Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Break Treats

Okay, I put this post off long enough. I had a fabulous Spring Break week. I’m sad that it’s over. My sister went back home, and she took my nephews and our mother with her. I feel bored and lonely. I guess it’s back to the real world tomorrow, getting up at 5:45, going to work, a workout with my trainer, bills to pay, a dentist appointment, and having my car worked on. I got the spring fever bad!

We had lots of food fun during the week, mostly lunch outings and then snacking on leftovers for dinner.

We had a lunch at Houston’s where I knew my only option would be salad, but I love salad for lunch so I didn’t mind. The last time I went there they put eggs in my salad and I had to send it back. This time I got cheese and I had to send it back. I brought my own dressing. Do you carry salad dressing in your purse like me and my sister do?

We also had a lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. Chase had a nice hummus plate, and I had a super salad that had grilled corn in it. That was a nice touch and I need to remember that this summer.

Of course our favorite lunch outing was to Marble Falls about 45 minutes from Austin where my cousin has opened her second restaurant, TexasNation. I said in my last post I hoped to get a special vegan dish, but would have been fine with a salad. Well, I got both! Here’s a picture of my amazingly delicious gluten free fettucini with mushrooms, avocado, black beans, red bell peppers, green onions, and capers.



Like I always say, I never expect to get a fab vegan dish when I go out. I really just go for the company. But it’s so nice when you do get great vegan food. I would say I ate waaaaay too much last week!


As far as cooking last week, I made the LDV Biryani again because it’s now a favorite. I also made another new favorite, Chickpea Tacos from VegTimes. The filling recipe is merely mashed avocado, chickpeas, and lime juice. I had to spice it up just a bit by adding cumin, garlic, and salt.



We put this on tostados and topped it with crispy salad and salsa. Oh, man, these were terribly good. A big hit for sure.


As far as baking last week, I made several treats.

Banana Bread – can’t remember what recipe I used.


Black Bottom Blondies – from My Sweet Vegan. I have to say these weren’t the hit I had hoped they would be. But you know what? It’s not Hannah’s fault because I saw that Kim had made them too (and enjoyed them) and mine look exactly like hers. It’s that dam* Earth Balance! It tastes horrible and I am never using it again.



Banana Oat Bundles – from one of Dreena’s books, Vive I think, and always delicious.


I have to say that since my sister was driving such precious cargo 1000 miles back to Alabama, I offered to make her any cookies she wanted, even ones with real butter and eggs. She asked for more Sticky Chewy Chocolate Cookies. I made them again, and they are still so chocolaty yummy. You really should bake yourself up a batch!
Right now I’m working on Chase’s Sunday dinner. I promise to try to catch up with all of your posts soon. I really haven’t even had time to peek but I know you’ve all been up to something delicious!

I leave you with a little mosaic of fun from the past week – scooter rides, Blogger Bash, and lunch with family at TexasNation. (You can see individual pictures on my Flickr page.)



See you again soon!

28 comments:

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Wow, that dish from TexasNation looks fantastic!

VeggieGirl said...

Sooo glad that you enjoyed your spring break!!

BLONDIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

All those dishes look delicious, but the chickpea tacos particularly caught my eye. Glad you had a fun Spring break! I too have to reluctantly return to the real world, but I think the recent good weather will make up for the work :)

Ricki said...

You look like you all had such a great time! And glad you could find some good dishes to eat. Funny, a friend of mine who lives in Dallas was just telling me today that she went to Houston's for dinner last week!

PS Re: your comment on my blog--it wasn't so much to save time that I had Blain help me, but because I am totally helpless when it comes to that sort of techie stuff, and I knew I'd never figure it out myself--no matter HOW long I took!! :)

Not Another Omnivore said...

CPK rocks! Was it that hummus salad that they have? Or was it something else...because that salad is to die for...

NAOmni

Carrie said...

Glad you had a good time!

I still need to try the briyani recipe from LDV, I still haven't and it sounds so great!

Vegetation said...

I love your collage of all you've been doing!! And YUM! I want to eat your baking! (that sounds rude for some reason *blush* But I do!)

Virginia said...

i made those banana oat bundles on saturday morning!! they are good and easy for breakfast, i love them!

