Of course, I am still trying to use up lots of tomatoes with each and every meal. Last week I made up a half-batch of "Tomato and Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans" (what a name!) from "Veganomicon." It was great! Hearty and light all at once - rich and flavorful but not excessively complex. So good, and definitely something I'll make again. Especially for Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats who loves Tomato Soup with Rice as much as anything else on this planet.
For dessert, I made a Pear Pie, following an old favorite recipe from "Quick Vegetarian Pleasures." This pie is so darned good! A lovely yoga student gave us a big bag of pears - Mr. VE&T's most favorite fruit, and so I made his most favorite dessert of all time. It was delicious, and it was devoured. Mmmmmm!
Next, I put some more tomatoes to good use and made some great tofu omlettes. I used the "Fresh Tomatoes and Corn Frittata" filling from "Fresh Food Fast" and instead of mixing it up with a bunch of eggs, I used it as the filling for the tofu omlettes from "Vegan Brunch." It was a perfectly delicious and filling summer meal. The omlettes are so fluffy and flavorful, and the fresh veggie-rific filling was a perfect balance.
An Indian-inspired meal:
Nima Sherpa's totally amazing Potato Salad. I love this recipe so much. It's really delicious. Nima Sherpa is from Nepal, and the flavors in this potato salad are surprising and unexpected, but totally harmonious and satisfying.
This was the "Indian Split Pea Soup" from "Olive Trees and Honey." It was good, but there are other Indian soup recipes and other traditional split pea soup recipes that I prefer... so I probably wouldn't make it again.
Of course, there had to be some tomatoes in the meal: a light Indian tomato salad - tomatoes, hot peppers, scallions, cilantro, and a light dash of oil and salt for dressing. Very fresh and refreshing!
A Tennis Party:
Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats' tennis team had a party to celebrate the end of their season, and their especially good results. I brought along a HUGE bowl of "Mexicali Chop" from "Real Food Daily" cookbook - one of my favorite dishes of all time, and a great potluck dish. It was all eaten up by the end of the party!
I also came up with the "great idea" of making a sheet cake and decorating it like a tennis court! The cake came out very yummy, but the tennis court decoration ended up looking a bit drab. Ha ha! Either way, those crazy tennis nuts all appreciated the idea!
Using Up More Cherry Tomatoes:
I love, love, LOVE this recipe: it's the "Fresh Corn Polenta with Cherry Tomatoes" from "Fresh Food Fast" by Peter Berley. It's light, summery, sweet and savory... totally delectable. I also love the way the corn kernels and the whole cherry tomatoes both literally pop their flavors in your mouth.
I loved Diann's recommendation for the "sofregit" recipe from one of the recent Daring Chef challenges... So, I made a big double batch of the sofregit, and mixed it up with some cooked farro & pearl barley for a very yummy dish. I cooked it up in the middle of a hot afternoon, thinking that we'd all enjoy a nice room-temperature salady-type dish. Well, by the time I got to my parents' house, the fog had rolled in, and we found out that it was great heated up as well. I really liked this combo, and I'd definitely make it again.
For dessert I made a beautiful and simple peach tart from an old Martha Stewart baking book that my mom and I picked up at the library book sale last year. I didn't have a fancy "flower-shaped tart pan," like Martha suggested, so I just free-formed it and it turned out great. Yummy!
We have been eating SO MUCH WATERMELON. Maybe a 1/2 a melon every day? It's so delicious! Here you see my crazy system of just cubing the melon into big chunks right there in the peel. Then I dump the whole thing out into a bowl and we gobble it up!
We also went through quite a little blackberry phase... when the bushes near our house were abundant with yumminess. I'm always surprised that there aren't more people out there picking all that free and delicious fruit!