Thursday, January 1, 2009

happy 2009!

So far, this year has been good.  Seriously, I laid in bed this morning wide awake thinking about getting up when I decided that my first act of the new year had to be a special one.  I didn't want to start out this year just the same as any old day from last year.  I became obsessed!  What would I do first?  After awhile, it became obvious that I would need to make eating my first act of 2009.  But...what would I eat?  Not cereal, booooring.  Oh, wait!  I had leftovers (it foggily came back to me eventually) from this:
!!!

Oh yes.  That was my new years spread.  I was a busy bee last night, indeed.  Let me detail for you just what was on that fabulous table.  In the back there's chips and salsa and storebought hummus.  Blah blah blah.  Next to that you'll see some cocktail grapefruit that I got on sale because apparently no one around here cares about them (the same display doesn't seem to have moved for over 2 weeks).   Then there's this!
homemade wontons and eggrolls

Like, completely homemade.  I made the wrappers myself because eggless ones do not exist in my town.  I got the recipe here.  I told Michael, as they were deep frying away, 'You know it's a special occasion when I deep fry!'  Oh, and it was totally worth it.  They were a giant hit and monstrously delicious.  The little wontons are filled with tofutti cream cheese into which I mixed grated ginger and sliced scallions.  They tasted just like crab rangoons!  I was telling Michael just the other day how I sort of missed crab rangoons...just because they are so...I don't know.  Delicious?  Anyway, I knew I was successful when our friend Chase ate one and goes, 'Hey, is this a crab rangoon?'  Ha!  This guy was great, by the way.  He is one of those poor souls that lives off of fast food for every meal of his life and was so grateful to be eating real food.  He was not phased for a moment that it was all vegan.  Fake cheese?  No problem for this dude.  It was pretty amazing, actually.  I love it when people come over and eat my food and enjoy it.  I mean, cooking for Michael and myself is rewarding in and of itself, but it's a joy to spread the love to others.  Especially those who eat like crap normally.  

Anyway, the 'egg'rolls contain shredded cabbage and carrots that I cooked in some sesame oil and hoisin sauce.  I'm seriously in shock over how nicely the wrappers bubbled up, too.  They look just like real eggrolls!  That sauce in the background is one inspired by a recipe in Vegan Planet (which my granny got me for xmas).  It's tamari, sesame oil, sliced scallions, chili garlic sriracha, rice vinegar, lime zest, and lime juice.  Yummm!  We have leftover cream cheese and sauce and cabbage filling and I want to pile them onto a bagel so bad.  No bagels here though.  Anyway, if you can't tell, I'm super proud of myself for making those and the fact that they turned out fucking awesome.  It wasn't that hard, either.  You should try it.
pizza bites

These were a big hit as well.  I should have made more.  In fact, I just made a bunch for Michael for lunch because there weren't enough last night.  This is just a sliced baguette with some pizza sauce, a slice of FYH mozzarella, and some spicy pizza topping that rules.  Baked at 400F until I forgot about them and heard them sizzling.  Melty awesomeness.  Chase popped one in his mouth before I could warn him about the fake cheese, but it didn't matter.  He ate like...almost all of them haha...
bruschetta and sweet potato fries

I wanted to make bruschetta really bad, but after going to two stores and finding no basil at either one, I was at a bit of a loss.  However, with my knowledge that mint and dill go mysteriously perfect together, I just used those herbs instead.  It was good!  My crostinis got a little overdone, but that's ok.  Oh, and those sweet potato fries were baked with smoked paprika and garlic powder.  Also a hit.  I just wanted a large variety of food, you know?  Lots of munchies for us to eat while we drank.  Thing is, I thought more people were going to be there for some reason.  Between the three of us, the only leftovers we have are:  a tiny bit of bruschetta mix (gone now), some crostinis (also gone), chips and salsa, hummus, and grapefruit.  Those boys crushed it!  I mean, I was eating too, but I was more concerned with drinking.  

