Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peanut Stew

My lovely friend, Chava first introduced this recipe to me two years ago when I visited her in Atlanta. I still make it once in a while, have probably blogged about it before, and have noticed that it is a perfect recipe when entertaining vegan guests, as we plan to do so this weekend.

I did my own variation here, using what we had in the kitchen. It freezes well, and can be made days in advance before a party or dinner.

Chava's Peanut Stew: (my variation)

1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 T olive oil
1 eggplant
1 sweet potato
1 can of diced tomatoes with onion and garlic
1 roma tomato
2 c vegetable broth
4 T peanut butter
1/2 t ginger
dash of salt
1/3 c diced nuts
candied ginger (sliced)

1. Dice your onion and garlic and saute over olive oil for 5-7 minutes. At the same time, slice your small eggplant into chunks and let sit in salt water for 20 minutes with a plate pressing the squash down into the water. Remove from water and put in colander to dry.

2. Microwave sweet potato and then dice after cooling.

3. Add eggplant and sweet potato to the onion/garlic mixture and steam for 5 minutes.

4. Add vegetable broth, tomato, diced tomatoes and bring to a boil until the eggplant is soft.

5. Add nuts, ginger, candied ginger and peanut-butter. Let cool.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Grandma's Apple Cake

I've made my grandma's recipe a couple times recently, and it always reminds me so much of her. Her cake was usually very short/flat and sweet - she made it often.

The recipe:

Mix 2 cups of shredded and peeled apples with 1/2 cup a sugar and let sit for a bit (you know how grandmas' instructions are...)
Then mix with one beaten egg and 1/4 cup of oil and 1 t vanilla
Then add the dry ingredients separately:
1 cup flour
dash of cinnamon
dash of salt
1 t baking soda

Mix dry ingredients into wet batter.
Oil the loaf pan and pour batter into pan, bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy:) We always do. The best apples are right from the orchard but we used sweet Gala apples this time. Rebecca, my 15-month old, "helped" me bake this morning by tasting the apple peel. Well, it's a start!

Enjoy September.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Home cooking for a Tot

My sweet girl hates mashed potatoes - how can this be? She also rejects eggs, avocados, most other vegetables, popsicles, pizza, fish, beans, and quite a few other things. Mealtimes are constant, but they are also nerve-wracking -- what will I make her? Will she eat it? So tonight I baked a macaroni and cheese casserole, tweaking a Moosewood recipe:

1 and 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 and 1/2 cup organic whole milk
1/2 t dry mustard
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese
2 T Parmesan cheese
4 T Italian bread crumbs
8 oz. macaroni noodles (uncooked)

Moosewood instructs you to blend the cottage cheese, milk, dry mustard, salt, and pepper in a food processor, but I do it by hand. Then add the cheddar cheese and uncooked noodles and spread in a greased 9-inch pan. Add the Parmesan and bread crumbs on top and then bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Voila! I just hope she likes it. I'll take a photo of her eating it/refusing it either way...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Whole Wheat Tagliolini and Ice Cream Cake

Last weekend I felt ambitious in the kitchen and made this healthy, fresh, time-consuming recipe, Whole Wheat Tagliolini from Cooking Light.

We've also been making this very, very easy ice cream cake recipe from Real Simple. Both dishes go quickly in this household.

In other news, while I haven't been good about taking photos of food lately, my friends and I are pretty good at capturing my daughter in action. So here are a few photos of our summer:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

C is for...cookie salad!

I miss baking, and since friends from out of town are staying with us this week, what better excuse? So tonight I made this recipe, and the cookies are both pretty and plentiful. I so love hanging out in the kitchen with a book (well done JSF), a computer, and cookie batter.

I've also really enjoyed reading this series this past week, so much that I feel even more reflective than usual about life with our 1-year old (walking!) girl these days.

The one whose laughter is (pretty much) worth all the tears.

