Last night I made this fantastic meal... I've made it before, and I was testing it out again to see if I should put it in my annual Christmas cookbook. It'll definitely be in there! This is the "Star-Anise Glazed Tempeh with stir-fried peppers" from "Vegetarian Suppers" by Deborah Madison. Seriously, this recipe is reason enough to buy that cookbook. It's quick and delicious and different flavors than things I usually make - a bit sweet, a bit salty... mmm! I served it with saffron rice - white basmati flavored with saffron.
Also! tonight I made a second attempt at the apple-hazelnut bread I made the other night. Usually I"m one to reduce oil in a recipe, but this bread was WAY too dry the first time around. My standard M.O. is to follow a recipe faithfully the first time, and then start making changes as needed. That first loaf had a wonderful flavor, but was actually too dry to enjoy in the end. This time I added 2 Tablespoons of canola oil, and another 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. I haven't tasted it yet, because I'm planning on taking it on my trip with me to feed my friends - but it looks amazing. This time it rose nicely, and feels heavy and moist. Smells good too - it's got cloves, cocoa powder, and rum as speices - but just in very small amounts.
Can't wait to try it!