Tuesday, May 02, 2006

hugs for the library

i hit the library jackpot this week! a bunch of the books i had on hold came in at the same time.
librarystack
(from bottom: knitting over the edge, simply felt, the garden of vegan, calciYum, readymade: how to make (almost) everything, martha stewart--good things, simple knits with a twist, budget makeovers, budget living--home cheap home, martha stewart--tag sales & flea markets, stitch 'n bitch crochet, 52 projects, sarah harmer--i am a mountain)


last night dinner was from a recipe in the garden of vegan. i made spicy vegetable hot pot (pg. 163) over couscous. it was a super easy dish to make. i made a few substitutions though...i used a tiny bit of asian chili sauce instead of a chili pepper, brocolli instead of cauliflower and a veggie bouillon cube + water instead of stock. it was absolutely delicious! my favourite part was the big chunks of green apple that cooked with the rest of the veggies. the spices were really fragrant but didn't add heat to the dish.
spicyveghotpot

yesterday i also made zucchini carrot cake (pg. 128) from another one of my library books, calciYum. this book also has some great recipes packed with....well, calcium...from non-dairy sources like almonds, leafy greens, and tofu. the cake turned out really yummy but i have to admit, it took awhile to peel the carrots & zucchini and then grate them. it required a bit more prep than i like, (yes, i'm a lazy cook) but i would definitely make it again. i added some ground ginger and nutmeg along with the cinnamon to make it extra flavourful.
zucchini + carrot loaf
(you can see we couldn't wait to try it!)

i'm off to make tonight's dinner. not sure what it'll be yet, but i do know it'll be another recipe from garden of vegan. and after dinner....curling up with my mountain of books!!!! bliss...

6 comments:

Karin said...

Suddenly I am inspired to go to the library....

Aimee "Roo" said...

oh i love the library!! i wish ours had more books though, it's kind of sparce.

the food all looks so yummy.

michelleknits said...

that's such a great stack! i can't believe it! sometimes i don't have much faith in the "holds" system at our library, but your loot shows that if you have patience, you'll be rewarded with cool reading!

Carla said...

I either own or have checked out most of those books, too! I just had the I'm a Mountain cd a few days ago. Great minds, eh. I currently have "only" 19 items checkout out from the library, after returning 15 yesterday! The CalciYum book is awesome, I always recommend it to women who go vegan, and anyone else who wants strong bones. Happy reading!!

jen said...

yay for libraries!

vania said...

holy hannah those are some great library books - i hope you can renew them!