Sweet and Savory Breakfast Treat

Breakfast during the week for me lately has either been slow cooked oatmeal or toast with avocado or a nut butter of sorts on top. But come weekend I give myself free reign to enjoy eggy creations, salty meats, or sweet treats. Or, perhaps, it is a concoction involving all three and then some. The latest incarnation was everything a perfect breakfast should be: savory, sweet, fluffy, crunchy, bready, meaty and completely off-the-cuff. I was at the tail end of some sprouted wheat bread that I thought tasted good but had a really odd, almost spongy texture. I have been … Continue reading

Pickled, toasty, herby obsession

In my third week of eating along the lines of the VB6 (vegan before 6) meal plan I hit a happy stride with an Ottelenghi-esque salad. A friend had long been trying to get me to try it and I finally had most of the ingredients to give it a go. Here is his original recipe which I read only after attempting to recreate what I had remembered from reading the recipe before. I started by simmering some red onions, carrots and jalapeño in cider vinegar (he used white, no sugar and only marinated), sugar and salt which I then … Continue reading

Discovering VB6 and It’s Polar Opposite in the Same Month is … Cruel

So I am reaching the end of week two of VB6, or Vegan Before 6 pm for all you newcomers. Aside from a couple crazy hiccups ranging from an oven thermometer bursting into flames and smoking out huge platters of roasting kabocha and cauliflower to a flat tire at Whole Foods to some plain and simple vegan ennui, I’ve enjoyed the journey so far. As hoped, my creative brain churning has kicked up a notch and I’ve been able to imagine and assemble all sorts of meals of healthy persuasion. My life, in general, feels more mindful and I’ve gone … Continue reading

Only I Can Catch an Oven Thermometer on Fire

So I was in my stride today. Happy that I could embrace good vegetable dishes, enjoy them, not completely let the house fall apart and exercise more. I even ate caramelized tofu banh mi for dinner last night instead of feasting on some meat. This afternoon the plan was to take a picnic to the Botanic Gardens and I was roasting some cauliflower and kabocha to add to some wheat berries with kale and toasted almonds. I intended to pick up some proteinish thing to put on top of it. Now one thing about being married to a man with … Continue reading

Caramel Tofu Banh Mi

I’m well into my second week of the VB6 plan, minus a couple days falling off the horse (and rolling down a spikey hill into some traffic). I started the week with another big grocery shop for piles of veggies, tofu and some grains and nuts and a list of recipes and meal ideas. On the first day I made a coconut saucy mix of zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, corn and peanuts which I served on the farro/quinoa mixture I had frozen the week before. I was so glad to find that because I would have resorted to making a … Continue reading

VB6: Week 1 Recap

Well here I am in week two of VB6. I didn’t post beyond the first couple days last week mainly because some things were just repeats but also because it was the Fourth of July and my good intentions got all out of whack. So here is a recap in addition to some advice. Don’t start a new meatless or less meat diet right before a holiday that brings the whole neighborhood out to the grill to cook MEAT. Don’t go to an event or bar(s) and drink enough to be sufficiently fuzzy the next day that your only real … Continue reading

Adventures in VB6: Day 2

This morning I woke up to a velvety bowl of steel cut oats that had cooked slowly overnight in the crock pot. I had made it with almond milk and water and stirred in some almond butter and maple syrup. I know the diet says no white sugar and I’m hoping a touch of maple syrup is ok and if it is not, so be it. I can’t eat oatmeal or other breakfast porridges without some sort of sweetness though I am willing to try weening to just fresh fruit. And I put milk in my coffee again and that … Continue reading

My Adventures with VB6: Day 1

I am no stranger to a cooking challenge. My interest began years ago in San Francisco watching the original Iron Chef on public television (KQED?). Briefly we engaged some friends in a swanky cooking club called the One Up Supper Club. But then grownup life took over and somehow it fizzled. Later I enlisted my mom to go shopping at the Asian grocery stores to supply me, my husband, my sister and my niece with a mystery bag which we would cook from in teams. More recently came Meatless March—much harder because of the DENIAL and DURATION—but I did it … Continue reading

A Genius Recipe Found, A Challenging New Diet on the Horizon

I was browsing some recipes on Food52 this morning over coffee and was reminded of Le Bec Fin’s Genius Balsamic Fried Eggs. They looked great and I had no choice but to get up and make them right then and there. It took all of 5 minutes total and was delicious. The balsamic turns a little syrupy and melds wonderfully with the butter (reminding me of the balsamic brown butter dressing I love to make). I poured the egg and sauce onto some toasted rosemary sourdough and topped it all with fresh tarragon and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. Now … Continue reading

Heatwave Survival Tip (no.1)

Just when I was enjoying a belated and perfect spring, Denver cranked up the heat and reminded me what summer has been like these last few years. Thankfully our 1907 house with the two layers of brick with an air gap for insulation is just barely starting to warm up so I’m not yet working in my underwear. But leaving the house smacks you right in the face with a wall of thick, HOT. And don’t even start with the “but it’s DRY heat.” Because that is just as irritating as the “but we NEED the moisture” was during our … Continue reading