Insomnisnack

dinner at alice’s – i love wednesdays June 7, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,beets,food,pie,potatoes,produce,savory,shepherds pie,vegan — insomnisnack @ 1:33 pm

I enjoy every moment spent at this wonderful, warm home of 13. Everyone is inclusive, interesting, kind, and welcoming. Household members share cooking duties, and this night Alice “cleaned the fridge”, finding red quinoa (true?), lentils, golden and chioggia beets, carrots, cabbage, favas, and potatoes. Let me set the stage.  I arrive to find Alice in the kitchen with her “Yodeling Mad: Best of Country Yodel” CD playing, and she greets me with the phrase, “Everything is going in.” Into what, you might ask? Eight shepherd pies! She’s bought yummy vegan crusts, and we step by step assemble her vision into mounds of comfort and belly joy. After topping each pie with a generous helping of mashed potatoes, Alice drizzled them with olive oil, and applied pinches of sea salt and rosemary. I want to eat like this every night.

(photo credit – Glenn Bachmann)

 

cupcake fits and starts October 16, 2007

Filed under: cupcake,dessert,food,vegan — insomnisnack @ 9:38 pm

I have good news and nearly good news…
The good news is that I made some delectable vegan cupcakes from my favorite, funny cookbook – Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. And it’s true what they promise. These tasty, tender, moist-y cupcakes could in fact take over the world if you’re not paying close attention. I will do anything they say. Top your chocolate crumb with a dollop more fluffy buttercream frosting? Yes. Garnish you with freshly harvested lavender leaves for fragrant goodness? Yes.

The nearly good news is that I am working on a special recipe or “design” for my cupcake entry. Normally I would just let things fly into my head, or pick from a recipe I always wanted to try. But the due date, October 21, is my dad’s birthday. And the idea to enter is Larisa’s. These cupcakes are deserved of something special! So bear with me. I am thinking.

 

pear season September 18, 2007

Filed under: fall,food,pears,vegan — insomnisnack @ 10:51 pm

This tiny, sweet pear is one of the last of the crop from my boss’ tree. tiny pear

 

Summer Refresher part II: korean BBQ kebabs September 4, 2007

Filed under: dessert,food,friends,herbal spritzer,kebabs,savory,seitan,vegan — insomnisnack @ 12:38 pm

I have often been welcome at the family table of one of my best friends – there his mother shared exquisite meals and family recipes. Although my friend has moved away from home, (he now lives with me in SF) his mom still sends foodlove, double ziplocked and tupperwared for safe travel all the way to her son’s tummy. He’s 35! It’s really sweet. The best part is that on many occasions, once she learns your favorites, she’ll send a sizable helping of those, too. Thank you, Mrs. Kim!

I found a marinade online for vegan seitan Korean BBQ, but next time I’ll try this one: “Seitan cut into strips, marinated with tamari (soybean sauce), garlic, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, scallions, and [toasted] sesame seeds”. I used hunks of marinated seitan, slices of corn ears, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and orange bell pepper. Very “meaty”! Served over a bed of brown rice.

korean bbq seitan kebabs

Also, as promised, a second summer refresher!! Cold brewed “Black Cherry Berry” tea with hibiscus yummy, slices of lemon from our landlord’s tree, and a splash of grapefruit pop. Ahhh…

hibiscus black cherry berry spritzer

Leah stopped by, and is shown enjoying a dessert (I will catch hell for this!) of grilled white peaches, honey drizzle, and mascarpone.

leah + peach

I do the best I can as a friend, in my ability to forgive others, in my willingness to forgive myself, and in eeking my heart open a little for those around me. This b-b-q is dedicated to my friend Andy – I’m not always a good friend, but I love you.

 

bel canto-loupe August 31, 2007

Filed under: cantaloupe,dessert,food,produce,soups,summer,sweet,vegan — insomnisnack @ 10:00 pm

What is a girl to do when faced with rising temperatures and a ripe melon? Make a soup, did you say? Well that’s just what I did. I do enjoy cantaloupe, and this soup is very tasty. Short recipe: melon, water, ice and blend. The melon was very ripe so I didn’t need to add sugar. I did add a dash of cinnamon. Frothy!

cantaloupe soup