quinoa sushi rolls

Quinoa Sushi

last weekend i was in
the Dirty South,
for work,
and for play,
and then i ended up
staying for longer than
expected,
or wanted,
and i stressed about what
dw would eat for dinner
while i was away.

nevermind that he’s
a grown ass man
who lived for upwards of
36 years without me
and he turned out just fine perfect.
nevermind that i
left the fridge
and pantry
well stocked.
nevermind that he
successfully made it to
market day
and replenished further
said stocked
fridge & pantry.
i’m a natural stresser
when it comes to
feeding dw.

it might surprise you,
or not,
given the last
paragraph,
but i stress about
what to make for dinner
every night.
so i polled my FB friends
to make the decision for me.
this was one of the options.

Quinoa Sushi

quinoa sushi rolls with quick pickled ginger
gluten free and vegan
makes about 6-7 rolls

*note: i used whatever vegs we had in the pantry, use what is in season and what tickles your fancy. also, i used red quinoa, use whatever quinoa you have on hand, it tastes all the same to me.

sushi vinegar dressing, to dress the quinoa and for the ginger
4 TBL rice vinegar
2 TBL water
2 tsp agave (or superfine sugar)
healthy pinch of sea salt
a few drops of pickled beet juice (very optional, for aesthetic purposes only)

mix all together until well incorporated. reserve half to dress cooked quinoa, the other half to pickle ginger.

a knob of ginger, about 2-3 oz

peel ginger and slice it as thin a you possibly can.
salt and allow to sit for about 30 minutes.
wash & rinse thoroughly, squeeze and pat dry.

in a glass bowl, cover ginger slices with dressing. fridge it for at least an hour. will keep for about a week.

sushi filling
1 cup of quinoa, cooked to package instructions (it’ll come out to about 3 cups cooked). i cooked the quinoa with water to keep vegan, but i won’t judge you if you cook it with stock/broth, dressed with half the vinegar, it should be lukewarm to the touch
prepped stick vegs: carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, if you’re fancy: avocado, raw sushi
sushi nori sheets

using a sushi rolling mat, place nori sheet on top. spread a thin layer of quinoa, leaving a half inch space on either side.

place ingredients on top, along the length. don’t get crazy, you want to be able to roll with ease and keep these bite size.

roll carefully and evening away from, pressing firmly. cut into 1″ pieces.

BAM!

Quinoa Sushi

spice poached pears

Spice Poached Pears

girl, you make my speakers go boom boom
dancin’ on the tailgate in a full moon
that kinda thing makes a man go mmm hmmm

everyday this week
i’ve been jamming to
Luke Bryan
based on his website
he has FIVE albums out
which leads me to believe
that he’s been around awhile
and i’m behind the times
and i have catching up to do.

one would think
with those lyrics
i’d be slightly embarrassed
but nay.
in the privacy of my office,
or car,
or shower,
when the BOOM BOOM part comes on,
you better believe
i’m shaking my ass.

meanwhile, i’d like to think
that these spice poached pears
would make a man,
or anyone,
go mmm hmmm.

Spice Poached Pears

spice poached pears
makes 2

*note: if you have a tall/narrow pot, you can cut back on the liquid amount, but seeing as how i have just a simple sized saucepan that’s what i used. the key is to get as much of the pear submerged as possible, though if you cut the pear in half, submerging isn’t a hardship. if you keep it whole, add in more water & sugar, adjust according to taste.

6 cups water
½ cup sugar, slightly over
4 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
palm full of whole cloves
juice of one lime, if organic, a strip of the zest would be nice
2 bosc pears, peeled

in a saucepan, add the water & spices and lime juice. bring to a boil. lower heat and gently add in the pears. keep an eye out and gently simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.

your goal is to soften the pear but not to mush. gently remove the pears and allow to cool. you can cut in half, or get fancy with the swirly cutting.

reduce the liquid until it’s slightly thickened, like a simple syrup. drizzle over the pears & garnish with some chopped almonds.

we keep the syrup to add to fizzy water when it tickles our fancy.

BAM!

Spice Poached Pears

previous pear adventures:
honey roasted pear salad & red and white wine poached pears

confab | current reads

books

it’s september.
which means my first love turns
half a century old.
it also means there’s
an extra 25 minutes to my commute
cus schools have started.
mostly it means
that the weather is cooler
i’m thinking about knee high socks
plans are being made for apple picking.
i might put away summer clothes
and bring out the sweaters
i’m also thinking about making soup
but mostly,
i’m snuggling with dw,
possibly with a book in hand.

last month i finished
TWO POINT FIVE BOOKS:
is everyone hanging out without me by mindy kaling
this song will save your life by leila sales
disconnected: an e-short story by jennifer weiner

there were times when i
thought mindy & i should be bffs,
i even tweeted her.
she ignored me.
that’s the other times i thought
we shouldn’t be bffs.
i listened to the other book,
which made me sad,
because it reminded me of high school.
and then i read the short
one while on jury duty.
that’s it.

currently on my kindle slash cloud reader slash audio thing:
allegiant by veronica roth
one more thing by bj novak

currently wait-listed:
interworld by neil gaiman
bossypants by tina fey

currently reading in the car during road trips:
the smokejumper by nicholas evans, which happens to be a repeat,
and one of my favoritest books.

and you lovies,
what are you reading?

peach ginger scones – vegan

Peach Ginger Scones

you can be the ripest,
juiciest peach
in the world,
and there’s still going to be
somebody who hates peaches.
– dita von teese

and that’s all
that’s got to be
said about that.

