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On Monday October 24th I took a bento to work, filled with leftovers from one of my favourite takeaway restaurants in Utrecht: Ana’s Kuzin. They sell very good Turkish food there and have several vegan options on the menu — most times anyway.
- kisir quenelles
- green olive
- salted sunflower seeds
- cucumber baran
- half a stuffed green paprika
- sauteed New Zealand spinach with roasted garlic, spring onion, sesame oil & seeds (not Turkish otherwise this would’ve been called Turkish Bento ;)
- mini plum tomato
- antep ezmesi (crushed pepper dish)
A whole container just for dessert! That doesn’t happen often. :)
- apple slices
- a tiny piece of chocolate-beetroot cake
Needless to say I had a delicious lunch. :)
I promised to show you the inside of my chocolate-beetroot pie. Wanna have a slice? ;)
Our third season of CSA has come to a closing. Now we’ll need to decide on which veggies to buy all by ourselves again… Not an easy task! #lazybums
- red cabbage
- choggia beets
- variety of onions: shallot, red and white
When I got beets last time I made Nigel Slater’s Beetroot Seeds Cake and it was goooood!
Clicking on the picture will bring you to Flickr, where I’ve put up the link to the on-line recipe and some adaptations I made.
Yesterday was another Meatless Monday (Plantaardig Maandag) and supposed to be December’s #twitterfoodparty about squash, so I made a vegan Indian curry with basmati rice and (prefab) mango chutney with last week’s hokkaido pumpkin. The picture didn’t turn out too great but it tasted better than it looks. ;) Anyway, the food party got postponed due to too many ‘twabsentees‘…! If you want to join in, just make something with squash on January 10th, use the hashtag and tweet a picture!
So, no more CSA (b)log posts until the first week of May 2011. Some of you might think that a good thing… But hopefully not all???
This week’s organic vegetable packet did not bring us one, not two, but THREE heads of endive!
Wow. I guess it’s obvious what we’ll be eating this week… ;)
- lollo rossa lettuce
- Elstar apples
I considered changing plans and serve yesterday’s guests potato mash with endive for dinner instead of the planned hutspot but decided against it: the idea of cooking the dish I hated so much as a child was way more exciting! Up until this week I have never, ever made it myself. So it felt like a real challenge to try this new recipe.
I won’t keep you in suspense any longer: I liked it! We caramelized some onions and toasted some pecan nuts for topping, and had vegetarian ‘meatballs’ and fennel-tomato salad as side dishes. (*) There’s just one BUT.. If I’m completely honest I wouldn’t really call this dish hotchpotch: the carrot and potatoes aren’t mashed together — it’s just a mix of cut up parsnip, potatoes and carrot, like my oven-roasted root vegetable dish with honey. I even used honey instead of the required maple syrup since my cupboard lacked the latter. So I’ll need to re-challenge myself another time ;)
Do you have a dish you hated when you were young and still won’t eat today?
(*) Side note for Dutch readers wanting to make the hutspot recipe: it took the vegetables 45 minutes at 200 °C (gas oven: 5) instead of 30 to get done.
Look at that lovely load of organic vegetables we received this week in our CSA veggie bag!
- frisée lettuce (endive)
- Savoy cabbage
Menu plan November 5th – 11th
Our menu plan for the week is not completely finished yet (and we won’t be eating at home today nor tomorrow), but these are a few of the dinners we’ll be having.
- Roasted potato-carrot-parsnip mash (hutspot met pastinaak) with baked (possible caramelized) onions and veggie ‘meatballs’ or burger.
- Oven-roasted root vegetables (a variation of this Dutch recipe with beet, carrot & parsnip), rösti patties (freezer stash), rocket salad and a veggie burger or Louanne’s spinach balls that were on last week’s menu but got substituted by prefab falafel.
- Gado-gado, nasi goreng and leftover sambal goreng tofu.
- For lunch: mini leek quiches.
Some of the Savoy cabbage already went into last Thursday’s lalab. And yesterday Mr Gnoe made pasta with a tomato-eggplant-pumpkin sauce & Parmesan, accompanied by rucola salad with tomato and leftover beet risotto.
We’re having guests next Thursday for a 24 Day 8 mini-marathon and agreed to make something easy to eat on the couch in front of the telly; something like a hearty soup. But since we’ll be such couch potatoes I’m thinking about making the veggie mash… Which means we might not have enough parsnip and carrots left to make the oven-roasted dish another day. No worries, our new CSA loot will be in on Wednesday ;)
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This week’s pile of organic vegetables consists of romaine lettuce, carrots, zucchini, Collina apples, yellow common beans (gele spekbonen) and cilantro.
Due to our ‘culinary vacation’ we have been eating out a lot so these lovely but perishable items were added to most of last week’s loot. Now we need to process all of it a.s.a.p.!
- Carrot soup with ginger, coconut & cilantro, fennel-tomato salad. Apple crumble for dessert.
- Indonesian night: nasi goreng (fried rice with leftover leek & chili pepper), sambal goreng boontjes tahoe (beans and tofu in spicy coconut sauce), tempeh goreng manis (fermented soy beans fried in sweet soy sauce), atjar ketimoen (pickled cucumber & gherkin), boiled egg, seroendeng and emping. Melon for dessert. [Friday]
- Lasagne with grilled veggies (mainly courgette, half an eggplant, some fennel, navet, tomato sauce and home-made pesto with crème fraîche & Parmesan. Green salad with fresh herbs. Prosecco with limoncello ice cream for dessert. [weekend]
- Eastern beet Leftover ginger-carrot soup, osèng-osèng of pointed cabbage & tempeh, rice noodles.
- Leftover lasagne, stewed zucchini & basil (dish to be decided).
- Red beet risotto with garden herbs, salad, courgette.
We actually have two bunches of carrots so I’m also thinking about baking a carrot pie!
Now, “what’s that about a culinary vacation,” you may ask? Our summer holiday started last week and since we’re not really going anywhere — except for some single night sleepovers — we decided we could treat ourselves to several nights of dining out!
On the evening of our last workday we started of with Turkish mezze at my favourite restaurant of the moment, Sinni in Apeldoorn. The next day we had a ‘spicy Asian sauces tasting’ with @variomatic before going to a recommendable Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam: Long Pura, where we thoroughly enjoyed our vegetarian rijsttafel. On Tuesday we had a delicious 4-course wholesome meal in a vegetarian guest-house called Het Volle Leven (Appelscha):
- Brie with honey on toast as amuse
- wild mushrooms in a pastry basket with lemon-green bean salad for starters
- vegetable ‘moussaka’ with spelt and blue berries, garden salad and fries
- mango meringues for dessert
Next week we’ll be treated to another 4 course surprise menu in Silk Road, a grand restaurant with water view on the IJ, and thanks to the yearly Restaurant Week it’ll only cost 25 euros. Ha! After that our last culinary adventure (as far as we know now) will be a Veldkeuken garden dinner at our CSA veggie provider Amelishof next Saturday. Let’s hope the weather holds up! Huge disappointment: the garden dinner was cancelled because of too few participants! How can that be? :-o
The picture is of a prize I won this week in a slogan contest: an outdoor eating set. I don’t often participate in this kind of competitions but since I quite liked the plates and bowls I decided to enter. Oops. Only after I had won I realized I had mistakenly assumed that they were made of plastic! It’s all real porcelain and crystal though — not the kind of thing you’d bring on a picnic. LOL Oh well, I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth ;)
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