February 28, 2012

Eating for Winter

You'll have to forgive my absence this month. February is always a busy and too-short month for me between the truffle factory and the extensive list of personal goals that I make for myself every 10th of February. Do not fear! We have still been pulling cakes and loaves out of our shared oven, mixing up ingenious cocktails, and enjoying a few delicious, wintery meals like this one below. This simple Sunday meal featured Roasted Apples and Brussels Spouts, Glazed Wild Rice Tempeh, and Mashed Potatoes with Thyme and Sage Gravy.

This brussels spouts recipe is a staple during cold months and is an all-time favourite of mine. I posted this recipe in October of 2010 during the Marfa days, so I suppose enough time has passed for me to share it with you again. http://theveganette.blogspot.com/2010/10/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-apples.html. The apples add sweetness and tenderness to the sprouts and the melange is delicious even if you have to substitute a yellow onion and omit the rosemary (as I did above).

12-15 brussels sprouts (halved, washed, and trimmed)
5 cloves of garlic (crushed, quartered, and trimmed)
1 medium-sized red onion (chopped)
2 crisp apples (chopped)
4  Tbs. olive oil
4 Tbs. fresh rosemary (rubbed)
coarse salt
fresh ground pepper

Pre-heat oven to 425. Toss all of the ingredients on a baking pan and coat with olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, or until just browned. Serve immediately!


February 5, 2012

Truffle Time 2012

Truffle time is here again! This is my third year of making and selling handmade, vegan truffles on Etsy. Two new varieties are gracing the stage this year, spicy chili with tart cherries and orange spice! Regardless of what your plans are on February 14th, now is a great time to send some light to the ones you love.

Flavors: Peanut Butter, Toasted Coconut, Almond, Spicy Chocolate Cherry, and Orange!

Presented in heavy-duty boxes with silver reinforced corners. Each box can be personalized with your own custom message, typed on waxy paper.

Boxes of Six or Eight are available and can be shipped anywhere in these United States. Shop here- http://www.etsy.com/shop/theveganette.


February 2, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillows and A Mitten State

Last weekend, I took a brief tour through Michigan to honor the nuptials of K&L. It was great to reunite with nine of the women who (at different times) shared a roof with me during my days in the Great Lake State. After a rush of clanking glasses and confetti'd incense ceder, I headed over to Three Rivers where I spent some days building terrariums, wandering through thrift stores, and hearing the brilliant brainstorms of EU and SMO. We cooked a few meals together between SMO's mossy cabin and EU's wallpapered double-decker home including Chocolate PB Pillows from Post Punk Kitchen, a Panang Curry, and build-your-own breakfast burritos with tofu scramble, beans, avocados, cilantro, lime, and grapefruit wedges.

Grateful to have seen these tweed-clad and bookmobiled gals who are challenging and hilarious and true forces in their hood!  Of course, we went to the beach to seek out treasure near the lake water and the air off the lake water and the silver-haired heroes who come to sit in cars and watch waves. It was an unseasonably warm few days of texture and light and good company.
Back in Brooklyn,