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Although autumn weather has been really kind to us so far, the past two days have been really cold (east wind brrrrr) and anyway: Sinterklaas dinner has to be a hearty, wintery meal no matter what the temperature. Comford food! As I mentioned on Monday we’re having company, so we decided on a three course meal which I’ll post below. But first our plan for the rest of the week. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in our meal planning?!
Menu plan 4 – 9 December
- Thursday: spaghetti with tomato-veggie sauce.
- Friday (Sinterklaas): see below.
- Saturday: purple kale-potato mash with homemade seitan sausages from Isa Does It (p.237).
- Sunday: Indonesian style meal with nasi goreng, sambal goreng kool (cabbage) and a tempeh dish that has to be decided. Also plan on making atjar tjampoer with the rest of the cabbage plus carrots.
- Monday: vegetable stirfry with tofu
- Tuesday: [leftovers]
- Starters: ‘Pumpkin Duo’ = pumpkin-sunchoke soup and a pumpkin-potato pierogi with garlic-herb sauce on a bed of two kinds of mustard leaves.
- Entrée: beer-braised seitan with carrots and sunchokes (Vegan Eats World), oven-baked french fries and large-leaf chicory salad with apple, clementine and walnuts.
- Dessert: kukicha tea poached pears with candied ginger (Vegan Eats World).
- After dinner: tea with liqueur bonbon and Inca berries to compensate ;)
Leftover in our fridge are carrots and 4 or five sunchokes. Plenty of options with those!
Last time we did some menu planning was halfway June, when Mr Gnoe started a new job. We were full of resolutions, but didn’t manage to keep it up. Trying again – just a few weeks before the end of CSA season O_O
Menu plan 29 November – 2 December
- Saturday: Pumpkin mash with endive and oven baked lemon tofu
- Sunday: Turkish Feast by Mr Gnoe: millet with sun-dried tomatoes and olives, eggplant casserole, fasulye (beans) and spicedcabbage salad (pictured above)
- Monday: Isa Chandra’s Braised Cabbage with Seitan (p.97 Appetite for Reduction), potato mash and mushroom gravy (either this recipe or this one)
- Tuesday: Lisette Kreischer’s easy pumpkin-sunchoke soup (substituting large‐leaved chicory for pak choy and adding a little leftover coconut milk) with bread and salad
I love that I no longer have to think about what to eat the next few days! And looking forward to the meals to come :D Will be planning more after our next CSA arrives on Wednesday. Luckily I’ll have a sneakpeek of the contents on Monday as I have to write the accompanying leaflet this week. Need to think about Friday’s Sinterklaas dinner! We’re not really celebrating but there’s a guest coming and I want to make something special.
I did some extra cleaning for the turn of the year, but that’s not what this post is about.
Maybe you noticed I haven’t been writing much lately; I even stopped (b)logging my weekly vegetable haul. Furthermore, I failed to make photos since December. O_o I guess I fell into some sort of winter slump.
CSA season ended the week before Christmas but there are still many greens left in the fridge… Not that fresh any more. :\ So now that the new year has begun I’m resolved to take up menu planning again — and actually started a few days ago. The pantry and refrigerator need to be emptied of 2012’s remains!
- Brussels sprouts
- Red cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- 1/3 courgette
- Chilli-tomato sauce
- Stewed pears (Yogi kookschrift: Bord 1-5)
- Pickled Seaweed
- Blue Sheese
- Open package of silken tofu
- Open package of soy cream
- Open package of oat cream
Once we’ve depleted this surplus we’ll get organic Odin vegetables till our local veggies return in May.
Menu plan December 30th 2012 – Januari 2nd 2013
- Roasted parsnip & carrot salad with thyme (Ecofabulous 151), mashed potatoes with celeriac, Asian “lemon chicken” and stewed pears, red grapefruit for dessert [Sunday]
- Tomato soup (freezer stash) and pita bread with bean-corn-avocado salad with leftover chilli-tomato sauce, homemade oliebollen (Ecofabulous 167): traditional New Year’s fritters [Monday]
- Spicy red cabbage with tofu and gingerbread… (Ecofabulous 138), mashed potatoes and salad [Tuesday]
- Microwave teriyaki, yuzu scented winter vegetable tsukemono and Brussels sprouts with sesame [Wednesday]
Further planning will follow on Thursday. Now I’m hopping into the kitchen to cook dinner!
So. VeganMoFo has ended and I didn’t meet my goal of 20+ posts… I got to 19! Not bad for a newbie, I think. Especially considering I’d planned to write some in advance but didn’t have the time. I also didn’t live up to the promises I made about travel-friendly recipes and how I survived my holiday in France as a vegan. Don’t worry, I still mean to make good on them! But now it’s back to normal with my weekly veggies and menu plan.
