Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Two Pretend Dinners

Pretend now that I’m sitting at one of the best sushi restaurants in the country with $40 in gift cards!!! having a fantastic dinner with just my son, catching up with each other lives and enjoying vegan sushi rolls stuffed with avocado and cucumber, age dofu, roasted seaweed and sesame soup, Uchi house salad with carrot ginger vinaigrette, and tempura battered Japanese pumpkin. I ask you to pretend because on the way to dinner, Chase got called into work.

Pretend again that Chase didn’t have to work late this past Sunday and miss our Sunday dinner, for which he requested lots of sauces. Pretend we had an appetizer of Red Lentil Hummus (recipe from Get It Ripe!) and pita chips on a lovely platter.



Pretend we had baked tofu, fresh from the oven and not the fridge, with two sauce choices, Thick and Rich Gravy (from ED&BV) and Cilantro Pesto (from GIR).


Pretend we had a mixed green salad in a lovely glass bowl and House Dressing (from GIR) in a proper pitcher.


Pretend we had a side of sweet potato fries with Homemade Ketchup (from GIR), actually baked and properly plated.



And finally, pretend we enjoyed Nicer Rice Krispie Treats (from ED&BV) for dessert.



The sauces are all wonderful from what I could tell by licking the spoons. The Treats I made from the new Jumbo Multigrain Krispies. FYI, the jumbo krispies are not gluten free ((EDIT: I Am Gluten Free has alerted me that regular rice krispies are NOT gluten free either. My original post stated they were. I am so sorry to have posted wrong information.)) and they have honey in them. My regular readers will know I LOVE to bake with krispies (and cornflakes), so when these jumbos came out I had to try them.

As long as we’re pretending, pretend also that I didn’t have a dentist appointment today or a pulled chest muscle from my workout last night.

I’m done complaining. I hope your day was better!

49 comments:

Romina (La Cucina Vegan) said...

Sorry for the bad day. I hope tomorrow is better! The food looks great though. I have never seen the Get it Ripe cookbook. I will have to check that out.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

As long as we're pretending, I think I'll go to Hawaii ;)

Andrea said...

Sometimes, Diann, I wish you were MY mom. Lucky Chase to look forward to these fantastic (real) Sunday dinners. What kind of mean boss does he have?

I sure hope your pulled muscle gets better.

Carrie said...

Awww. :( Hope you feel better! All the food looks great!

Not Another Omnivore said...

All looks delicious, especially that hummus!

NAOmni

jodye said...

Your pretend dinners look delicious, especially the hummus and baked tofu. And, obviously dessert, hooray for nice crispy bars!

meghantelpnerblog.com said...

Bets pretend dinner I've ever pretended to imagine eating. SO happy to hear you are using Get It Ripe. I met Jai a couple weeks ago and she is delightful. We are both nutritionists working in Toronto. Going to send your blog along to her.

Vegetation said...

Oh no! I'm sorry things have been less than stellar lately! At least you can still be humerous about it right?

Hope you feel better soon and get to enjoy all that wonderful~ness that's hiding out in your fridge!

Vegyogini said...

What a lovely imaginary meal!

Feel better soon. :)

Virginia said...

there is always next weekend...the food looks yummy! i would have eaten it with you!

I Am Gluten Free said...

Hi! I'm a huge fan - I subscribe to your blog. Please continue the great work. But first, please amend your post about rice krispies. They have malt derived from barley in them and thus aren't gluten free.

Thank you so much for all your great posts!

~Ellen A.

A_and_N said...

sorry to hear about the muscle-pull! Hope you're feeling better now. But hey, all the food looked yummmmeeeeeee :) Thats one hearty meal!

Vegan_Noodle said...

I would gladly share in your pretend dinner... especially those rice krispie treats!!

Adriana said...

I'd like to pretend I was there partaking of all that food!

Bianca said...

That's a fun request — lots of sauces! The cilantro pesto looks especially springy and tasty!

jessy said...

oh, Diann! i'm so sorry! i knew you were really looking forward to your dinner @ Uchi! and to top it all off you pulled a muscle & had a dentist appointment?!? that stinks! all the dishes you made look absolutely wonderful! especially the homemade ketchup (that is so awesome!), red lentil hummus, and baked tofu - i hope you get to enjoy them at some point. i'm really sorry that you didn't get to dine out with Chase @ Uchi!

hugs, Diann! and i hope today is a better day!

Erica said...

I'm sorry you're having a crappy week - but couldn't you eat some of the food?

Holler said...

Poor you and disappointed on top of everything else. Yummy, yummy food. I wish I could have been a stand-in for chase :)

Ricki said...

For pretend meals, everything sure does look amazing! But sorry about the dinner and your muscle AND the dentist! Hope things are looking up and you get to share that meal with Chase soon.

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

Too bad your dinner didn't work out - I'm sure he would have thoroughly enjoyed it if he were there, especially those Rice Krispie Treats :) Here's to a better tomorrow!

shellyfish said...

What a total and complete drag! I'm sure it was all delicious, but it's indeed not the same when it's post-poned like that! Grrr!

Melody Polakow said...

What a total bummer! Everything looks soooo awesome..

miss v said...

the sushi will be totally worth the wait... and i'll send 'real' wishes that your pretend-frustrating stuff gets better. :)

Amey said...

oh, poop!
what a crummy outcome to two highly anticipated meals with Chase! And a pulled muscle to boot. That said, it's a lot of nice looking food you've got there. I just finished lunch, so in this moment it's the krispy treats that tempt me most of all!

allularpunk said...

sorry to hear about your dinner mishaps this week! and the dentist appointment and chest muscle - ouch! if it's any consolation, that food looks amazing!

kmouse said...

Sorry about your disappointing day. That sucks when anyone gets called in to work! The food looks delicious as usual!

urban vegan said...

The food looks great even though the day didn't go as planned.

River said...

Aww, I'm so sorry Chase had to miss both dinners. Everything looks SO amazing, he really miss out on a lot of deliciousness! Can I be your stand-in Chase? You know, if he has to work I can take over and eat all his food? :D

I hope your muscle feels fetter soon, Diann! And BOO for dentists!!

Sanja said...

Aw, I'm sorry you had such a bad day.

And I'm with Adriana: I'm pretending that someone would make me all that delicious looking food. ;-)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

how disappointing! But that tofu looks totally browned and yummy.

Carrie™ said...

I must say, I like pretend! Homemade baked tofu is the best. And the sauces/dips/spreads - yummy!
I can sympathize with your pulled muscle. I did the same with that muscle under my collar bone just over my boob. Owie! Rest up and baby yourself with a pretend boy toy.

happyherbivore.com said...

Diann, you're the best. really. I just got ED&BV and the adorable Shelby emailed me hwe faves... and I still didn't know where to start... and then you post that gravy and I have my answer. You complete me ;)

Steph (I am Bee) said...

Erewhon makes great gluten-free rice krispies AND they are made from brown rice!

Erin said...

Aww, I'm sorry to hear all the crappy crap that happened to you! At least you got to eat some delicious food? I could dive into the bowl of lentil hummus! Hope things are looking up now.

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