Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"It's like vegan Thanksgiving!"

(a direct quote from Dan the Man last night, upon initial inspection of what we were having for dinner.)

First off, I made an apple pie yesterday afternoon. I love making pie -- it's a long process, but it's so darn much FUN! (Yes, I'm a nerd.) I made my great-grandma Agnes Donahe's pie crust recipe, and then filled it with peeled, sliced, Granny Smith apples, mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and flour. I know that I've told you all about my love affair with pie in the past, so I'll spare you a retelling. Photos are better anyhow:
I had a piece last night, as did Dan, (the man who hates all dessert except for pie and gummy candy,) and I had another piece for breakfast this morning. Three cheers for pie!

Now, on to the taters. Aren't they cute?
I had never heard of buttercream potatoes before, so I decided to give them a try. Holy yumminess, Batman! I quartered and boiled the 2 pounds of potatoes pictured above (that's a cereal bowl they are spilling out of -- aren't they cute?) with four cloves of garlic. Once the taters slid off a fork when pierced, I drained and mashed them (and the garlic) with a little bit of butter and a little bit of rice milk, salted and peppered them, and then folded in some chopped parsley. I haven't made mashed potatoes in a LONG time, and we both enjoyed them very much.

AND, I made Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy for the first time! Upon initial review of the recipe, I decided I would make one major change, which was pureeing the gravy with my stick blender, instead of leaving it chunky. I thought the gravy had a slightly unusual flavor on its own, but when spilled over the potatoes, it was fabulous! I only made half a recipe and had a TON of gravy leftover, (even with two pounds of taters,) which I stuck in the freezer to use another day. Next time, I may use a little less tamari, because I found the soy flavor slightly overpowering -- I may substitute a little miso, or just plain ol' salt. We shall see.

For our main course, I chopped up a bunch of veggies with my new knife, (sweet potato, onion, fennel, zucchini, and red pepper,) tossed them with some cubed tofu, extra-virgin olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs (fennel fronds, parsley, thyme, and rosemary,) and roasted them in a 425 degree oven for about 45 minutes. This yielded enough dinner for Dan and I, plus leftovers for both of us for lunch today. Me, being the hungry moron I was, forgot to take a picture of my plate last night! So, you get a photo of leftovers . . . sorry!
(The gravy did kind of congeal in the fridge overnight, but I assume it will loosen up once rewarmed.) You can kind of see the potatoes peeking out underneath the mountain of gravy over there on the right, can't you?

I may make "Swiss Chard with Chickpeas and Couscous" for lunch today, and save my leftovers from last night for work lunch one day later this week. Off to job search now . . . wish me luck!


Crystal said...

Your pie looks awesome, Catherine! Love the cutouts.

I bet Dan is excited that he now has lunches courtesy of you :)


Anonymous said...

Wow Catherine, everything looks and sounds amazing! The pie is beautiful, and even the leftovers look lovely. Dan is one lucky guy! Good luck with the job search...


MeloMeals said...

Your pie looks fabulous! very impressive...

I always puree my PRCPG so I can not use the oil/flour.. plus my son likes it better that way.. I use Braggs instead of soysauce as well... we LOVE PRCPG.. I just blogged about it too..

Your tofu/veg combo looks delicious..

I always boil up garlic with my potatoes.. it is soo good... (I even save the cooking water to use for soups... I am such a frugal freak!)

Catherine Weber said...

Crystal, Dan doesn't get leftovers lunch from me very often, but I do what I can -- gotta feed my starving rock star, right?? Hey, if you and Ryan don't have anything to do on Saturday, you should come out -- Dan has a show with the "silly band." Email me if you want details! Oh, and I have fun with cookie cutters and piecrust -- I figure, I need steam vents anyhow, they might as well be cute!

Courtney, thanks! In regards to the job search, I think I'm going to temp for a while, which seems like the path of least resistance, at least for now. We'll see what happens . . . !

Melody, thanks! I'll have to try Bragg's next time in the gravy -- bet that would be even awesomer! (Is that a word? Eh.)

Kelly said...

The pie looks great. Pie is one of my favorite things to make. You are giving dinner ideas as I read. Hope it wasn't too bad at work without me.

Anonymous said...

yum, all looks amazing!