You guys! I’m kinda sad that Vegan MoFo is coming to an end. The creativity shown by so many bloggers this month has been mind-blowing and I know that I only scratched the surface, as far as what I read. Bloggers are awesome people, not referring to myself (ha ha!), and watching them put all of their effort into their theme or what-have-you this month is just so cool. I feel like I’m straying a little from the pack by not posting a round-up today, but I may do it tomorrow. Who knows?
What I’ve done here is saved one of my favorites of this month for last. When I was thinking about the execution, look and recipe of this dish I knew that it’d be crazy, and probably pretty tasty. But, I had NO idea how much I was going to love it. I mean, I LOVE the Buffalo Chickpea Mac, but I think this may be tied with it. (Gasp!)
I was really stoked to have finally used a trick that I learned about last year, from a friend that was a Chef at Mohawk Bend. He had made this amazing-looking vegan French Onion Soup and I remember the picture of the bowl and its cheese topper looking impeccable. So, I had to ask, “Mike, what was that?!” and he proceeded to tell me that if you blend cashews with Daiya it totally changes the texture and takes away some of the starchy-ness.
I don’t know why the hell it took me so long to try this out, but I’ve done it, and will damn sure do it again. It was a total success and was a key player in the pizza! Oh yeah, this was also my first time making a deep dish pizza, so that should tell you how easy it was. There’s not too many ingredients and really, letting the dough rise takes the most time; even then, compared to most doughs, it’s pretty short.
I hope that everyone has had a terrific weekend! I won’t lie, mine was a little crazy, but in a good way. I think. 😉 First, my friend Michelle and I did a Tour de Gluttony starting at Healthy Junk in Anaheim and then went down to San Diego for Balboa Park December Nights. We didn’t eat at December Nights, but did go into the Science Center and the Natural History Museum, where we proceeded to get a little goofy. Below is my impression of a whale skeleton, that yoga sure is paying off!
We (both being vegan) were in luck, because right down the street from us was Evolution Fast Food. I haven’t really been to any vegan restaurants in San Diego so I was very excited for this. I ended up getting the Mushroom Swiss Burger which was good, and some chick’n strips (which I asked for as buffalo but was given original). I enjoyed the strips with a chipotle dip, but was not done yet. We had walked quite a bit and I needed to end this meal the right way- with dessert, naturally. We shared some peppermint soft serve, and I’m telling you, this stuff was incredible. I would contemplate making the 2-hour trip down to SD just for that soft serve; it’s that good.
Saturday was filled with running errands and going to a cowboy bar. Have you ever been to a place like this? It’s actually pretty fun; even if you’re terrible at line dancing (ME). Now, it’s Monday and time to get to work! I have a big project that I’m working on for someone, that I’m incredibly excited about. That being said, I’ve kind of put my cookbook on hold for now. But, this is great for you because the recipe that I’m sharing was going to be in it!
What great timing, right?! It’s the holidays, where there is no shortage of sides for family meals, and this recipe is perfect for that. What we have here is a combination of buttery walnuts, roasted Brussels sprouts, toasted coconut and a sweet raisin vinaigrette. Just scoop the roasted veggies onto your plate and drizzle a little sauce on top. It has great colors, and is as easy to make as it is to serve.