Friday, 14 January 2011

I am sick.
I have eaten nothing but raw oatmeal and OJ for 3 days, as it is all I can face. Though that said I am going to try toast this morning.
I am slowly feeling better, so I think this is on its way out.
That is the reason for no new posts, or recipes for the test site. Sorry.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Chipotle Peanut Butter Hummus

Chipotle Peanut Butter Hummus, originally uploaded by Vegan Year.

Oh, yum! Smokey heat added to hummus which is already enhanced by Peanut Butter. Try as a dip for raw veggies, with nacho chips, on sandwiches or burgers, or as I did one lunchtime as a dollop over rice! The rice as pictured is "Cilantro Rice" - brown basmati cooked in vegetable stock them tossed with chopped cilantro once done. Super quick and easy and YUM!!
If you don’t know (have you been living on the moon??) Chipotle chiles are smoke dried jalapenos, sold either dried, or canned in a spicy adobo sauce. You want the canned kind here please, and don’t bother scraping off the sauce, as that is part of what makes this so yum.
If you like more heat, add more chipotles or leave the seeds in.

Chipotle Peanut Butter Hummus
Makes about 1 ½ Cups

2 Cups cooked Chickpeas, if tinned drained and rinsed (a 19-ounce tin)
2 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped
1 ½ Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 ½ Tablespoons Lime Juice
3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 to 2 Chipotle Chiles in Adobo, seeded
¼ teaspoon Cumin

2 to 4 Tablespoons Water

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine chickpeas through cumin in a blender or food processor and pulse until well combined.
Add water by the tablespoon and pulse until as smooth as you desire.
Taste and season as required.

Monday, 3 January 2011

A product review.

Unsolicited and I paid for the product! Not a freebie this time.
For dinner last night we had the Chick'n Scallopini from Gardein. I hadn't had any Gardein products before this but I had heard, along with everyone no doubt, all the hype.
Did it live up to the hype?
Well, it was OK. I'm not going to rave about it, because I wasn't that impressed, but I did enjoy my dinner, and it wasn't bad. I think if it hadn't been hyped to the rafters I would have been more impressed.

Will I buy it again?
Yes, sure. Though in all honesty I'd be more inclined to do so if it was on sale. Otherwise I can see this being an emergency " I don't have time to cook properly" type dinner.

Would I recommend it?
Um, maybe. I can't comment on its likeness to chicken as it has been so long since I ate any, but I would recommend to a new veg*n looking to satisfy a "meat craving". Otherwise I'd put a caveat about not living up to its huge hype on the recommendation.

A perfectly acceptable dinner.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Not a Resolution.

The girls and I went for a walk this morning and they asked what I thought Santa ate all year. (and you thought the Santa questions ended after the presents)
Is it just cookies and soymilk?
I told them I thought that Santa ate regular food for the rest of the year, which they then took to mean that maybe Santa only eats treats one day a year and is so "treated out" by the end of his trip that he doesn't eat any for the rest of the year. (Either that or he doesn't eat the cookies at all he just takes them all home in a big goodie bag and lets the elves eat them.)
This assumption that it is a one off thing led to the discussion about how hard it would be for Santa to not eat any treats all year, and what he would eat instead if he wanted something sweet.
Then they asked "Could you do that Mum?" and I told them I could try. (Am I crazy??) They thought this was a neat idea (that I try not that they join me in my trying) so we made a "thumb deal" (sort of like a pinkie promise) that I would attempt to not eat treats all year apart from on my birthday. Not a resolution, even though it happened on January 1st, but more like a challenge. Am I up to the challenge?? time will tell. I'm going to have to stock up on dried fruit I know that much!
I am however, allowed to make them treats, (and actually have to for birthdays and the like I have been told) and if the treats are ones I've never made before (in recipe testing for example) I am allowed to "test" what I have made, but then the rest has to be given away.
Do-able?? Well, if Santa can do it.....