Peach Ginger Scones

peach ginger scones – vegan
makes 12 scones

*note: bake time is tricky. i’ve baked them for as low as 13 minutes before, and they came out super soft and cake like, and then i baked them upwards of 23 minutes, where they came out dryer and crisper. you can top with a simple glaze after they’ve cooled, or you can go the lazy route and sprinkling these with sugar prior to putting in the oven. it may come out looking super rustic like various spots looking all sugar-clumped, but you know, whatever.

2 cups spelt flour
1 TBL baking powder
3 TBL sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 TBL frozen coconut butter (i put 2 TBL worth of coconut oil in a silicon muffin liner, make 2, and freeze. it makes for much easier extraction. rough chop into smaller pieces)
1 peach, diced into small pieces and frozen, about a cup’s worth
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped sugared ginger
1 container vegan yogurt (6oz) + 2oz of nondairy milk (or water) mixed to thin (i used almond dream)

preheat oven to 425F.

sift flour, baking powder, salt & sugar into food processor, process for 6 seconds to combine. add in the frozen coconut oil, process for another 12 seconds. transfer mixture to into a big bowl.

add in the thinned out vegan yogurt and mix until dough forms. then add in the peaches and ginger pieces, mixing gently, try not to overmix.

dump it on a clean counter. there is no saying this pretty: it’s a mess. i use a dough scraper to keep things together, form a circle or rectangle and cut into desired shapes. i’ve cut in to triangles and i’ve cut with round biscuit cutters. work quickly, coconut oil has a very low melting point so do what you can to not keep it out too long, or handle with your hands as your body temp will soften/melt the oil.

bake on cookie sheet for 20-23 minutes.

BAM!

Peach Ginger Scones

blueberry swirl muffins – dairy free

Blueberry Swirl Muffins

these muffins.
they’re the personification of
Baked Goodness.
and i’m not a superlative girl,
so forgive me for
doing what some food bloggers
are guilty of:
extolling the virtues
of said food item with
an over abundance of
enthusiasm
and eye roll inducing
saccharine drivel.

instead,
let’s just focus on
how i treat these treats
like they’re both
a breakfast item
AND
dessert.

it’s like starting
and ending
my day correctly,
which,
let’s be honest here,
is the best kind of amazing.
superlatives for the win.

Blueberry Swirl Muffins

Blueberry Swirl Muffins – dairy free
adapted from Honestly Yum, who adapted it from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

makes ~16 muffins

Ingredients
2 cups blueberries​, divided​
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, warm/liquid
1 container (6oz) plain vegan yogurt, i used almond dream
1/4 cup almond milk
zest & juice of 1 lemon

Streusel Topping
1 1/2 TBL sugar
1 1/2 TBL brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 TBL warm ​coconut oil

in a small bowl make the streusel topping by combining everything and mix evenly. set aside.
in a small sauce pan reduce 1 cup of blueberries, mashing with a fork and stirring. you want the berries to break down, the sauce to be thick. strain through a sieve if you’re not keen on the skin/pulp. set aside and cool to room temp.
line muffin tin with silicone/paper liners.

preheat oven 425F.

in a mixing bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. in another bowl whisk eggs + sugar until thick and then add in the coconut oil, yogurt, almond milk and lemon juice. now combine the liquid to dry ingredients, with the remaining blueberries. throw in an extra handful if you’re feeling sassy. (i felt sassy). the mixture will be all sorts of fug, but try not to overmix.

fill muffin cups a little over 3/4 way up, these will expand/rise. (HonestyYum filled it up all the way but i didn’t want any overfilling accidents and having to clean it up. that would’ve been a superlative pain in the ass.) spoon about a teaspoon, more or less, of the reduced blueberry sauce on top of each muffin. use a toothpick or some stick-like kitchen tool and swirl the sauce into the batter. finally, top with streusel topping, amount at your discretion.

i was able to eek out 16 muffins with just enough sauce & steusel.

bake 17 minutes​

remove from oven, allow to cool for a few minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely.

will keep for a week, covered, in fridge.

BAM!

Blueberry Swirl Muffins

other blueberry recipes:
blueberry clafoutis
blueberry jam danishes
blueberry breakfast cookies
blueberry pie smoothie

around 1 year ago:
vietnamese pickled carrots + daikon
vietnamese vermicelli bowl