We had a lovely time camping. GooGoo and Lou Who did very well, though GooGoo did get a bit overstimulated by the end of the week and started to shut down a bit, which entailed a lot of Clinging to Mommy and Crying, but overall it went very well. We had loads of food. I made tofu-zucchini patties, chickpea cutlets, 3 pounds of cooked pintos, 2 pounds of cooked black beans, a double batch of taco filling, zucchini muffins, cranberry-orange muffins, along with some boughten things such as taco shells and hummus. Plus all the stuff my friend brought. We had a nice little commune going there, with four Very Full Coolers that for once were somewhat depleted by the end of the week.
So, what about this week’s blog challenge? Week 2 is The Elizavegan Page. She has SO many recipes, it was terribly hard to choose, and I didn’t sift through all of them. A lot of them had mushrooms, which automatically ruled them out for me. It’s been quite warm and while I’m reluctant to make soups while it’s so warm, these are the three I finally chose even though two of them are soup.
Pumpkin Muffins: I didn’t get a picture of these because we were almost done eating them all when I realised and by then the light was pretty bad. They were all right. Mr Pine Nut really liked them. They stuck to the muffin papers a lot but I didn’t let them sit the full 20 minutes like she said, either (though the one I saved to try cold still was sticking quite a bit). I felt they needed just a tiny bit more sweetness but the flavour was nice otherwise.
Corn Chowder: This was an instant hit. I have several kinds of non-dairy milk at the moment and I chose the one with the lowest sugar content (Soy Dream in this case) and it worked well. We also stirred some fresh torn kale into our bowls while the soup was still hot and the kale “cooked” a little bit while we waited for it to cool. I will definitely make this again.
Curried White Bean Soup: Mr Pine Nut’s first reaction was, “This is… interesting.” I asked if that was his nice way of saying he didn’t like it, but he said it wasn’t so bad, pretty good actually, just different. Which it was.
I didn’t blend it up because I like a chunky soup. I’m not sure if I’d make it again, necessarily, but it was nice and it makes a big pot so there is enough for a second meal tomorrow.
Up next week: Oh She Glows!