I’ve spent the past few days soaking up some quality time with my ‘taste-tester’. As I mentioned, he had to work on Saturday… so he had Sun and Mon as his weekend. We talked a lot and went on a few strolls with ‘little-bit’, good times.
I made stir-fry on Saturday, but I didn’t take any pictures… it was similar to the mango stir-fry I made before, except I used different produce. Let see, I think I used a leek, carrots and tops, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, lime, mango… I guess I should have taken pictures… oh well it was really good. It made 4 servings, I put it over a bed of brown jasmine rice… the first night I topped it with peanuts, the second night I topped it with cashews. To be honest, my soups and stir-frys are a method, and I use produce I have on hand that I think will go well together. Mangos and lime are good together, fyi. 😉
I did manage to take a picture of dessert though! I made chocolate mousse… but this is not your ordinary take forever to cook mousse, oh no, in fact this mousse is RAW. I made something very similar this past summer (before I started my blog) when I was trying out various raw foods. We had one too many raw soups that we didn’t like, and had to pull back from that road for a bit. I think I went too fast. Anyway, I saw this chocolate mousse on Averie’s blog recently and it reminded me that I did like this raw dessert. The thing that Averie does that really made this taste better, to me, was putting it in the freezer for a few hours. It really changes the flavor to be COLD… kinda like how ice cream is better cold. You can find Averie’s Chocolate Mousse recipe here. I also liked using agave instead of dates, it made it so much smoother. It really is amazing how versatile avocados are! I love my guacamole, but oh yea chocolate has my heart.
I used 2 avocados, agave, cocoa powder, and a splash of vanilla. It made 4 servings this size (about 1 cup)… all of which we consumed that evening. This is a guilt-free reckless abandon dessert. 🙂 Avocados are full of the ‘good’ fat and are high in fiber… check out these stats:
I didn’t take too many pictures these past few days, apparently, but I did try to take a picture of a lady bug for my ‘find the beauty/interesting’ series, but it didn’t come out very clear. I think he/she is a sign that spring is on it’s way.
Speaking of spring…
I’ve decided to clean out my pantry, freezer, dried fruit/nut drawers… I plan to limit my purchases of dry goods and use up what I’ve got in my stash. Some of that stuff has been in there so long, I don’t really even know what I have. Of course I will still be getting plenty of fresh produce, I’ll need it. I see many days of beans and grains in my future… a salad and some fresh fruit will be welcome!
Today on my cooking agenda:
- fun balls – using up dates and nuts
- oat/protein bars – using up oats, dried fruit, and that very ripe looking banana over there
- mushroom risotto w/ peas – using up arborio rice, froz peas, leek, mushrooms
- bread dough – using up some dry goods
and if I have time…
- lemon cupcakes w/ blueberries – using up some dried goods, froz blueberries, and the last meyer lemon
Looks like I’d better get busy!
Oh, before I forget… tomorrow is Produce Wednesday… there will be strawberries! Yippee! 🙂
Until next time…