Sunday, August 06, 2006

Dal-licious food + Solstice Canyon

I made the Three-Bean Dal from Vegan Planet as seen on VeganCore last week. It's so good I made it again tonight, but with chickpeas instead of red beans ‘cause I didn’t have any more. I also reduced the oil to 1 T, and I added a handful of fresh chopped cilantro toward the end in addition to the cilantro garnish, and served with a lime wedge to give just a little taste of sweet/sour. I will be making this regularly.

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This is just some baked falafel patties (from box mix) on a bed of whole wheat cous cous, topped with hummus, avocado chunks, diced heirloom tomato, and a couple of olives. Easy and yummy.

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These are the Guatemalan Insanity Peppers I picked up at the market last week.

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Jason and I took Dexter hiking in Solstice Canyon this afternoon before his Canine Good Citizen test. You can see some pictures there. Jason is so happy that the crazy camera lady must take his picture repeatedly.

As for the test, well, Dexter got 8 out of 10 which I think is pretty respectable. Sadly, you need 10 out of 10 to pass. Good news is you can re-test as many times as you want. I think with a little work Dexter will nail it the second time around. We still love him anyways.

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Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

i LOVE the pix of dexter. i go back and look at all of them now...

and good job on the cooking chiquita! i had no idea you were such a' coming down to see you someday. i'm putting that on 'my list'

11:30 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Go Dexter! 8 out of 10 is great! He'll get the perfect score soon... You are the dog training goddess! Jorda is soo not ready for that yet. I'm wicked impressed..

also, the food looks great!

Cilantro and lime makes everything better.. and the hummus/falafel.. yum!

re: wheatberries.. yep.. that's in sprouted bread.. It's also the whole wheat kernal.. I grind my dry ones for whole wheat flour.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

I'd give Dexter a pat on the head for an eight. I remember when my son was one away from passing the test for his driving permit several years ago. It was such a bummer, but I sat with him and discussed each test question until the answers made sense to him. The next day he went back and passed it.

That Dahl looks like some serious good eating. I am going to go check out that link and hopeully the recipe will be there. I have seen this cookbook you talk of at the bookstore and thumbed through it.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

Great food. Great pictures. Especially of Dexter. Woof.

7:29 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Hey, Shan, that's fab about Dexter. Next time he's sure to pass. Look at that punim (face in Yiddish)!!! So cute.

Great food porn. Yowza! Those peppers are like ART. Great colour variations on those. So neat! Insanity is right. And i always try to reduce oil in dishes i cook whenever possible. It's usually totally unnecessary and i get enough oil in my diet through regular food that i eat.

Lovin' the slide show at Solstice Canyon, you crazy camera lady you! Nice waterfall and great greenery. Where's that ocean view?! It looks familiar to me, tho vaguely.

8:32 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

I want some of those peppers!


Seriously dude- I love hot food

9:23 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

These pictures are amazing! You should enter them in a contest!!!

I always like getting comments from you!

I love the dishes you mentioned! Do you deliver? lol

7:10 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

ahhh, this is sucha great post, shannon! i'm cheering for dexter - you can do it. & he almost looks like my jolie-joe...the black & white. your food is amazing - all of it! great photos & i'd take a big helping of dish #1 right now.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

That picture of Dexter is the cutest! I'd love to get Simon into something like visiting nursing homes & hospitals, but he's still a little hyper. He's a 3 year old Jack Russell, so take a regular puppy, times 10 and that's him about right now. Actually, he is calming down a lot!
I love, love, love falafel. With avocados!! How wonderful that would be. Oh, I gotta try that.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

Wow! I'm definitely making the Three Bean Dal tomorrow.

Way to go with Dexter. Good luck on your second try. I'm sure he'll do great. What a coincidence. I heard on the radio today about a group that assists children dying with cancer which made me think about getting Noble into therapy work and then I got an email today with dates for an upcoming CGC class and now your post. I think I'm definitely going to sign up Noble.

Your recent comments on my site made me think a lot. First, it sounds like our dads are on the same track. It makes me so damn mad. But as you said, they're the ones responsible for what they eat. There's nothing I can do that will change any of his actions (or anyone else's for that matter).

You're definitely right - being vegetarian doesn't translate into instant health. I feel like there's always room for me to improve. Especially reading blogs. It seems like so many of my blogger friends are doing triathalons and drinking green smoothies (which I can't seem to develop a taste for) and eating raw salads every day - none of which I'm doing. I'm also reading Eat to Live. So between the blogs and this book, I feel like a real loser. I want to be healthier and but I'm just not quite there yet. One day at a time for all of us I guess.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Ferocious Killer Kat said...

that daal looks sooo delicious!!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Megan the Vegan said...

What amazing looking food...great pictures.
Dexter is so gorgeous.

1:54 AM  
Blogger vegancookiemonster said...

Wow, great pictures! I'm in awe of the great photography on peoples' blogs!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Monsoon Girlie said...

Dexter is adorable!! I love him. :)

9:10 AM  

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