Saffron & KFC

A lot of things are different lately. My fiancé and I have been in New York for the last 6+ weeks. Unfortunately some pretty tragic events are happening in my family and we’ve been here trying to…. come to terms with things I suppose. Plus, on top of all the bad things, something AMAZING happened. We finally welcomed our beautiful baby boy into the world on January 26th, so you can imagine how stressful and eventful our life has been as of late!

Before we came to NY though, we had really been trying to cook more. We had quite a few recipes we wanted to do and we were only able to do a couple.

The first I want to talk about is a Rachael Ray recipe. Off the top of my head I’m not sure which cookbook of hers it came out of, but I do know that it contained Saffron (which was an awesome gift I received from my fiancé’s mom). Neither of us have ever had saffron and were pretty excited to try it. Unfortunately, I think we chose the wrong recipe to test it out. It was a cream based pasta dish that originally had sausage and eggplant in it, but obviously being vegetarians we subbed the sausage with some steamed tempeh. The cream sauce was pretty darn good, the saffron very light tasting. The boy said he couldn’t place the flavor of the saffron at all, but I think it was just very very light. Annnnnnd, I have come to the realization I HATE eggplant. Unless it’s battered and fried and from Olive Garden, I have never ever ever liked it. So the dish was a flop and we’ve decided to try a risotto next to really accentuate the flavor of saffron.

The picture is pretty yellow, unfortunately that’s the kind of lighting we have in the kitchen when there’s no sunlight. Those breadstick looking things in the background were my favorite part of the meal. Just a simple loaf of store bought Italian bread with butter, Italian seasoning, fresh minced garlic and parmesan cheese.

The next recipe I want to talk about is something of glory. A recipe I can’t wait to try again… A recipe from one of the vegan food gods, Celine Steen. When I got Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day in the mail some odd months ago, I was super excited. There were at least 15+ recipes I couldn’t wait to try. After narrowing it down with help from the boy, we decided to try out the Retro KFC Sandwiches. The boy has always loved KFC and since being a vegetarian that’s all he ever talks about… how he wishes he had had that last KFC stacker, or that last Chick-fil-A sandwich. So when I suggested we make these sandwiches he was pretty excited. He had high hopes of them being just like the KFC stackers and although I have no idea what one tastes like, these sandwiches were divine.

Lookit that crispiness. They’ve got a corn flake crust and at first I was a little iffy about coating them in a breakfast cereal that I remember my father coating in sugar, but these were super tasty and crunchy and crispy and mmmmm.

The recipe had a mayo based sauce and suggested adding shredded lettuce and pickles. I can’t remember if the tomatoes were suggested as well, but either way. Delicious. The only negative comment I can say about this sandwich is the thickness of the “chicken”. The recipe has you making your own chicken style seitan and although I tried getting the pieces as thin as I could, once they were baked they were just a tad too thick. Next time (and there will be a next time!) I will cut the pieces in half horizontally before breading them and that will give me the option of having a thinner sandwich, or if we’re feeling frisky, maybe a double decker.

The last thing I want to talk about it (no, not the blurriness of this photo, I apologize) is this glorious kale and rutabaga mash with chickpea gravy on the right side of the plate. This beauty was found on Pinterest, off the site Vanilla & Spice. Talk about aweeessome. The chickpea gravy was a little eh, I didn’t like it so much with this dish. It has fresh ginger in it and I found it to be a tad to overwhelming, but damn… the mash was great. It really really was. If you’ve never had rutabaga before, this is an awesome first time dish.

Alright, those are the food escapades I’ve got for you for now. Hope ya’ll enjoyed them and I leave this post with a small intimate piece of advice. Enjoy your family, enjoy the ones you love and keep them close to your heart.. turn the tv off, play a board game, order a pizza… enjoy them!! Because you never know what will happen, or when you may not have them to do those things with.

Bon Appetit!!

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It has been far.too.long!

I’ve realized I do a lot of apologizing on this blog and I’ve really got to change that. So this is my last apology..

I AM SORRY I HAVE NEGLECTED YOU, BEEN A BAD BLOGGER & HAVE NOT SHARED MY FOOD EXPERIENCES SINCE MARCH.

Okay. So in saying that, without getting too personal, things have SEVERELY changed (and for the best!!).

1: I’ve moved to South Carolina, officially.

2: I’ve gotten engaged! =D

3: We are expecting our first child in January, a special little boy =)

Now on to the foodz.

These are amazing Buffalo Cauliflower bites we made for pizza night.. they were deliciously spicy and were excellent thrown into a salad the next day!


BBQ Chicken pizza with mushrooms and green peppers…

This is the Pioneer Woman’s taco pizza… IT IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I have made this sooo many times and it’s seriously one of my favorite foods. Out on the grill with little charred bits of dough, mm mm good. It’s awesome too because you can serve it cold or room temperature, so you don’t really have to worry about it being HOT when guests come over. Downfall, it’s severely messy. But that’s what forks are for! =)

This is kinda just a shot of the counter on pizza night. Pizza, buffalo bites, salad, soda, board games & family… perfection!

Orange Scented Apple Bundt cake with cider glaze.

No Knead Bread… freaking fantastic. Super easy, even a 4 year old could do it!

This was originally a recipe from the Food Network magazine for Sausage Broccolini risotto, but being a vegetarian my fiance and I changed it up quite a bit and fell in love with it. We make this seriously, like once every two weeks or so. It’s so delicious and it cooks in the oven, no stirring required.

These are from the cookbook 750 Best Muffin recipes and are a combination of 3 different recipes. I ended up calling them Pumpkin Apple Struesel Muffins. They were, of course, delicious.

These last few pictures are a thing of beauty. Apple Cinnamon Pretzels. I actually JUST made them, this very  morning.
Look at how puffy that dough is, how golden and crispy the pretzels came out. The dough recipe was seriously one of the easiest I’ve used.. it only had to rise for an hour and it turned out exactly how I would have expected. I’m going to use the dough recipe for future things… like garlic knots =) But seriously, the hardest part was rolling the dough into ropes. The apple chunks kept falling out and they would make parts of the ropes too thick or too thin. They are not overly sweet, they have just a hint of cinnamon and apple…. they could easily be dipped into something super sweet like caramel, or something more savory like honey mustard. In fact, that’s how I’m going to be eating them later. The only regret I have is that I wish I had sprinkled some coarse salt on top before I baked them, because they could definitely use some salt.

So those are my recent food adventures. I’m not going to make any promises or say any more apologies, but I really really do miss this blog and I’m going to do my best with updating it. I hope that there are still a few of you who linger, occasionally checking up on me..
Bon Appetit!

ps: I’m going to add a link to my food board on pinterest. Some of the recipes I’ve been using lately have come from pinterest and I have pinned them on this board. Plus, I think it’s the coolest thing ever to be able to pin delicious recipes for later! Leave a comment with your food boards too, I’d love to view them! =)