Sunday, February 27, 2011

Nepali food, Indian food and cake.

Lunch today was this beautiful plate of Nepali food, namely the moong dal (split mung bean soup) in the little bowl and the hot and fiery tomato achaar (chutney) which you can see on the rice. The Indian element of my meal is the alu matar (potatoes and peas) which was the perfect curried accompaniment to the rice and soup. Just can't get enough of this good stuff.

This is a closeup of the roasted tomato hot and spicy achaar. It's basically roasted tomatoes, green chiles, garlic blended into a puree and combined with fresh garlic, ginger, timbur (szechuan pepper), salt, fenugreek and red chili. The recipe is from the book "Taste of Nepal" which I highly recommend!

This is a boiled raisin "depression era" cake that I've made before. This time I used brown sugar and added orange blossom water and cardamom.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nepali dinner.

I was in the mood for Nepali food tonight so out came my Taste of Nepal cookbook. First up, Moong Daal (yellow split mung beans) with red chilies, lots of ginger and garlic! It's a must to eat daal with rice. Sorry for the really bad photos, they seem to be super yellow!

It's good to have a curry to go along with your daal and rice. I made this mixed vegetable curry which was missing potatoes because I totally forgot that I had some! Too late. But this is still very good. Made with mixture of spices: timbur (szechuan peppercorns), fenugreek, garam masala, turmeric, asafetida and cumin.

While everything was cooking, I whipped up the No-Cook Tomato Achaar (chutney). It has fresh tomatoes, garlic, fresh ginger, timbur (szechuan pepper), hot green chilis, salt and lemon juice. The best way to eat this is to generously pour it all over your plate on top of the daal, rice and curry!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spanish Rice and Beans

Tonight's dinner was a very simple one pot dish, the 'spanish rice and beans' from 1,000 Vegan Recipes. It was very delicious.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cheese n Pickle Sandwich, Tuscan Braised Beans

This was my breakfast this morning. Daiya cheddar and Piccalilli on sunflower rye bread. It was sooo good. Must try this with Branston pickle next time!

I made the Tuscan Braised Beans from The Urban Vegan cookbook for dinner. It's so good with pita bread or even by itself! The beans were braised with olive oil, lemon, vinegar, garlic and sage. Yummy!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tempeh Reuben & Orange Tea Cake

Yummy tempeh reuben on german sunflower rye bread. That's Daiya cheddar!

A simple vanilla cake where I substituted oj and water for the liquid in the batter. I also added a bit of orange zest. This is perfect with tea.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Salad, Sandwich, Cake.

This was my dinner tonight. My friend sprouted some mung beans and gave me some which I decided to use in this salad. I also added baked tempeh, tomatoes and creamy dijon dressing (dijon, vegenaise, red wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, pepper).

This was lunch sometime last week. Baked tofu sandwich!

And a yummy chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream that I made for Superbowl Sunday.