Monthly Archives: January 2011

Denver Eats: Jelly

With Monday being my first day allowed out of the house after having El Influenza, I was excited to take the big guy up on an offer for lunch out.  There’s a new retro-styled Breakfast & Lunch joint in our neighborhood called Jelly that I’ve been waiting to try.

I really wish I had taken more pictures because the restaurant is just plain cute, from the menus to the mason jar water glasses.  But, I was distracted by the hunkster.  Typical.

We ordered a nice mix of breki and lunch.  Preston got the Salmon Scramble

And a rather large order of buckwheat pancakes

While I didn’t try the scramble, the ‘cakes were hearty and delicious with just a bit of syrup on top.

I myself ordered the veggie burger and sweet potato fries

While eating this burger smothered in roasted red peppers, zucchini, mixed greens and herbed mayo, I found myself thinking, “This thang can’t be healthy.”  The bun was just so buttery and decadent.   Then I thought, “Who cares?  It’s delicious!”  The Big Guy had half my burger and agreed upon the deliciousness.  The Sweet Potato fries were good, crispy and sprinkled with sea salt – just how they should be.

With price points between $6-$9 for most meals, and yummy bites all the way around, we agreed we’ll be visiting Jelly again.  I love having more choices just down the street!

Show them some love at www.eatmorejelly.com

 

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Wednesday’s Song

There’s nothing better

Seeing old friends. Holding a beautiful baby. Tofu Curry with a side of silly.

vegan.om.I.CAN!

My Dad gave me Veganomicon for Christmas, and I can say that I’ve ever been more excited about a cookbook.  I took it for a test drive at a small dinner get together with Preston’s sister and family on Sunday night.   It was supposed to be a really chilly weekend, so I asked BG to pick out a soup – he chose the Roasted Red Pepper and Bean Gumbo.  Perfect!

I can’t violate the lovely ladies’ copyright by posting the recipe here, but I’d be happy to email it to you if you’d like.  It took about 2 hours, beginning to end, to make – and was well worth it.

Here’s where I’ll introduce my guest photographer for this post, and (lucky me!) the resident dishwasher.

We began by snapping a photo of a very essential cooking activity – enjoying a cocktail

Then, it was on to the roux and veggies

Then more veggies – okra, cloves of garlic and roasted red peppers to name a few

The chef adding okra to the gumbo.  I enjoyed all that photo attention – I might have to ask the BG to step in more often!

A lot more went into the pot, including some 2 below, tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes and veggie broth.  Then, we had a beautiful bubbling (vegan) stew sure to please any carnivore around.

I served this with my sweet potato biscuits and not only was it enough to feed 4 hungry adults plus seconds, there is plenty left for lunches tomorrow.  This recipe will definitely go into the “make again” file.  Can’t wait to try more dishes from Veganomicon!

Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Even if the Vegan Moniker means nothing to you, you’ve got to try these biscuits because they are super easy to make and came out flaky and delicious. Mmmm can you hear Carbzilla roaring through the streets of Denver?

You only need 5 things:

1 c. cooked & mashed sweet potatoes

1c. flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 c. olive oil

Combine all the ingredients until a doughy consistency is acheived.  Break into 6-8 small biscuits and place on baking sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove, slice open and lather with favorite biscuit topping. Enjoy!

I ate one, two, three biscuits with a side of roasted carrots & brussels sprouts.

Next up: making these for breakfast with Veganomicon’s Mushroom Gravy.

Tofu Burgers

Ingredients : 1 package of firm tofu, pressed.  Sauteed mushrooms, a handful of grated carrots and grated red peppers, 1/3 c. of your favorite Spicy Hummus, 1 cup rolled oats.

Process: Put it all into a food processor.  Blend.  Shape into patties, put in skillet with hot oil and pan fry. If you are me, you’ll top with avocados and Sriracha.  You might enjoy it on a bun with some lettuce tomato and mustard.  Who knows?!  All I know is that these guys are deeeeelish!

Shrooms- Pretty Much Mandatory!

Grating baby carrots was a humorous experience…

Have I mentioned how much I love my food processor?

Strangely meat looking… 

 Came out with the consistency of a crab cake

Avocados are the best condiment

Hippie Apple Tarts

I had a major sweet tooth today (yah, I know – big surprise) so I went about looking for something to make with ingredients I already had.  My sweet tooth salvation lay within the pages of Hungry Hungry Hippie – a very sassy vegan/lifestyle blog.  Recently Miss Hippie had made Vegan Apple Pie w/ Graham Cracker Crust.  I used the recipe as a guide and did my own thang. 

Crust:

2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs

3 tbsp oatmeal

2 tbsp applesauce

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 c. Smart Balance, melted

Apple Filling:

One large apple, peeled & diced

Flour, just enough to coat

Sprinkle of brown sugar

sprinkle of cinnamon

I mixed all the ingredients for the crust, and when it was appropriately uniform, I pressed it into muffin cups.  I was hoping to have enough mixture for six.

But I only had enough for four.  That okay – more delicious apple filling per cup!

After adding the apple mixture, I popped it into the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes.  The aroma that filled our small apartment was so heavenly, I didn’t really worry about how these little guys were going to turn out.

Um, they were amazing.  The crust held together but was still soft like a cookie, and the apples and brown sugar added a bit of sweetness.  I will definitely be making these again – maybe with a bit more oatmeal next time to create more dough.  Having leftovers for breakfast this morning – Happy Monday to me…

Have a great week!