Did you have a good Valentine's Day? I made these pancakes as a surprise yesterday for R. I lucked out and got to go to a meeting instead of normal work yesterday so I had some extra time to pull off a surprise. I just took a picture of the pancakes like this but they actually looked more like this when we at them:
(I originally took this photo for the 4th of July this past year but I love eating my pancakes topped with yogurt and berries--otherwise, it's not a very filling breakfast.)
Valentine's Day was pretty low key this year. Like I mentioned, I had a meeting instead of regular work and after the meeting got out I was able to get my car inspected, do my taxes and take a special V-Day cycling class. When I got home, R and I decided to stay home instead of going to the chocolate lounge. A friend said the chocolate lounge would be packed and we would have to wait in a really long line. We decided to hold off and go another time.
This past weekend I spent some time in the kitchen making new recipes from some different sites. Now that I have my hoosier cabinet back, I was able to set up an ingredients and computer station to follow along with recipes.
(I love having my things back from our other house! I missed my hoosier cabinet.)
The first recipe I made was mini quiches from the Fat Free Vegan. I made this recipe a few years ago but hadn't made it since. I couldn't remember why I only made it once and then I realized why after I made it again this time.....the quiches didn't set up very well for me. I didn't follow her recipe exactly so I am sure it's operator error. The flavor is excellent though. I really loved the taste even though they didn't set up. I just need to remember this next time and try to tweak a couple of things to get them to set up right.
The next recipe I made was Chocolate Strawberry Muffins from Dr. Fuhrman's Disease Proof website. The recipe called for dates and I didn't have dates, so I just had to use stevia. I am sure this affected the consistency and set up of the muffins. I guess I was having issues with my recipes setting up this weekend!
If I wasn't so impatient, I don't think I would have had any issues with these muffins setting up. But because I wanted to eat them right now, they were still pretty gooey. Plus, I kind of made them as a pre-Valentine's Day weekend breakfast. I love easy going weekend days. Because I get up for kickboxing on Saturday mornings, Sunday is really the only day to piddle around and cook a slower breakfast meal.
We also managed to try a new restaurant in Asheville this past weekend. Before Christmas, I bought a Living Social coupon for Neo Burrito and we finally got around to using it. They had great options for vegans. They had both tempeh and tofu along with a few different types of vegan beans. They had pintos, black beans and vegetarian chili. I had them make my burrito like a salad and I brought one of my own tortillas to make it a healthier dinner. I had a huge burrito bowl that had both tofu and tempeh, vegetarian chili beans, lettuce pico, pineapple salsa, corn and black bean salsa and some other stuff. It was very good! It's just so hard to go to non-veg restaurants in Asheville when we have so many great vegan and vegetarian options. However, if there's another coupon like that, I will probably buy it. It's always good to switch things up a bit!
Along with having vegetarian chili beans at Neo Burrito, I actually made my own pot of chili this weekend. I loosely follow the recipe from Vegan Comfort Food:
I haven't made a lot from this cookbook but her chili recipe has become a staple in our house. We make it for taco salads, to eat over a baked potato and broccoli and to eat just plain. It has so much flavor in it. I have never been crazy about chili but I absolutely love this recipe for it.
Hopefully you had a great Valentine's Day too! It's already Wednesday and it will be the weekend again before we know it! I love the weekends!