Monday, January 31, 2005

Dinner 1/31

Turmeric Potatoes
(w/ mint, jalapeno, turmeric, salt and pepper)

Pink Lentil Soup
(lentils, carrot, celery, onion w/ toasted corriander and black peppercorn)

Spinach Paneer
(w/ tofu substituting for the paneer)

(puffy fried bread)

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Dinner 1/30

Potato Cake
(mashed potatoes, onion, flour, salt, pepper)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Fennel and Leek Gratin

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Dinner 1/29

Spring Rolls w/ Mint Dipping Sauce
(bean thread, shiitake mushroom, leek, cilantro, mint, tamari)

Rice Paper Salad Rolls
(red cabbage, yellow bell pepper, carrot, napa cabbage, galanga, garlic, sesame oil vinaigrette)

Steamed Eggplant
(eggplant, garlic, mint, cilantro, tamari, sugar, salt and pepper)

Friday, January 28, 2005

Dinner 1/28

Pasta Puttanesca
(onion, garlic, soyrizo, kalamata olives, tomato, red pepper flake)

(tomato, onion, garlic, basil and yellow bell pepper on roasted garlic bread)

Braised Leeks

* went to the West Side Market today, picked up some organic tomatoes and yellow bell peppers for $1 each

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Dinner 1/27

(kale, bread, soy cheese, onions, veg stock -- from Zuni Cafe Cookbook)

* A savory bread pudding is the best way to describe it. We made this ahead of time (36 hours), and cooked it at a low/slow pace (250 for 3.5 hours) and it's just fabulous...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Dinner 1/26

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Tofu
(jerusalem artichokes, tofu, green olives, shallots, garlic, lemon peel, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper)

Celeriac Salad
(celeriac, capers, cornichon pickles, parsley, mustard, vegenaise, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper -- via "Jamie's Kitchen")

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Dinner 1/25

(Hominy Soup)

Arroz Verde

Tomatillo Braised Seitan
(via Rick Bayless)

Black Bean Burritos w/ Rajas

Monday, January 24, 2005

Dinner 1/24

Pasta Genovese
(pasta, basil, green beans and potatoes -- from Jamie Oliver's book)

Leek and Chickpea Soup

* It's more a shot of my table, but it all looked nice together ;)

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Tiki Night

Dinner 1/23

Sweet and Sour Seitan
(seitan, red and yellow bell pepper, carrot, onion, pineapple -- w/ the sauce of tamari, white wine vinegar, ketchup, sugar -- then the cornstarch/water slurry to thicken)

Parsnip "Rangoon"
(variation on the old Trader Vic staple -- gyoza wrappers w/ parsnips, cayenne, soy cream cheese)

Eggplant in Coconut
(seared, then baked w/ a coconut, onion, garlic and tomato sauce)

We decorated, wore a lei, made fruit based drinks, played some Don Ho, and ate a lot of food -- because what else are you going to do when there's two feet of snow piled up in front of your door and the wind chill is -10?

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Dinner 1/22

Wild Mushroom Quesdailla
(oyster and shiitake mushrooms, tamari, onion, garlic, hearts of palm)


Friday, January 21, 2005

Dinner 1/21

Seitan and Mushroom Phyllo Pie
(from Bon Appetit Feb 2005 p. 90)

Leek and Fennel Gratin

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Dinner 1/20

Seitan and Lentil Stew

Cauliflower Gratin
(steamed cauliflower, beachamel sauce, salt and pepper, then roasted in a 450 oven for 15 minutes)

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Dinner 1/19

Spicy Cauliflower

Turmeric Potatoes

Rice and Pea Pulao

Seitan Korma

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Dinner 1/18

(tofu, onion, red bell pepper, carrot, tamari, garlic and ginger)

Jasmine Rice

Monday, January 17, 2005

Dinner 1/17

Arugula Salad
(with mustard vinaigrette)

Panini Sandwich*
(ciabatta, soy cheese, mustard)

Seared/Steamed Green Beans w/ Shiitake Mushrooms

* fancy name for a really flat grilled cheese sandwich with pretty lines ;)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Dinner 1/16

(soyrizo, cannelini beans, onion, raisin)

Grilled Asparagus


Chocolate Mousse Cake
(w/ cherries and hazelnuts)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Dinner 1/15

Leek Soup*
(leeks, rasins, pine nuts, veg stock, salt, pepper)

Homemade Focaccia

* a late lunch (local chinese buffet) meant that dinner was going to be small and easy -- and it was -- but extremely tasty soup if I do say so. even the kids wanted seconds...

Friday, January 14, 2005

Dinner 1/14

Seitan [Pork Chops] with Pear and Ginger Sauce*

Thai Tofu w/ Spicy Coconut Sauce

Jasmine Rice

* modified from here, used seitan, skipped the white wine and used veg stock...

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Dinner 1/13

(bread, chard, onion, veg stock and soy cheese -- a slow baked savory pudding from the "Zuni Cafe" cookbook)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dinner 1/12

Seitan and French Lentil Stew

Braised Leeks

Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
(w/ parsley)

Homemade Olive and Rosemary Bread

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Dinner 1/11

Polenta w/ Sage

Cauliflower w/ Pesto

Monday, January 10, 2005

Dinner 1/10

Tofu Marsala

Braised Fennel

Pureed Cauliflower Soup w/ Pesto*
(from Jack Bishop's "Italian Vegetarian" cookbook)**

* the pesto comes from the basil out of our garden, made and vacuum sealed in September -- an amazing hit of late summer just when I need to be reminded of it ;)

** a go to book -- great recipies and easy to work with...

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Dinner 1/9

(shiitake mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini)

* it's amazing how full you can get just eating Tempura ;)

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Dinner 1/8

Seitan Stir Fry
(seitan, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, ginger and toasted sesame seeds)

Sear/Steam Green Beans

Jasmine Rice

Friday, January 07, 2005

Dinner 1/7

Eggplant Parmesan
(over Farfalle Pasta)

Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Ciabatta

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Dinner 1/6

Red Bean Chili*
(kidney beans, soyrizo, onion, garlic, red pepper flake, tomato)

Baked Potato

* when the trees freeze, chili is just what my stomach ordered ;) the soyrizo has a fair amount of cumin or else I would have added it to the chili...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Dinner 1/5

Deep Dish Pizza
(tomato, onion, soy cheese)

My first real attempt making a deep dish was a great learning experience -- translation: none of the three pies turned out perfect. I'll bet the fourth one will be pretty good -- all because of rapid prototyping ;)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Dinner 1/4

Mache Salad
(w/ fig vinaigrette)

Baked Artichoke Dip w/ Ciabatta

Eggplant Parmesan

Monday, January 03, 2005

Dinner 1/3

Seitan Stir-Fry
(seitan, hoisin, toasted sesame seeds, carrots, onion, garlic, ginger)

Jasmine Rice

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Dinner 1/2

Broccoli Rabe over Fusilli Pasta
(broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, soyrizo)

Homemade Ciabatta

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Dinner 1/1

(stuffed w/ parnsip, soy cream cheese, cayenne, salt and pepper)

Zucchini Tempura

Hoisin Green Beans