15 April 2011

Highlights

Another week comes to a close, with the weather improving just as the weekend arrives. The sun has just begun to make its presence known around here, warming and illuminating the fragrant flora and greenery peeking from every outdoor crevice. The day has been dotted with a few serene moments, the treasured silence of the house enticing me to slip away for a brief nap. But first, I share with you, dear readers, some gustatory highlights from the last few days:

Popcorn. I am rediscovering enjoyment for savory popcorn, rather than reserving preference solely for sweet-and-savory kettle corn. In lieu of a yet-to-be-recovered air popper, I popped corn kernels using a stove top method with minimal oil, then tossed them with crushed yakinori (toasted seaweed), nutritional yeast, cayenne, salt, pepper, and a small amount of melted coconut oil to get everything to stick. The concoction is becoming somewhat of a snack obsession, along with those ruby-colored strawberries in the background of the frame.
Work-in-progress biscuits. These were the results of one of several attempts at gluten-free, sugar-free, low-fat baking. Earlier attempts at muffins were rather disappointing, but my relentless inclination to fuss about the kitchen continues to urge me to press forth with this endeavor. The biscuits could use improvement in both flavor and texture, but were a decent snack when topped with all-fruit guava spread.
Saag and daal with a sprouted grain tortilla. The flavors and dishes themselves were inspired by Indian cuisine, but the idea emerged following a thoughtful gesture by a colleague at a lunch function earlier this week. The saag is made from kale and spinach, accompanied by simmered yellow split peas--both impromptu dishes brimming with delightful spice and heat.
OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings from Appetite for Reduction (2010). The name quite appropriately conveys the joy of devouring crispy, flavorful, reduced-fat onion rings. The recipe is yet another winner from Isa's newest cookbook.
Have a lovely weekend, all!

4 comments:

  1. Happy Friday, Tiffany!
    Everything looks delicious.
    Thanks for the new popcorn idea:-)
    xo
    Aimee

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  2. veganinbrighton4/16/11, 3:20 AM

    That all looks great, I can't wait until strawberry season, they're one of my favourite snacks.

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  3. I've heard wonderful things about those baked oven rings! Yours look like the most appealing rendition I've seen so far :)

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  4. Tomatecamembertbasilic4/18/11, 6:59 AM

    I love that kind of pop corn too. Everything seems delicious!

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