It's Foodie Friday! Foodie Friday is my weekly feature that gives you a window into my kitchen. I love to cook, I love to eat, I love to read cookbooks, and I love to inspire people to give vegan food a chance. Thus, Foodie Friday was whipped up and baked to perfection.The Christmas crazy is definitely here, but I managed to set aside some time to recap my cooking adventures from the past couple of weeks.
Let's start off with a culinary triumph that has been years in the making for me: vegan s'mores! You might recall that I obtained some gelatin-free marshmallows all the way back in October. I finally broke those babies out, popped a handful onto a skewer, and toasted them over the flame on my gas stove.
Although I might have almost pulled a Sylvia Plath that night from firing up the burner over and over, it was totally worth it:
It was everything that I had been dreaming about these last few marshmallow-less years. Check that off the bucket list!
It's my mission to make every vegan macaroni and cheese recipe on the planet, so when I saw one for pumpkin mac and cheese, I added it to my list. When my nonvegan cousin randomly made it and loved it, I sprang into action--I couldn't go another day without trying it. It's insanely delicious. The pumpkin makes the sauce so creamy and the spices add a flavor element that you wouldn't expect from mac and cheese. Trust me, if you try it, you'll be hooked!
My next attempt at a pasta recipe, noodles with spicy peanut sauce from 1,000 Vegan Recipes, did not work out as well as the previous. The problem was mine--I haven't yet perfected my rice noodle cooking technique, so I ended up with delicious peanut sauce and a gooey, gelatinous blob of stuck-together rice noodles. Despite my apparent inability to boil water properly, I still ate this for three meals in a row because I couldn't let the tasty sauce go to waste.
Finally, tonight's dinner was spicy black bean orzo soup from 1,000 Vegan Recipes. It was just what I was craving on a wintery night... Although I have to be honest, I had all of the windows in my house open today. It isn't exactly wintery in central California. So I have to pretend that it's wintery. I'm not doing a very good job of fooling myself, but at least I'm eating well.