Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Flavour Combinations and an essential WIP
A combination post is called for I think - there is no other way to truly celebrate the two little recipes I have for you. We all know how good roasted carrots are, we all know how good roasted cauliflower, aubergine and red peppers are? Of course we do! But....it is when I put them all together the other night, with a simple dab of olive oil and some dried herbs that I apparently made magic in the oven. I am not sure if it is the ever growing belly...I said goodbye (maybe forever) to my favourite size two gap pants this past week, but I was licking the plate after I had gobbled up my second helping.
And then...last night, inspired by the vitamixing of Chocolate Covered Vegan, I made a little fruit yumminess. Granted - I do not have a vitamix - but, that didn't stop me. I used my super simple handblender, and got some wicked desert by combining the goodness of pomegranate, raspberries, mango, and banana. Does it get any better? No sugar, no soy, NOTHING but goodly fruit....oh, and some flax.
Kevin has been a busy little beaver of late - he went a head and booked us this uberly swanky trip to London, complete with....wait for it.....tickets to a Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company production (taming of the shrew) and a reservation for two at Saf's. He is so sweet and perfectly wonderful. Nothing more could appeal to this ex-English professor's loving heart. I just can't wait.
So if you are inclined to clean out your fridge, as I was the other night, and you want to give this combo a try...go for it!
Really Good Roasted Veg
1 med aubergine - diced
1 packet of extra firm tofu - cubed
1/2 a head of cauliflower
2 red peppers
6 market carrots - cut diagonally to look fancy
4 tsp of oil (I used a huge baking dish)
your choice for spicing
I baked it forever - seriously, maybe 1 hour and 45. I served it with a cute little pile of mint, raisin and pine nut couscous. Oh my god - it was so good.
Frozen Fruit Frostie
pomegrante juice and seeds from 1/2 pom
1/2 a frozen mango
about 2 hands full of raspberries
3 tsp of flax
Whiz this up with your hand mixer, throw it in the freezer for about an hour, and enjoy! I topped mine with a couple of extra frozen mangoes.
Oh.....my WIP is hemming my maternity pants. All three pairs of them....I love how my wardrobe has shrunk and ironically grown all at the same time. You may want to look away if you are still thinking about getting pregnant one day - these things just aren't pretty. I know this WIP isn't very creative or imaginative....just essential!!!