Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Road Trip!

We're STILL recovering from a whirlwind trip to New York this past weekend to see some family. Poor Sammy is not the biggest fan of the car, but he stuck it out like a trooper.

I think that he 'puts up' with the car ride because he knows that once he gets there there is an unlimited source of treats & people food at his disposal. People who aren't dog owners tend to cave into his undeniable cuteness within about 2.2 seconds. He's such a con man.

Also, he remembers that the extended families homestead contains LOTS of carpet, whereas home is hardwood and throw rug. Carpet is much preferred by the Samhound as it gives him something to feel between his paws when he scratches about 50 million times before laying down.

Though the above rate beyond wonderful to Sam, they pale in comparision to his passion; the very thing that he desires most in this world...

The couch, of course.

Since Sam was spending so much time on the couch luxuriating, he left me time to whip up a feast for our gracious hosts. I figure it's the least I can do when I visit...especially when my little one deprives them of such an important piece of furniture for an extended period of time.

I decided to make some simple "stealth vegan" dishes that I thought would go over well.

1. Lentil Soup

This ended up being the absolute most delicious lentil soup I've ever eaten. It was crazy good. It's also one of those things that is so simple that I don't even have a recipe for it! It's just carrots, celery, scallions, garlic (I used a whole head), veggie broth(whole foods brand-about half a container), veggie cubes (rapunzel), water, lentils and within the last 15 minutes of cooking some fresh rosemary. The trick is letting it simmer for a wicked long time (I did about 3-4 hours).

2. Eggplant Lasagna

This is the simplest recipe ever. Three ingredients: Eggplant, your favorite marinara sauce, and one batch of Tofu-Basil Ricotta as prepared in Vegan with a Vengeance-or whatever version of tofu ricotta you like. I just slice the eggplant (no salting, peeling or anything funny) and alternate layers of the eggplant with sauce and ricotta, saving a whole load of ricotta to shove on top. I bake it at 400 for about 45-60 min until the eggplant is really soft and tender.

3. Hummus

This was a dud. Well, not really, it was REALLY yummy. I just didn't take into account that M and I were the only ones in the house who actually liked hummus. It's okay, I took home the leftovers. Oh, and it was HELL trying to make this in the blender at the house. I really missed my food processor!

4. Apple Crisp

There was an abundance of apples at the house because there had been mention that there was the possibility of making some pies. I was too darn tired to attempt pie crust, so I did a crisp instead. Very very easy! A little brown sugar, lemon, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and Earth Balance. The apples we used were Macs and Cortlands. I had to fight to get a picture! It was that good...

So what was Sam doing all this time I was in the kitchen?

Lazy Bug!

Monday came around and it was time for us to head home. Sam was again a little unhappy in the car, crying ever so softly...

Something tells me I *know* what he's missing... I wonder if any furniture stores will let me bring him in to test out some models?

I wasn't feeling too hot when we got home either, but I did have the energy to whip up something so ridiculously quick and simple it would make Rachael Ray jealous.

Not so Sloppy Joes!

This is just some TVP (I used Bob's Red Mill) rehydrated in some hot water mixed with half a jar of marinara I had in the fridge (I used the Whole Foods generic). I served up with some leftover roasted potatoes as the only bread I had in the house was Ezeikel Bread, and those make for some difficult Sloppy Joe eating. Simple and good. I won't say the Y-word, but I'll think it.


Anonymous said...

what a cute dog! really cute!

wow you cook so much for your host!
if someday you want to come to P.R. my house is at your service! :)

Emmy said...

Sammy is so cute! That's so sweet you made food for your hosts. All the food looks great. The lentil soup sounds delicious. Ooooh, apple crisp. I'm all about apple treats this time of year. YUM! The Not So Sloppy Joes looks tasty. I know what you mean about trying to use Ezkiel Bread with Sloppy Joes.

wheresmymind said...

My bro has a couple whippets...they have super cute faces just like Sam and yes...people cave to them as well

laura jesser said...

I'm glad Sammy had such a blast on your trip! And your vegan cooking extravaganza seems like it was a huge hit--everything sounds so delicious! I'm especially interested in that apple crisp...

Vicki said...

sammy is such a cutie pie!!! and the food looks amazing -- apple crisp....

JAM*tacular said...

::: rub the poochie ears :::

:) Mikaela

Candi said...

LOL! This blog was so funny. I love how Sammy took over the couch! He is really gorgeous. I would let him take over my couch any day.

That was really nice of you to cook so much for your hosts!! Your lentil soup looks awesome. I want some now.

I like the eggplant lasagna idea too!

Oooh, I'd have helped you eat that hummus! I'm actually shocked that there are people out there that don't like hummus? Can it be?! Oh, and also...I don't own a food processor!!! *cries* I have to use my blender for everything! :( :( Santa better bring me one! You now know my struggles!

The apple crips looks great. I have a feeling you will get many, many invites from your hosts!!

Omg, Sammy hanging off the couch had me laughing out loud!

Glad you had a fun trip and thanks for sharing all those recipes! it all looks really great!!!

Iowa Greyhound said...

Greyhounds are such good travel buddies and attract so much attention.

It's like traveling with a supermodel!

Anonymous said...

Love the idea of your eggplant parmesan. I made some the other day from fat free vegan and it turned out really good as well but I think next time I'm not going to salt the eggplant. I don't think it really makes a huge difference.

Does Sam's claws scratch your hardwood floors? My husband is having a cow because Noble's claws are scratching ours up pretty badly. I try to chalk it up to "adding character" but he's not buying it.

Aarwenn said...

Share the apple crisp recipe--I tried to make some, but it didn't "crisp", so I ended up with apple pudding instead!

People at my work still ate it, though. :)