Actually, I’m starting with one thing that didn’t help purge my kitchen, but it sure did taste good. A couple years ago I made a chocolate cake for my birthday, a wacky cake recipe from La Dolce Vegan. My friend Laura liked it a lot, so since her birthday was Friday I made her a cake of her own.
I knew I wouldn’t have a whole lot of time to decorate and was feeling festive, so I went with sprinkles. Yay! I had to buy a whole bottle and certainly don’t need leftover sprinkles, so I mixed most of the bottle into the cake, for a funfetti-type-thing. It worked well! Here’s the insides.
A funny thing happened while cutting the cake. A friend of Laura’s from nursing school came into the kitchen. Laura offered her cake (there was another cake there too) and she said no thanks. Then Laura was like “this one’s vegan” and her friend said “Oh! Yeah!” and took a slice. I wanted to ask if it was opposite day. That kind of thing doesn’t happen! Turns out she’s vegetarian and therefore interested in vegan baked goods.
On Saturday I had a Buy My Stuff Open House, kind of like an indoor yardsale for friends only. I had promised refreshments but didn’t feel like preparing anything (crazy!) so I took the opportunity to thaw some freezer foods.
Leftover cake with oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate-chocolate chip-walnut cookies, both from the freezer.
Smoky salsa from the freezer, store bought guac (gasp), blue corn chips and oat bran pretzels. The oat bran pretzels are really good.
Sunday night my parents came into town and took us out to dinner at Emiliano’s, a Pan-Latin restaurant downtown. I wish I had taken my camera, because the food there is really good. I had gazpacho and black beans over spanish rice, and shared two tapas with my mom – escalivada (grilled veggies & pita chips, cheese on the side for mom) and amarillos. I also had a basil mojito, which was at once odd and delicious.
Last night I made a meal I had been meaning to make since I bought green beans at the farmers market last week, but had to keep putting it off, and I’m glad I waited because my parents brought me a bunch of tomatoes from my dad’s garden.
As good as these tomatoes are, I’m just not a raw tomato person except for a slice in a sandwich here and there. Even the cherry tomatoes – some people eat them like candy. Me, not so much. Anywho, a thick slice of tomato on top of this chickpea cutlet parmesan gave it that extra special something. Served with spelt spaghetti marinara and balsamic roasted green beans.
Freezer – chickpea cutlets, marinara
Pantry – spelt spaghetti, breadcrumbs, almond parmesan
Farmers Market – green beans
Free! – dad’s tomatoes
Overall three meals of this cost $2. That’s some good math.
In the spirit of using more tomatoes and freezer foods, tonight I had a take on succotash and onion rings. I love onion rings, but they’re so bad for you! Probably why they were still in the freezer.
The succotash is lima beans, edamame and corn (all from the freezer), EB, quartered cherry tomatoes, garlic and onion powder, basil, dill, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and braggs. Topped with hot sauce.
By my math, this meal was free! And there are leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Sweet.