Monday, May 4, 2009

Cleaning the Cupboards

Because I move out in a week, I'm rather torn about what to do with my pantry.  I'm only going to be home sporadically during the summer (yay for a Europe excursion and grad school TA training), but I do not have as much access to wonderful things like whole wheat pastry flour, and basically anything in bulk while at home. Obviously, I am going to try to use up all of my frozen items and most refridgerator things. But I start to wonder if I should let myself run out of stables such as flours and grains or get more while I can. (Oh quinoa, I wish that you were back home.) Decisions, decisions...

The first farmers' market was on Saturday, and I got up early with two friends to make a trip. It was our little 'hippie date' as we then went to a very vegan friendly local cafe afterwards. The delicious finds that I got at the market consisted of some fresh pasta (whole wheat, tomato, chipotle, and porcini mushroom), tomatoes, and asparagus. The asparagus along with some frozen peas were used in an improvised pesto of sorts. It wasn't as chunky as I would have liked it, so I'll have to play with it a bit since adding more walnuts didn't help.

Hopefully, I'll be getting some good cooking done this week, and I plan on making a rather nice spread for my parents on Friday when they arrive for graduation.  Bbq soy curls with beer bread rolls, chipotle pasta salad with corn, peppers, tomatoes in a lime sauce, and homemade chocolate raspberry ice cream. Hopefully it all works out.

And now, because I feel obligated to include a picture, here are some nice vegan nachos that I made during finals last week. It contained black beans, kidney beans, soyrizo, bell peppers, corn, and tomatoes.  The sour cream is from Yellow Rose Recipes, and I had homemade guacamole as well. Very messy and very delicious


Jeni Treehugger said...

Those Nachos look yummy. Are you moving back to Berlin? Having just recently found a continual supply of Quinoa - I feel your pain at not being able to get it. Good luck with the move.

No More Sad Geraniums said...

Actually, I'm moving back home very briefly with my parents before taking a quick month-long excursion to Europe (which will include a few days in Berlin) and then moving halfway across the US for graduate school.