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Seitan Wrap with Mesclun and Sriracha Mayo www.good-good-things.com

 

Homemade Seitan Wrap w. Mesclun and Sriracha Mayo

We are home, yet again, with another snowstorm. Spring is only 15 days away and I can’t imagine ever seeing my neighborhood without snow again! Its gotten to a point where there isn’t any place else to shovel it. I feel bad for the people up in and near Boston. They have it way worse then us. I love the snow and love that it is snowing but it’s getting to the point where enough is enough. 

Grilled Tofu w. Spicy Veg Fried Rice www.good-good-things.com #vegan

Grilled Tofu with Spicy Veg Stirfry 

Since the kids and I are home today I’m thinking of trying out some new recipes. Turn the oven on and make the house cozy warm. A few months ago I started working on a Spinach-Cheddar Biscuit. They would be so comforting to make and eat today. I’m thinking up an enchilada recipe or possibly a stuffed sweet potato recipe. Maybe I should combine both ideas? My 7 year old daughter wants to learn to bake so I though we could create a cookie recipe today with whatever is in the baking cabinet.

Secret Brownies  www.good-good-things.com

Secret Brownies

I let her make my Secret Brownie recipe the other day. She did about 95% of it herself which is not only a big deal for her but also a big deal for me. Its very hard for me to give control over to someone else in the kitchen! She did a great job on them. Can’t wait to bake with her some more!

Hope you are all safe and warm indoors today if you live in the path of this current snowstorm! 

Isa Live at City Winery, NYC

I'm starving. #isa #citywinery #isacitywinerynyc #vegan

Menu

When I first heard about Isa Chandra Moskowitz going on a culinary tour I knew that I had to go. I immediately posted on facebook seeing who would go and of course my vegan bestie, Dianne,  jumped on board and snatched up 4 tickets for the two of us and our husbands. My husband was a bit skeptical about the whole thing. He didn’t really understand what would actually be happening and quite frankly neither did I. I just knew I wanted to see Isa speak and eat her food. 

We arrived early and with ease. NYC on Superbowl Sunday is a ghost town. It was great! It was fun to just sit and chat and people watch. Waiting to see people we know in real life or recognize from online. 

1st Course at Isa Live in NYC #isacitywinerynyc #vegan #isalive

First Course

When it was time for the whole evening to officially start our first course was brought out. It was a Caesar Salad with Brussels Sprouts it came with grilled tofu, tahini caper dressing and pine nuts. Our plates unfortunately didn’t get any of the pine nuts. Through instagram I can tell that a lot of people did get pine nuts so it was just a mishap for us..I guess? Besides the missing pine nuts it was a delicious salad! The tofu was perfect. Just perfect. We aren’t big tofu eaters, especially my husband, and he even liked it. He also doesn’t like Brussels Sprouts but by the magic of Isa he enjoyed these. 

Second Course: Tamales #isalive #vegan #citywinerynyc

Second Course

This was the course I was looking forward to the most. The Tamale! I love tamales. Love them. I happened to also really love this tamale. Made with a lentil chorizo and served with guacamole and mole rojo. The menu said it came with a coconut sour cream but like the pine nuts…we didn’t get it. Besides the missing sour cream, like the pine nuts above, it was a great dish. The tamale had a perfect texture and the filling wasn’t overpowering. The guacamole was fresh tasting and the mole rojo had a great cinnamon flavor to it that mixed well with everything else on the plate. I wish I could have eaten another one!

Third Course: Chickpeas and Dumplings #vegan #isalive #isacitywinery

Third Course

Chickpeas and Dumpling, a creamy chickpea stew. It was a great dish for a snowy night. So comforting and warm. I’ll eat anything that has a dumpling in it. The secret to this dish, as demonstrated by Isa cooking on stage, was adding cashew cream to the stew. A favorite trick of mine to use at home. Cashews make everything better in my opinion.

Fourth Course: chocolate mousse cupcake #vegan #isalive

Fourth Course 

Of course the perfect way to end a meal is with a chocolate cake…or Isa’s Chocolate Mousse Cupcake.  A chocolate cupcake, chocolate mousse on top, coconut whipped cream and raspberry sauce. It doesn’t get any better. I will say that I found the cake to be very salty BUT I liked it. I don’t know if that was a mistake in the kitchen or intentional but I really liked it that way and would eat it that way again, happily!

Isa was of course her charming and beautiful self onstage. Telling us about each course, showing us how she made some of the components, answering questions from the crowd about cooking, her new restaurant Modern Love and beauty tips like how she gets her eyeliner so perfect. 

It was such a lovely evening with great friends, good food and no traffic while driving back to NJ in the snow storm that was just beginning as we left! I would do it all over again! Yay Isa!

(not pictured was the Wine Tasting Menu that both Dianne and I ordered. 4 wines. 1 for each dish.) 

Soup Swap

Dianne's Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup

Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup by Dianne

The idea of a food swap has always been intriguing to me. Last year I even secured some food swap themed URL’s in hopes of starting one locally. While that hasn’t happened yet, on my end, two friends of mine have recently held swaps. The first was a vegan/gluten free food swap at my friend Jen’s house. I came home with many quinoa dishes, a delicious hummus, a black rice, mushroom and lemongrass dish and a walnut sauce. I contributed coconut chocolates. I have no photographic evidence of this event at all or of any of the food I took home! 

