Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Week in Review

Here's what was dished up in my kitchen this week, working from my weekly menu:

  • Yam and Black Bean Soup Once again, no photo as I wasn't pleased with the end result. It started out really good, liked the yam/black bean combo, but once the orange juice was added, it was ruined for me. Much too sweet! This was one of the rare occasions when Chip likes a recipe and I don't; he ate one bowl but when it came time for leftovers the next day, he said it was too spicy. I guess the spices got stronger as it sat overnight. Oh, well, they can't all be winners!
Well, when I prepared to make the stew, I realized that instead of "beef" tips in my freezer, I had "beef" strips. Oops! Plan B came together with the help of Gardein's website: Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips Pilaf:

Sizzling Schecuan Beefless Strips Rice Pilaf photo 20140811_163859_zpsoor5sbdh.jpg

I really enjoyed this dish, but I did have to use oil to saute the "beef," something I don't typically do. It was tasty, though, and a nice change of pace.
  • Shepherd's Pie (from leftovers) No stew means no leftovers

  • Crockpot Eggplant Chickpea Curry:  Since I knew that Chip doesn't care for curry, eggplant, or chickpeas, I made this primarily for myself, planning on lots of leftovers. Well, I found out that I do not like these foods in this combination, either. I literally took one bite and tossed the whole thing out! I hate to waste food, but no reason to eat something one doesn't enjoy. No time for a pic, straight from crock-pot to garbage disposal.

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This soup had lots of potential, but whoa is it spicy/smoky! Coming from spice-loving me, you know this is saying something! 2 tablespoons of hot sauce is waaay too much for such a small portion of soup, and same w/the liquid smoke. I'd cut back on both if I were to make this again.

So, basically this week had more misses than hits. It's ok, this happens sometimes.

Today I didn't have an opportunity to cook as Chip surprised me with a little day trip, an early birthday celebration, to St Augustine! What a lovely day we had, starting with lunch at a new-to-us taco shop, Burrito Works.

Chip had the Tempeh Burrito..

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While I enjoyed the Tempeh Tacos, Baja Style.

Baja Style Tempeh Tacos photo 20140817_123042_zpsxxtq1hf8.jpg

We were both absolutely bowled over by how delicious the food was! This was quite possibly the best taco I have ever eaten!

After an afternoon of sightseeing and shopping, we headed home, but not before a quick stop at The Floridian for dessert-to-go: a Toasted Coconut Cupcake. Vegan, of course. My plan was to save this little beauty til we got home, but I must confess: we were barely on the highway before I started gobbling it up. Scrumptious, the frosting was rich but not too sweet and the cake managed to be light and fluffy, not an easy feat in vegan baking!

Toasted Coconut Cupcake photo 20140817_150708_zpsezapy2jh.jpg

Now I think I'll brew myself a cup of herbal tea and cuddle up with a new book. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

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