Saturday, October 27, 2007


This was a quick besan scallion pancake stuffed with spinach, onions and sesame seeds. It was totally delicious. The pancake was made from leftover soba noodle, tofu and veggie soup blended in my vita mix along with fresh cilantro, garlic, besan flour and a tiny bit of baking soda. No pic of the original dish because I have been to tired and busy to take pics.

I have barely had time to take pics this last week. Life is just nuts. I've actually been cooking and we've been enjoying meals, but I don't have the energy to take the pics and blog. Hopefully, I can remedy this soon. This coming week will be full. I am teaching a cooking class Tuesday night. It's a Tofu class. I usually do 5 dishes with enough leftovers for people to take home. I'm still debating on the menu. I guess it depends on how tired I am. I have to work that morning super early and will have put in a 10 hour day before I even start teaching. I'm a bit overwhelmed.

Also, my personal life is changing a lot.

I am moving out of my house into my own apartment. My marriage has been over for a long time and I am starting over. This will happen after the 1st of November. I sign all of the paperwork tomorrow for my new place. What a difference it will be. I will be 200 feet from the beach, though... so expect a lot of pics on my photography blog!

Black bean and veggie burrito with a cabbage and spinch salad and guacamole. The beans were pressure cooked and tossed with fresh salsa. The veggies were sauted. The cabbage was marinated in lime juice, garlic and chiles. The burrito was pan fried in my beloved cast iron with olive oil cooking spray.
This morning, I decided to make some chipotle citrus spiced black eyed peas to take for luch this week (I have been packing my laptop lunches, but haven't had the gumption to photograph them before 6am).. I decided the beans would be better served turned into veggie burgers. I mixed them with tvp, flax and breadcrumbs; froze half the mixture and dry fried 14 burgers in my cast iron. Also, I have some leftover spinach and carrot noodles from today's lunch.


  1. Hi Mel--
    So sorry to hear about the changes in your life, but when one door closes, another definitely opens. I'm sure everything will work out just fine.

    That pancake looks awesome! What is besan flour? Do you like your VitaMix? I'm thinking about getting one but it's a significant investment.


  2. As UV said, I wish you luck with all of the new changes. Changes are hard, but interesting, too.

    Everything looks delicious, as usual!

  3. Melody,

    Been thru the split up thing myself earlier in the year. Surprising how well it's worked out, but there's a lot of emotion. Contact me personally any time.

    Hang in there and thinking of you,

  4. Anonymous11:04 AM

    UV, Besan flour is chickpea flour.. and I LOVE my vita-mix. It doesn't do everything they claim it will, but it comes close. I do not regret buying it.


  5. Good luck, Melody. Changes can be hard, but they can often be for the best once they work themselves out. I hope this will be true for you. I will be thinking of you this week!


  6. Thinking about you. Life can toss you around, that's for sure... Glad to see you're rolling with it.

    Everything looks amazing, as usual.

  7. as urban vegan said i wish you the best in this new journey!

  8. I know you're going to love being on the beach. You are making the first step into a new phase of your life and I am so proud of you!

  9. Sending my good thoughts your way - it sounds like the decision was a long time coming, so hopefully, once the settling in occurs, you will feel at peace with your decision.

  10. Good luck, Melo. I'll be thinking of you. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Hugs to you, Melody, at this moment of transition! The end of a marriage can be harrowing and traumatic, but for you it also sounds like a new beginning, and very exciting! Please keep us all updated, the good, the bad, and the needs-venting!

  12. Good luck to you! I am too am sorry about your changes.. It is a hard road either way.. staying or going but, one gets better. I hope it all works out for the better.
    take care of yourself.

  13. Mel, I do hope that everything works out for the best, for you - it sounds like the new path that you'll be taking in life will be great (since you sound enthused about it), so I'm keeping you in my prayers that all will be well :0)

    In the meantime, I'm thrilled to see/read that you've still been cooking, since you're so talented in the kitchen!! those besan scallion pancakes and burritos look especially enticing!

  14. Oh, Melody, such sad news. I move to the beach sounds like a great idea.

    That burrito looks fabulous!

  15. Wishing you the very best, I hope this new direction in life brings you much happiness and healing.

    As usual, all the beautiful pix of your very creative food are amazing :) Who woulda thunk that leftover noodles, tofu and soup could be made in to lovely pancakes?

  16. Good luck with everything Melody. The beach sounds like a perfect place for a fresh start.

    Your pancakes look totally delish.


  17. Wow! It was definitely NOT a good idea for me to start browsing through your blog before my night class! Now my stomach will be growling the entire time - thanks a lot! LOL!

    Also, best of luck to you with all of your life changes. Things really do happen for a reason, & I'm sure that reason will make itself clear to you when the time is right. Until then, stay strong & positive, things will start looking up soon!

  18. I'm wishing you well with this big change, hoping that the new beginning will let you live a fuller & happier life at this point in your journey. You're a strong lady :-)

  19. Hope you have a smooth transistion into this new chapter of your life! We are all here to support you through all of the changes.

    Living on the beach sounds fabulous. Also saw on your blog that you're looking for investors to help open a veg restaurant! That is awesome and I so wish I had a big wad of cash to pitch in. Best of luck...

  20. Big hugs to you during this transition. I agree with UV. You never know where that open door will lead.

    Don't forget to take care of yourself!

  21. Hi Melody. Hope everything works out well for you with the changes in your life.