May 10, 2013
All hail Marie Catrib's! This delicious Sweet Potato Quinoa Burger originated from the brilliant brains at Marie's, a sweet cafe in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was fortunate to spend many bright mornings there slinging dough, stretching pitas, and rolling buns alongside some of the nation's finest. I learned so much there! Marie is a gem and operates her farm-to-table restaurant with a collaborative spirit and unending generosity seldom found in the industry- slipping away from her gazpacho to chat with customers, kiss their babies, and slip gluten-free cookies to their kids. It's hard to imagine such sweetness! Matched with a tireless dedication to deliciousness, this place is not to be missed on your next drive across the country.
I don't have the original recipe, but this is my take on the sandwich. A hearty patty made of quinoa, sweet potatoes, red onions, garlic, tomatoes, and loads of fresh cilantro, piled high with arugula and tomato slices between two slices of condiment-slathered walnut sourdough. The burger is best when baked as I don't think it would hold up very well on a grill. I don't like my burgers to resemble meat hamburgers anyways, so I'm happy with this baked cake-like burger. I'm finally reading Eating Animals by JSF and it has me thinking about what vegetarianism must be like for those who feel the loss of meat. That hasn't been my story, but if you're a vegetarian with a nostalgia for big "beefy" burgers, you may want to try IsaChandra's Quarter Pounder Beet Burger, that's next on my list!
To the weekend!
May 9, 2013
I know it's spring and I should be tucking the soup pot away on some high-reaching shelf in a cramped, multi-use closet, but a week of downpours and grey skies got me hankering for this herb-filled leek and potato soup. Leeks are a lovely substitute to onions. With two growing seasons, these long scallion-cousins are available most of the year and deliver a sweet and subtle flavor. Leeks can be a bit of a hassle to clean. Beware of grit! Split lengthwise and rinse thoroughly before chopping, using only the light green portion as the tougher ends can be bitter.
4 small leeks (rinsed and chopped finely)
2 Tbs. Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine)
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
6-8 medium sized potatoes (chopped)
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
freshly ground pepper
salt to taste
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and margarine. Add the leeks and saute over low heat until very soft. Add the broth, water, potatoes, and marjoram and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer until potatoes are very soft (15 or so minutes). Use a food processor or immersion blender to blend 1/2 of the soup and add back to the pot. Add fresh herbs, vinegar, and a hearty crank of freshly ground pepper. Add vinegar, salt, or pepper to taste! Garnish with fresh dill and serve.
Until the next soup season,
April 29, 2013
I have been waking up naturally these days around 6:30am. It may have something to do with the change of light, rush of warm air, or the push of anxiety I've been absorbing on the apartment hunt. The real benefit of this extra hour of morning wakefulness has been the return of breakfast. Today's bagel story featured a hunky whole wheat everything bagel from The Bagel Store smeared with Earth Balance and nutritional yeast and loaded up with steamed kale, caramelized red onions, and wedges of rosemary-encrusted purple potatoes. Feeling lucky as ever to live in the bagel capital of the world!
From slivered almond tired eyes,
April 19, 2013
These darling endive scoops were our fancy appetizer a few weeks ago on a Friday night spent in. I had been eyeballing the adorable radicchios and endives in their purple corrugated packaging near the end of the produce aisle and finally decided to pull together a few experiments like this one. Crumbled tempeh (marinated in veggie broth and red wine) sauteed with onions, loads of garlic, a red pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, and handfuls of fresh basil. Served up on crunchy endive scoops with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper! Deeeeeeeeeeeeeelish!
Take a risk and get fancy this weekend!
April 12, 2013
Spring is finally here! We have witnessed some warm strapless park days this week, full of light and sound. Some big changes are on the way for me- I am deep in the search for a new community to live with, a new corner to lay my head. If you, dear NYC readers, know of any kind, collaborative people looking for a resident bundt cake baker, please let me know!
It's been years since I originally posted the recipe for this lovely cake that I (perhaps too frequently) still love to make. This time I mixed in a cup of chocolate chips to double the chocolate ratio. It's perfect company for a sloshy, rain-filled April day spent inside. Whisk this baby into the oven, turn on the kettle, open a book, and the next thing you know you will be carving slivers off the moist, monumental tower blanketed in thick, warm ganache. Are you preheating your oven yet?
The original post with recipe is linked here. To make the ganache, heat 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips with 1/3 cup almond milk and 2 Tbs. maple syrup in a double boiler, whisking constantly to combine. Pour over cooled cake and top with slivered almonds!