Sunday, June 26, 2011

Australian Sticky Date Pudding

The infamous Sticky Date Pudding.
Hailing from my most favorite port of call in the southern hemisphere, this Aussie delicacy is more than worthy of being the topic of the 500th post on "The Grains of Paradise".
This is not vegan. This contains loads of butter, cream, and sugar but let me tell you this.... it is worth every step on the stairmaster to burn this sucker off.
I first discovered this most sinful of desserts at a fantastic little beachside eatery in Manly, NSW named the "Blue Water Cafe". After that indulgent afternoon Carlos and I ordered "Sticky Date Pudding" at almost every restaurant from Sydney to Hamilton Island.
 I've been feeling incredibly nostalgic for Oz these days so I felt it was time to finally give a homemade version of a sticky date a go. I found a fantastic recipe for it HERE.
Please... eat this while it's still warm, load on the carmel sauce and serve it with the richest, most decadent vanilla ice cream you can find. I promise you won't regret one bite!


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Soba Noodles with Fresh Peas and Sweet Shoyu Dressing

Still trying to get through that massive Costco size bag of organic peas in the freezer!
Wow great investment! I can't believe how many dishes I can incorporate these little green legumes into. Awesome!
Anyway, here's another spin.... This was so light and delicious Carlos actually stood up and did a little dance after his first bite ( he he ).... I'm thinking this might become a house staple.

Soba Noodles with Fresh Peas and Sweet Shoyu Dressing
2 bundles of soba noodles
1 cup peas ( fresh or frozen )
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1 Tb sesame seeds
Cook soba noodles according to directions on package ( about 4-5 minutes in boiling water ). Add peas to the boiling water in the last 30 seconds. Drain noodles/peas and rinse with cold water until cool. Place in a large bowl and add cilantro, onions, and sesame seeds. Toss with Sweet Shoyu Dressing dressing. Recipe follows....
( BTW- This is what a soba noodle bundle looks like. )

Sweet Shoyu Dressing
2 Tbs rice white vinegar
2 Tbs shoyu ( soy sauce or tamari )
2 tsp agave or honey
1 Tb Garlic Chili Sauce ( example here )
dash of sesame oil
squeeze of lemon
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl before tossing with noodles.
Love this!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Penne with Goat Cheese, Fresh Peas, and Mint

I've been indulging in a few non-vegan meals the last couple days. I figured I little goat cheese wasn't going to kill me!
I have mint taking over my little garden at the moment and nothing compliments mint like a bag of organic peas. I threw this simple lunch together in minutes....Love that.

Penne with Goat Cheese, Fresh Peas, and Mint
12 oz dried penne
reserve 1/4 cup of the salted cooking water
4-5 oz fresh goat cheese
1.5 cups peas ( fresh or frozen )
1/3 cup chopped mint
1 Tb lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Cook pasta and in the last minute of cooking add peas to the boiling water. Drain pasta/peas and then crumble in goat cheese. Stir until goat cheese is incorporated and then add extra pasta water if it seems a little dry ( I did ). Next, add mint, lemon juice and zest. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Love

{ chocolate vegan cupcakes with chai buttercream ~ recipe here }

{ BFFs }

{ "e-nuf is e-nuf" by Essie
{ vegan springs rolls from Saigon Seafood in Lahaina }

{ my fabulous habenero plant }

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Salsa Review!

I have a new favorite salsa!

It was simply made with Desert Garden's "Fire Roasted Chipotle Salsa Mix" and 14oz can of organic tomatoes whirled together in a blender.
My dad and step-mom sent me this salsa mix in a foodie care package awhile back and I'm totally impressed! Super yum! And it goes INCREDIBLY well with crispy tortilla chips and this little dip that I made a few weeks back...
Just sayin'
So check it out k!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baingan Bharta

I really need to start making Indian food more often....
I know I say that everytime I have it but it's true.
I just love meals that center around doughy breads or fragrant rices, meals that consist of several bowls of dips or spreads, and dishes that are full of exotic spices and heat.
Vegetarian Indian food fits this need perfectly!
Enter: Baingan Bharta
I found a recipe for this dish via the blog Eat, Live, Run and this just might happen to be my new favorite way to cook an eggplant. Wow! So decadent! And amazingly made without a hint of cream or butter. Click here for Jenna's recipe. My only additions were about 1 tsp of agave syrup and a small habenero pepper in place of the jalapeno ( FYI-my dish came out very spicy ). I paired this with some warm chewy naan bread and another creamy, coconut/chickpea/mushroom/bok choy dish that I will post another time.

Do yourself a favor and make this tonight!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kula Country Farms

I think this is by far the cutest farmer's market on Maui...
Check out Kula Country Farms!

bumpy lemons


The green slopes of Haleakala.

Flowers for lei making.

tropical "mountain apples"

The famous Kula strawberry!

local honey

happy goat

Sassy Mrs. Chicken

Just another typical Sunday on Maui.....