June 23rd, 2008

Tubing on a hot day...

My friends (12-15 people) and I are planning on going tubing next weekend to celebrate a couple of birthdays and the start of summer.

As usual, I've been put in food of (in other words, I volunteered to) make the food. We'll be bringing a floating cooler full of snacks and drinks, and lunch foods.

Does anyone have suggestions on food that's motion-friendly, fun, and yummy? So far, all I've been able to come up with is peanutbutter-banana-chocolate type of "sushi-roll" wraps.
  • Current Location: Tha Office
  • Current Mood: bouncy

Stocking a freezer

After many years of wanting one, my husband and I finally bought a freezer--stand up, Energy Star, frost-free baby! It was delivered this morning and is now coming up to freezing temperature.

All these years of trying to stuff everything into a little top freezer on our fridge have come to an end.

I cook a lot and am thinking of getting a Seal-a-Meal, plus we have a mostly tomato container garden. If you were stocking a freezer, what would you put in it? What is the best way to freeze fresh produce?

Fresh pasta salad

The other day it was so warm out I couldn’t fathom eating anything hot – so I made this tasty pasta salad and thought I’d share. I don’t really measure so it’s up to you to add in as much of one thing as you desire!

Ingredients:
Bowtie Pasta
Bell peppers
Carrots
Celery
Corn kernels
Roma tomatoes
All diced up into bite sized bits

Dressing:
Olive oil
Fresh Oregano (I picked it from my garden and diced it up thoroughly)
Garlic (lots!!!)
Cracked black pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of salt
I made the dressing first so that it could sit and the oil could absorb all the flavour while I chopped veggies. I boiled the pasta until al dente, rinsed in cold water, then added all of the veggies except the tomatoes and tossed it around to mix everything up, then added the dressing, then the tomatoes to add some extra thickness to the dressing/coating on the pasta and veggies.

It was very fresh and tasty and looked stunning in a bowl next to a cold glass of white wine.

My boyfriend enjoyed it so much he made a little mascot…honestly, this is the reason I wanted to post the recipe.

Pasta Ninja!

Enjoy!

Question – does it count as raw food if there’s pasta involved? Other than the pasta nothing else has been cooked. I'm sure this would be tasty with sprouted seeds too.
  • Current Mood: silly

What to do with fresh berries?

I'm missing angel food cake and merengue-shells and whipped cream really badly right now. 

I have lots of fresh berries, and I'm looking for more light, exciting dessert ideas that will help shore up my belief that being vegan doesn't have to mean giving up great food.

Here's the sorbet I made last week:

5 cups washed, hulled strawberries
simple syrup made by boiling 1 cup organic raw sugar and 1 cup water, chilled.
juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or Triple Sec

Process the berries in a food processor to a chunky puree, mix ingredients and combine in a ice cream maker.