Monday, March 9, 2009

Thanksgiving 2008

Thanksgiving 2008, originally uploaded by mysterybridgers.

No, you are not seeing things and we have not gone back in time. We are almost half way through March and I am posting our Thanksgiving meal. I notice that the pictures started piling up right around when I got my new job in November.  Hm...

Since we often get stuck in a flavor rut, 2008's Thanksgiving dinner was much the same as 2007. Except this time we left out the mashed potatoes and made a different stuffing. The stuffing was a stuffing mix made by a local bread company. It looked pretty good in the bag as dry bread with herbs (about as good as dry bread can look) and it was even better with carrots, onions, and celery. Again the cranberry sauce was the bomb!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sweet Potatoes and Jerk Tofu

I am trying to clear out old food pictures that never got blogged. This meal was made way back at the beginning of November. The jerk tofu recipe is from Vegan with a Vengeance and the sweet potato recipe is from either Vegan with a Vengeance or Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes (I am too lazy to actually find out).

The jerk tofu was pretty good, but the sauce was very strong and vinegary. We served it over a little bit of rice and it could have used a lot more rice to subdue the flavor a little.

The sweet potatoes were the real star. They were baked in the oven after being steamed. Before baking we mixed the sweet potatoes with a little bit of maple syrup, dried cherries, and roasted pecans.

The meal really could have used something green, but we didn't want to make another side dish.

We've both been sick, so there has not been much cooking going on. I'm hoping that when spring really rolls around we will get the cooking bug because of all the fresh produce. Even though we are luckier than most parts of the country in winter, I still really look forward to more variety.

We have a few more "old" food pictures that we will try to get through in the near future.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes, originally uploaded by mysterybridgers.

We went to a party with my new co-workers and spouses on Saturday and I made lemon cupcakes and green tea cupcakes. You have seen enough of the green tea cupcakes I am sure, so today I feature the lemon ones.

The recipe is from Vegan with a Vengeance. They were very good, but a lot went wrong when I was making them. The recipe called for what seemed like a ton of baking soda. when I combined the wet and dry ingredients, the batter swelled way up and ended up being enough batter for 18 cupcakes instead of 12. The first batch was a little deflated out of the oven and got a little too brown. The second batch, which had to sit while the others baked turned out much better. (The cupcakes at the front of the picture are from the second batch.)

If it were not for the sprinkles that we found in our cabinet, these cupcakes would have looked pretty sad. They made up for their looks by being pretty tasty, so I forgive them.