Saturday, March 31, 2007
Spanish Braised Spinach With Chickpeas (serves 3 as a main or 6 as a side dish)
20 oz fresh spinach
1 can (15 1/2 oz) of chickpeas, or use cooked
2 tblsp olive oil
6 large cloves garlic
1 cup water
3 slices regular sized bread, or 6 slices of baguette
1 scant tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp paprika
2 tblsp vinegar
1 tblsp water
salt and peper
Wash and trim the spinach, and corsely slice. Set aside. Cut three of the garlic cloves in half/thirds, depending on side, and chop the remaining three. In a skillet, heat the olive oil on medium-high until quite hot. Put the bread and garlic slices in the hot oil (the oil needs to be hot, or else the bread will just absorb all the oil). Cook until the bread is golden brown, and then flip over. Do the same with the garlic. You want bread that is a deep gold on both sides, and soft garlic. This usually takes 5-6 minutes. Lift the garlic and bread out of the pan.
Put the chopped garlic and the cumin in the pan, and sautee for about 30 seconds. Add the spinach in baches until it is wilted. Add the cup of water and the chickpeas, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, chop the bread into small cubes. Set one slice aside. Mash 2 (or 4) of the slices of bread in a bowl with the garlic, a tablespoon of water, and the vinegar. Add to the chickpeas. Simmer until most of the water is evaporated. Check for seasonings. Sprinkle the remaining bread cubes over the top as a garnish.
Friday, March 30, 2007
I made plantains for the first time tonight! I always loved them in restaurants, but I never tried making them at home before. Well, I see lots of plantains in my future. Tonight I sauteed them in a tiny bit of earth balance, and then sprinked brown sugar on them until it melted. Simple and quite nice.
Served with some fresh salsa on the side, this was a tasty, pretty well rounded meal. Another veggie probably wouldn't have hurt, but oh well. (Did I really eat that whole plate?!?!)
Spinach was on sale at the grocery store today, so I think I'm going to make my most favorite ever spinach dish tomorrow. Oh, and to round out the whole Spanish thing, tonight I finally saw a film, Volver, by my favorite director, Pedro Almodovar, that I've been wanting to see forever. It was worth the wait! It was quite different that Almodovar's previous films, which was interesting. And the cinematography was beautiful.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Anyway, on to a much more tasty topic: Indian food! On Monday I made a big batch of Mutter Paneer, a delicious Punjabi dish. My "paneer" was really tofu, and I think it worked quite well. Paneer is a firm, rather bland cheese, somewhat similar in texture and even taste to fresh tofu, so I'd say this substitution was a sucess. It's Wednesday, and I'm just finishing up the left overs. Here we have rice, the mutter paneer, with a bold stripe of fresh corriander chutney down the middle. Mmmm.
On Saturday I'm supposed to bring a dessert to someone's house, and I can't decide if I should make something decadent and chocolate-y (pie, cake...), a carrot cake, or something with apples (pie, crisp..). What do you think? I'd like it to look impressive, but I don't want to spend a fortune!
Monday, March 26, 2007
I'm always complaining about how I have to eat alone, but now that I have this blog, I won't be, will I? :-) Also, I don't know a single other vegan in real life, so I'm hoping to get involved in a vegan community, even if it's "only" online.
I've been reading a number of inspiring vegan blogs for some time now, and it recently dawned on me that I could start a blog too. So that's what I'm doing. Hopefully I'll be posting my recipes and pictures and adventures with food, veganism, and things that come up in daily life. I've never blogged before, and I'm looking forward to it. Will I ramble? Will I express myself the way I'd like to0? Will it be as fun as I imagine it to be? Will I figure out how to make my blog look pretty? Will this blog inspire me to continue comping up with new, creative recipes?
Most of the time, New York is a wonderful place to be vegan. We have lots of good vegan restaurants (or so I'm told-- I've actually never been to one!) and I'm always discovering new grocery stores to discover new vegan foods. Unfortunately, the prices at some of these stores aren't always so great. But yesterday I discovered a wonderful, inexpensive place that I'd like to share with you: the 4th Street Food Coop. Unlike some coops, you don't have to be a memeber to shop here, though only members get a discount. But honestly, it's a bargain even without a discount. Look at what I bought yesterday:
Organic cocoa powder, baking powder, organic whole wheat pastry flour, organic chickpeas, and organic kiwis....all for just $3.92! The ww pastry flour was only $0.50/lb...I couldn't believe it! You should check this place out too.
Well, that's all for tonight. Hopefully, some more interesting, colorful posts will be following soon.