this week’s lusciousnesses

Lusciousnesses? Why not.

I washed all the containers that usually hold all the truffle cups this week--such a great feeling.

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

  • Deconstructed pesto pasta: summertime at its most simple and friendly.
  • Eggplant Niçoise (stuffed eggplant halves): olivey and rich, really this is an entrée pretending to be a side dish.
  • Thai coconut curried tempeh with greens: Once I ate this meal pretty much very night for a year. People would come to my house and say “oh. Coconut curried tempeh.” It’s filled with vibrant Thai flavors, thick rice noodles, local veggies, and homemade chickpea tempeh, and I have yet to get tired of it.
  • Beet and raspberry salad: super super fresh, with an orange vinaigrette and pretty baby garden herbs, this salad needs to be eaten as soon as you get the delivery for maximum freshness–I’m picking up the raspberries Monday and they are delicate and tender little dudes.
  • Herbed artisanal calzones with pesto: calzones! And pesto twice in a week! It is August, after all. Usually I fill these with a mixture of marinated artichoke hearts, roasted veggies, and olives…but I can’t say that another inspiration might not strike. There are some glorious tomatoes around, so maybe I’ll make a quickie tomato sauce for them.
  • Calabacitas (Southwestern sautéed summer squash, onions, and peppers): a shout of happiness about local produce in the form of a meal.
  • Soup: Callaloo (Caribbean vegetable and greens soup): with amaranth greens, and okra is there is any nice okra around, this is a lovely summery soup.
  • Salad dressing: Carrot ginger dressing: the health food restaurant classic! So good.

all clean!

2 thoughts on “this week’s lusciousnesses

  1. Just writing to mention that this week’s menu inspired me to make calzones (a long-time favorite back when I ate public school lunch) for the first time. I filled mine with artichokes, summer squash, basil and sun-dried tomatoes. Super!
    Also, thanks for being a loud vegan. Too often, especially in conversations with local food-types, it seems as though attention to animal ethics is displaced by assurances about less destabilizing foodie concerns, like “sustainability” and “freshness.” Us loudmouths need to keep the transformative stuff front and center, not give up ground.
    Finally, perhaps you’ve seen the (accidentally) anti-marriage flic “The Kids Are All Right”? Wonderful analysis here:

    • what a GREAT link! I saw the movie tonight, and my pals (both of us long term couples) liked it, but it depressed the hell out of me. That blog post perfectly articulated my brand-new feelings about it. Wow.

      And yeah, locavores who don’t take into account animal ethics are beyond depressing.


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