Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Very Best Summer Meal

I feel like I have talked about this meal before, but couldn't find it on my blog. It really is AMAZING!
If you are a fan of Thai food, this is a thai inspired dish that we eat about once a week in the summer. 
A lot can be done ahead of time to make this an easy, throw together meal.

  1.  2 c dried rice (we use a rice cooker, sushi or plain white rice)
  2. chopped veg on hand (lettuce, tomato, avocado, carrot, white, red or green onion, cucumber)
  3. fresh herbs, chopped (mint, cilantro and/or thai basil)
  4. 1-2 T fried garlic (this makes the dish and keeps to use on other foods) -just pour 1/4 c canola, 1 head garlic, minced over medium heat then down to low once heated up - cook til garlic is browned and crunchy. about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally

           5. sauce: 3 T peanuts, 3 T lime juice, 2 T rice wine vinegar, 1' piece fresh ginger, 2 T soy sauce, 1 T         agave (or sugar), 1 T fresh mint, and 2 T water  - blend in mini chopper or blender (I double this)
          6. toasted sesame seeds

    Then once the rice is done, you add veg and the rest of the ingredients!! It is so good. If you are short on time or ingredients, it can be modified and still taste great!

    Friday, June 25, 2010

    a small rant

    Some of the very best decisions I have ever made were the ones which I was most criticized for...both blatantly and passive aggressively. 
    -becoming a Christian
    -becoming a vegetarian
    to name a few.

    I shouldn't care..I only kind of do.  Still it does get tiring.

    I am still surprised how bothered people (usually the ones who consider themselves open minded) get when your decisions are different from theirs!~

    On a lighter note, my new favorite:

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010

    Great Link

    My friend Matt let me know about this great site yesterday!

    We made the chocolate milk from their " Good Heart Cookbook." It was really yummy and variations could always be made with this simple recipe (add bananas, carob powder instead of cocoa, strawberries). I think without the Blendtec, this would have been a lot less appetizing (chunky bits floating in the milk).  If you don't have an industrial blender try chopping the dates small before blending and then you may have to strain the milk once blended.

    I want to make the Thai Coconut Curry next!!

    Monday, June 21, 2010

    Happy 7th Anniversary!

    Today is our 7 year anniversary~
    Here is us on our 1st anniversary. We were in the Middle East at Phil's grandparents house!

    The view from Phil's grandparent's roof.

    Keeping with tradition (somewhat), Phil made homemade za'atar pizza for breakfast, which we had many times while in Lebanon!!

    Za'atar is a mixture of ground herbs, salt and sesame seeds mixed together. On that trip 6 years ago, Phil's Tita (grandmother) gave us a huge bag that she had prepared and we are still using it today. We all love it, even Elias is a fan.

    You mix the za'atar together with olive oil until you get a spreadable paste.

    Phil ran out this morning and bought some fresh pizza dough, rolled it out and placed it on a cast iron pan (preheated), covered it with the oil/za'atar mix and then broiled it for 3-4 minutes.

    We then sliced tomatoes from our garden and cucumbers!


    Wednesday, June 2, 2010

    Ultimate Comfort Casserole

    Cheesy Rice Casserole

    • 3 cups cooked brown rice (approx 1 1/2 c dried rice cooked with 1 vegan unbeef bouillon cube)
    • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
    • 1 onion, diced
    • approx 2 cups vegan cheddar cheese, shredded (I used Follow your Heart)
    • 1 cup rice milk mixed with:
                     (approx)     - 2 T white rice flour (cornstarch would work)
                                       - 1 t onion and garlic powder, each
                                       - 2-3 t veg mayo
                                       - salt and pepper

    Preheat oven to 350.  Add 1/2 c water to a large saucepan. Add broccoli and onion and cook over medium heat til vegetables are softened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together rice and vegetable mix (including remaining water) in a large bowl. Whisk together rice milk mixture til slightly thickened, making sure all clumps are gone (this is will add creaminess and moisture to casserole). Once mixed add to rice/vegetable mixture. Add most of the vegan shredded cheese and mix everything together, stirring to distribute evenly. Spread into 9x13 pan. Top with the rest of the vegan cheese and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010


    Well I am kind of back. I am part over blogging and part coming off of a few weeks of visitors and a toddler who was sick for 10 days.

    Let's recap, shall we?

    First things first. Phil and I are contemplating moving to eastern Washington sometime in the near's out there. His company has  an office in Spokane and we are very interested in living out there (weather, scenery, exciting places to visit, buying land and building).
    This news is not going over well but my mom is supportive and that helps. It's nothing set in stone, still in the planning/researching stages.

    On a lighter note, here's what's been a'happenin'...

     We went strawberry picking here. And had a great time! Then we gorged ourselves on strawberries for days (strawberry cake, strawberry jam, strawberries in smoothies).

    Phil and I made it out to the Josh Rouse show at the Belcourt Theatre.   My wonderful mother came into town and watched Elias for us.

    We also noticed while we were there that all summer long they are featuring Kurosawa films. Phil loves his movies and we own several of them and they are on often. So maybe we can go back and see one of them there!

    What else, what else...

    Kathrine won the Vegan Baking cookbook giveaway!

    I am currently reading this blog and though a long, long way from that type of lifestyle, I am inspired by the concept and trying to move more in that direction. I never realized how freeing it is to NOT be attached to things.

    I am reading, simultaneously:
    1. Life is a Verb
    2. James and the Giant Peach
    3. Dumbing us Down - I am only just getting into this book but IT IS AWESOME~
    4. Wiseblood
    5. Living like Ed

    Phil and I are interested in building a cordwood home sometime in the foreseeable future and are starting to research how to go about that.

    So we'll see if I can get back into the swing of blogging again...