Just following up on the comments on my last post: Consider yourself invited for a hike through the woods over at my parents’ ;)! Who said blogger meet-ups could only be held in cities?!
Oh, also: if you need some happiness inspiration you might be interested in having a look at my guest post over at Lucie’s.
Sigh. It was sure to happen. After having a good start with my goal of trying new recipes what I’d hoped to avoid occured: I failed. Yes, I still tried new recipes last week and created one myself, too. But either my standards are too high [cue perfectionsm] or my constant subbing and playing around with others’ recipes just took overhand. Long story short: I found myself seriously lacking [pretty] pictures for today’s What I ate Wednesday post.
My original idea [or intended good habit] for this goal was to share which recipes by other bloggers I’d prepared. As explained above I can’t quite fulfill these expectations [even if they were my own only] but I found a way to make up for it … First, though: Thanks for hosting our weekly celebration of all things delicious and fall-ish, Jenn!
Let’s start with the good part. While I might not have achieved as much as I wanted in terms of recipe creating there was one dish that turned out really well.
Pictured above is the result of a longing [for noodles] no longer ignored, being inspired by a recipe for fried rice on another blog and craving broccoli: Vegan ‘egg’-fried Udon. Definitely not seasonal but it hit the spot. I’ll post the recipe on Friday.
… and what do you do when your recipe-trying intentions fail? Make up for them with chocolate, obviously. Running to the store to pick up a bar or a box of truffles isn’t exactly highly involved so that wouldn’t do. But how about homemade chocolate?
My previous trials at making chocolate from scratch were far from stellar – and that’s still expressing it in a nice way [note: never trust 7th grade chemistry textbooks telling you a mix of cocoa, powdered sugar and butter actually turned out like chocolate. Not.at.all.] This time, however, I was off to a better start. Not only because of being older [and hopefully wiser ;)] but also thanks to the kind people at Chocqlate mailing me one of their chocolate-making sets. Each set consists of five simple ingredients: unroasted cocoa beans, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, agave [instead of refined sugar] and ground vanilla. While the company doesn’t use the standard fair trade and organic labels they make it a point to buy their ingredients from small family farms and know each of their suppliers personally. That’s a point in their company statement that especially spoke to me.
And the result? Admittedly, it’s not like the chocolate you can buy in stores. The consistency isn’t as smooth but that likely has to do with both the fact that it’s impossible to mimic the traditional conche used by companies in your kitchen. The flavour is spot on, though. My first thought was Mousse au chocolate – rich, dark and just the right amount of sweetness. I liked being able to play around with toppings and add-ins. And what a bad blogger/nut butter-fiend would I have been not to try homemade almond butter cups :)?!*
*Chocqlate sent me the chocolate set free of charge but I wasn’t otherwise compensated for my review. All opinions stated in this post are my own.
One other blogger’s recipe I tried and liked a lot, though, was this Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto. Unfortunately not truffled because I was missing the key ingredient but it I’ll keep my eyes open for the much coveted oil and give this another go. Or even if I can’t track it down I will. Other than that, though, I didn’t modify Davida’s recipe much other than substituting bok choy for spinach [you wouldn’t believe how hard to find it is!] and adding mixed legumes. So good and the thyme gave this a nice fall-ish flavour.
With all the chocolate in this post there isn’t a real need for ending the post on a sweet note, right? So how about a snack I hadn’t has in years and just rediscovered?
Sure, I had it in movie theatres sneaking handfuls from friends but homemade? I can’t even remember the last time but it must have been more than … seven [?!] years. Taking a clue from Amanda I prepared it with coconut oil and just added some salt. Good idea, good snack and good way to end a post :).
Happiness inducing today: Getting some advice on the job search front by a former prof. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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