A few weeks later my friend Dianne held a Soup Swap on National Soup Swap Day. This day I do have photographic evidence of..but of just the soups…I didn’t take pictures of the amazing appetizers Dianne served at her swap. 

Chef AJs Red Lentil Chili

Chef AJ’s Spicy Red Lentil Chili by Jen

Everyone in attendance brought 4 quarts of soup in four 1 quart containers…mostly mason jars. Since only 4 of us were able to attend we were each able to bring home one of each soup. Lucky us! 

I made my Quinoa, White Bean and Vegetable Tomato Soup, I’ll be sharing the recipe for it this week! 

Dianne made a Spicy Dahl and Carrot Soup with little baggies of Spiced Pumpkin Seeds. 

Jen made Chef AJ’s Spicy Red Lentil Chili with instructions to add scallions, hot sauce, salsa..etc..on top. 

Last but not least The Food Duo made a White Bean and Escarole Soup. 

White Bean and Escarole Soup www.good-good-things.com

White Bean and Escarole Soup by The Food Duo

My husband and I have since consumed all of the soups and each and every one was fantastic. Its great having friends who know how to cook! I would gladly eat all of these soups again and again. 

I’m looking forward to the next food swap I attend! 

 

Rice, Beans, 3-ish ways

Dinner: black beans, yellow rice (brown), garlicky broccoli. #vegan www.good-good-things.com

Rice and Beans with Garlicky Broccoli

We are Rice and Bean fanatics. Its a weekly sometimes twice weekly meal for us. It helps that the kids, mostly, like it. With that it’s a good vehicle to hide veggies in. I usually finely grate carrots and zucchini into the beans and add some cherry tomatoes that pop and melt themselves into the beans. The kids are clueless. Its wonderful. 

Lunch: Rice and Bean Quesadilla w. Peach Salad #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #whatveganseat

Rice and Bean Quesadilla with Peach Salsa

A quick lunch the next day with reheated rice and beans pressed into a whole grain tortilla. Served with a peach salsa from Trader Joe’s. It was very refreshing for a snowy day. 

Testing out some #vegan Arancini www.good-good-things.com

Brown Rice Arancini 

This time I made a double batch of my Yellow Brown Rice. I cook the rice in rich chickenless broth and turmeric. Its so savory and delicious. I was going to use the extra rice for another meal a day or two later when a fabulous idea popped into my head: ARANCINI!!! This batch of rice was a bit sticky which is perfect for making the Italian treat. Its something I’ve been thinking about trying to make for ages now. We just never have extra rice or risotto laying around. 

I formed the rice into walnut sized balls, dipped them in unsweetened almond milk and then rolled them in mixture of bread crumbs and nutritional yeast. Fried them in olive oil and sprinkled them with salt. They were fabulous even though they were made with brown rice. They are usually made with a risotto or similar type of rice and sometimes stuffed with a meat filling or mozzarella cheese. I was really surprised how well these worked out and how delicious and simple they were. My mom was even impressed! This is definitely a recipe I’ll be fine tuning over the next month. I want to eat them all the time with various fillings! 

 

 

Its a new year!

Need to work on my caramel sauce but I can't wait to try this cake! #vegan #cake #vegandesserts

Vanilla Coconut Cake with Caramel Sauce 

The New Year is already 3 weeks in and moving fast. I alway’s hope for a quiet January but that never seems to happen. Its been busy but a lot of fun. That seems to be my theme for 2015:  

BUSY BUT FUN!

So far this year I’ve:

~ created a new cake recipe. It was so good! (pictured above)
~ actually created a few new recipes.
~ been invited to not 1 but 2 Food Swaps! Vegan food swaps at that!
~ had a lovely date with my 7 year old daughter in NYC to see Wicked on Broadway. That     was so much fun! If you live in the NYC area follow Kids Free on Broadway. Its such a great deal to see a Broadway show.
~ joined a Win to Lose program at my gym (YMCA). I’m there almost every day now and am already seeing results on the scale. Its very exciting and I feel great. 

Fun things that are coming up this year:

~ Vida Vegan Con in Austin, TX! I cannot wait! I’ll be traveling with my friend Dianne from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen again. The last VVC, in Portland, OR was so much fun. 
~ 2 family vacations planned. Our usual Ocean Grove trip and a possible trip to the Outer Banks with my parents and sister. 
~ my sister surprised me yesterday with tickets to see the cast of Bob’s Burgers live in NYC this March. I was freaking out. I don’t usually get excited about tv shows but that show is just my favorite thing ever. 
~ in 2 weeks I’ll be seeing Isa Chandra Moskowitz live and on stage at City Winery in NYC with my husband and Dianne and her husband eating a delicious Isa meal while she shares stories with the audience. 

That’s it’s for now, I think. I have a few other exciting things in the works. 

My New Year blogging resolution is as alway’s to start blogging more. I never seem to stick with it though :) Both of my kids are in school 5 days a week now so maybe this is the year I stick with it! Bloggers with young kids…how do you do it?? 

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2015! Let me know if any of you are heading to VVC in Austin at the end of May!

 

 

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