The New York wrap up first. My last cooked meal in New York had been bubbling around in my mind for about a week. In fact, I roasted the garlic about 3 days before I ever even got around to making it. What I ended up with was Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower with Quinoa and Peas.
It really doesn't get easier. It is just a head of cauliflower, steamed; a bulb of garlic, roasted, 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked; and a cup of frozen peas; defrosted. The first three ingredients go into the food processor with a little bit of cooking water from either the quinoa or cauliflower, add a little oil (like, a tsp or two) if you want, and it is all blended together. Then mix in the peas. While its really easy, and uses minimal ingredients, it is also really really yummy.
You may have noticed that I stopped calculating my nutrition information around the same time I started blogging with any sort of regularity, and that is simply because I just didn't have enough time. I'm not a calorie counter, I just like doing that to show how nutritionally complete vegan food is/can be. That being said...I have time now!
Serves 2 (with 2 tsp oil)
Nutrition Information: 359.4 Calories; 10.2g Total Fat; 0.8g Saturated Fat; 0.0mg Cholesterol; 82.5g Carbohydrates; 15.6g Fiber; 20.6g Protein
I also have something non-food related that I want to share before I move on to what I am currently up to. This is the front door to my parents' house (where I have been living for the past almost 2 years).
On Wednesday of last week, my mom, brother, and I came home, and a little visitor came in with us. Turns out, we have had a tenant all this time and had no idea. She lives in these flowers:
And....she has babies:
SO CUTE!! We named the mommy bird Sangria, and the two babies are growing so fast. We've been going in the side door to keep from a.) scaring them, b.) Sangria getting in the house again.
Cut to...today. My student teaching is done, my thesis is finished, graduation is on Wednesday. I still don't have a job. I know that I mentioned my husband came home, I don't know if I mentioned that he got a job in South Jersey teaching ROTC. Well, he did. I really wasn't thrilled about it; when I came down a few weeks ago we were not happy, but for some reason, our attitude has changed. I came down here last night, and today has been a really beautiful day, we found an apartment to sublet for August as long as the credit check passes ::crosses fingers::, I went to the ROTC commissioning ceremony this morning, and then...we went into Philly. I don't know what happened, but it did not go well.
We went to Govinda's, which I had heard was one of the better vegan places in Philly. I, apparently, was wrong.
Okay, that's a little harsh, but it did not live up to my expectations. First, we went to Govinda's To-Go, which is apparently different from the actual cafe (which I just learned by reading online, oops), but it was kind of dirty, the employees weren't nice, and the thing that I really wasn't expecting was...it wasn't vegan. Yes, it is called Govinda's Vegetarian Cafe, but for some reason, I was thinking "vegan".
This was upsetting because the whole draw of going to places like this, is not having to ask questions. Normally it sounds like "Is there cheese on the soup?" or "Is the broccoli cooked in butter?" Which...is actually okay because it just makes me sound health concious. But at a place like this you end up having to ask "Is the ______ vegan?"...and that's annoying to me.
For example: "Is the soy cheese vegan?" "Is that cookie vegan?" etc.
In case you were wondering, their soy cheese is casein free...I had to ask about that, almost all of their meals have either fake cheese (or real cheese if you want) or fake meat. Since the employees weren't exactly courteous, I didn't feel like asking about the desserts.
All that being said, I had the Chicken Quesadilla. It was actually really good, although the picture isn't exactly flattering.
So while the food ended up being pretty good, I doubt I'll go back. I'm not big on fake meat and cheese, and I really didn't like the vibe of the place or the people who worked there.
This explains why I've been in a bad mood today, my first vegan place in Philly and I have to give it THAT review? Not as much fun as I wanted it to be. If anyone is in/near Philly/South Jersey, or has been to the area and has suggestions...PLEASE let me know!! Right now I've got a bad vegan taste in my mouth for Philly, and I'd really like to remedy that. Gianna's Grille is next on my list right now!