Friday, December 12, 2008
A little theme - cilantro and lime
Inspired by talk of sweet potato and black bean quesadila while visiting A and B, and then being blessed to find organic black beans at the health food store by work, I went to town on pulling together my first baked quesadila.(One must also mention the constant quesadila magic going on in Jenifer's Vegan and Musing kitchen as a source of inspiration)
In the end I got a little wacky and even experimented with a Tofutti Chive and Herb cream cheese, which I blended with an organic avocado. I used this as a bottom spread, before piling the potato and bean mix into the middle of the tortilla shell. Sadly, I have to report that I had to go for run of the mill white flour tortilla shells (might try making my own this weekend). Despite the white bread component of these babies, they were everything I had been dreaming of once sparked by A's conversation about her little meal. Ohhhh! I also made a lime and cilantro rice dish. The picture doesn't look great, but the tastes were brilliant.
This week's experimentation didn't stop on Tuesday night! Last night we roasted up some red potatoes and enjoyed them with some yummy, never-before-eaten, seitan steaks. After my wild home made seitan experience of Thanksgiving, I decided to go store bought for last night's meal and save the flour shower for weekend kitchen fun. They were actually really yummy. I made a quick and easy Tomato and Cilantro Salad, and we tried - again, for the first time, Rice Mayo. It was surprisingly super yummy. I am not sure if it was the cilantro and lime I added to the plain mayo, but, my goodness, it added a nice creamy zing to our meal.
I was even more industrious than that (I love you second trimester)! I even managed to get around to making my lunch for today - and I just can't wait to sink my teeth into the baked sweet potato and tofu cubes I made last night. I marinated the whole lot in soy sauce, rice vinegar and a touch of sesame oil. Looking forward to lunch time.
I am so pumped about this weekend...we are staying HOME! No travel, no trips, just home time. I have an uber long list, that I might get through a quarter of, but I can't wait to get out and hang in the hood. I am also looking forward to doing some christmas shopping for my family. Even though I won't be making the trip home, Kim has kindly offered to play Santa and hull some presents over to Hamilton with her when she heads on the 17th.
I have giant menu plans of having a sushi weekend, and attempting to make Alice's yummy looking rice balls of a few weeks ago! I am also dying to make a big vegan breakfast, complete with sausages, tofu scramble and (MORE!) potatoes (my dad would be so proud of me).
I hope everyone out in Blogland is finding this holiday season easypeezy and stress free? Have a wonderful weekend!