Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats got to pick out TWO meals today, and he did a great job!
We had a great start to our day with a family waffle party. There was a pretty small turnout, but it was so nice. Waffles, fruit salad, OJ, coffee and nice visiting. It was a chilly, foggy morning, so it felt great to be drinking coffee and eating waffles together. These are the Raised Waffles from Vegan Brunch. Let me discuss these waffles with you. THEY ARE AMAZING. They are the best waffles I've ever made. After I made them the first time, I knew that I would never again need to make any other waffle. As Isa suggests, I make the batter the night before and then leave it in the fridge to rise overnight. They are Mr. VE&T's favorite special breakfast... and now I am pleased to report that my dad loved them as well. Let's just say that up until this morning, my dad has had a rocky relationship with vegan waffles. No More! Huzzah!
Also, a quick shout out to our local farmers market - check out this all-local fruit salad in mid-October?! It's crazy madness. Melons, oranges, pears, apples, strawberries, pluots, and raspberries. It was delicious.
And tonight's Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats dinner pick was "Charred Plum Tomato Soup with Corn and Crispy Okra Strips" from Vegan Soul Kitchen. Please notice that Mr. VE&Ts picked two different variations of tomato soup for his dinners this week! Maybe I should have a whole week of tomato soup variations! I served the soup with a toasted wedge of torta di ceci (aka socca). mmm.
This soup was totally freaking great. The tomatoes and garlic are roasted for 45 minutes and then added to a very fragrant Simple Corn Broth... oh man. These two factors alone had our kitchen smelling insanely good. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly, except for reducing the oil and salt a bit. This soup, on its own, is a totally stunning tomato soup... I think it is now officially my favorite tomato soup ever. My Crispy Okra Strips were super tasty, but not totally crispy. This is completely due to my inability to use 1/2 cup of oil. So my okras were a tiny bit crispy, a lot sauteed, but still a lot deliciously good. They are dredged in some simple but flavorful flour first, and they are a really great addition to the soup. I highly recommend this recipe!
Good pickin' Mr. VE&T!
Fun Facts about Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats
- he was on his high school math team.
- he wears a pink headband when he plays tennis.
- his grandma Bubba used to make water with sugar in it for him (he says "yeah, sugar water!")
- he got yelled at by John McEnroe when he was 7 years old.
- he has a man-crush on Jacques Pepin.
- he loves to sing "She Blinded Me With Science" all the time. Science!