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Library 10/30/10 October 31, 2010

Filed under: Books,Library haul — Vivid Greens @ 10:06 pm

Novels and Mollie Katzen (Yay!)

Yesterday was a great library pick up day!  I got three novels and one cookbook this trip.  The novels look great.  Both “The Long Song” and “Parrot and Olivier in America” were on the Man Booker Prize short list for 2010.  I’ve read the first chapter of each and can’t wait to read more.

“The Long Song” hooked me in very quickly (I’m already on Chapter 22!).  It’s about a young woman in Jamaica around the time of the end of slavery there.  It is a gripping novel written in the memoir style.  Grandma Bea would enjoy it thoroughly.

“Parrot and Olivier” is by Peter Carey, who has won the Booker Prize twice before.  It is the tale of two young men discovering America in the time after the French Revolution.  Carey’s writing can be a little bit too masculine for me at times and I didn’t much like his earlier work, “The True History of the Kelly Gang”.   However, this book looks to have a lighter touch and I hope that it is a pleasant read.

The cookbook looks like a great, great find for a new cook.  It is by the always fabulous Mollie Katzen and appears to lay out some simple cooking guidelines and rules of thumb, as well as some tasty looking recipes.  The very last recipe in the book is for a Cherry Clafoutis, basically a large cherry-filled oven-baked pancake.  I will definitely be attempting this concoction sometime this week or next!  Overall, I think it would make a perfect gift for the beginning cook.

“The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay” is a beautiful sparse novel, told in little snatches of time throughout two sisters lives.  It is reminding me of the novel “Fall on Your Knees” by author Ann-Marie MacDonald, which is definitely worth reading.



Filed under: Questions — Vivid Greens @ 9:33 pm


What do you think?


I have new frames and I’m trying to decide – thumbs up or down?

What do you all think?  I love the color!


Meal planning fail, but a gold star for flexibility October 29, 2010

Filed under: Meals — Vivid Greens @ 12:25 am

So today was the kind of day where food planning did not go as planned.  First I woke up late for the gym, so I skipped making breakfast and instead grabbed a yummy cranberry & orange muffin and a double shot latte at the coffee shop on the corner.  Yum!

I did pack a lunch of black beans and an avocado to go with the salad greens I keep at work – but then I needed to go to a lunch function at work and they catered it so I opted for that instead.  Which, hilariously enough, turned out to be raw squash and zucchini with sun dried tomatoes on flat bread plus a packet of mustard on the side.  It was the “roasted vegetable wrap” option…  Someone got lazy with the roasting!

Then I met up with a friend for a walk that got pushed back due to unforeseen errands and before you knew it we were grabbing fries on the go and then added a hastily made PB&J to the mix before finally taking our walk!  Whew.  None of those meals were planned!  But some days are full of surprises.  On the upside, I got to see lots of friends today and the work out and walk felt great.

Tomorrow my folks are coming in town for the evening and I can’t wait!  We’re going to hit Cafe Classico.  Dan and I have been trying to go there for our last 3 or 4 dates and something always happens to prevent us.  Keep your fingers crossed that we actually make it there this time.


Black Bean & Cream Cheese Burritos October 27, 2010

Filed under: Meals,Recipes,Speedy — Vivid Greens @ 10:45 pm

Speedy Burrito

This is another quick fix dinner at our house.  The filling consists of sautéed onions, black beans, cumin, red pepper and cinnamon.  What we do is warm up a tortilla, smear cream cheese on it, add the filling and wrap it up!  Here is a picture of it pre-wrapping.  It is very simple but the flavors come together nicely.  The cream cheese reminds me of the queso blanco that I used to buy at my neighborhood bodega in Boston.

In other news, Dan thought he would be super fast tonight and just make hard boiled eggs for his dinner.  3o minutes later he had already eaten a burrito and completely lost interest in his poor little eggs.  No matter, they will make a tasty breakfast for us.

Now we’re both off to meetings and such!


Acorn Squash with Orange Cherry Glaze October 26, 2010

Filed under: Meal Planning,Meals — Vivid Greens @ 11:00 pm

A brave dish

Um.  This one got a little bit away from me…  Or as Dan put it, maybe we should be “less adventurous” when we’re tired.  Which isn’t to say that it was bad.  I was trying to use up an acorn squash and some tofu, so I baked the squash for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.  Then made an orange sauce with OJ and corn starch plus a little apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and some dried cherries.  That did turn out nicely!  I cut the squash into fourths then topped with tofu and orange cherry glaze.  It was good, though it would have been better if I have skipped the tofu.