And now a gratuitous fried yumminess picture, because I am overly proud:
nom!

I have one more thing to show you that's especially exciting, but Blogger won't let me upload any more photos for some reason, so I suppose it will have to wait.  Bummer!  I guess it's back to watching my Looney Toons marathon (yes yes yes!) and doing that thing that I'm excited to show you but can't.  I'm in total bliss because I somehow have tomorrow off work as well and there's nothing better than watching Pepe le Pew, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny, Wiley Coyote, and Daffy Duck do a bunch of stupid shit while I relax myself into oblivion.  Enjoy yourselves today, and have a happy, happy new year!

16 comments:

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

Woah~ you should be proud dude! Is there anything you can't do? And frying? That's real dedication to your art. You kicked the year off in style.
It looks incredible, and delicious!
Happy New Year to you both xxxx

shelby said...

Amazing job with the frying and all the food! Everything sounds so good. Thanks for the link to the wrappers recipe, I really needed one.

Happy New Year!!

aTxVegn said...

You are too much! Homemade wrappers - very impressive. You should be proud cuz they look perfect!

Happy New Year!

miss v said...

whoa! i wish i were eating at your place for the new year! those egg roll look so professional!

and the pizza bites looks yumm-o. i'm going to give FYH mozzarella a try with your melting suggestions...

have a great 2009!

KT of Vegan Noms said...

I have always enjoyed your enthusiastic posts and admired your creations. XD Your food porn has reached new heights w/ those "crab rangoons", though... I may have to hunt down an Asian grocery tomorrow to get some wontons and start frying some up! *droooool*

Tara said...

Wow, you were busy! Those egg rolls look perfect--mine never come out that crisp and bubbly looking. And I love the "crab rangoon" idea.
Happy New Year!

Crystal said...

All I can say is that all looks so great! I LOVE sweet potato fries.. yummm. Happy new year!

Sal said...

I wish I was at yours for NY's, that food looks amazing - especially the homemade wontons!

Happy new year!

foodfashionfun said...

woah! HOMEMADE "egg"rolls???? Come over to my house and make some please!!! Everything looks so incredibly yummy!

Jes said...

That new year's spread looks and sounds amazing. Way to go on the egg rolls and wontons!

miss v said...

ps - i watched the looney toons marathon too. i loved the one with the big bulldog that fell in love with the little baby kitty... and when he thought she had been baked into a cookie, he put the cookie on his back where the kitty used to sleep... did you see that one!? my fave. :)

VeganCowGirl said...

It all looks totally, totally amazing!!!!! And left overs versus cereal??? In the case of the left overs being treaties from your yummy feast - how could you ever consider cereal!!! Awesome.
Happiest New Years!

pixiepine said...

That all looks amazing! Happy New Year :)

jessy said...

hot damn, Jessica! homemade wontons & eggrolls! sweet jeebus! they look perfect & super stellar! filling like crab ragoons!?! even better (and i didn't think it could get any better)! i miss the hell outta some crab rangoons, too. i might just have to make some wontons and break in the deep fryer. think i'll let dan handle the frying though - i suck with most kitchen things. being clumsy with a knife is one thing - but being clumsy with scorching hot oil is another. although not too sure how being sucky with the knife is. but anyways.....

bruschetta - fuck yeah! sweet potato fries - glorious! and pizza bites - fantastical! i wish i were there to enjoy the spread. it all looks awesome. soooo awesome!

(you should totally buy a bunch of bagels and hide them in your freezer. we hide ours waaaaaaaaaaaay in the back, and then when we think "bagelness" we suddenly remember we have some back in "deep freeze". yay!)

what a tasty way to bring in the new year. well played. and happy new year to you, too! squeeeeeeee!

shellyfish said...

Jessica you are the most fabulous in the kitchen! Ok, Michael too of course! I want to make me some pizza bites, and wontons, too...and thanks for that link. I can't find eggless ones either.

Kelly said...

I'm salivating. That's fantastic that you make your own wrappers. Awesomeness!