Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Food Lately

Notice a trend in my last few posts? They revolve around food! Since I've been more sporadic with my posts, I find that food motivates me to blog. Over the past few years trying different recipes and new ingredients has been a welcome challenge. As a result, I've developed a new confidence with culinary adventures. I don't fret as much if I'm missing a certain spice or ingredient, and figure out how to use what I do have. Sometimes I even come up with my own creations and, regardless of the outcome, the process is always meditative and enlightening. I'm looking forward to trying some warm and hearty recipes this fall.

I realize this doesn't look like much, but wow, this red kidney bean curry from Smitten Kitchen was the perfect complement to the crisp fall air that's blowing in lately. An added plus is that it's a simple recipe...basically a bean chili with Indian spices. A beautiful balance of sweet and spicy, this hearty dish will warm you from the inside out! I topped it with a fresh farmer's market tomato and some cilantro. This is a new mainstay in my culinary repertoire! 

The farmer's market has been an absolute delight this month. The crossover between summer and fall gives access to a LOT of awesome fruits and veggies. Tomatoes are still around; this summer I fell in love with Pink Lady tomatoes. They're juicy, tender, and burst with flavor after a touch of salt. Fall greens like arugula and kale are slowly making their way into the market and the beautiful turnips I found last weekend were delicious. I roasted them with diced red bell pepper, onion, garlic, and pesto. I can't wait to find a head of fresh broccoli at the market! Happy eating everyone!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Adventures in Food

My first attempt at making Spiced Chai Concentrate and Homemade Almond Milk was a success! I used some fresh baby ginger from the Farmer's Market that was just perfect.

 I'm savoring the last batches of Farmer's Market fresh veggies while they last! Roasted eggplant and okra (favorite new veggie of the summer) with Vegan Roasted Tomato Basil Soup that was smooth, warm, and soothing.

French toast panini stuffed with fruit and cream cheese from Soul. It was my first "drag queen disco brunch!" So much fun!

Red Sunset Juice from Earth Fare: beets, cucumbers, carrots, ginger, garlic, and apple juice. It's incredibly tasty and surprisingly filling!

I'm thrilled about our new Whole Foods and attended a special pre-opening tour. It was my first Whole Foods experience; So much thought was put into this store and I was amazed! We tasted delicious samples and got to learn more about the different sections in the store. They have a cooking school, self-serve wine bar, local beers, a make-your-own trail mix bar, and a huge salad and hot food bar. The only downside? It's about 30 miles from my house. Definitely worth the drive once in a while! Have you had any good eats lately?


Friday, September 7, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Lunasagna

Recently, I got to visit Luna's Living Kitchen, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Everything they make is raw, vegan, and super creative. I finally tried the "Lunasagna" which consists of thin zucchini slices, cashew "cheese," and a delicious sun-dried tomato sauce. As always, I finished off with their homemade iced chai...yum! They recently redesigned their website, added some new items, and announced a possible second location! My fingers are crossed that it's somewhere close to me!