My dearly beloved friend JJTWH just had her first baby about 3 1/2 weeks ago. JJTWH and I share a passion for yummy food and in particular for the joys of the farmers' market... & I knew she'd be wanting to eat delicious and nutritious food after all the hard work of making and birthing a small human being!
So, I've been cooking up a few dishes for her and her super awesome husband and their wonderful little creation:
Here she is one week old, and already cute as a button.
This week I made them a big lasagna. Here it is pictured uncooked, so that they could cook it up fresh for themselves. My lasagna recipe is a big combination of the Green Goddess Puree from VwaV, the Pine Nut Cream from Vcon, the Ricotta from Voluptuous Vegan, and then whatever else I'm in the mood for. While I was at it, I made one for us too (of course!).
This week they also got a fresh batch of socca, a bag of "You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate Cookies!", and a loaf of artichoke bread (that was not homemade!).
This is the Apple Crumb Tart from "Modern Vegetarian Kitchen". It's a delicious dessert - light, easy, fruity, and a nice balance of textures. I had a giant bag of apples from my grandfather's ever-abundant garden to work with.
A GIGANTIC pot of Quinoa Vegetable soup from Real Food Daily. This made so much. I put a few quarts in the freezer for them, and put the rest in the fridge for them to finish off right away.
Brownies from the "Joy of Vegan Baking." I love this recipe. So moist and dense and 1 million percent chocolatey. JJTWH's husband is a major choco-freak, so I knew I needed to represent with something good! In fact, his brother is starting up a cool raw chocolate company: Fearless Chocolate.
A big beautiful delicious batch of Stir Fried Veggies from Real Food Daily. I had never before made this recipe, but I *really* recommend it. It's so flavorful, with a lovely sweet-savory Asian-inspired stir fry sauce.
To go along with their big batch of veggies, I made the "Confetti Jasmine Rice" from RFD - a really nice rice with corn, bell pepper, coconut, and almonds. very yummy.
It's so nice to cook for others... it's a great feeling to know that they are grooving on yummy, nutritious food when they need it most!