Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Dinner

Tomato and Cream Sauce over Gemelli Pasta*

Red Leaf Lettuce Salad
(w/ Fig Vinaigrette Dressing)

* a.k.a. "Cap't Janeway", from a celebrity recipe in People magazine a few years ago. she used Penne pasta, we had Gemelli...

Lunch

Hummus and Pita Bread

Roman Beans

"Chicken" Nuggets*
(from Health is Wealth)

Club Soda


*Same folks who make the Pizza Munchees my kids love. A little barbeque sauce helps...

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Linbks (x4)
(w/ Cholula hot sauce)

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Water

Monday, April 29, 2002

Dinner

Tomato, Onion, Mushroom and Soy Cheese Pizza

Lunch

Mango Dal

Stuffed Baby Grafitti Eggplants

Basmati Rice

Club Soda

Sunday, April 28, 2002

Dinner

Mango Dal

Stuffed Baby Grafitti Eggplants
(purple potatoes, tomatoes, onion, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds)

Broccoli in Garlic Oil
(Julie Sahni)

Braised Seitan [Lamb Shanks] in Curry Sauce
(Ming Tsai)

Basmati Rice

Lunch

Roman Beans

Potato Chips

Club Soda

Spent all day mowing the lot and back property (2 acres), and then rototilling the vegetable garden, after dinner -- I passed out about 10pm, so no updates yesterday... here's the delayed report

(4/27/02)
Dinner

Celeriac Remoulade

Roman Beans

Baked Potato
(w/ chives)

Grilled Corn

Roman Style Seitan [Beef] Stew with Olives

Wine

Coturri Pinot Noir (California/1999)

Friday, April 26, 2002

Dinner

Shiitake Mushroom Soup
(w/ fennel stock, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, soy sauce, dry sherry, carrot, leek and broccoli)

Vietnamese Vegetable Curry
(w/ coconut milk, long beans, tofu and leeks)

Sauteed Asparagus w/ Sesame Seeds
(w/ sesame oil and soy sauce )

Basmati Rice

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links (x4)
(w/ Cholula hot sauce)

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Water

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Dinner

Tofu Cutlets [Pork Chops] with Roasted Fennel, Juniper Berries and Orange Sauce

Braised Spinach and Chard, Brown Lentil, Red Pepper and Red Onion "Napoleon"*

Spinach Salad with Fig Vinaigrette Dressing



* Layered together and compressed with one of those "stacker" tools -- which is really the same as a tin can, but with the round plunger. Also comes in square and triangle shape, but the basic set doesn't come with the pyramid shape, which really bummed me out... The lentils go between each layer which helps hold the whole thing together, starting with the grilled red onion base (leftover from the portobello sandwiches at lunch yesterday), then red pepper (also from yesterday's lunch) then the spinach/chard combo on top. Almost hated to cut into it, but it held together pretty well until the end...

Lunch

Eggplant Parmesan
(over Gemelli pasta)

Italian Bread

Water

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links
(w/ Cholula hot sauce)

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Water

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Dinner

Eggplant Parmesan

Italian Bread

Artichokes
(w/ olive oil, garlic, dipping sauce)



Lunch

Portobello Sandwiches
(roasted red pepper, wilted spinach, grilled onion and portobello mushroom marinated in olive oil and garlic -- layered on a bun)

Grilled Corn*

Water

* ah, fresh corn returns!

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links
(w/Cholula hot sauce)

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Water

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Dinner

Tofu [Pork Confit] with Lentils and Soyrizo [Chorizo]*
(Paula Wolfert / Cooking in South-West France)

Ruby Red Crescents Potatoes
(boiled, then rolled in salt, pepper and herbs de provence)

Braised Leeks
(Julia Child / Art of French Cooking Vol. 1)

Olive Bread

Dessert

Glace Chocolate Ice Cream


* A great book I don't use much, but dragged it out and tried out a modified version of the recipe, substituting pan-fried tofu cut into strips layered into the lentil/soyrizo mixture. Spicy and hearty at the same time. The potatoes were great too, the herbs really bringing out the earthiness of the "pommes de terre". And we never go wrong with braising the leeks, always sweet and tender.

