Monday, September 01, 2008

Look at the Elephant in the Room!



First off...meet my new lunch box!!! Isn't he fantastic???!!!

Had a busy Sunday!

While I was planning up a storm at my local cafe, K was cool enough to hit our organic/local market stands all on his own. Not only did he manage to snag everything that was on our market list, but he got me a little treat - a whole bunch of wild blueberries! I could hardly let them stain my fridge, so I got to work as soon as I could strap myself into my apron and whipped up a batch of Wild Blueberry & Whole Wheat Muffins. A couple of my team members might become vegan by the end of tomorrow's meeting when I unveil these tasty (and very colourful) lovelies. Are you loving the elephant tray I picked up on Saturday morning? I am!



I also managed to boil down about 6 cups of black beans with the hope of them keeping me well supplied in quick and tasty protein sources for the week to follow.



I was craving some root veggies last night and I had a pumpkin burger and a hazelnut burger in the fridge that needed eating so I threw together some organic carrots, an organic sweet potato and garlic cloves before closing them up in the 400 degree oven for about 2 hours. To this I added some farm fresh/local corn cobs (the rest I enjoyed with some black beans for lunch today). I have to say, even with my childhood exposure to the succulence of Ontario peaches and cream corn, - this was amazingly tasty corn! Yummmy!


I also put together a dish for tomorrow night's dinner - eggplant, sesame paste and chickpeas. Ready for a tomorrow night reheat.

Wishing everyone a great day full of veggies and sunshine!

33 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

If I wasn't a vegan already, getting one of your muffins would assuredly make me one! What lucky team members you have!

And the lunchbox is tres adorable :o).

Ricki said...

That is the cutest lunchbox! My sister collects elephants and adores anything related to them--where ever did you find it?! (Oh, and the food doesn't look too shabby, either!) ;)

julie said...

I have a cooking question...
Have you ever used "compote potagere" or "groentencompote"? It came free with 2 jars of applesauce and I am stumped on how to use it. Could I substitute it for oil in a chocolate cake recipe? I usually replace the oil with applesauce anyway and this might even be a better substitute. Maybe you have a better idea...
PS Your ideas for pumpkin are very creative!

Celine said...

ok: I don't use a lunchbox, I don't need a lunchbox, but I'd give anything to have that lunchbox. c'est de la folie!

Catherine said...

ooooohhhhh . . . elephants! so darling!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Nice to meet you, Mr. Elephant Lunchbox.

Hehe, that is adorable!

Wow, pumpkin burgers and hazelnut burgers? Those certainly sound heaven-sent! Yum.

And corn on the cob = awesome.

sweetpotato said...

I love your lunchbox!!! I need to get a lunchbox since I go to school for TEN HOURS and have to eat lunch and dinner on campus! Booo! I hope I can find something as cute as yours.

Chelsea said...

That lunchbox is sooooo cute! And I love the tray! Your coworkers are lucky :)

Judy's Nutrition said...

OOooh what a cute lunchbox! And that corn - wow. Nothing says summer like that.

aTxVegn said...

Did you make pumpkin burgers? It sounds really delicious!

I love the elephant lunchbox and tray. And the muffins on the tray.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I love the elephant theme. That's the cutest lunchbox I've seen.

VeganCowGirl said...

Julie - you could definitely sub the applesauce for the oil. I have found that in Brussels most of the apple sauce has sugar added - you really have to hunt for the sugar free stuff. But it is out there!

Mihl said...

So, by now your coworkers should be vegan :) Love both your elepahnt lunchbox and the tray. Elephants are best :)

The Voracious Vegan said...

Adorable lunchbox, I love it! And the food looks beautiful, really hearty and delicious.

jennycestcake said...

Great lunchbox, great elephant plate, and great food!!

kree said...

The elephant stuff is very cute!
The muffins look great and so does the corn on the cob, yum!

Billy said...

Sure, feel free to use and distribute my essay on veganism.

jessy said...

awwwwwwwww! your lunchbox = ADORABLE! i want one! :) and those muffins = sweet deliciousness! what a great idea on cooking up some black beans for the week. think i'll do something similar, but with chick peas. mmmmmmm!

T said...

Aww, your lunchbox is SO cute! I've been meaning to get one of those...

And I am feeling you on the root veggies. Its still super summery here, but I'm so ready for the flavors of fall... pumpkins, squash, leeks... yum!

selina said...

that elephant lunchbox is too cute!

Bianca said...

Mmmm, muffins! And tasty sweet potato dishes!

BTW, I love how foodies plan and prep meals the night before. I do it too and all my non-foodie friends think it's so weird that I don't just impulsively grab something every night or toss a frozen dinner in the microwave. I think they're weird.

Food nerds unite!

- L said...

that lunch box is fabulous! where did you find it?

and i'm with you -- very little in this world beats ontario peaches'n'cream. oh how i miss it...

lengslog said...

haha cute lunch box!

shellyfish said...

That is the cutest lunchbox ever in the entire world!

tofuparty said...

I have to confess: I was in Brussel last weekend. And I really wanted to go to your shop, but helas, I didn't had any time for it. But now I see your beautiful lunchbox and tray, I really want to go again, but I have no idea when I will find the time again for a new visit to Brussel. (there's no time for blogging too, at this moment). In the meanwhile you can send me some of the names of food, and I can translate them for you in Dutch. Or help you with the brands, and things like that. OK?

Celine said...

psst: I used silken tofu for the carob bars, not the mori-nu kind, but the one in water. don't know if you find mori-nu there anyway, but I don't remember seeing it in switzerland.

Virginia said...

I make at least one batch of muffins every week. Those look great!

Penny said...

I love the lunchbox!

Urban Vegan said...

Healthy and colorful...as always.

Rural Vegan said...

Oh my gosh, the lunchbox! Look at hims big elephant feet! I love it!

Katie said...

Yum! I was wondering, are you Belgian? And if not, how did you end up in Belgium? I do not know much about the country except that they speak some French there. (I am taking French at school.)

alaina said...

adorable lunchbox! i wish i had an excuse to get one but unfortunately i don't.

Renata said...

You write very well.