Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Cooking and more

My family and I love sandwiches. I think they are the perfect food. I finally created a really good bread recipe that begs for them. It is mostly white whole wheat flour, with a bit of unbleached white flour, rolled oats and vital wheat gluten. I have to make it one more time to make sure I have written down the recipe right, then it's off to my testers.
This sandwich was lite, firm tofu cooked in the cast iron with olive oil spray, then topped with a spicy chipotle BBQ sauce and caramelized onions. I made a quick sauce of vegenaise, roasted garlic, dijon and liquid smoke and used baby field greens and a farmer's market tomato. We all loved these.
This was a tofu salad on a 60 calories low calorie toasted pita. The tofu salad was tossed with a delicious teriyaki dressing, baby spinach and a good tomato. Great breakfast!
A simple weed/flower at dusk.
My baby... heading off to Berklee Guitar Camp... I thought this illustrated it perfectly.. I'm doing OK with him gone... and with so much freedom in the city. He's having fun and his grandmother drives into Boston at 10:30 every night to pick him up..

A simple kale saute.
The picture does not do these beans justice.. they were so good. Simple black beans, pressure cooked with onions, garlic and veg bouillon, then tossed with a fresh salsa of raw tomatoes,onions, garlic, lime juice, serrano chiles and cilantro. The green beans were lightly steamed and tossed with a lemon/dijon/flax maple dressing.

Ok, so this may be the funkiest soup I've come up with in a while, but it was soo good! I made a pot out of things I needed to use up and have 5 3 cup servings cooling and waiting to go into the freezer for my lunches (and speaking of lunches, I am excited about packing a lunch when I start my job!)

Here are the ingredients I used for the soup.
Don't be put off by the strange combination of spices... it turned out really great!

Sweet Potato, Green Chile, Black Bean and Quinoa Soup

1 T Coconut Oil

½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp coriander

¼ tsp rosemary

1 large onion

6 cloves garlic

1 large sweet potato, diced

3 cups kale, chopped

1 1/2 cups black beans (cooked or 1 15 oz can)

14 oz can Rotel

6-8 cups water or veggie stock

½ cup quinoa

1 cup green chile taco sauce or 2 small cans roasted green chiles

2 T Nutritional Yeast

2 T Miso

Salt/lots of freshly ground pepper to taste

2 tsp umeboshi vinegar

4 T chopped cilantro

1 t fresh thyme


Heat the oil, spices, onions, salt and garlic in a heavy bottomed pan, then add the next 7 ingredients and bring to a boil. When the Kale is tender and the quinoa is cooked (around 15 minutes), stir in the yeast, miso, salt/pepper, vinegar, and fresh cilantro and thyme. Stir several times. Turn off heat and wait for 15 minutes before serving. As with all soups, this will be better the next day.


  1. You know, sandwiches are one of my favorite things in the world. I think that with the memories of Mom's school lunches, they translate to comfort food. That tofu sandwich sure loooks comforting.

    Very impressive that your son is going to Berkley Music Camp...cute photo.

  2. i absolutely love sanwiches, true is im eating one right now!!

    great post! i think that if Ana will go away in camp i will miss her tons too!!!

  3. Aw, you must miss him! I hope he has a blast, and I hope you do ok too! Sometimes a sandwich is just what you need for a little pick-me-up. Yours sounds great!

  4. The pita sandwich looks fantastic. I love pita bread and use it with almost anything. And better if brown ! Sandwiches have really come a long way now. From fancy to simple , to humble to elegant.... its good anytime !

  5. pretty food! what kinda guitar does your baby, by the way?

  6. I too am a huge fan of sandwiches - I love the accompaniments you used with the tofu, for the sandwiches. and thank you for posting that delicious soup recipe!

    good luck to your son at music camp! :0)

  7. Thanks for your suggestions on my blog -- I checked out the site you recommended and she does have a lot of great ideas. I would love your seitan cutlet recipe and will definitely keep the recipe a secret.

    I love sandwiches too -- they're quick and usually pretty filling.

    I hope your son has a great time at camp. When my daughter was younger, I hated when she was away.

    Have a great weekend.