The real winner of the evening has been my after dinner treat – I mixed a little oatmeal and a little coconut into my greek yogurt and it was wonderful!  I highly recommend.  The coconut was just sweet enough and added a nice new texture to the mix.

The fry pan sizzle = bacon to his little ears

And, I hate to say it, but the real loser of the evening was Ben.  We’ve been living together for two years now and he still doesn’t understand that I will never have a scrap of bacon to give him.  Of course, I do offer him tofu but he’s yet to take a bite.


To Do:

Filed under: Meal Planning,Meals — Vivid Greens @ 10:12 pm

I need to cook tofu & acorn squash tomorrow eve. If I don’t the tofu has to be pitched, it’s on it’s last little legs.

Any ideas? I’m thinking I’ll roast the squash and make a sauce for the tofu – maybe a pasta dish of some sort? Let me know if you have suggestions.


Vegan Crepes October 25, 2010

Filed under: Breakfast,Meals,Recipes — Vivid Greens @ 11:22 pm

These were SO tasty!  I think that the chickpea flour and corn starch must be the secret.  Somehow they cooked up just exactly like the ones with eggs do.  We filled them with greek yogurt that had been sweetened with brown syrup and vanilla extract.

Dan gave this meal a 9/10… And I concur with his good judgement.

The recipe is from the always fabulous “Vegan Brunch” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Classic Crepes

  • 1 & 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syurp
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chickpea (garbanzo) flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

After the crepes have been made & flipped, spread the sweet mix inside and wrap them into little rolls.  Then put them in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.

They came out so warm and gooey!   Dan and I chose to cover them in lingonberries and eat ’em!  Next time I’ll remember to take lots of pictures.

Ps. *exciting* news – I ordered my new camera on Saturday and am anxiously waiting for Amazon to ship it to me!  It should be here by November 2nd at the latest.


Library 10/23/10 October 23, 2010

Filed under: Books,Library haul — Vivid Greens @ 8:49 pm

A great catch at the library today!  The books I picked up cover a wide variety of subjects.  I was most excited to bring home Apartment Therapy’s “Big Book of Small, Cool Places” and the new

Books due back 11/13/10

photography book.

Though I will say that an initial quick scan of “The Art of Choosing” has me intrigued.  I think that it might be a fascinating read about how we make choices in our lives.  You can read more about it here:

I’m somewhat less excited by the “Be Thrifty” book.  Not that I don’t want to find bargains, but it looks more like a manual that you’d keep around for things like changing the oil in your car and such.  There is a section on keeping grocery costs down that I’m curious to read more about.

I’m hoping the “Book of Small Cool Spaces” will help inspire me to keep decluttering the house and to finally fix a few of the issues that we keep trying to ignore in our apartment…  I’ll let you know if that takes root and any changes are made to the actual apartment.

The photography book looks like a great read about how to start your own photography business.  I’m obviously still a long way from starting any sort of small business, but it should be an interesting peek in to the industry.  In other news, I’m hoping to be able to buy my new camera in November!

Ironically, it’s the cookbook that I’m least excited by.  I really liked the concept, “Doubletake” is for vegetarians and omnivores who live and eat together, it’s a way to prepare one meal (with a slight variation or two) that can satisfy both types of diets.  Since we only cook vegetarian in the house, my initial scanning of the book didn’t pull me in.  I think I’ll probably loan it to Rachel and Jacob or return it on Monday.

I’ve got to be good and get these back to the library on time – I owed them money in late fees this trip!


Sauerkraut and Avocado Sandwich

Filed under: Meals,Recipes,Speedy — Vivid Greens @ 7:55 pm

Swoon.  This was a quick and tasty treat.  I took 1/2 an avocado and mushed it up with a little bit of olive oil.  Then took 2 slices of toast and spread the avocado on 1/2.  The other piece of toast I covered in sauerkraut and added one veggie sausage to the mix.  When I smooshed the two together it made an incredibly good sandwich!  Next time I’ll take pictures.  The flavors mix together well and it has a nice autumnal vibe to it.  Enjoy!

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 avacado
  • olive oil
  • 2 pieces of toast
  • sauerkraut
  • 1 veggie sausage

Corn Chowder October 22, 2010

Filed under: Favorite Meals — Vivid Greens @ 2:27 am

The very first step of a delightfully spicy corn chowder. Veggies are courtesy of the Easley family garden.