Saturday, August 04, 2007

Hot and Spicy

Oh, how hot it's been! We've been eating a lot of salads and sandwiches, but I had a hankering for some mexican food, so I pulled out my lovely pressure cooker and made a big batch of refried beans for a quick dinner. I also made homemade salsa and topped the corn tortillas with shredded cabbage and some of my homemade cheez. Simple and satisfying for all of us.

I am no longer cooking at Cafe Indigo. I will be focusing more on my Personal Cheffing business as well as Recipe Development for restaurants and totally re-writing my cookbook. My old recipes are dead I guess and no, I never backed them up and honestly, it's OK with me, because my cooking is a bit different than it was when I was first developing my recipes, so I will be making use of all of you who want to test now that I have more time to put into the book! I am really excited about it.

These were breakfast this morning. Simple white whole wheat flour and oat bran waffles with a strawberry rhubarb compote.

I am still tinkering with my cheese recipe. I am thrilled with the flavors I am creating, but the texture is still giving me trouble. It just isn't cheesy... and I know it's hard to create it without caesin, but there HAS to be a way. This was a roasted garlic, caraway, dill, horesradish and onion cheez. Sooo freaken good, especially on reubens.. I'll be posting quite a few cheezy creations within the next week or so because I made a bunch. I also did a smoked provolone, cheddar, mozzarella, and a green chile mild white cheez. I'm really glad they freeze well.


'cheddar', smoked 'provolone' and dilled, caraway garlic
Seitan has a new friend. My spicy chioptle lime vinaigrette. Marinated and grilled, this was served with a lime-aioli and the wrap below was a fajita wrap with the cutlet, peppers, onions, mushrooms sauted until almost charred, then topped with fresh veggies, lime/cilantro sour 'cream' and avocado.



Simple Chickpea tuna like salad. We've all seen a milion recipes for it. I topped it with nori shreds and served it on homemade spelt bread. It was a little runny, so I turned the leftovers into these patties which I served with tartar sauce on rice cakes. I've been trying to east a variety of grains instead of so much wheat.



If anyone is interested in testing and hasn't emailed me, my address is melomeals@yahoo.com.
I will probably start sending out recipes within the week.

16 comments:

  1. OH my goodness, the wrap, the Mexican yum-o! I just got done making two batches of BBQ Seitan Ribz for the family. I bet I could slice it really thing and make it into one of your awesome wraps!

    Your book and business are going to explode. There is no way they can't. You are incredible!

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  2. I just wanted to say that I would still love to test recipes for your cookbook. I tested your spicy tofu recipe before and it was DELICIOUS! Please let me know if you can still use me as a tester. Thanks!

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  3. your 'cheese' looks fabulous, as does every other dish in this post - your recipes truly are innovative, gorgeous, and I'm sure as delicious as they look!!

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  4. yum!!! looks awesome.

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  5. everything you make always looks beautiful! You and lolo (of veganyumyum.com) take photos better than any I've seen in a cookbook.

    Can't wait to test that cheese...

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  6. It all looks good but the salad is what really caught my eye (Maybe b/c I am an avocado junkie.)

    All I can say about those cheese recipes is that you're going to be rich one day ;)

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  7. Your spicy chipotle lime vinaigrette sounds delicious. Everything looks great.

    I wish you success with your new career path.

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  8. Too bad for Cafe Indigo that you're no longer there. I think it's great you can concentrate on your own recipes. You really are an amazing chef.

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  9. Courtney5:06 PM

    That cheese looks amazing! I hope your family appreciates your cooking!

    By the way--I made your baked falafel yesterday, and it was perfect! Thanks!

    Courtney

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  10. It's too bad about Cafe Indigo... but not if it makes you happy, really! And I do have to say, I'm excited to be testing your recipes!

    All this stuff looks incredible, Melody...

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  11. As always, your photos are gorgeous and your food looks so good! Those burgers look delish!

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  12. Why does your food always look so good? You must be as good at photography as you are at cooking!

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  13. Amazing photos! I like the slideshow you've added as well. I've sent you an e-mail about testing. I'll await your reply. Too bad for the restaurant that you left. You'll be very successful with your book. I'm sure of it!

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  14. Oh, BTW, forgot to add - YOUR NIECE IS THE CUTEST BABY EVER!! I just love the curls.

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  15. making cheese from scratch - amazing :) please please please share your recipe when it's perfected!

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  16. Change is good, right? Would love to hear more about your cheffing and recipe development. Very intrigued about how that all works.

    (ps. noticed your siracha addiction, can't say I blame you!)

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