- 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!
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.
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..
While I enjoyed the Tempeh Tacos, Baja Style.
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!
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!