Happy Wednesday!–Contentment and Cooking for others…

Watching Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares–UK version and I can’t stop myself!  I have watched one after another like an addict.  Really–it’s too fascinating!  What I really like about Gordon Ramsay is his passion and depth of knowledge–and that he is trying to help others through his expertise!  A laudable goal for any of us!

Which brings me to the cooking session I had on Sunday trying out vegan recipes from various sources.  I found 2 that were very good (and a couple that shouldn’t have been published!) and you might like them as well.  One is a grilled (or pan-fried) marinated Tofu sandwich and the other is an apple corn side dish.  Both are spicy and can be more or less so depending on the cook.  The first is found at http://cookeasyvegan.blogspot.com/2008/08/aarons-grilled-tofu.  I used toasted whole wheat vegan buns.  This sandwich was excellent, the dressing and tomato just the right complement to the marinade.  Avocado can be added, but the taste does not come through clearly, so not worth the calories from my point of view.   I dreamed about this yummy sandwich on Sunday night…mmmmm good!

tofusandwich

The second recipe is an adaptation from a Corn and Apple Salad side dish from Vegeterranean: Italian Vegetarian Cooking by da Cunha and Musacchio and as follows:

  • 1 small ear of corn, steamed until just tender
  • 1 Granny Smith apple–cored and cut into tiny cubes the size of the corn kernels
  • 1 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 TBSP chopped parsley
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar to taste–I used 1 tsp
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste–I used 1 tsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 dash Tabasco

Cut the corn kernels from the ear.  Core and cut the apple into tiny cubes the same size as the kernels.  Toss all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Allow to stand for at least 2 hours before serving to allow all the flavors to blend.  The authors say to peel the apple, but I next time I am going to leave the peel on to add more color to the dish.  Next time I am also going to try using frozen corn for the color–and paying attention to the taste.  This dish is very spicy while also being surprisingly refreshing!  I know I will use it many times over.  The portion sizes on the  smallish side due to the spiciness–but up to you.

applecornsalad

I had a variety of people taste these dishes making for a happy dinner and conversation.  The sandwich was a big hit with all, and only one person did not like the salad.  However, he does not like apple salads at all, so…All in all, the effort was worth the feelings of connectedness and contentment.

happyroadsign

Hope Your day is filled with Happiness!–Judy

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