Urgh. You know that feeling you get just before you get sick? That drained and kind of sniffly feeling? Well, I had that feeling last night so I made this soup to help me combat the oncoming cold.
This is Eat Peace Please’s Tofu Noodle Soup and it was delicious, comforting-it made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I opted out of the celery called for because celery and I do not get along, and added mushrooms, chopped sweet potato, and green pepper-pretty much whatever I had in the fridge to use up.
Sure enough, I woke up this morning with my head pounding, a sore throat and a congested nose. What’s wrong with these germs? Can’t they see I simply don’t have the time to be sick?! Oh well, at least I have this lovely soup to help me through this.
Yesterday after class, I stopped in to Pete’s Frootique, a local grocery store here in Halifax and after picking up some local produce (which included a pumpkin!) what should I just happen to see as I walked past the cheese cases? Sheese! I was shocked. Sheese here in Halifax?! I didn’t even know it was avaliable anywhere in Canada yet. So of course, I had to try it. Maybe it was just curiousity or more likely the sweltering heat we experienced yesterday affecting my rationality, but I dished out $7.49 for a block of the Medium Cheddar style.
When I got home, I just had to try it. I was suspicious though…my first and last experience with commercial vegan cheese was just horrible, ugh I can still remember the revolting texture (slimy) and smell (garbage). But after opening the container of Sheese I was pleasantly surprised, the smell was cheddar, not garbage-like at all! And the texture was firm and a tiny bit crumbly. So all that was left was the taste test, I sandwiched a slice between two crackers (this by the way was my all time favourite snack as a child) and took a bite. And it was perfect! It didn’t taste exactly like cheese but damn is it ever close! It was delicious, and I wasn’t regretting the price tag anymore.
I’m really excited to try more uses for it but to be honest I’m not sure for what. I don’t remember what I used to use cheddar for besides eating it with crackers! I remember Bittersweet had great success in baking with it in Cheddar Scones so I might try making cheddar biscuits or croissants (I doubt I’ll have time to make croissants though but the ones at the Farmer’s Market always look so good!).
You can almost smell the crisp fall smell in my recent posts, ha ha. Fall is my favourite time of the year, I’m pretty sure the deciding factor is my love for fall food.
Quinoa Stuffed Squash
This stuffed squash was delicious, flavourful and simple to prepare. I find that a lot of the times, the simplest of meals can be the tastiest.
Note-I had no cherries as the recipe called for, or even cranberries which I’m sure would be perfect in this dish as well, so I used raisins.
The leftover pumpkin puree is officially gone!
These are “The Best Pumpkin Muffins” from Vegan with a Vengeance and believe their name, these really are quite delicious. If you don’t have the book yet, the recipe’s posted here in jumbo form and with a bit of soy yogurt.
Well, I must admit that summer has officially come to an end as I have just finished my first “week” (okay, 2 days) back to class. Although I’m obviously not that far into the semester, I can already tell that I will be very busy until the end of November. So, as much as it pains me to say it, I probably won’t be updating my blog as often. I’ll still try! Maybe I can aim for at least a weekly post?
Enough about the dreaded future, let’s talk about the past right now, past food to be exact.
I am not, by any means, a salad person. Maybe it’s because of the many times I’ve been stuck dining out and only being able to pick at a dry salad. But I heard great things about the following recipe and have been intrigued by the thought of Caesar Salad as over the summer my sister developed an obsession for them.
Terry’s Caesar Salad is a wonderful recipe! I have eaten it three times over the past 2 days and I’m not tired of it at all yet. The creamy dressing has a kick to it making this salad anything but bland and boring. And the Roasted Garlic Croutons are simply delicious. I love how the whole salad is made completely from scratch, that “I made this” feel is all the more authentic. But yeah, make this salad.