Thursday, October 22, 2009

Soup and more soup!

I finally managed to get the pictures out of my camera! Here are some things I have been cooking:

Don't you just love barley soup? It is such a perfect cold weather food. Although yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny, the past few weeks have only been in the 40's and rainy. Even for Chicago that is cold! I just threw some cooked barley, frozen veggies, and veggie stock together. Of course with olive oil, which makes everything taste better!

I am excited to finally live near a Whole Foods! I saw someone talk about this "chicken" and grape salad on their blog. It was okay - if you are a fan of seitan, you would probably love it. I think I might try my own version with some chewy tofu instead. I did like the celery, grapes, and walnuts.

This is a sweet potato, quinoa, and wild rice burger, also from Whole Foods. Different and kind of sweet.

What's with the bowl of oatmeal? Can't remember if I've shared this before, but I like to stir cooked jasmine rice into my oatmeal. It is super flavorful and nutritious. With cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon. Topped with vanilla Silk and a sprinkle of turbinado sugar. Yum! Another good thing for a cold day.

Have you read "Japanese Women Don't Get Old or Fat?" I really like this book. This is adapted from the Japanese power breakfast recipe:

Boil a few pieces of wakame in 3 cups water. Let sit overnight. Next day, heat and simmer some frozen veggies in the broth (mine had sugar snaps and water chestnuts in the mix). Add some cubed soft tofu and cooked rice. Dissolve some miso in a small amount of water and add to the soup. Pour in a bowl and add some chopped scallion greens and finely grated carrot. Delicious and filling. This keeps me satisfied until well into the afternoon. And my 10 year old likes it!

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I'm Back!

Hey, everyone. Sorry I have been neglecting my blog. We moved all the way back in August, but I can't seem to get my act together!
We love our new house and neighborhood. There are lots of kids on our block so the girls are having fun with their new friends. All the neighbors are very nice so I have made some friends, too. But of course we all still miss the old ones! Chicago is a fun town and we are having a good time exploring. We are somewhat familiar with it as we lived here twenty years ago, but of course things change a lot in such a long time.
Despite having a gorgeous kitchen, I have not been doing a lot of interesting cooking. Plus there are still pictures stuck in my camera. But here are a few things:

Favorite chickpea soup from Diane Kochilas' Greek Vegetarian. It is just chickpeas (cooked from dried), onion, bay leaf, rosemary, salt, and lots of olive oil (the key to its deliciousness). With some homemade foccacia.
Don't these look like giant bagels? they are Crusty Sesame Rings from Mollie Katzen's Still Life with Menu (really good recipes in this oldie).

Stuffed Eggplant with Bechamel from the same book. Just as good without the feta cheese!

We won't see tomatoes like these till next summer.

Some nice sides: cream cheese stuffed celery, chunks of mango, and coleslaw with peanut dressing. I used the dressing from Trader Joe's, and did not care for it.

How's this for a gorgeous kitchen? Obviously before we moved all our junk in!