Lunch

Lasagna

Potato Tart

Club Soda

Dinner

Pita Sandwiches Stuffed w/ Falafel and Hummus

Take-out Sushi

* A clash of nationalities, but it's all good ;)

Monday, April 22, 2002

Lunch

Porcini, Sage and Cannellini Bean Soup

Zucchini Lasagna

Club Soda

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Dinner

Roasted Tofu [Chicken] with Green Olives, Lemon and Jerusalem Artichokes*

Potato Tart


* a sort of Jean-Georges Vongerichten meal, the jerusalem artichokes were really tender and complimented the olives and lemon juice perfectly.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Dinner

Porcini, Sage and Cannellini Bean Soup

Rapini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes over Gemelli Pasta

Zucchini Lasagna

Olive Bread*

*Liz made some killer bread tonight -- oil packed, kalamta and some green olives baked into the bread made a perfect counterpart to the porcini soup...

Breakfast

Soy Breakfast Patties
(w/ Cholula hot sauce)

Apple Muffins*

Coffee


* Liz made these this morning -- a little cinnamon, nutmeg and apple layered between the batter...

Pre-Dinner

Margarita

Dinner

Soyrizo [Chorizo] and Potato Burritos
with Guacamole Salsa
(from Rick Bayless)

Black Bean Chips

Dessert

Sopapillas
w/ powdered sugar

Friday, April 19, 2002

Lunch

Barbecued Eggplant*

Garlic Green Beans

Lo Mein

Braised Tofu

Steamed Rice

Club Soda

* Liz got take out from the local Chinese buffet

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Dinner

Spicy Bean Burger
(w/ guacamole)

French Fries

Hummus, Falafel and Rice Salad
(w/ pita bread)

* Went to the Pufferbelly restaurant after our son's school function...


Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Dinner

Stir Fry*
(carrots, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, tofu, pistachio nuts)

Stir Fried Basmati Rice
(w/ toasted sesame oil)

Braised Brussel Sprouts
(in soy sauce and spices)

White Eggplant
(with sake, white miso, sesame seeds, sea salt, onion and garlic)

*Our first dinner out on the deck this year. The white eggplant was a last minute surprise, and turned out extremely well, a bit of an Iron Chef moment...

Lunch

Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches *

Macedonian (Soy) Cheese-Stuffed Peppers

Club Soda


*this is why they invented leftovers. these were fabulous last night, fabulous today...

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Dinner

Portabella Mushroom Sandwiches
(from Great Lakes Brewing Newsletter "Much Abrew")

Macedonian (Soy) Cheese-Stuffed Peppers
(Food and Wine, May 2002, p.83)

Lunch

Moussaka

Club Soda

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links (x4)

Brownberry Bread (x2)

Club Soda

Monday, April 15, 2002

Dinner

Pizza (Tomato/Soy Cheese)

Dinner

Moussaka*

Saganaki
(a.k.a. flamin' cheese)

* We made the Moussaka in an 6-inch springform pan (by Martha of course) in a method as seen on "Secrets Of The CIA" cooking show on PBS from a few years ago -- thin eggplant slices are cut on a mandolin or Benriner, and arranged so they overhang and overlap around the edges of the pan and are then stuffed with a rice, tomato, thyme, oregano, coriander, cinnamon mixture combined with a bechamel sauce. Then baked at 375 for about 45 minutes, cooled for 15, inverted, cut into cake shaped wedges and served.

The Saganaki is simply floured soy cheese pieces deep-fried for a minute or so, doused with some hot ouzo, and then flamb├ęd...

