Yesterday morning my friend Janeen e-mailed me, wondering if I had any recipes for black bean and sweet potato burritos, which she was craving. While I’m sure I have at least one in my library, I was at work with no access. With a quick search she found this recipe, and we both approved. I then demanded she feed me and she so graciously obliged.
She and I are both used to cooking solo, and it’s always interesting to be in the kitchen with someone new. Our cooking styles are pretty different – I’m methodical and a bit OCD, while she’s more “let’s throw this stuff in a pan and it’ll be good” (her food always is). It’s not really a two person recipe anyway, so apart from chopping the onion, she was at the helm. I didn’t mind letting her wrestle with the filling and the blender.
As usual, I forgot to take my camera, so here is a cell phone shot of my burritos with chips, avocado, cilantro, and a mango salsa that Janeen whipped up.
We pureed the filling as much as the blender would allow, but I think next time I would mash most of the ingredients instead. I would still blend the onions though, neither of us are a chunk-of-onion-in-my-burrito kind of girl.
For breakfast this morning I was going to make another carbtastic smoothie, but last night before bed something inside me yelled “parfait!”, which is funny to me because I’ve had a parfait maybe three times in my life. Normally I just put some yogurt in a bowl and top it with fruit and cereal. I guess I’m really starting to focus on making food visually pleasing as well as tasty, and some little part of my subconscious was demanding a parfait.
The morning light is so nice for taking pictures. This tall drink of breakfast had vanilla soy yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, flax meal and Vanilla Almond Crunch cereal. There’s a strawberry fan on the top but you can’t really see it as the side I was planning to photograph was less pretty than this side.
I’m still learning about blogging on these here internets. Today I got a “ping” telling me I should look at this article, and there I was! I’ve never looked at EcoMetro.com before, but it looks like a really cool site, and if I have time this afternoon after finishing the last Harry Potter book (I’m so close!) then I’ll definitely peruse their articles. I’m so flattered, the author included me with the likes of Hezbollah Tofu, Vegan.com, Give Peas a Chance, Notes from the Vegan Feast Kitchen, Happy Herbivore, Ruby Red Vegan, The Post Punk Kitchen, Hot Knives, Vegan Dad, and of course, Oprah. Very exciting.