For some, CSA season has already ended. Not here though: our local organic vegetables will continue until the week before Christmas. Lucky me. :)
Here’s this week’s fall haul.
- White cabbage
Menu plan Wednesday October 31st – Wednesday November 7th
Including veggies we didn’t manage to eat up yet (green cabbage, fennel, leek, sweet dumpling pumpkins) the following will arrive on our dinner table.
- Wednesday: Nigel Slater’s peppers & chickpeas with harissa (adapted) with Sarah Kramer’s cumin spice quick bread (freezer stash) and fennel-tomato-olive salad with fresh basil (Groentegerechten p.32).
- Thursday: stuffed mini pumpkins with rice and gyro style roasted lemon olive seitan with dill sauce (Vegan Eats World p.54, 253); radicchio Caesar salad.
- Saturday: dinner @ my aunt’s!
- Sunday: kale-celeriac-potato mash with leftover veggie dogs & chorizo tempeh (VEW promo card), cabbage salad with coriander-mayo dressing left over from Sarah’s spiced potato salad.
- Monday/Tuesday: Nigel’s spicy stuffend pittas and soup (probably freezer stash or pantry).
- Monday/Tuesday: leftovers or improvising.
- Wednesday (when @variomatic is joining us for dinner): Chloe Cascarelli’s pasta ‘Alfredo’ & salad.
- Possibles: apples from the oven with chocolate sauce (still have some left!) and Chloe’s cinnamon-espresso chocolate chip cookies..!
vrijdag 26 oktober 2012 in CSA vegetable loot, English posts, Menu plan, VeganMoFo | Tags: amelishof, appel, biologisch, groente, koriander, menu, pompoen, prei, veganistisch, veganmofo, vegetarisch, veldsla, venkel, wortel | by Gnoe | 4 reacties
Lots of C’s in this week’s CSA haul. Elstars, leek and salad greens rich with vitamin C, and carrots, corn salad and cilantro starting with it… No-one’s laughing, I know. ;)
- Corn salad
- Elstar apples
My fridge is pretty full with open tins, leftovers and even more vegetables, so here’s my plan to use up as much as possible.
Menuplan Friday October 26th – Tuesday 30th
- Noodles with leftover takeaway garlic tofu from Soy with additional vegetables (carrot, leek, yellow pepper, borlotti beans) and mushrooms. [Friday]
- Pea soup (freezer stash), pasta salad with leftover avocado pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, Caesar salad (dressing from La Dolce Vegan! p.93), bread and dip. [Saturday – DEXTER DATE]
- Leek & potato soup with cilantro (La Dolce Vegan! p.109), tasty tempeh chili for NVV-forum La Dolce Vegan! cookbook challenge (p.163) and bread.
- Potato salad with avocado pesto, balsamic vinegar, onion and sun-dried tomatoes, coconut-carrot soup with cilantro (La Dolce Vegan! p.112 half recipe).
- Fennel salad with tomato, basil and olives, roasted sweet dumpling pumpkins stuffed with Gyro seitan from my new Terry Hope Romero cookbook Vegan Eats World (p.54 & 253), leftover dill sauce.
Last night I went to the Terry Hope Romero cooking demo, Q&A and book presentation of Vegan Eats World (more about that soon). We got to taste the gyro seitan with creamy cashew sauce and a banana-chocolate ‘cheesecake’. Both were awesome so I bought the book and put the seitan on the menu right away! It’s my first time making seitan, so fingers crossed…
donderdag 11 oktober 2012 in CSA vegetable loot, English posts, Menu plan, VeganMoFo | Tags: amelishof, bieten, biologisch, choggia, groente, menu, peer, peterselie, pompoen, sla, veganistisch, veganmofo, vegetarisch, zilversteel | by Gnoe | 8 reacties
I had to play truant for a couple of days, but now I’m back at VeganMoFo with my traditional CSA (b)log post and menu plan.
- Red, yellow & chioggia beets
- Silver beet
- Lollo Bionda lettuce
- Hokkaido pumpkin
- Doyenné pears
I still got last week’s runner beans and will be getting cauliflower and purple kale tomorrow from another local organic garden. So what’s up this week?
Menuplan Thursday October 11th – Wednesday 17th
- Thursday: homemade tomato soup, leftover pasta with pesto, and leftover saag with chickpeas made into a pasta sauce with mushrooms, leek and baked onions.
- Friday: rice with chili (freezer stash), avocado, home-made salsa picante and steamed silver beet.
Baking pumpkin crumb cake with pecan streusel from Veganomicon (p.255) for my friend Loes’ birthday. Will adapt the streusel to a nut mix as I don’t have enough pecans.
- Saturday: Turkish beans (taze fasulye), carrot-walnut salad with soygurt dressing (cevizli havuç salatasi) adapted from Lokanta cookbook and pide bread or a grain dish.
