Sunday, April 26, 2009

happenings in my kitchen

I did manage to squeak out a little cooking yesterday, in-between a trip to the Farmer's Market, some yoga, getting Dan's hair cut, picking up Dan's new glasses, etc. When you only have one weekend day off a week, you have to make it count, right?

I made, in my opinion, a very visually-appealing batch of granola for Dan to take home for his breakfasts this week:
Sweetened with locally-harvested maple syrup, and chock-full of almonds, sunflower seeds, dried apples, dried blueberries, and dried cranberries, I think this might be one of my tastiest batches yet!

I ignored recipes this time, and made a simple saute of onion, garlic, chard, mushrooms, and chickpeas, seasoned with extra-virgin olive oil, za'atar, and plenty of freshly-ground black pepper. A delicious puddle of polenta hiding underneath, and a sprinkle of feta on top. Yum.

You know, polenta is another one of those foods, like couscous, that I have a tendency to forget about. Love them, but hardly ever make them. Hm. Curious.

Cupcakes! I swear to you, the Moosewood Vegan Chocolate Cake recipe is the best cake I've ever had. Tender, moist, and TONS of rich chocolate flavor. (It's also the most ridiculously easy thing I think I've ever thrown together.) I topped the cupcakes with vegan almond buttercream, and Dan was in charge of the sprinkles. :)


Sharon said...

Granola, love!

VeganWoman said...

The Moosewood Vegan Chocolate Cake looks amazing. That frosting looks so good. Great pictures!

Anonymous said...

I like the looks of the diced apples in the granola--very nice!

Hahaha--for some reason, the frosting on the cupcakes looks green on my computer. I am guessing that the vegan almond butter cream probably isn't green...
I am glad you like that cake recipe--it has always been a favorite in my family!


Catherine Weber said...

No . . . that's green frosting, Courtney! The color was chosen by Dan, and he overloaded the sprinkles, too. :)

Katy said...

I really need to try that recipe! I always forget and just use the one in VCTOTW, but I've heard lots of good things about the Moosewood one. Next time!