One of the few things my mom made when I was a kid was shepherd's pie. Hers was hamburger, creamed corn, and instant mashed potatoes. When the husband said he wanted shepherd's pie, I knew I'd find a good recipe for it, but I'd planned on using the Gardein meatless crumbles. But last night, with no idea what to make and plenty of lentils, I searched Pinterest and found this recipe. A recipe where I had every ingredient! That almost never happens, so I gave it a go. I didn't have quite enough potatoes, but it was still yummy. The kiddo cleaned her plate, and the hubs added cheese and hot sauce to his and loved it. I loved it too. Simple but yummy. No pics! Maybe I'll get a decent one later when I eat leftovers.
No pics, cause there are some things I can't make pretty :) Right now I'm drinking a Silk Nog smoothie. Silk nog, frozen bananas, nutribiotic rice protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. So yummy. Dinner last night was the raised waffles from Vegan Brunch and an apple cinnamon sauce I made to top them. Of course, it ended up being chunky applesauce, but it was yummy. So yummy.
I haven't made one of my favorite recipes, Mercy for Animals' Chix Pot Pie recipe in entirely too long. I didn't buy any Phyllo dough this time ($5/pack!) so I made dough from scratch using this recipe. I used some Gardein strips for the chix. LOVE this recipe. Love pot pie.
This year the kiddo loves wolves. Maybe you'll recall that last year, it was tigers.
As it happens every year, I drew a total blank on what to make her. And then, eventually, I remembered Pinterest. Through the magic of pinterest, I found this amazing cake. Challenge accepted.
Except for the chocolate rocks and the plastic wolves, the entire cake is vegan. The kiddo loves chocolate rocks (she used to get them on her FroYo at TCBY) so I wasn't going to skip them. Hubs helped with the grass a little and the kiddo helped place the chocolate rocks. The cake is Red Velvet. For some reason I didn't use Isa & Terry's recipe, and I regretted it. NEVER DOUBT ISA AND TERRY.
And yeah, my baby is EIGHT. Wow. She's still epic amounts of awesome, too :)
Sorry everyone! I've been querying a book and revising a book and thinking of more books. Clearly it interferes with my food blogging. But the kid's birthday is soon and I've got plans! So hang tight. :)
I know what you people like. Sweets. We went to the local cider mill this morning. Okay, wait. Let's take a break right there. I spent the last 5 years living at least 3 hours away (one way) from an orchard. Cider. Fresh apples. Nothing. Now we live 15 minutes from a place that fresh presses their own cider and sells apple cider donuts. Of course they aren't vegan, which is sad for me and the kiddo. So I took my gallon of cider and we started making donuts. Up first. This recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. I subbed ener-g for the eggs. They're yummy! I used the Bob's AP GF mix and it has a little bit too much of it's own flavor, but these were yummy and the kiddo really loved them. Yay!
Okay, so maybe getting falafel and hummus from a Greek place wasn't the best idea I ever had, but it's all vegan! YAY! From Apollo Restaurant in Watertown NY. They're really friendly and the waitress knows what vegan means! Hummus, kalamata olives, falafel, pita, grape leaves. Pretty good! The falafel isn't too falafel-y, and the hummus is chunky and super garlicky, but it's good.
Ugh, sorry everyone! Working on some things that are keeping me busy.
My favorite thing about owning a grill? My husband cooks dinner more often. Here we have grilled potatoes (From the farmer's market, they're called "creamers" apparently), grilled garlic scapes, some squash, and BBQ tofu.
I love BBQ tofu. Tofu and barbeque sauce, together, always good.
Tonight's dinner is just pasta and broccoli. No picture of that :)
One of the (very few) things we miss about NC is the BBQ Tofu sandwiches at the Black Cat Cafe in Raleigh NC. Even my husband, who isn't a vegan, misses them. Last night, he set about to recreate these sandwiches, with BBQ tofu and cole slaw. They were really yummy, but too spicy - the called for hot sauce in the recipe was too much for us and definitely for the kiddo, so cut down on that unless you like things to burn.
Please excuse the non-gluten free rolls. I had a moment of weakness. The commissary had some ridiculously moldy Schar rolls the last time we went, and I can't buy anything from that section for awhile now, to ease my freaked out mind.
Today we got a last minute invite to a friend's potluck thing. I made more coleslaw and some tiny cupcakes. Then I made some black bean burgers which were good, and everyone ate theirs, yay!
I tried some of the mini cupcakes and some frosting, so not my healthiest day. But the commissary has the silk soy yogurt on sale for $.75!