The cauliflower still has a purple hue to it. I think I posted about this earlier. The last cauliflower I bought was purple only on the inside, which was a nice surprise. I also got some Meyer lemons, broccoli, butternut squash, and some radishes - bear with me, I'm fascinated with these things - a black radish and a watermelon radish. The black radish is white inside and the watermelon radish is bright pink inside.
I think they are just beautiful. I made a radish salad with them from a recipe for Crispy Oriental Radishes posted by Jackie. I added a teaspoon of miso to take away some of the spiciness.
I also made the Potato and Mushroom Miso Soup that Bryanna posted last week. I had never thought to put potatoes in miso soup. This soup was fabulously delicious! We almost ate too much to enjoy dinner (yeh, sure!). Here's a picture of a steamy bowl.
We made a stirfry to go with the soup. I took an idea from Susan V's recipe for Tofu and Broccoli with Pineapple Sauce. She called the recipe a work in progress, so I did adapt, but I didn't change the pineapple sauce at all. I baked some tofu and made a separate stirfry of broccoli, onions, seitan, and mung bean sprouts with the pineapple sauce.
I made jasamine rice to go with it - IN MY NEW PRESSURE COOKER!!! It only took 6 minutes. That's faster than a boil-in-the-bag, not to mention 1000 times better.
Here's a shot of dinner and Chase's plate.
No baking tonight. Dessert was what I call Natural Fruit Salad. Here's what's in it: green apple, gala apple, cara cara orange (thanks, Kati!), pomegranite seeds, nectarines, mango, green grapes, cherries - from a can :( , golden raisins, toasted almonds, coconut, crystallized ginger, and just a dash of vanilla. It's so delicious. There is no need to ruin it with sugar in any form!
But just in case it didn't satisfy our collective sweet tooth, I offered sesame candy we picked up at the asian market. It wasn't near as good as what I made before Christmas. It only had seeds on the outside, and the inside was like hard gelatin you could barely get your teeth through.
So I also made Raw Chocolate Gorp, which I had seen at the farmers market. It's made with raw chocolate nibs, goji berries, craisins, and peanuts. This is my new treat. It is heavenly. Another raw chocolate treat I encourage you to try is simply raw nibs, goji berries, and a touch of agave. It's good for you!
It sure is hard getting out of the holiday eating mode. Thanks again to Bryanna and Susan for their healthy and delicious vegan inspirations!
AN UPDATE - Monday a.m.
I woke up this morning to breaking news that 11 blocks of downtown, including my office building, are closed until noon because dozens of dead birds were reported in the area. HazMat teams are trying to determine the cause, but so far have come up with nothing. This closure affects hundreds of businesses, including not only law offices, but banks, local retailers, and restaurants. I have since learned that there are less than one dozen dead birds. I feel both sad and a little scared. Although I know the real concern is for human safety, I think it's pretty cool of my city to react so strongly to this situation.
After a live press conference, I've learned that about 50 birds were found dead within a two block area and poisoning is the suspected cause.