Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year!

 Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! We had lots of fun - visitors, Christmas events, parties, kids and husband off for two weeks. It seems very quiet this week back by myself, and into the regular routine.
Christmas Card 2010
The only picture I got of the girls dressed up.
Smartie Pants's first snow.

The pups when they first arrived......

And now - a little bigger, eh?

Why are kids so amused by toilets?

View from my living room after a snow fall.

I actually have done some cooking lately.......

This is a hollandaze from Robin Robertson - I think the "Meat and Potatoes" cookbook? I didn't think I was going to like it, but it was very good, especially over the nice soft cauliflower. Please ignore the ketchup on the macaroni - this is how my Irish husband grew up eating macaroni, and now my kids love it.

Kale chips? I have read about them so much and thought it was the worst idea I ever heard. Until I tried them. My 11 year old ate the whole batch except for the few I managed to grab.

Have you ever cooked with lemongrass before? I hadn't. I think mine was a little dried out - there wasn't much pulp inside all those layers.

I used it to make this from "The 30 Minute Vegan - Asian." It was supposed to be a Massaman curry - potatoes, pineapple, peanuts and coconut milk. I thought it was not going to be any good.  When I made it, there seemed to be way too much liquid. But then I let it sit while I ran out to yoga class, and by the time I got back it was thick and delicious. 

I served it with this tofu from the same book - kaffir lemongrass tofu. Also delicious. If you read cook books a lot, you may know that you can sub grated lime rind for the kaffir lime leaves. I did this and it was still good.

I hope to get back to my regular cooking again, although with more visitors coming next week, there probably won't be anything exciting for a while. I tend to cook for the others and make do with pasta and veggies for myself!



sara said...

cute pups!
i got 30 minute vegan asian for christmas and i want to try the massamun curry, so i'm glad to hear it's good. and i didn't know about the kaffir lime substitution, so thanks for sharing!

Millie said...

nice post....

vko said...

Pics look great- I won the 30min vegan asian at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Thanksliving event, have yet to get to it, but all the recipes looks so good. Glad the massamum worked out!

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

What a happy christmas family, complete with the cutest puppies ever! Such furry faces! How do you refrain from squeezing them all day long?

Kale chips are really good! I'm always too lazy to make them, and they always go so fast.

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Very nice pics. Thanks for sharing.

blessedmama said...

You have some great posts up! Your dogs are very cute! I love the 5 o'clock shadows they have. I had to chuckle when you said that was the only shot you had of your children dressed up. I can so relate! And, I am completely amazed at your cookbook collection! I thought I had tons, but you far, far, far out beat me! Sometimes I wonder if I'll be alive long enough to cook all the recipes out of mine - do you do that, too? By the way, I have some of the copies you have. :-)