broiled tofu, rice w/peas, mint & dill, turnip greens
This meal was a labor of love. By labor, I mean that I not only burned my arm on a hot pan, but I also cut the shit out of my thumb while chopping herbs. By love, I mean that, in theory, I really love this meal. In actuality, it was just ok. I have a confession to make: I don't know how to cook rice. I mean...I get how to do it. But for some reason, my rice never works. It doesn't matter if I do it on the stovetop or in my rice cooker. The stuff sticks to the bottom and burns. This rice wasn't even done all the way. Al dente rice is not that great. However, it was saved by the amazing flavor combo of mint and dill. I've blogged about this before, but seriously, if you haven't made anything with these two herbs yet, you're doing yourself a disservice. Anyway, that's broiled tofu with some sauce Michael brought home from Hibachi, but it was reaaaallly salty. And turnip greens are gross. Sorry! Anyway, it was ok. I didn't starve that night, in other words.
shredded seitan w/shallots and 'green beans'
I could have sworn we had green beans in the freezer. Apparently not, haha... I've found, though, that brussels sprouts sub in nicely for any vegetable. Because they rule. This was a recipe from Vegan Planet, and it was just ok. Not overly flavorful. But not bad. In fact, this is my general experience so far with this book. So many of the recipes look amazing! But then... they're just ok. But not bad. I mad the manhattan 'clam' chowder too, but it's not even worth blogging about, really. It was so-so.
grilled cheeze w/tomato soup
Now this was good. This is the gooey grilled cheeze recipe from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. I was skeptical. But it was amazing! It tasted a lot like the grilled cheeses of my youth. Creamy. Salty. Yummy. I did add in about 1/4 cup of cashew cream (cashews blended with veggie broth) and then added a slice of tomato when I grilled them. Seriously, they were so, so good. And easy peasy to make. That tomato soup is a hodgepodge of canned soup, diced tomatoes, soymilk, and nutritional yeast. It was ok, but a little sweet. I like a salty tomato soup more.
And now, on to the main event. Pizza.
simple pizza, italian style
So, last night we made pizza. I read the pizza novel in VWAV and decided that it needed to be done. The dough turned out amazing. I finally got some yeast that works (this strangely [ha] makes a big difference in whether or not dough rises...who knew). This first one was a skimped version of what we originally meant to make, just because we really needed pizza immediately and couldn't wait to put on the rest of the ingredients. And yeah, you might say that all pizza is 'Italian style', but you're wrong. I've been to Italy. They don't put a whole lot of shit on their pizza there. The pizza I got in Italy had: like 3 slices of tomato (thin slices), a sprinkle of basil, garlic, and a teeeeny tiny sprinkle of mozzarella. Well, we didn't do mozzarella, but we did add marinated artichoke hearts. This was freaking amazing. Simple, but delicious.
Granted, this is what I usually want my pizzas to look like:
But simple is good too. This one had all that other stuff (minus artichokes), plus onions, spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, and FYH mozzarella. It was yummy, as well. But strangely, not as much so as the former.
And, because these pizzas were SO good... yeah, we're having pizza again tonight. The dough is rising right now. Gimme a break, it's Monday and I'm not motivated to do much else.
Oh, and Michael also wants Mac n Cheeze, so we're having that too. Nothin' wrong with that, my friends. Once in awhile, anyway.