On a beautiful summer day, I wanted some freshly baked bread so decided it was time to take my first shot at focaccia. I searched many recipes and ended up combining aspects of several of them. The result was not quite the texture I was aiming for, but it was still light, flavorful, and delicious. I incorporated rosemary from my home garden (the top of the plant is visible to the right of the olive oil) in the dough as well as on top and also topped it with onions made from my farm share caramelized with some maple syrup and red wine.
Month: August 2007
My favorite thing to do with tomatoes is make bruschetta. I got addicted to the stuff at my favorite Italian place (Salvi Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY), where they serve it on crostini at the start of the meal along with grissini and warm bread. It was the first food I could really enjoy that had discernible tomatoes that weren’t cooked to the point of being sauce. Since then, I’ve taken big steps such as adding tomato slices to sandwiches. Last year I was able to start eating cherry tomatoes whole! But when using the standard sorts of tomato, I still make sure to remove the seed goop (aka “tomato snot”).
This particular batch, which I made with DD, used a mix of tomatoes from my farm share (red) and my garden (yellow) as well as basil from the garden. I have never measured anything for this dish, in part because a lot depends on the tomatoes. Go with what feels right.
Mac and (Not)Cheese
Okay, and it’s not actually macaroni, either, but I love the way radiatorre holds the sauce. The principle is still there, and it tastes damn fine. One of the first things I cooked for myself as a young’un was Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and it was one of those comfort foods that I really missed as a vegan. This stuff has the same feeling for me, but tastes so much better! And, though I often forget, it’s not even unhealthy. It might even be good for me.
This is adapted from an uncredited recipe that was posted in the VeganCooking LiveJournal Community, and I was unable to track down the original author. It was certainly similar to some recipes I’ve seen in books, so it could be anyone. If you’re out there, thank you!
The original called for a jar of pimentos but I have since discovered that roasted red peppers work just as well and are much cheaper. I buy them large jars then freeze into recipe-sizes portions. This dish is so quick to make that even though the first thing I do is put the water on to boil, everything else is ready by the time the pasta is drained. (Though that might not be true if I had an induction cooktop.) It’s a great last-minute dinner that is always a guest pleaser as well.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
As we take over the world, one cupcake at a time…
Even though I’d recently acquired Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, I didn’t have it handy when I started baking so the body of these is standard “Wacky Cake”. By the time they were in the oven, I was able to ponder my frosting option and chose Peanut Buttercream, but I’d made a double batch of cupcakes and only a single of frosting so I didn’t have enough to pipe. I added the streaks of chocolate syrup and the peanuts for visual interest, since the frosting was a fairly bland color, and I also like when a garnish reflects what’s inside.
The cupcakes were delicious, and the peanut butter and chocolate definitely worked well together (to nobody’s surprise). Next time, I’ll do a lot more frosting and use it to fill the cakes.