- A variation of The Green Cuisine’s pumpkin-paprika soup -another VeganMoFo inspired dish!- and beet-potato salad
- Baked potatoes, veggiedogs and sautéed silverbeet with creamy cauliflower ‘queso’ from Cadry’s Kitchen.
- Quesadillas with leftover cauliflower ‘queso’; autumn salad with beetroot and baked pear/apple adapted from Baking Made Easy.
- Dessert: sugared puff pastry with pear and chocolate syrup.
- Snack: kale chips (or this VeganMoFo spicy kale recipe from The Green Cuisine).
- Sandwich spread: eggless salad with last week’s celery. Recipe recommendations really MUCH appreciated!
donderdag 4 oktober 2012 in CSA vegetable loot, English posts, Menu plan, VeganMoFo | Tags: amelishof, biologisch, dierendag, eetgeendierendag, groenselderij, groente, maïs, menu, mosterdblad, pronkboon, sla, tomaat, veganistisch, veganmofo, vegetarisch, wakkerdier, wortel, zeekraal, zeewier | by Gnoe | 11 reacties
It’s World Animal Day today, coinciding with VeganMofo! Not only that, in the Netherlands it’s also unofficially “Don’t-Eat-Animals-Day”: EetGeenDierenDag. All Dutch are called to refrain from eating meat or fish today, even if it’s only for a single day in the year. If every inhabitant rose to this challenge, that would save 400.000 animals in JUST ONE DAY.*
So I hope all my fellow countrymen are joining! Several canteens from major companies will also only serve vegetarian food – yay! I wish they would do that every week for Meatless Monday though… There’s always a next step. ;)
I was too late in realising I should have invited a bunch of people for dinner and now I’m going out tonight. But I’m putting it in my calendar for next year, which will be a Friday!!! Nothing wrong with early planning. ;)
Back to the present. Here are the organic vegetables we scored in our CSA this week and the meals I plan to cook with it.
- Lollo rosso lettuce
- Runner beans
- Red mustard
- Corn cobs
Menuplan Thursday October 4th (World Animal Day!) – Tuesday 9 th
I still had some carrots so they’re priority no.1! This is what I came up with. World cooking!
- Thai carrot soup, cumin bread (freezer stash) and salad.
- Indian saag (spinach), leftover dal tarka (lentils), basmati rice and papadums with chutney or soygurt-mint sauce.
- Turkish beans (taze fasulye), carrot-walnut salad with soygurt dressing (cevizli havuç salatasi) adapted from Lokanta cookbook and pide bread or a grain dish.
- Pasta avocado, peas and seaweed (instead of pickleweed) from Puur Plantaardig (p.82).
- I plan to make a dessert with some local pears that are ripe now — any suggestions?
- And with this week’s celery I finally hope to try my hand at some eggless salad.. Recipe recommendations much appreciated!
So, what will YOU be eating tonight?
Tonight I won’t be eating at home. I’m going to watch ‘Japalicious’ foodie films on the Camera Japan festival in Rotterdam: Eatrip (documentary) and Our Homeland (fiction). Alas, neither will be vegan but there is a Buddhist monk in the first one… And of course I won’t be eating animals today anyway! ;) On Saturday I’ll be going to the festival again, with Mr Gnoe and friends. Then we’ll be eating at a world restaurant, Bazar!
Any eggless salad recipe you can recommend? Or a pear dessert?
I’d love to hear it!
* According to the host of EetGeenDierenDag, Wakker Dier.
vrijdag 28 september 2012 in CSA vegetable loot, English posts, Menu plan, VeganMoFo | Tags: amelishof, appel, bataviasla, biologisch, groente, maïs, menu, patisson, pompoen, prei, rucola, sla, veganistisch, vegetarisch, venkel | by Gnoe | 7 reacties
I’ve got a busy week coming up with the start of VeganMoFo on October 1st. I haven’t been able to blog much lately and now I’m supposed to post daily and share the wonders of eating without animal products for a whole Vegan Month of Food! But more about that later.
As usual I’ve planned my meals for the next few days so that I won’t have to think about that any more, nor run to the shops at the very last minute. Every little bit helps in finding time and peace to participate in the blogfest!
Now here’s our veggie haul.
- Red Batavia lettuce
- Santana apples (hypo-allergenic)
- Rucola (rocket)
- Corn cob
- Patisson pumpkin
Other stuff in/around my fridge: carrots, chickpeas, roasted paprika, cauliflower, coconut milk, pumpkin & butternut squash, zucchini, cabbage, mushrooms, cilantro and some leftovers.
So here’s the menu.
