A moment of silence please, as we remember our fallen friend, PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter.
It was a great nut butter; in fact, I do believe one of my firsts, and quite possibly, my favorite. Today, her remains were spooned down my greedy gullet, and then the remains of her remains were too. She will now be recycled to generate another delicious container to hold more delicious Peanut Butter, and it is with great certainty when I say that we will meet again quite soon.
Ah, yes – sorry for the melodrama. But, you read it here first: and even though my cabinet is stocked with peanut butter, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to finish this jar. Alas, it was put to perfect use in pear-date oats this morning, and I have more peanut butters to ease my pain now.
- 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts Hot Cereal, 3 T. Bob’s Creamy Rye Flakes, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. almond breeze
- 1/2 a diced pear, 1 chopped date
- drizzle of maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
and the toppings were simple yet lovely – but isn’t that always the case?!
- flax-chia icing
- PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin PB
- honey-roasted peanuts
- and a chutney of the rest of the diced pear and some chopped dates simmered in almond breeze and some maple syrup – with some cinnamon and ground clove.
Enjoyed with some Green Mountain Rain Forest Nut. I’m not saying I’ve ever had a bad cup of Green Mountain; but for some reason this cup seemed exceptionally phenomenal…must have been some weird vibes in the kitchen, because the oats also cooked way faster than usual. Whaa?!
My mom and I ran to Price Chopper real quick – she needed some things and I also needed a couple things for our Mother’s Day dinner. Wait ’til you see what she chose!! And I had no influence whatsoever – I told her she could pick whatever she wanted, and if she wanted meat I’d figure something out, too. I’ve never cooked veal before but I guess I’ll find out how tomorrow. (ah- just kidding. neither of us believe in veal.)
Afterwards, I had some dilemmas: make seitan or put together my portfolio for photo? Hum. How about both?
A slice of dakota bread with a bit of buttah and a mini banana (helloooo, dozen of over-ripe bananas for $1.50) with a bit of mocha PB fueled the cooking. I went for a Veganomicon recipe for seitan cutlets and just half a recipe. I’ve never had seitan before and was really excited to try! I’ve yet to try it, though…hah. I will say, however…it was fun to make :D
I picked up some goat cheese and for lunch I knew I had to put into play the sandwich I dreamed up earlier this week…
A goat cheese, balsamic marinated strawberry, spinach, and walnut panini on hot-off-the-oven rack dakota bread. It was barely cool enough to slice when we bought it this morning! Killah. This panini soared above my expectations; in fact, it was fantab. I also had some sweet potato, carrot, and broccoli fries that I popped in the oven while the seitan was finishing up.
My afternoon plans consisted of going to an auction with mi mama where we looked at horses & ponies and tack. And got a little chilly. It rained all morning and just felt so damp, not to mention the fact that one worried pony slpashed mud all over my lower legs. I haven’t spoken much of the pony hunt lately because showings are in the works, but I will say we didn’t go for the horse and pony aspect of the sale – just tack. There actually ended up being some nice horses and ponies, but not what we were looking for :)
I grabbed an apple Clif C bar for my mom and I before we left the house for when we got munchy. Fav C Bar flavah!
And for dinner, a stuffed pepper! The sale on red peppers for $.98/pound was still going on, and even though we had four still in the fridge at home, picked up three more. Actually, my mom and I thought we only had, oh, two or so in the fridge – but why not roast them and freeze them? Except – I did some research and found that I could roast them, cover them in olive oil, and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Score! I roasted three while I was making the seitan. I tried doing it over our gas stovetop, but that scared me and my mom told me it “smelled like I was smoking pot.” Direct quote. She works at the college – she said she felt like she’d just walked into a dorm room. Oh, goodie. Then it made me realize that this blog could probably find some trouble with law enforcement over how many times I’ve declared “this was a great bowl” after a delicious bowl of oats, and offered to “hook people up with a bag” when they can’t find Green Mountain coffee.
Wasn’t I talking about dinner and stuffed peppers? Oh, yeah, thought so. Anyways. I prepared a serving of bulgur with some kale, tomato, black beans, garlic, feta, salt, pepper, and basil and then mixed in a dash (and I mean a dash!) of BBQ sauce and some balsamic before I spooned into a raw red pepper before baking at 350*. I was a little concerned the BBQ sauce would be a little too out there since the flavors were otherwise italian-esque. But, it provided just the right hint of sweetness! And yes, you are correctly seeing cashews crushed on top. I love adding nuts for crunch!
This was a lot of food – I had to pass the last bit off to my mom. She quite liked it, as well – I was proud :P
So, all in all; turned out lovely! Fun fact? Stuffed peppers were a meal I dreaded as a kid. I hated peppers. And rice. Gosh, I was an awful child.
What is everyone doing for their mothers tomorrow?! And if you are one – Happy Mother’s Day!