Monday, September 03, 2007

August Wrap up...

I'll be the first to admit, I'm terrible at keeping up with blogging. I've got a whole months worth of pictures that I've failed to post. I'm also always lurking around at other blogs and need to get into the habit of commenting more.

Let's see...

A few weekends back I was in Ithaca for a wedding with a friend of mine. I was most excited about this because I'd finally get to eat at Moosewood. We met up with another pal and headed over there for dinner. Unfortunately only a handful of dishes are vegan. I had the African Stew with grilled tofu.

Here's a shot from the outside of Moosewood
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The stew...
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The wedding was at the interfaith church on Ithaca college's campus. The church is pretty neat and located on a little man made pond.

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Ithaca iteself, was very veg friendly and kind of crunchy. It reminded me a little bit of Burlington, VT. The co-op there was great and I dragged my friends around there looking at everything for at least an hour. We tried cactus jerky...not a fan.

I saw this newspaper box when we were out and walking around. Isn't it cute?
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The folks at the wedding we attended, decided to have cupcakes instead of wedding cake. They asked us to bring vegan cupcakes. I cooked up chocolate mint, chocolate almond, agave, and peanut butter cupcakes and brought them along. When we got to Ithaca, we ganached and sprinkled them.

The chocolate mint/almond ones...
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Agave and PB
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On the way back from Ithaca we stopped in to meet Bazu and Daiku. Bazu cooked up some wonderful lunch and snacks for us and we had lots of fun hanging out with them. Check out the post on Where the Revolution?, to see what Bazu cooked. ---Thanks guys!

What else? Well, I am always cooking with the sourdough. It needs to be fed once a week. Usually I just make some variation of pancakes because it is simple.

This morning, I made plain and peach sourdough pancakes.

Cooking
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Finished
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Speaking of sourdough, Marti over at Tofu and Sprouts had always wanted sourdough starter. I offered to try sending her some. I mixed in extra flour and dried it out a bit. Then dropped it in the mail to go cross country. Neither us were sure how it would go, but it worked out wonderfully. Check out Marti's post on her first sourdough recipe.

One more sourdough photo. I made this wonderful recipe I found online as got two perfect loaves of bread.

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Ok, I've got a few Lolo Cookbook tester recipes to post later in the week and I've also started testing for Melody over at Melomeals.

I'll checking out everyone's blogs this week.

7 comments:

Johanna3 said...

i was missing you lots!

i never use sourgh dough, dont know how it taste but the bread looks so good. yum!!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

YAY! Sourdough! I'm loving mine! We made pancakes AGAIN (sorry, not any more creative than that) with blackberries. Yum!

So, how did you "dry" the starter exactly? I was thinking of trying to send some to someone else now and keeping the whole sourdough chain going...

urban vegan said...

What a great post. So cool that you were asked to bring vegan cuppers to the wedding.

You're not the first vegan who's been disappointed by the Moosewood. Still, I like their cookbooks.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Hi Jody! Your post is filled with "I wana do that too!" for me -- going to Moosewood (though I'm not happy with Katzen right now), meeting Bazu, and making/eating sourdough! Awesome stuff! :)

bazu said...

Cool post Jody! I love those cupcake pictures. I'm so glad we got to hang out. My favorite is your sourdough- those pancakes look good, but your breads look *divine*!! The top loaf, especially, looks so professional and perfect. I <3 sourdough.

R2K said...

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Carrie™ said...

I didn't know you stopped to see Bazu. That's great!! I'm working my way down my links list, so I'll have to check that out for sure when I get to her blog. Too bad you didn't make it up this weekend. I was thinking of you while I was at the Food Fair. Another time, for sure.