Menu plan 28 September – 3 October
- Lettuce soup, leftovers lentil-beetroot salad and Greek chickpea salad, bakeoff bread [Friday]
- Seitan stroganoff, minty bulgar with leek (A vegan taste of Greece p.76)
or Oven-braised potatoes and leek (p.67)[Saturday]
- Dal Tarka with cauliflower (possibly peas) but without sweet potato, roasted butternut squash with coriander seeds (Veganomicon p.112), basmati rice and (prefab) papadums. Maybe some mint dip [Sunday]
- Patisson soup and casserole with potato mash, leftover sautéed cabbage & roasted pepper, blue ‘sheese’ and a nutty crumble on top [Monday]
- Something improvised from the pantry, leftovers, takeaway – what ever’s easy [Tuesday]
- Stuffed courgette, fennel-avocado salad (A vegan taste of Greece p.89), bakeoff bread [Wednesday]
- Sometime during the week I also hope to make some roasted pepper houmous.
You’re welcome at our table if you see anything you like! :)
zaterdag 22 september 2012 in Cookalong, CSA vegetable loot, English posts, Menu plan, Weekend Cooking | Tags: amelishof, biologisch, csa, menu, pergola, veganistisch, veganomicon, vegetarisch, weekendcooking, wortel | by Gnoe | 16 reacties
These are the veggies we got for the last week of summertime.
- Savoy cabbage
- Escarole (2 bunches)
- Red paprika
- Corn cob
As we’re changing seasons today, these vegetables will be used in summer and fall menus.
Menu plan 21 – 27 September
While planning our meals I got distracted by all the yummy recipes and forgot to include the escarole, even though I had marked it urgent on my list. :\ So I’m somehow trying to squeeze it in at the last minute.
- Freezer stash Friday: courgette soup, Fry’s chicken style burger on bread with vegetable toppings.
- Saturday ~ from summer to fall: fresh tomato soup, seitan piccata with longbeans (p.174 V’con = Veganomicon) and oven-roasted sweetly spiced carrots with maple syrup (p.34 V’con).
Postscript: I used all ingredients but pretty much messed about with the proportions of beans and seitan – still it turned out awesome!
- Sunday: red lentil – cauliflower curry with leftover roasted carrots for lack of parsnip (p.186 V’con), cumin spiced quick bread (p.267 La Dolce Vegan) for the Dutch vegan society forums cookalong and some extra simple veggies on the side, like braised escarole/cabbage, corn on the cob and/or escarole salad.
- Mediterranean Monday: Briami (p.56 A Vegan Taste of Greece), Turkish bulgar with chickpeas (freezer stash) and lemony cucumber salad.
- Asian Tuesday: cabbage ramen/noodles (double recipe) and teriyaki tofu with leek or (vegan) egg roll.
Maybe sautéed escarole with leftover smoky tempeh marinade.
- Wednesday: vegetable roti with tofu and chickpea salad (p.82 Vegan Taste of Greece) with raw escarole.
- Thursday: pesto pasta with Savoy cabbage (with pesto from a jar), Puy lentil salad with beet (and
pine nuts, leftover smoky tempeh or breadgarlic croutons instead of goat’s cheese).
I also hope to bake some lemon cupcakes, based on the recipe for coconut-lemon Bundt cake in Veganomicon (p.256). I really don’t have a reason, except that it’ll be Nina’s first anniversary of being out of the shelter and living with us. She’s starting to believe she actually has a home! :)
Lemon cupcakes were a favourite when I still ate dairy & eggs and I haven’t dared trying a vegan recipe yet… But this cake by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero comes highly recommended! So will I find the time and courage this week?!
BTW did I tell you I’m going to be present at Terry Hope Romero’s World Vegan Eats cookbook presentation and cooking demo in Amsterdam at the end of October? Looking forward to it!
I updated last week’s menu with pictures from my meals, so have a look if you’re curious!
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Join Beth Fish’s Weekend Cooking with a food-related post!
I love the subtle colour combination of fresh greens, purple and white.
- Pointed cabbage
- Romaine lettuce
- Marrowfat peas
And here’s how it’ll look on the menu!
Menuplan 11-17 July
- [Wednesday] Leftover night: courgette soup with baguette, lentil salad, broad beans, fennel beans with tomato-paprika sauce and cajun potatoes.
- [Thursday] Chilli with guacamole and rice.
- [Saturday or Sunday] Indian cuisine -to be decided- with leftover rhubarb chutney and papadums.
- Sambal goreng boontjes & kool (cabbage & beans) with nasi goreng (fried rice).
- Spaghetti al (faux) ‘tonno’ with marrowfat peas.
- Veggie roti (potato, carrot, green beans, bell pepper, tofu).
Most meals will be accompanied by salad.
Also: courgette soup (again), EVA’s cucumber spread that Uniflame recommended, ‘tuna salad’, broad bean spread and I have yet to make those rhubarb-strawberry muffins! I didn’t feel like baking this morning. :( Maybe tomorrow?!