all the normal stores have pretty extensive natural foods selections (which is awesome!). Anyhow, as he was sampling a free piece of chocolate (not vegan), I noticed a freezer case full of discontinued items for 99 cents each! I looked inside and they were all organic hippie products! I got a bag of organic edamame, organic corn, an Amy's brand Indian Korma meal, and a whole entire Tofurkey meal!!! For 99 cents EACH! I was so excited I could hardly believe it. If we had more room in our tiny freezer, I woulda bought more.
Hopefully I'll do some more cooking soon, & have more stuff to share with you all!