Thursday, June 04, 2009

Assorted Recipes

Wow, I think I've been storing up some pics again. I shouldn't do that since I forget what I made (I caught myself staring closely at some of the pics, wracking my brain trying to remember what it was - especially when some of the ingredients are nearly indecipherable!). My brain hurts from all of this thinking that I can't even think of an exciting title for this post.

But first, I have to report on Veg Fest. It was great! I honestly couldn't believe how many people were there! It was insane! Crazy that there are that many vegetarians/vegans/interested folks in Ottawa. I only wish the attendance would have encouraged Whole Foods to open here! We didn't stay too long, since the little one was a little crusty with all of the people around. I had hoped to order from one table with a bunch of different things, but as soon as it was my turn in line most of the options were already gone and it would be another 10 minutes (an eternity with a screaming child!) for their replacements to show up. My plans for a cupcake were nixed too. Ah well. There's always next year! If any of the organizers are reading, I hope that the circle of tables in the middle makes rows next year so that some of the space can be used better...especially when I'm sure more people will make it out!

Now back to the my attempt to make faster meals to get dinner on the table at our most harried time of the day, I turned again to Nava Atlas' Vegan Express. Sweet and White Potato Salad with Mixed Greens. Not bad, but weird having cooked potatoes in it!
From Vegan Express yet again, White Pizza with Sweet Potato and Carmelized Onions. World's ugliest pizza, but tasted good. I had a hard time getting the sweet potatoes cooked well enough. It was a little too much work for me.
A winner from VT - Warm Potato Sald Primavera (May/June 2009). So yummy and a little unique! I love how the pesto was so thick.
From VT again, Thai Red Curry with Green Beans and Eggplant (April 2009). Omigod. I'm not a Thai food fan, but I loved how quick it was and how this tasted! Even without the curry sauce! I added Pete's Szechuan Tofu to this, which added lots of heat! I have to make this again, and it also encouraged me to try more recipes with a coconut milk base - such an easy and yummy way to make a creamy and filling texture!
From Vegan a Go-Go, some brown rice-lentil casserole (I forget the name, and I already returned the book to the library). I thought Ash would like it, but nope. I made it into patties the next night with some added breadcrumbs.
Some kind of stroganoff? I don't even remember making this! Must have been the day after a rough night or something. I'll guess that it's from the same cookbook as the last recipe.
From Skinny B*tch in the Kitch, Penne with Butternut Squash, Sage Pesto and Almonds. Delicious! Yet another winner from this little cookbook.
I'm loving my weekly recipe from Veg News. I'd been saving a tube of polenta just for this! Polenta Fries - very quick, different and yummy!

ps - Blogger is being irritating with the spacing and we got a new camera where I couldn't find the macro button :)


The Vegan Vagabond said...

Yummy food as always!

re: VegFest...we only expected about 1000 people max and over 2000 showed up!!! Craziness. Hard to know what to expect in the first year.

Anonymous said...

I love polenta fries, too! They were one of the first Dreena recipes I made.

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Lady Q said...

Hi. I am a vegetarian transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. If you have any tips please check out my blog at:

sidenote: these dishes look amazing.

jodye said...

Wow, everything looks so good! I love the sound of the white pizza!

Betsy DiJulio said...

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Dave Loan and Caroline Ishii said...

We had a table at VegFest and were totally overwhelmed - in a good way! - with the crowd and their enthusiasm.

By the way, I hope Two Vegan Sisters come by our new vegan restaurant some time - we love your blog and we'd like to meet you!

Dave and Caroline
634 Somerset St W

little bear said...

Hi Sarah,

Am hoping that you could help me with something. I'm looking for a very good vegan pregnancy book and also one for "feeding your vegan baby". Thought I saw one somewhere that covered both in one book. Would you know of any and where I can get one?

Thanks very much!

Sarah said...

I hope to visit ZenKitchen very soon!!! If the little one ever lets me leave the house without her ;)

Little Bear - ah, good luck. I don't recall seeing a specific vegan pregnancy book. Alot of vegetarian books, but none specific to vegan. And standard pregnancy books make it seem like being vegan and pregnant will deny your child nutrition! I think there is a Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World book, but I think it's geared more towards older kids. To be honest, I've found it very easy for Ash to have lots of nutrition with the diet I prepare for her. In the timeframe between purees and our table food, I relied on regular 'feeding your baby' books and making stuff without meat and such. It helped that she loves blocks of plain tofu! Sorry I'm not much more help - good luck with your pregnancy!