Saturday, July 21, 2007

Playing around with food

I got a spiral slicer and had fun with it earlier today... I didn't have much time to really play around with it, but these veggies for some reason, told me that I needed a veggie sushi roll.


How easy is that? No grains. Low calorie as well. I have a feeling I might be eating this daily. Daikon, fresh ginger, bean sprouts, zukes, carrots, scallions and 1/4 of an avocado were complimented by the spicy dipping sauce and generous dollop of wasabi. Oh, did I feel alive when I was done with this!


Pretty pretty nectarines... I may turn these into ice cream.. I've been into making my own ice cream with an oat base; stevia sweetened of course.



This was a sunflower/oat based cheez. I like it and it made a terrific baked mac and cheez as well.



We are eating salads daily...


Baked Spanikopita Pie with a Greek Salad and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. My tofu feta was great in this... I take the easy way out most of the time and bake a pie like thing in a springform.



What an odd experiment this turned out to be. I made some mango/blueberry sorbet with xanthan gum based on a recipe on the net. It was OK, but what an ODD texture. Seriously, the strangest thing.. I can't even really describe it.
My mother is visiting from CA... we are having a nice time. Tomorrow, my brother, SIL and baby Arwen will be visiting! Maybe they'll allow me to post a pic of Arwen... I hope so!
Of course, that means crazy food production for me.. so expect a nice, long food post within the next couple of days.
I am planning on:
Hummus
Barley Salad
A HUGE amount of Salsa (these 3 things are going home with them)
Pot Stickers
Cold Sesame Soba Noodles
Asian Slaw
BBQ'd Teriyaki Marinated Cutlets
and either a carrot cake or some sort of insane cheezecake/pie like thing...
Of course, the menu is subject to change depending on my mood...

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Melody...you have such a perfect name as you produce a melody of delicious sounding and looking foods. I'll bet they taste EVEN better than they look!!! I wish you could have another 10 hours in your day as I really want you cookbook!!!!!!

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  2. Melody, everything looks so good! You are quite the professional! Now I need a spiral slicer too. :-)

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  3. I was given a bunch of nectarines and am making fruit leather as I type. Don't you just love this time of year. Your salads look fantatic. I am really into salad with walnuts, avocado, and black beans right now. Just a touch of asian dressing yumm-erific!

    I can't wait for your cookbook to come out. So many things to try! The cheese looks great, actually everything looks great!

    Where in Ca does your mom live? I am in San Diego Area. I wish you the best of time with your family! Enjoy the company, I know they will enjoy the food.

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  4. I love my spiral slicer. Who says you shouldn't play with your food?

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  5. between the sushi, mac &'cheese,' salad, spanikopita, nectarines, AND that dessert, I am in awe of your cooking and food photography skils - you are so talented!!

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  6. Hope you have a great time with the family! Sounds like you are going to be busy, busy, busy, Mel. The food yer making for them... how lucky they are. Post a photo or two of Arwen, if you can...

    How fun the slicer! i don't blame you for havin' some fun with it. Wonder what else yer gonna do with that? i can see all sorts of cool stuff in the future from you.

    Nectarine ice cream sounds pretty fabulous. i still haven't tried stevia... i know you are a big believer.

    Have you posted the recipe for the sunflower/oat-based cheez? Sounds like it is great on all sorts of things!!

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  7. These are the best food pics yet. I'm serious - everything looks amazing. Now I need a spiral slicer to make those fantastic looking rolls!

    I am not worried about your guests going hungry!

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  8. Your food pictures are more and more stunning with every new post. Oh Melody, I really wish you were my neighbor. I would love to just pop on over and have a smoothie with you.

    I have been drooling and dreaming about your mint cheesecake. I rarely have those ingredients on hand though so it will be a special occasion when I do finally make it. Marty loves the mint and chocolate comibnation though so I'm sure this will be in the upcoming future.

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  9. what a great photos! this looks so delicious.

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  10. What delicious looking photos! You've done it again. Amazing!
    I liked your picture of Jorda in the previous post. Simon is always hanging around the kitchen when I'm cooking too & I also give him veggies to munch. He loves peppers, cucumbers, carrots, but will turn his nose up at celery. He thinks he likes cauliflower and broccoli, but then I find it all broken up on the carpet. How's the job going? Sounds like you really enjoy it.

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  11. It all looks beautiful but particularly the veggie sushi...

    I hope your visit with your family is wonderful and everyone's well! I hope that you can post a pic of your niece as well! (But if not, I certainly understand!!)

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  12. Simply gorgeous & good for you- you are amazing.

    Have a great time with your family- I'm sure they will be thrilled with your upcoming feast. Can't wait to drool over the pics.

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  13. I love it when you play with food! That first photo of the spiralized vegetables literally made me gasp- so pretty. and same with the sushi. I'm interested in your ice cream experimentations with xantham gum. I've heard of using that or soy lecithin, but don't know much about either. I have some xantham gum sitting in the kitchen, and have no idea what to do with it!
    Have fun with your family and your neice!

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  14. Your photography is improving leaps and bounds woman!! The icecream is pretty though I can imagine what your talking about in tecture...ek. The spiraled vegis are fun. hehehe

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  15. Ice cream with an oat base? Sounds interesting.

    I love your sliced veggies and sushi, that cucumber is so pretty.

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  16. A spiral slicer? Ooh, I want one! I want one! Looks like so much fun. :)

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  17. So cool! I need one of those! How big is it? (can it fit in my silverware drawer?)
    Ice Cream looks fab too.

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  18. what a beautiful presentation! now i sort of fancy having a spiral slicer... it's fun to play with food, no?

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  19. Anonymous1:19 AM

    Melody's pictures are improving only because many of them are stock photos available on the web and she just makes up a recipe to match the pic ... poor poor Melody ... a thief by any other name is still a thief!

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  20. I can't see any of your photo's. They are just red rectangles :-(

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