And as we increase the number of hours we need childcare, I can relate more than ever to the moms trying to squeeze in work while caring for a tot. I've given a lot of thought to "finding balance" but in the end I agree with those who say there is no achieving balance -- sometimes you do X very well, other times you do Y. Just a thought.

By the way, even though I don't cook or bake too often these days, I still fantasize about cooking complicated curry dishes and French country cooking. I would love to make cake pops or peach muffins or even an arugula salad, but for now most of my energy is utterly zapped by the time I get around to dinner. So cheers to daydreaming. Until next time xo

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Frozen fruit salad and vegan cupcakes

Wow, I haven't posted in forever!

I guess the day-to-day juggling act of working and caring for a young tot has made it hard to remember to post when I cook -- and that's not exactly too often these days! We've mostly been living off Amy's vegetarian and vegan pizzas, baked potatoes with broccoli, and pasta/salad/soup dishes. I also haven't baked in forever - until today.

Anyway, we're not vegan, but I've been more interested in vegan baking lately, so this afternoon I made these pretty cupcakes:

I eyeball/measured the frosting, mixing powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, soymilk, and olive oil.

Then I also made this fruit salad that my mother always used to make for the Fourth of July -- so very sweet!

Frozen Fruit Salad:

1 and 1/2 c sugar
Frozen orange juice
Large can of fruit cocktail
3 bananas, sliced
10 oz bag of sliced strawberries
Small can of pineapple (or use frozen)
Small can of peaches (frozen is fine too).

1. Boil 3 cups of water with your sugar, then remove from heat. Add orange juice and all fruits.
2. Pour into 9 x 13 pan or large tupperware and freeze overnight.

And too bad I couldn't capture photos of these items - they were gone baby, gone, before I could snap a few!

In other news, our precious girl is now 1! Some days I can't believe she has grown so fast, but I also remember trying to capture each moment in my mind, knowing it would soon pass. A friend of mine recently asked, "what did 6 months look like? what about 8 months?" and I can honestly recall vivid images of my daughter at each stage. At 6 months she had just learned to sit up, and at 8 months she had just learned to crawl. At 10 months she learned to sleep through the night. And at 1 year she abruptly decided she was done with nursing. She is consistently her own person, making her own decisions about her likes and dislikes. May we all be so lucky~xo

Monday, February 14, 2011

Baked Eggs

I remember my mom making this when I was young - it was my great aunt's recipe, a yummy one - great for brunches.

12 eggs, beaten
salt, pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded yellow cheese (I used a mild cheddar)
3/4 cup milk (I used soy milk)

Mix together all ingredients. Pour into greased oblong pan (9 x 13). Bake 1 hour 350 degrees.
Cut into squares.

Sweet Potato Chips

My family has been eating these easy sweet potato chips, or fries a lot lately - for dinner, for breakfast, for in-betweens. They're so easy: you just wash and slice up a sweet potato, put them on a lightly greased baking sheet, add salt and/or spices, and put them in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 or so minutes. Delish.

And now, here's something to warm your heart on a cold day. My sweet girl...

Flaxseed Squares

This is another mother-in-law recipe that my family deemed "Shirley Squares." It's the kind of recipe that changes each time you make it, but this is the current version:

2 cups oatmeal
1 cup flaxseed (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 (small) container of egg whites (or egg substitute, to make this a vegan recipe)
1 cup Splenda (or sugar or raw sugar if you like it less processed)
2 tsp cinnamon
4 dallops of applesauce

Spray baking dish with Pam or butter spray - mix ingredients and put in dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Yay for fiber!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Vegetable Soup, How I Adore Thee

The past few days my mother-in-law and I have made vegetable soup twice - so yummy. I don't have photos yet, but I will post one soon.

We've been using chopped and diced leeks, sweet potato, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, celery and vegetable stock. I could eat this every. single. day. And not tire of it.

We've also been slicing up sweet potatoes and making sweet potato fries. We've also been playing nursery songs over and over and over again so much that the lyrics get into my head at night and make it harder to fall asleep.

Happy February friends. xo