Mexican Explosion!

20 12 2009

Robbie and I are unintentionally working our way through the Rosa cookbook. Here are a few recent successes. Robbie did 90% of the work (at least) on all of these. Few things beat coming home to him after a spin class, making a fantastic dinner for us.

The first is Zarape de Pato. Robbie did all the work on this one…We used MayWah smoked duck, which he marinated in a mixutre of chipotle in adobo, garlic, tomatoes, and jalapenos, and onion. The sauce is an incredible roasted red pepper habanero sauce. He also made homemade tortillas.

The next dish is straight from the cookbook and is called Salmon with Fruity Mole. The mole, which we had from a previous dish, is an incredible mixture of tomato, onion, cloves, ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, plantains, pineapple, allspice, garlic, Mexican cinnamon, cider vinegar, piloncillo, sugar and salt. Lots of ingredients, but well worth it. It is an incredible mole, that can easily be used for lots of different dishes. We pan seared MayWay vegan salmon on the grillpan, and made some black beans with corn. To assemble, we spooned some mole in the bottom of the dish, placed some of the bean/corn mixture above that, then topped it with the salmon, a pineapple slice, and cilantro.

Finally, after a sweaty spin class, I came home to a surprise dinner of lemon achiote grilled tofu tacos- homemade tortillas and guac as well! Achiote is my new favorite spice…it is really fragrant, and surprisingly sweet as well. Thanks, baby…

More to come!!

We’re driving to Ohio for X-mas, and while we’re there, we’ll be visiting Dragonfly in Columbus. We went last year, and it was incredible. Full review/pictures are in order.

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Summer= things on a bun

22 07 2009

So, lately we’ve been on a “things on a bun” kick….

Monday, we made “pulled chicken” BBQ sandwiches with sauteed onions- we used the new Gardein “It’s all Good” pulled chicken. It tastes incredible. We had this with Robbie’s mashed potatoes and Gardein’s BBQ skewers as well- genius.

We then watched Angels in America: Perestroika. It’s been a while. The acting is so fantastic- Meryl Streep blows my mind…the directing is also so genius. That Mike Nichols, he’s okay I guess.

"Pulled Chicken", sauteed onions, on a whole wheat bun...

The sauce is amazing, and the texture is genius- we did these up on the grill pan.

On Tuesday, it was nasty out. We went to see Harry Potter but apparently others had the same idea and literally everything- save Bruno- was sold out- thus, we came home. Wah…wahhhh…For dinner, we did “Bacon cheeseburgers” which consisted of none of those ingredients- Morningstar Farms vegan veggie burgers, FYH jack cheese, and SmartBacon, along with homemade BBQ sauce- on a whole wheat bun. Along with this we had our classic buffalo tofu wings, with our special vegan crack sauce.

Buffalo Tofu WingsMoningstart Farms veg burger, SmartBacon, FYH jack, TJ whole wheat bun, BBQ sauce

Moningstar Farms veg burger, SmartBacon, FYH jack, TJ whole wheat bun, BBQ sauce