Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day

How fun is it to decorate for all of the holidays? Well it is! I think as Maxwell is getting older it's fun to get him involved with the crafty parts of decorating. Chris contributed as well with a beautiful heart he painted and put on the mantel. Here are some pictures of our Valentine's Day decorations.

Valentine's Day treats left for Maxwell on his door. Hope he loves 'em :-)

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Monday, February 8, 2010


I'm half Mexican and I'd say I love Mexican food but not like my very white meat eating husband. Chris could eat Mexican food everyday of the week if you let him. He knows all the best taco joints around our area. During the 21 day vegan diet we made vegan tacos. Tacos are a must for Chris weekly but vegan tacos? what the heck!?! Chris has wanted to make fresh tortillas for some time. A good start for the vegan tacos was buying a tortilla press and masa. Making fresh tortillas is so simple and so freakin' awesome that you wonder why you've lived with store bought forever.
tequila sours - tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup
handmade tortillas - masa and water - too simple
soy rizo - you can find this at Trader Joe's
fried corn - take 2 cups of frozen corn place in small frying pan w/ a pat of butter and fry up add s&p to taste
can of black beans
avocado salsa - which is basically all the ingredients for guacamole but chopped instead of mashed.

Cooking with my husband is so romantic. We work really well in the kitchen together and I'd say that's a good way to know you've got a solid relationship.
Chris loves this meal and we'll be making it tonite :-)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Camille + Vegan = WOW

My girlfriend Gina said to me last month "let's do the 21 day vegan challenge" and my answer was sure, why not? Now I'm not exactly sure why that was my answer because I'm a bacon and butter freak and really there are no substitutes to either of these things and I say that even after the vegan challenge but I found some great food along the way.
I asked some vegan and vegetarian friends where to start and it was pretty much the same - make sure you get the vitamins you'll be missing from dairy and meats. Read the label on everything because meat product could be disguising itself in fancy words that don't sound like they would be meat at all. One friend gave me the Happy Cow website and that was a huge help. Another friend recommended a restaurant called Fatty's in Eagle Rock which ended up being our only vegan dining experience and not because we were afraid to go anywhere else or because we loved it so much which we did but because we were so eager to cook.

First vegan market trip.
That chickenless chicken has great texture and color but didn't taste like chicken because it's not. The Earth Balance fake butter was not to my liking so it's still in the fridge with one scoop out of it.
I bought a vegan cookbook but I didn't really use it for cooking but for the info on all things vegan and why we're vegan. I bought SuperFood and drink that every morning.

My favorite meal I really just thru together - brussel sprouts and tofu.
1 lb brussel sprouts chopped
1/2 package of extra firm tofu sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
1 Tbspoon olive oil
1 Tbspoon pine nuts
juice from one lemon
1 tspn sesame oil
1 tspn sesame seeds
salt and pepper

in medium high skillet saute brussel sprouts in the olive oil for 2 mins with a pinch of salt and pepper. salt and peper your tofu and add to the pan and let brown about 2 minutes. add pine nuts and let toast a bit. follow up with the lemon juice. turn off heat and add sesame oil and sesame seeds. s&p to taste.
this is my fave dish and I think you can do a lot with it. add ginger or garlic or use almonds instead of pine nuts.

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