We are in the hottest month of Summer and here it has been humid as hell. The other day it was raining and I felt like I was back in Michigan, when my family would travel out there each August. I would stand outside during the thunderstorms, under the pouring rain, and it would still be almost 90F outside. With such greenery out there, it was a lot more enjoyable, where as here it’s just a light rain and tons of concrete.
Luckily the moisture has taken a break and today we had some nice breezes with the heat, so it wasn’t like walking into a sauna every time you went outside. This is the time of year when eating anything warm just sounds terrible – aside from grilled goodies, of course. Because of this, I have a nice, chilled salad recipe for you today! It’s perfect served as a side, maybe along with that Herbed Tofu Tomato Salad recipe from last week? Which, by the way, was a total hit! I’ve had at least five or six people make it and be very pleased with the outcome.
Anyway, this salad is made with sweet yellow and white corn, mostly for a little extra color, a creamy basil pesto aioli, fresh spinach and some red onion. Super easy to put together and is PACKED with flavor, especially after you chill the dish before serving it. If you want to make it a little healthier, add more spinach to the end product and omit some of the vegan mayo from the aioli, replacing it with plain yogurt.
Oh! I almost forgot, I have some incredibly exciting news! I’ll be a speaker at Vida Vegan Con 2015 in Austin! Eep! I’m super excited and feel very lucky to have been chosen out of the many people who applied to speak, and can’t wait until they announce the rest of the speakers closer to the end of the month. Who all is planning on going? If you’re on the fence, let me say that it was an awesome experience and you should take a look at my 1, 2, 3 part review of the 2013 conference.
Just look at that title, now look at the pictures; don’t these sliders look insane?! The recipe today comes from one of my favorite bloggers, Richa of Vegan Richa (formerly Hobby and More). She has the most amazing baked goods, Indian recipes and desserts on her page, so you should definitely check her out! Plus, her photography is gorgeous. Thank you so much for the post, Richa!
Thank you for having me over Jackie! I cant wait to hear about the Recipes you have been testing:)
Some days I plan out my day to make something and get that done, pictured and written up for a post. Some other days, I just go to the kitchen, look around and start working. This was one of those days. I had a few Sweet Potatoes from the weekly farm delivery, so I boiled them. Then started looking for some beans. I did not have any soaking, so looked at my canned bean section, which happens to be on the topmost shelf in the kitchen. This is because the kitchen storage keeps getting full and some days some priorities (beans should be more accessible) are missed in the reorganization. I tried to get the Cannellini beans can from the shelf and it toppled over behind all the other cans. Making a mental note to tell hubbs to shift all the bean cans to a lower level, I reached out and grabbed another can. Ha! Adzuki beans.
Then I went to our balcony herb garden and saw some very green and flourishing Dill. Cut some of that, some remnants of Spinach and headed to choose between cucumber, red bell pepper, onions and tomatoes for an added crunch. Dill and cucumber always work so well together. So there they went. I sliced up some of my day old Multigrain rolls. Went about clicking some pictures. I toasted the buns that would be served. The pictured ones are not toasted. Both work fine. I like warm bread:) It’s just so cold out here these days.
For more Burgers and Sandwiches from my blog, see the collection here.
Since most of my days, at the moment, are filled with cooking and taking photos for someone else’s cookbook; sometimes it’s hard to be inspired enough to come up with something different for my blog. It’s doubly hard when most of the ingredients are reserved for said recipes! This will basically be my “problem” for January, so I can’t wait for the freedom that February will bring.
My mind was drawing blanks left and right, yesterday, when I was thinking of just what to make that night. That was until I had lunch with my friends Trevor and Fiona after Trevor’s graduation ceremony. We decided to order some Buffalo Cauliflower -baked as opposed to fried- as an appetizer. It was pretty good, but not as good as the stuff at Mohawk Bend. I’ll be honest, I’ve seen a ton of recipes for buffalo cauliflower in the past few months. So, when Trevor thought that it would be a good idea to do our own version, we knew that we had to change it up a bit.
That’s where this lively and flavorful blossomed into a spicy, aromatic appetizer. With intense flavors of Thai Curry combined with the creamy coconut lime aioli that has a garlic/onion undertone, this dish is a winner. After I took photos of it, we basically annihilated the bowl of cauliflower with the help of our friend Michelle. I can’t wait to make this again! Next time, I’ll make sure to double the recipe.
Nicer weather is here again, after a couple of days of drizzly, sticky humidity, and I really couldn’t be happier. It’s the perfect weather for being outside, taking care of my garden, getting out of the house and being inspired to try out some new flavors. I have many green onions growing in my garden, just waiting to be trimmed, plus I just harvested my first two jalapeños (which I’m super excited about). Now, I’m just waiting for my corn to fully develop and maybe I’ll grill those, too!
A little garden friend has made himself at home on one of my stalks, as you can see above. It was the tiniest little spider that disappeared once it saw me approaching with my large camera, hoisting himself up and away from his intricate web; I’m always in awe of the beautiful creations that these creatures make.
Another outdoor activity that I’ve obviously been doing a lot of is grilling! This sandwich was inspired by the “grilled” cheese sandwiches that she made for my sisters and I when we were young. She always added a little Miracle whip (obviously not vegan) to the cheesy insides for an interesting tang; I’ve translated this into a delicious vegan aioli that has a spicy kick from my homegrown jalapeños. Other than preparing the aioli, this recipe is easy to prepare and can be customized to fit your palette with different fillings.