Sunday, April 14, 2002

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links (x4)
w/ Cholula hot sauce

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Club Soda

Dinner

Rice Syrup [Honey] Roasted Seitan [Pork] over Wilted Greens

Braised Baby Lima Beans

Hummus
w/ pita bread

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Lunch

Aloo Bhaigan

Spicy Tofu [Chicken] and Chickpeas

Basmati Rice

Water

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links (x4)
w/ Cholula hot sauce

Brownberry Wheat Toast

Water

Friday, April 12, 2002

Dinner

Aloo Bhaigan
(Potatoes and Eggplant)

Spicy Tofu [Chicken] and Chickpeas
(Food and Wine, May 2002, p.110)

Basmati Rice

Wine

Markko Reserve Pinot Noir (Ohio/1999)


Breakfast

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Club Soda

Thursday, April 11, 2002

Lunch

Vegetarian Hot Pot w/ Curry

Moo Shu Pancakes

Spring Rolls

Club Soda

Mmmmm... leftover Chinese take-out ...

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Dinner

Vegetarian Hot Pot w/ Curry

Moo Shu Pancakes

Spring Rolls

Lunch

Boca Burgers (original flavor)*

Club Soda


*Yes, that's two lunches in a row for those of you scoring at home (and you know who you are). Freezer space is at a premium because the new shipment of tofu came in today, and the Boca's are bulky...

Dinner

Phyllo Calzone
(stuffed with tofu, mushrooms, red pepper, onion and soy cheese)

Grilled Asparagus

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Dinner

Stir Fried Tofu, Spinach on Refried Basmati Rice

Noodle Soup with Water Chestnuts, Macadamia Nuts and Scallions

Dessert

Babka

Coffee

Monday, April 08, 2002

Dinner

Noodle Soup with Water Chestnuts, Macadamia Nuts and Scallions

Thai Eggplant with Basil

Long Beans in Garlic Sauce

Basmati Rice

Sunday, April 07, 2002

Lunch

Quesadilla
(tomato, soy cheese w/ salsa, guacamole and soy sour cream)

Club Soda

Breakfast

Soy Boy Breakfast Links (x4)

Babka (coffee cake)

Coffee

No listing for Saturday

I had a gig in Indiana...

Friday, April 05, 2002

Dinner

Zucchini Patties
(w/ creamy dill sauce)

Fava Beans

Kalamata Olive Bread*

Lunch

Refried Rice

Spicy Eggplant and Tomato

Seitan [Duck] and Pineapple Stew

Club Soda

Thursday, April 04, 2002

Dinner

Rice Paper Spring Rolls
(w/ carrot, red pepper, leeks and shiitake mushrooms)

Spicy Eggplant and Tomato

Deep Fried Tofu with Chiles and Lemongrass

Basmati Rice

Seitan [Duck] and Pineapple Stew

Lunch

Capellini Pomodoro

Cheese Enchaladas

Club Soda


*it's the combo leftover platter d'jour ;)

Wednesday, April 03, 2002

Dinner

Capellini Pomodoro

Fiddlehead Ferns*

Sauteed Baby Artichokes and Portobello Mushrooms

Ciabatta Bread

*Liz went to the grocery store this afternoon (Kriegers, a small local market with great produce) where even the produce staff asked her what she was going to do with these. Thanks to Jim Peterson's great "Vegetable" book, we at least had a plan. We first cleaned them off and trimmed them slightly and then sauteed the ferns in a little oil, garlic and parsley. They had an asparagus-like texture with a slight bitter component. A definite foodie moment ;)

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Dinner

Gemelli with Red Sauce
(Newman's Marinara)

Grilled Asparagus

Lunch

Roasted Vegetables In Banana Leaves

Poblano Rice

Cheese Enchiladas *

Club Soda


* mmmmmm. leftovers ;)

Dinner

Roasted Vegetables In Banana Leaves

Poblano Rice (Arroz Verde)

Soy Cheese Enchiladas
(Saveur April 2002)

Monday, April 01, 2002

Lunch

Barbeque Tofu

Chips

Club Soda