May + June + July 2016, in food

Three months consolidated into one post! I haven’t been making a ton of new, super interesting foods recently (have just whipping up quick things on the spot) so it’s not a particularly lengthy post for one meant to encompass three months.

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dairy-free nachos!
cheese sauce recipe riffed off of:
notes: Surprisingly really good! All the other ingredients are the usual suspects for nachos — there’s some oven roasted and shredded chicken, diced avocado, black beans, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, etc. The dairy-free sour cream was cobbled together from many cashew sour cream recipes found online.

restaurant: sancho’s
notes: The tacos were pretty good, but the best part was the SALSA BAR. I love salsa bars!

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chana masala
recipe: 660 Curries
notes: Thoroughly yummy. 10/10 would make again.

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beef gyros
notes: This was surprisingly easy and tasted a lot like gyros! Not the most authentic recipe, but it worked. Topped it with some diced tomato, red onion, and cilantro. The “yogurt” is actually more cashew sauce that I combined with some garlic, dill, and cucumber to make into a tzatziki. A little chunkier in texture than true tzatziki sauce, but tasted great.

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recipe: sorta made up as I went along…
notes: This was good, but I’d make a lot of tweaks if I make calzones again. First off, would find a different dough recipe — this was a coworker’s recipe, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it, it seemed a little too tough. Filling was great though — used bacon and chicken and provolone cheese.

besan ladoo
notes: Combined a bunch of recipes online. They were super dense and rich cookies! They were good, but it would be a while before I make these again.

taiwanese stewed pork belly over rice
restaurant: flower pepper
notes: Very tasty! It was the best thing out of the three dishes I tried. I would order this again.

lamb burritos
restaurant: angelica’s
notes: In Santa Fe. THESE WERE DELICIOUS. Very simple but also very satisfying and flavorful. 10/10 would order again.

picnic cake
bakery: kim and jake’s cakes
notes: You can’t tell the scale, but this thing was quite massive! Was also gluten free. I liked it, but it’s not something I’m in a rush to buy again, especially since Kim & Jake’s is in a part of town that I’m so rarely in.

five spice cookies

notes: I have a very special place in my heart for Dreena Burton’s cookie recipes — they were the very first vegan desserts I ever made, and the first true success that I had with making baked goods, way back in 2008. I’ve always liked these cookies because they’re pretty simple to make but have an interesting and complex (but familiar) flavor.

peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate ganache

recipe: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World
notes: I subbed GF flour for the all purpose but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. They were good, but not something I’m in a hurry to make again. My favorite thing about the picture is that Andy is looking very happy in the background because he thinks I’m holding up a peanut butter cupcake treat for him…

fresh strawberry pie
recipes for inspiration:

No-Bake Vegan Strawberry Pie

Gluten Free Strawberry Pie with Almond Crust

notes: This might be the best fruit pie I’ve made! The graham cracker crust was quite good (and very thick in places, which made it like a cookie) and the strawberry flavor was very fresh and clean. I looked at a bunch of different fresh strawberry pie recipes online and kinda made things up as I went.

restaurant: sushi train
notes: All-you-can-eat sushi. What’s not to like?

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beef bowl with crisp creens, coconut sweet potatoes, spicy coconut sauce, farofa, and spicy chimichurri sauce

restaurant: five on black
notes: So, this restaurant is like a Brazilian version of Chipotle… which is not a bad thing! My favorite component of this bowl was the coconut sweet potato stuff… very good.


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