Saturday, April 07, 2007

Happy Passover/Easter, lots of food pics

lentil soup
Yesterday, I did some of my big batch cooking. I will be working full time, starting Monday, with a 2 hour+ commute, so I wanted to fix some staples. Lentil soup is a winner because it can be soup for one dinner and two lunches, and the extra can be morphed into veggie burgers. WooHoo! Take a $1.50 for a pound or organic lentils and turn it into several meals. You can't beat that! I didn't photograph it, but I made 8 lbs of seitan for my freezer. The seitan cooking broth was used for the lentil soup.
philly cheezsteak wrap
I froze some of my "turkey" seitan and have been making these sandwiches for my husband's lunch this week. He loves these. The ugly looking cheez sauce is a delicous chipolte/tofu/red pepper/cilantro combo. The pic does NOT do it justice. The base of the sandwich is kale. I will probably run this wrap as a weekly special at Cafe Indigo.

philly wrap

stir fry, potstickers
This is my contribution to Passover Dinner at my MIL's. Not traditional, but my MIL appreciates when I bring food that we can eat. I got a new camera on Thursday and I'm trying to figure it out. The pics are a tiny bit blurry. I am actually going to take photography lessons so I can learn how to use it.
Collard and Seitan Potstickers

Broccoli and Bean Curd

25 comments:

  1. Happy Passover/Easter to you too!
    Those dishes all look yummy, and I am a huge fan of potstickers. I tend to eat the frozen variety.

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  2. Happy Passover/Easter to you! I so wish I was in your neck of the woods. I know if I ever am I have a place to eat! You are going to be such a great asset to the restaurant. Your book will be wonderful. I can't wait!

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  3. I am so happy for you. Congratulations on your new job. It sounds terrific (minus the long commute). I can't wait to hear all about it. Hooray for the new camera! If I remember correctly yours was always either out of batteries or memory or both???? I took terrible pictures on my camera until I learned the single most important feature (thanks to the manual). How to take close-ups.

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  4. Hey, that's awesome, Mel. Yer MIL is lucky to have you as a DIL! Your food looks fantastic! (And... so what else is new? Nu?!) Yer a star, Melody... i'm so happy yer flyin' high, feeling strong and enjoying life! GO you!

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  5. Wow thats a lot of good looking food!

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  6. Those potstickers look really enticing, I've got to say!
    Good luck with the new job...wish I was in the area so I could drop by for a bite!

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  7. Love the philly wrap! The potstickers look great, too.

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  8. Everything looks amazing, as usual! That wrap looks really good. Oh, congrats on your new job. That's so exciting! I hope you'll be able to post pics of the restaurant food, too.

    I LOVE the bowl the lentil soup is in and the platter that the tofu and broccoli is on.

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  9. Happy Passover, Melody! Your new camera is going to be great - the food all looks wonderful. The wrap should be a winner on your menu!

    I found my recipe for Sriracha sauce. I'll email it to you later today.

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  10. Congrats on the new job. You'll surely wow 'em. Your food always looks incredible!

    That quinoa patty in the last post looks soooooo good! Great idea!

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  11. Happy Holidays! Congradulations on your new job! I'm sure you will make Cafe Indigo even better than it already is! The soup and wrap look delicous. I do agree that the sauce looks a bit unappetizing, but you can't judge a book by it's cover.

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  12. There's something that is just so exciting and comforting about batch cooking. I love lentils.

    Wait- CONGRATULATIONS on your new job! I'm not too close to NH, but would love to visit that cafe, perhaps on a future road trip...? I hope you have a fantastic time working there. I too can't live without sriracha- can you try different combos of pureed/strained organic chili peppers, vinegar, sugar...? I'd love to hear your eventual recipe for homemade sriracha. Cool!

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  13. 8 pounds of seitan! Wowie!

    Congrats on the awesome sounding job!

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  14. Drooling, as always, Mel...but as a Philly girl, I am esp. loving the Philly wraps.

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  15. The little cup you shot your soup in is so pretty--and the phili wrap looks awesome too--I hope to be able to visit your restaurant someday--good luck with the new job!

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  16. these pictures are georgous! i'd love to try the seitan & collard potstickers. congrats on your new job -- you sure are prepared in the kitchen! :o)

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  17. Hey, congrats on the new job! I love the looks of that lentil soup!

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  18. Congrats on the new job! Cafe Indigo sounds like a great place, and just for people like me - omnis who love veg food! The wrap looks awesome, actually everything does, I would eat it all!

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  19. Happy Holidays! Congrats on the new job!!!

    I want to plan a trip up to NH to eat at Cafe Indigo. Everything looks yummy and gorgeous as ever.

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  20. Congrats on the new work! I checked out the website of the cafe and it looks awesome, wish I were closer! That commute you mention.... whoa, I feel for you! I just did that commute (2 hour one way) last summer taking the classes necessary for my teaching license, however I did stay there during the week and come home on the weekend. The endurance paid off because now I have a 20 minute commute. I also have a room with 5 kitchens and 25 sewing machines.

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  21. Congrats on the job! What a great opportunity for you. You'll be a definite asset to their team.

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  22. Gorgeous presentations. Your MIL was surely impressed, right?

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  23. Congrats on the new job! Can't wait for the pictures of what you serve in the cafe. Loveing all your food pics, as usual. How's your cut doing?

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  24. ooo yum! can i please just come hang out in your kitchen for a few days?! only a few i promise. your food always involves my favorite ingredients. this looks amazing. happy belated easter/passover!

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  25. Wow, it's all looking so good but especially that philly cheezesteak wrap! Wow! I love big batch cooking. Can't wait to hear all about your job!

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