Monday, January 14, 2008

Sugar Coma! And Some Soup...

Today, as most of you know, is our "Sunday". The day of sleeping in, rest, and making food! Last week, on Thursday, I was having a really crappy know what I mean, the kind of day where nothing seems to go right and no matter how positive you try to be, nothing seems work...and usually its for no reason in particular...more like, an accumulation of things. So point is, I had a crappy day. I came home to discover that Curtis had got off work early, and he was making brownies!!! The maple walnut browines from La Dolce Vegan. They were AMAZING. And they made me smile, and realize just what a lucky girl I am! Today, Curtis (and his HUGE sweet tooth) were in the mood to bake something sweet again, so he chose the Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars from V-Con. And I must take this opportunity to say. Holy Eff. They are AMAZING. A delicious crunchy graham cracker crust, with a soft, sweet granny smith layer of apples, topped with a sticky, creamy peanut butter caramel layer. What more could a girl ask for?!

Here is Curtis assembling the delightful pan of bliss.

And here is the finished product...please ignore the balckened bits of caramel...our oven is slightly unforgiving! But these squares are AMAZING!

After we recovered from our sugar coma, I decided to make some dinner. And the slow cooker seemed like the way to go tonight. So into the ceramic pot went;

Mushroom and White Bean Star Soup
4 Cups Veggie Broth
1 Tbsp Evoo
1/2 Cup Nooch
1 Tbsp Oregano
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Thyme
1 Tbsp Basil
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Celery Seed
1 Tsp Onion Powder
3 Cleaned and Chopped Portabella Mushrooms
4 Stalks Celery, Chopped
1/2 Red Pepper, Chopped
1 Can Canellini Beans
1/2 Cup Green Lentils
3 Tbsp Tamari
1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
2 Cups Spinach, Chopped

I left this in the slow cooker on high for 2.5 hours, stirring occasionally ( I didn't add the spinach until there was 30 minutes left). I made a slurry of Evoo and Balsamic Vinegar and dipped star-shaped pieces of bread into it, covered with mozarella soy cheese and broiled for a few minutes to make cheesy, star shaped croutons.

We devoured it with some beers and are spending the rest of the evening watching Soprano's DVDs while listening to the freezing rain falling outside. It's a stormy night here in the maritimes!
Back to work in the morning, so it will probably be early to bed tonight!

Cheers for Now

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