I was in the mood to bake, so I made these delicious Persimmon Bars with Lemon Glaze. I found this recipe and printed it out eons ago... just ran across it in my recipe folder. I used applesauce instead of most of the oil, and raisins instead of dates (my dog Dottie has discovered the joys of stealing food off the kitchen counter top... heavy sigh. thus, I found my dates out in the backyard... and switched to raisins). I brought these along to the Downtown Santa Cruz Christmas Parade. Such fun, even if it was freezing cold.
Last night's dinner: Paella, Tomato Sauce, and Tofu-Roasted Garlic Aioli from "Voluptuous Vegan." I am loving this cookbook. The Paella was so good - roasted cauliflower & chickpeas, roasted & marinated tempeh, veggies, and tomato-onion rice.... mmm! I used smoked paprika on the tempeh, and it was my first time using smoked paprika. Now I see what all the fuss is about. What a wonderful ingredient! The little tempeh nuggets alone were fantastic. The aioli is very good, and very strong, and makes a LOT more than you need. Make a half recipe... that's my suggestion.
I had a very special breakfast this morning! I drove over to see my super-special friend JJTWH, and we made brunch together. We both love to cook, and often trade recipes back and forth. Today we made the Pumpkin Waffles from VwaV, the Herb Roasted Potatoes from VwaV, and a fruity salad. Plus OJ & Decaf. mmm what a great time cooking and eating we had. The batter for the waffles was super thick, so I had to thin it down with a little water. Otherwise, no complaints! We had a great day together.
Tonight I made a big huge dish of delicious vegan lasagna - homemade tomato sauce, herbed tofu & olive mixture, veggie mix, and noodles. mmmmmmmmmmmm I love lasagna! I made this for my grandpa and my great aunt, and we had a very sweet dinner together. There was also butternut squash roasted in the oven, and a nice fresh salad. It is such a pleasure to cook for other people, especially when they enjoy the food! There was a lot leftover, so I think we're on for lasagna again tomorrow night. I just love spending time with those two. What a lucky gal I am!