Sunday, July 09, 2006

A little bit of cooking

I did a little bit of cooking today. For breakfast, I sauted an eggplant with crushed red pepper, fresh rosemary, garlic, fresh basil and a tiny bit of olive oil. I served that on four pieces of my whole wheat crostini rubbed with garlic and topped it with a tiny bit of FYH cheese, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil. The eggplant mixture was hot, so it melted the "cheese". I really should have taken a pic because it was a nice looking dish. Maybe I'll have the same thing for bfast tomorrow morning and take a pic. Yum! I am still full and it's 3pm. I made my son and his friend french toast with eggs. bleh. They were fresh, organic eggs from a local farmer, so it's not as bad as store bought... but I can't wrap my head around eggs. Nasty. I've never liked them.

I made a huge batch of roasted sunflower seed pesto. (toasted sunflower seeds, tons of garlic, miso, lemon juice/zest, basil, water and a tiny bit of olive oil), then I made a batch of Basil "Ricotta" from VwaV... omg.. that is delicious. Soooo freaken good. I didn't measure, but I think I stayed pretty close to the recipe. I'm planning on making pizza tomorrow and I want to use that for it.

I had about a cup of leftover basil, so I opened two 36oz cans of whole tomatoes and peeled about 7 cloves of garlic, a pinch of celtic sea salt, a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil and some fennel seeds... into the vitamix that went and now I have 3 qt jars filled with sauce. This sauce is delicious on pasta and pizza. I put two jars in the freezer and one is in the fridge.

I boiled up a pound of pasta, 2 lbs of broccoli, chopped a pint of cherry tomatoes and mixed this with some of the pesto for a cold pasta salad. Hubby and youngest son had it for lunch with some leftover BBQ'd chicken style seitan.

I'm going to make a big salad for dinner and we can snack on leftovers and watermelon as well. I have popsicles in the freezer (tofu, rasbperry, pineapple, coconut extract, stevia) so all in all, I can relax now.

It's hot. I think I need to get myself a big mason jar full of peppermint iced tea.


  1. Wow, you busy lady, you!! Can i come by for a popsicle later?! :o)

    I've been allergic to eggs since i was a baby... and i'm glad about it! (i don't even ever have to get one of those nasty flu shots 'cause they're made with eggs!!)

  2. Note to self: Buy eggplant...thanks Mel!

    Glad the forum works for you again!

  3. dang girl! you can come to my house ANY time!

    i wish i liked eggplant but i don't. in fact, i HATE it.

    but i still try...

  4. Yeah, another invite to come cook for me whenever you want :) I love eggplant. I used to only eat it breaded and fried, like you find it in eggplant parm, but I've since branched out into healthier forms of cooking it. That pesto and tomato sauce sounds amazing. It’s been far too long since I’ve made pizza, perhaps someday soon.

  5. I love it when I start thinking, "oh, I'll just make this one thing," and then the whole day's done, but I have all this great food! Glad to hear that happens to someone else.
    Sounds tasty!

  6. Mmmmm...Can you cook for me???Cuz I have absolutely no time to do it myself. LOL

  7. I adore fresh basil. The pasta salad you made sounds really good. Perfect for a hot day like the one we had today. Whew!

  8. I think I'll take a glass of that peppermint tea!

  9. That's great! I love cooking a bunch all at once so I can relax--good for you!