Thursday, August 30, 2007

Sizzling Corn, Roasted Salt, and “Why Didn’t I Think of That?”

Earlier this week I made Urban Vegan’s 10 Minute Meal No. 48 and served it over rice. I call it Sizzling Corn - quick, delicious, perfect.



Did you see that she's done something similar this week with zucchini stuffing? I wish I had seen that post before I made this - an Italian Stirfry of fresh broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and parsley. I served it with cannelini beans, and fresh sliced tomatoes.


I came across a recipe I had torn out from Sabroso! magazine, a wonderful but not really veg friendly southwestern magazine. The recipe is "Roasted Pepper-Salt." It’s simply ½ cup kosher salt and ¼ cup peppercorns roasted 5 minutes over medium heat in a dry skillet. The recipe recommends Szechuan peppercorns, which I thought I had but didn’t, so I used black peppercorns and red pepper flakes. Warning: turn on the hood vent before you begin cooking!


Grind it up when the 5 minutes are up, and sift to remove any pepper husks. The red peppercorns would have been much prettier.


I tried some on fresh tomatoes.



The chef also recommended using green chili peppercorns. Have you ever run across these? I’ve never seen them. He also says any peppercorns can be used, and the seasoning is all purpose. Use it in soups, on salads, and in breakfast scrambles. If I hadn’t inhaled the red pepper flakes so thoroughly, I might be able to give a better critique. Anyway, I thought it was interesting.

THE BEST thing I ate this week was a Hummus Spring Roll at a favorite lunch spot called Koriente. Why do we all think hummus has to go in a pita? Look at this roll – it was fabulous! The pic is from the website, but I swear what I got looked just like this.



Hummus Roll: $4 Our homemade hummus, avocado, organic greens, red cabbage, cucumbers and carrots in a thin tapioca wrap. Served with your choice of peanut sauce or a spicy red pepper sauce.

It was incredibly good, stuffed tight with all those crispy veggies and creamy hummus. The hummus was like Dreena's!

I also got this…

Spicy Noodle Salad: $3 A spicy vegan treat made with a wide variety of vegetables and chilled myung bean noodles tossed in a spicy korean pepper dressing.

They also brought us a special tea "on the house" because they thought they took too long to serve us. It was all of 3 minutes. A tiny handmade bulb was put into the bottom of a glass pitcher, and when the waiter poured the hot water over it, the bulb bloomed so big it filled the pitcher. It was just beautiful and smelled heavenly.

Who’s ready for the long weekend? I am, I am!

14 comments:

Midwest Vegan said...

Your food always looks so pretty and tasty. Your meal looks fantastic == why don't my rolls ever look that way? LOL

I would never thought to roast salt and peppercorns. It sound very interesting.

I, too, am looking forward to the long weekend. I hope you have a great one.

Vegan*asm said...

Mmm, I love Koriente! I had the Garden Handroll when I went, which is so simple and so fantastic. It might become a regular lunch spot since it's fairly close to work. And that roasted salt looks like such a neat idea. It would look pretty with pink peppercorns!

Celine said...

would you please feed me for a few days? I'm incapacitated for a few days and need the best chef to cook for me. ;p

Vegan_Noodle said...

Me too Me too! (ready for the long weekend)
How cool to roast your own salt!
And you are so right about hummus, it's so good, it belongs on everything! I think I will have to make some over this long weekend....

Johanna3 said...

I wish i live close to you, that food looks so good!

have a great weekend!

VeggieGirl said...

oOo, that spicy noodle salad and hummus roll look positively scrumptious - oh and I am DEFINITELY ready for the long weekend; especially after my first week back to school (college), filled with work/assignments! time to relax with family :0)

bazu said...

That restaurant meal looks so good- and their service and prices sound excellent! Spicy noodles and hummus rolls = perfection in my book!

laura jesser said...

The restaurant lunch is amazing...

I'm stuck at the airport and starving. Reading blogs = bad idea. :(

Oh well. Have a great weekend, Diann--I'm sure you'll cook up something great!

erica said...

I'm ready for the weekend, though it will bring me no respite :P well, no rest for the, um, wicked? But I'm not wicked, so I think that's not the quote I'm looking for.

Everything looks lovely, as usual! I've been living off the same salad lately... over and over and I don't get tired of it: tamari tempeh, greens, red onion, avocado, cilantro. Then add oil, dulse flakes and celtic sea salt. Pefection.

Have a lovely holiday weekend, LadY!

Vivacious Vegan said...

I love blooming tea. It makes a really great gift inside a glass mug with some biscotti or cookies.

Those hummus spring rolls look great. I wish I liked spring rolls better. I could certainly see this in a nice spinach wrap. MmmM!

Kate said...

Everything looks super yummy! Koriente sounds like a great place.

stonielove said...

roasted salt! that sounds great! oh, and hummus rolls look very pretty... i wanna try that out...

Peggy the Veggie said...

That roasted pepper-salt sounds really cool! I might try that with our peppercorn mix (black, white, green and pink szechuan) and half the salt, since I'm not big on that. :)

Those hummus rolls must have been real yummy!

Katie said...

Yay for Texas vegans... you're so lucky to live in Austin! I LOVE it there (dhaba joy, whole foods' chocolate mousse cups, koriente, veggie heaven... I'm so jealous!)