Posted in cooking, food, knitting, vegan, vegetarian, tagged autumn, Cascade 220, February Lady Sweater, pumpkin, salad, vegan, Vegan MoFo on October 9, 2008|
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I woke up this morning. It’s October. It’s been October for a week now. And what was the thing that got me out of bed?
Pumpkin! It’s pumpkin-flavored-coffee-drink season!!
Decaf pumpkin soy latte. Seasonal flavored goodness.
And, of course, the (October) February Lady Sweater continues apace. I’ve got a few more inches left on the body and then it’s on to the arms. I may be a convert to top-down knitting for sweaters. Call me an instant gratification fiend. Go on, do it!
Decided to commit a little time tonight to a more epic dinner, since the boy’s been a little stressed. How very domestic of me. Enter: vegan “chicken” Caesar salad from Veganomicon, complete with home-made dressing, home-made croutons, plus some of the delicious tofu I keep making that I just can’t get over.
I loved the tanginess of the dressing, plus the fact that, hello, my salad dressing is made of to-freakin-fu so I can eat as much of it as I want. The croutons were a little tedious, but a good adventure. And this tofu keeps performing! It was the perfect complement to the lemon of the dressing, and cut the intensity of the garlic nicely.
He and I both reek to high heaven right now, but it was worth it.
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Posted in cooking, food, knitting, vegetarian, tagged beans, burgundy, Cascade 220, color, February Lady Sweater, knitting, tomatoes, vegetarian on September 26, 2008|
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Today’s blog post is brought to you by the color burgundy.
These are some cranberry shelling beans I bought at the farmers’ market. Check out the pods! I think they were referred to as “tongues of fire” beans, and I couldn’t resist. The beans have beautiful cranberry speckles when shelled. Unfortunately, the speckles disappear when cooked.
Pretty pretty. I cooked these for 20-30 minutes in boiling water. I mixed them with some cooked green beans, lemon juice, parmesan, and salt and pepper.
We had a fabulous vegetarian dinner last night, totally veggielicious:
Sorry for the picture quality! The beans are in the lower left-hand corner there. In the lower right is some spaghetti squash and yellow squash, with a little bit of Parmesan. The upper right-hand is the tomato salad I love to make, and the upper left is some red fruit: Flavor King pluots, raspberries, and strawberries. Nothing added!
Seems like burgundy is a serious color theme in my life lately. I made some “sun-dried” tomatoes in my oven — sliced up about 1/2″ thick, on aluminum foil, for 8+ hours. I’m looking forward to using them in the winter:
And hey! I’ve started knitting a February Lady Sweater, just like everyone else it seems. I was inspired by brainylady’s post about it, and could no longer resist. I’m not one for knitting sweaters usually, but I think this one might just turn out super cute! I was really drawn to the shape of it, which seems incredibly flattering, and the prospect of picking out really cute wood buttons for it. I’m using Cascade 220 wool:
I guess Autumn truly is here. I can’t wait for leaf-crunching season to really set in.
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