I hope everyone had a great long weekend as I know we did. My 3-year old nephew slept over for the first time and it was a success. We made individual pizzas and fruit pancakes and I think he had more fun eating all the toppings than he did eating the final products. Kids! Ryan also let him play his guitar (it's one of my nephew's favorite activities at our house) and he actually got a blister on his little finger from playing so much!
Monday night we went to the Jurassic 5 concert at First Ave. and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to! We even got to get autographs afterwards and the group members were so friendly and down to earth. It was great!
On to the food…I pulled out Vegan with a Vengeance for some tofu ideas as I was on my own for dinner. I settled with BBQ Pomegranate Tofu. It was so easy to make and I had almost all the ingredients. I didn’t have pomegranate molasses, but added splash of pomegranate-cherry juice to regular molasses.
Here’s the tofu after baking:
I only made half the recipe thinking I would have it for dinner and then lunch the next day and make something else with the rest of the tofu. Well, my lunch went to Ryan, so I made this all over again the next day. Luckily, I had extra BBQ sauce so I didn’t have to do that one again.
Here’s the final product with a side salad with homemade French dressing and steamed beans:
Did you notice the purple beans from our crop share in the picture? They are purple when raw and green when cooked. I dropped them in boiling water for about 15 seconds and they stayed purple for a little while, but eventually turned green. How neat!
I also attempted to make a carrot cake with the abundance of carrots we have. I don’t usually get excited by cakes, so I was going to make it into cupcakes. After a lot of hard work, and an hour of baking, I ended up with this:
Almost burnt on the outside and icky gooey on the inside and they didn't rise at all! I was so bummed because I made a TON of cupcakes and now the whole house smelled gross. I am not sure what happened, but it was a disaster. Boo! I'm sure I'll have better luck next time.
Oh yeah...almost forgot! We were tagged by Carrie and Jeff and on the way to the concert, we came up with our top 5 foods folks must try. Although there's a lot that I want to put on this list, we narrowed it down to 5. Here's our list:
1.) Crepes in Paris
-We were lucky enough to spend some time in Paris and enjoy many, many crepes. We love them.
2.) Cannoli from Mike's Pastry in Boston
-Over the past few years, I've made quite a few trips to Boston and I always have to make the trek to the North End for ricotta cannoli from Mike's. There's always a line, but well worth the wait. The hardest part is not eating them while flying home to Minneapolis! *Ok, I just checked their website and found they ship anywhere in the U.S. (dangerous for me!)
3.) Ice Wine
-The first time we had ice wine was in the Canadian Niagra Falls wine region a few years ago and it was fantastic! It truly is a treat and we order from Magnotta winery in Canada from time to time. However, lucky us, our favorite winery, Wollersheim has started making ice wine and we get first dibs each time it's offered! They are getting a lot of attention for this effort and have been successful.
4.) Hemp Sprouted Bread from French Meadow Bakery
-French Meadow is a vegetarian friendly restaurant and bakery in Minneapolis and a frequent lunch spot for myself and friends. They make a Hemp Bread that is awesome. It's chock full of all kinds of seeds and is great with peanut butter (or other nut butters)
5.) Bubble Tea
-Bubble Tea with pearls or jellies is a must! We first tried this in Toronto at 368 Cafe (I think that's the name) and we were hooked! When we got back home, we found Bobalicious and made frequent trips there only for it to close down. Now we frequent The Tea Garden which has locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Although we like all flavors, our all time favorites would be Lychee and Taro.
There you go - our top 5. I'm not going to tag anyone else, but if you weren't tagged, feel free to share your top 5 in the comments. I always love hearing about new things :)