Following a recipe from K’s Veganomics cookbook, K, A, and I made these hearty, very filling banana apple oat bran muffins. Yum!
A beautiful day at the Leonardtown Wharf.
Mexican food from On the Border, in Columbia, MD. That roundish thing was a deep-fried avocado… I’m so happy that I am discovering the amazing things one can do with an avocado to make it very tasty. This thing was a revelation. It was a stressful day… this meal, particularly the gloriousness that was that avocado, helped me feel a little better.
K made one of her friends and me some dinner one night - brown rice with tofu, peanuts, and baby broccoli. The sauces she added elevated the flavor of this dish… a most delicious and satisfying dinner indeed.
Despite the day not being as warm and pleasant as it could be, this stroll through Meadowlark Park in Vienna, VA was still nice, and being able to see some beautiful irises brightened my day. Of course, the company I had also helped to make this outing a good experience.
Magnolia blossoms in the park in the L’Enfant Plaza area (right outside the Smithsonian castle).
A duck that kept circling our paddle boat, while we were paddling in the Tidal Basin. It was most likely asking us for food. (Those mournful eyes are a clue…)
We didn’t get to see cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, but we did in the parking lot of Pho 75.
A squirrel. Yes, totally photo-worthy. They’re hilarious creatures. Never heard of the Clint Eastwood squirrel, or the peek-a-boo “OH GAHD THE HUMANS ARE STILL THERE” squirrel? Well, let me tell you…
An orange cornmeal cake that turned out to be most delicious. I followed this Martha Stewart recipe, adding more cornmeal and less sugar and some orange juice from an actual orange in addition to the sweet wine. The cake came out warm (heart-fuzziness-warm) and crunchy and comforting.
Pudding made from scratch, using half-and-half and cornstarch and sugar, and more vanilla extract than called for, in both vanilla and chocolate flavors. Leaving the pudding uncovered to create that “skin” was totally a great idea. We followed Mark Bittman’s recipe from his book How to Cook Everything: The Basics, but here’s an online version of the recipe. This batch was the most delicious… the subsequent ones I’ve made by myself have been quite “meh.”
Here was the rest of the dinner with the other folks’ handiwork: Greek-style roasted leg of lamb with baby potatoes and artichoke hearts, pureed cauliflower with garlic, brussel sprouts (if I remember correctly…), beet salad, mushroom couscous (again, not 100% sure at this point), and strawberry dipped in dark chocolate. There was also a very tasty, moist and flavorful (but not too sweet) carrot cake.
March was a good month for food and beautiful pictures of the wonder that nature is, even in the gray, cloudy gloom. So much to be grateful for, if you take the time to think about it. Song that is currently stuck in my head - Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason.” So melodious, so filled with emotion. The uncertainty and vulnerability she conveys through her lyrics is contrasted with the power in and strength of her voice. Art.