Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Food (and playing hooky).

OOO, I'm getting demerits this week for sure!

I've been sooooo busy in my life, and soooo lazy about writing.

Heroic effort here to get  you some Friday Food love.

(I've also been busy in the garden as it is to.ta.lly SPRING here so, more on that next week.)

Chocolate cake was begged for.  
Chocolate cake was delivered.  
I got lots of "help."

Super-delicious vegan patties I found at Costco.  
They cook up weird ... very sloppy ... but YUM. 
I've been putting them in everything as they are made up of (almost) completely veggies.

More butter beans.  
(Oh, and to further complicate our discussion, these are labeled as Lima beans.   They didn't have any of the little, green buggers for me to see what they call those.  Weird.)

See all the fruit and veggies in that bowl?  
I've been juicing them all.  
Sweet potatoes, jicama,  ginger, cucumber, celery, carrots, beets!  (Can you say super poop?)

Thank the goddess for the organic tomato lady at my Farmers' Market.  
She grows tomatoes in the greenhouse - organically.  Bless her little heart.  
After reading Tomatoland, I simply cannot buy another tomato from anywhere other than the Farmers' Market (unless I know they come from a local source.) 
(I'll be adding Tomatoland to my Amazon Book Page later today if you're interested in buying it.)

Fresh lettuce from my garden is a staple at every meal and in every juice.  
I must have 100 lbs of the stuff!  
Have you had a Fentiman's beverage yet?  
HOLY mother of soda love.  Their Dandelion and Burdock drink is the most delicious thing ever!!!


Strawberry-picking time at Sweet Berry Farm
Our annual pilgrimage netted us this!:

Thanks to my bff, Jessie, I learned how to make strawberry jam!!  
It was soooooo fun and relatively easy.  
(Rule #1 - wear shoes when canning.)

And, last, but certainly not least, a recipe for ye.

Such a sweet and pretty blog she has.   

A deeeeelicious, very earthy soup. 
Much better the next day, but very good the first!

It's vegan and gluten-free to boot!  Boot it, baby!

White Bean and Roasted Mushroom Soup
16 oz mushrooms, halved or quartered  (next time I would use a variety of shrooms)
2 large, sweet onions, quartered (I used one as two seemed like a lot)
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
8-10 fresh sage leaves (don't skip this, but you can use dried, of course. The rule, she says, is one part dried, three parts fresh.))
8-10 stems + 1 tablespoon leaves fresh thyme, divided (same as above)
48 oz veggie broth
3-15 oz cans white beans, not drained (She prefers cannellinis.  I had leftover butter beans.)
Additional salt and pepper for seasoning

*Note - I pretty much halved this recipe as I did not need 8 servings.  I kept the same amount of shrooms cuz I love them, and I keep the herbs the same because I just did.

1.   Preheat oven to 450 F
2.   Toss mushrooms, garlic, and onion in olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.  (You may want to keep mushrooms separate on baking sheet for roasting as you'll need to separate them later anyway.) Spread on baking sheet.  Add sage leaves and stems of thyme.   Roast for 10 minutees, toss and roast 15 more.
3.  While veggies are roasting, add broth, beans, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves to a large stock pot and simmer over medium  heat.
4.  Take 2 cups of the white beans, and 1 cup of the broth from the stock pot, put in a blender along with the roasted onions, garlic, and herbs.   Cover and blend until smooth.
5.  Add pureed bean mixture back into stock pot, whisking in until smooth. Add roasted mushrooms to soup. Salt n peppa to taste.
6.  Warm over low heat until ready to serve.  

Really good with cornbread, love bug!

Mmmmm, brown food = good.


  1. there anything you don't do?? I'm feeling so inadequate...I shop veggies at the store, I rarely juice (you can juice a sweet potato??), I don't drink soda, and I don't grow my own lettuce. I did make a kickass beef stew last night with my homemade stock, so there....okay...I got some skills. Not many, but some. ;-)

  2. you must be hyped up on dandelion and burdock! geez, you've got more irons in the fire than, well... anybody! i can't wait to try the soup, it looks amazing!

  3. Since I am a Senior Citizen (very Senior) I choose to call the green bean ones Limas and the tan/yellow ones Butter. So there.
    After reading this blog I had to lie down with a vinegar rag on my head. Your energy is amazing and when I grow up I want to be you.

  4. How have I missed the tomato lady at the FM? I will remedy that this weekend! Definitely trying the soup recipe. Keep the vegan recipes coming! Love your blog.

  5. Kat - Wait, what? All I did was make beans and some soup. Oh and the jam, but that was EZ! I had no idea how easy it was.
    Fentiman's are not really sodas. They're botanical brews..check out the website. They're really fantastic.

    Carey - I snorted some. HEEEHAW. No, just joshing. Soup = gooood. Lemme know if you likee.

    MerryMerry - I am YOU, grown down. hee hee

    RM - The Burnet Road market on Saturdays. I can't remember her name...Elaina, maybe? She's right there close to Johnson's. Her wares are yummy! Thanks for the blog love!

  6. Well dang--now I'm starving!

    Good to hear from you. Was wondering if all was OK, and now I can see that you've just been in the kitchen all week!

    Will definitely try that recipe...

  7. I am proud of your jelly/jam. It may be easy, but still it's so cool. My mamma used to make all kinds and with no pectin, as I recall. And I love hearty soup too. Can I please come over? I'll bring that kind lady from up the country.
    ms mdd

  8. Can you tell me more about the jam making? What recipe did you use? Did you buy canning equipment or just use a big pot? It was a lot of messy, sticky work when I tried it last summer, but soo yummy. I made blackberry, peach and a few jars of blackberry-peach!

  9. very grateful for the vegan recipes. we are doing the plant-based diet (yes, we drank the forks over knives kool-aid). mushrooms are the new meat, apparently. just wanted to mention that i'm having a giveaway on my blog that i thought you might want to enter (just have to post and include a nature/garden quote)--i have 5 of the "new sunset western garden books" to giveway!!

  10. Rita - Im in awe of your new food attitude!!! We can do this!!!

    Ms. Mudd - It was so easy. We did use pectic, but we talked about how some know how not to use it. I think the ladies from the old days used real apples for pectin. That soup is SO insanely good on about Day 3. Sllurp ! Y'all come,dammit!!!

    Heather - we did just use a big pot - no canning supplies to speak of. It was messy, but not too bad as there were 2 of us kinda cooking/washing/helping. My friend jessie took a class, but we really just did what was on the pectin instructions. Can't wait for peaches!!

    Janine - I did go over!! How fancy that you got to review a Sunset book!?!? Your blog is wonderful, as always.


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