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Dian,
I have spring fever too! Your vacation sounded great. Nice that your cousin had 2 things on the menu you could have. I know what you mean. I don't expect much when I go out 9most to socialize) but I'm really excited when I find yummy vegan food!I really love your photo mosaic!! All you women are gorgeous. :-)

A_and_N said...

Lovely post! Everything looks wonderful. My favorite were the Banana Oat Bundles...gotta try those out sometime :)

miss v said...

whoa. i didn't know those chickpea tacos would be so yum-looking! i can't wait to try them!

jessy said...

banana bread, black bottom brownies (sorry the earth balance wasn't tasty & kinda ruined them!), chickpea-avocado awesomeness, and your gluten free fettucini all look wonderful! that's awesome that you got hooked up with such a tasty vegan (and gluten free!) pasta dish. mmmmmmm! i don't carry my own salad dressing (as i use just olive oil for my dressing) - but you better believe i have all kinds of vegan yummies that i pack along with me whenever i dine out! i've bought margarine in my purse before, cubed tofu, chickpeas, you name it! ahhahaa! hooray for bring'n our own vegan yuminess!

sorry your super fun break is over, but thanks for sharing all the fun photos - i love the mosaic! look at all those happyfaces! yay!

teri said...

I've got spring fever too... it's making me clean/organize like a mad woman! And craving cabbage... I made stuffed cabbage for the first time (with portabellos i/o fake hamburger) and it was AMAZING.

VeganView said...

Wow do those Spring Break treats look awesome my friend!
Thanks so much for the kind words you left on my blog. I can't believe it but for some reason you were never on my blog roll. I added you immediately. I shall be now able to check on your posts right away! :)

Bianca said...

I like the taste of EB, but then again, I like the taste of everything. I've had those brownies and they were good...not my all-time favorite brownies. But good. All your eats look delish, as usual!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Haha! I think that's awesome that you carry salad dressing in your purse. It's good to be prepared!

Looks like you had a great spring break with lots of delicious food....sucks to get back to reality, doesn't it?

River said...

Not a dentist appointment!! I have a big dentist issues, and my pocket has dentist-rates issues!

You've been eat'n good in the neighborhood! I have to say that the Black Bottom Blondies look divine. And the Banana Oat Bundles look yummy and cute!

Your sister chose wisely, the chocolate cookies look so freakin' good!!

Thanks for sharing the pictures, you all are a gorgeous bunch!

kmouse said...

Mmm, those chickpea tacos look good! I think I saw that recipe and thought about making them...

Sorry you didn't like the blondies. I know several people who hate Earth Balance. There's another vegan margarine out there called Nucoa. I've never used it but I wonder what it tastes like and if it's better tasting than EB?

shellyfish said...

What a fun visit - and so much deliciousness!!! Banana bread, the blondies... I don't get EB here, but I have a vegan brand that I sometimes use and it always messes up my baked goods - hate that! The chickpea idea sounds good, but I would need to add more spices, too!

allularpunk said...

sounds like a fun week full of good people and good food!

Usha said...

Sounds like a fun week. Everything looks good, I especially loved the banana oat bundles !

jd said...

I really like those chicpea tacos from VegTimes, too!

And I'm glad to see that you found something vegan at CPK. We were going to go there for dinner over the weekend, but I felt like it was gonna be too difficult to find something good to eat. I'll have to give that salad a try next time...

Also, it looks like you had an awesome time at TexasNation, the Blogger Bash, etc.! I love all of the pics - you have an adorable family :)

Great post!

Sanja said...

Look like you had fun times! And you food looks yummy, as always!

Vegyogini said...

So cool that you got to have a GF vegan pasta dish at your cousin's restaurant! All the other food looks delicious, too. I hope you get to ease back into real life so as not to shock your spring fever too much!

Hannah said...

I'm so bummed that my blondies didn't live up to your expectations! :( Some day when I get time, I'll try to develop a recipe that doesn't call for EB.

Liz² said...

it's sad your sister is going back, but it looks like you did the trip right! Everything looks amazing, I'm intrigued by the avo-chickpea stuff, and I know exactly what you mean about going out for company and not food. Can't wait to see what spring fever inspires you to make this year!

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