Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Blog Break

I feel like taking a bit of a break from the blog world. I'm sure I'll be back, maybe in a few days or maybe not for weeks. No reason why really. I just got instagram though (yes I'm so behind on those social networking things) so you can add me on there if you want (my username is eatmedelicious).

Hope you all had a hoppy Easter!! :)

Oh also I've been on a bit of an organizational spree. I'm slowly working my way through our place and cleaning things up, decluttering, etc. I was going to save these photos until I'd done more but I'll just share them now. This is our pantry. It could probably be a bit better organized but I'm really happy with it and super happy to have everything off the floor. I still need some more containers. I finally found a big enough container for my all purpose flour (not pictured).

My next kitchen organizational tasks are my spice rack, to get more shelving for my cupboards, and more shelving for the pantry (on an unpictured wall).



I like keeping things in these containers which I can easily pull out to find things. Top right has legumes and grains, top left has canned/bottled goods, next shelf is dried fruit and nuts and grains, below that are oils and vinegars.

Check out the cute apron my mom made me! Top shelf is snack food, then crackers and pasta, then baking stuff & plastic wrap, then flours/sugars in containers.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easy Indian Mung Beans

I call this picture "I'm tired of cooking all day and just want to document the food in the quickest way possible". I bought a bag of mung beans a couple of years ago but rarely use them as I don't see them often called for in recipes. I'm trying to make more of an effort to use what I have in my pantry so went searching for a mung bean recipe.

I was not expecting to enjoy this dish. It seemed so simple and too bean-y. But it was actually really good! And I'd make it again. I might even buy more mung beans to make it again and that's saying something.

To make up for my mung bean photo, check out my cute nails!!! My friend did these for me.

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Zucchini and Chickpea Pancakes
Lemon Curried Lentils and Potatoes
Dal Makhni
Pink Beans with a Cardamom-Yogurt Sauce

Easy Indian Mung Beans
Adapted from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth

Serves 4

1 cup dry mung beans
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 tbsp coconut oil (or other oil)
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
3 cups water
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp lemon juice

In a large pot, put the mung beans, ginger, coconut oil, cumin, coriander, jalapeno and water. Bring to a boil, cover and then simmer for 45-50 minutes (or until beans are tender). Once tender, take off the heat and stir in the sea salt and lemon juice.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Noodles, Pralines, Granola Bars, Stew, and Loaves

Any Real Housewives fans out there?? I can't wait for the Vancouver version which starts on Wednesday!

Here are some things I've made recently (and I used the term recently loosely haha) that I didn't think warranted their own blog posts but still wanted to mention.

Coconut Ginger Vegetables with Udon Noodles from ExtraVeganZa
I really like this cookbook and a lot of the recipes in it but this one was just okay. Now that I'm reading over the ingredient list I'm thinking that maybe there wasn't enough sauce or something as the components sound like something I would love - ginger, cumin, coconut milk, lime juice, cilantro, soy sauce. The noodles are mixed with cabbage, peas, kale and cashews. It sounds like it should be good right? So maybe it was just me. (The noodles turned purple/pink from the red cabbage.)

Texas Pralines from The Pastry Queen
I think this is the only thing I've made from this cookbook so far. Lots of yummy sounding things I want to try though. I made these for my mom for Christmas as she's talked about these "pecan pralines" that she likes. I wasn't sure exactly what she meant - sugared nuts? Caramelly nuts? Well I thought I'd just try this recipe out. I'm not sure what traditional pralines are like, but these were mostly soft caramel with a bit of nuts. I think my main problem with these was that I don't love the vanilla I have and found it really overpowering. And while I love caramel, I think there should be more nuts for that amount of caramel.

Pumpkin Chocolate Granola Bars from The Pastry Affair
Admittedly I don't like granola bars. They're too sweet and I usually don't like dried fruit. But these had pumpkin in them! And I do like pumpkin. So I had to try them. And I figured if I didn't like them, E would eat them as they have chocolate chips in them. Not surprisingly, I wasn't a big fan of these. E thought they were okay. I modified the recipe a bit - 1/2 cup pumpkin puree total (instead of pumpkin + applesauce), cloves instead of nutmeg, more vanilla, more dried cranberries, less chocolate chips and pecans instead of almonds.

Portobello Feijoada (Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Portobello Mushrooms) + Savoury Orange Rice, Brazilian Style from Viva Vegan!
I know that Janet really enjoyed this stew, but unfortunately it wasn't my favourite. I didn't change the flavours (ex. liquid smoke, thyme, cumin), but I did omit the TVP (never liked it) and used twice as much mushrooms. But do remember that I'm not a bean lover so you may enjoy this as Janet did. The savoury orange rice which was suggested to go along with it was alright but probably not something I'd make again.

Maple Pumpkin Spice Bread from Vegetarian Times
I'm completely addicted to the maple syrup from Costco and always hope baked goods will taste more maple-y without using maple extract. But this loaf did not taste very strongly of maple. The spices were really strong - maybe a bit too strong. Overall the loaf was pretty good but there are better pumpkin loaf/muffin recipes out there and I've posted some I enjoy.