For the last mystery picture of Vegan MoFo 2011, I've chosen something very, very vegan. Vegans will get it right away, omnis...well, go ahead and guess!
So, farewell to another MoFo, and Happy New Year if you are wiccan. I am not wiccan, but this really does seem to me to be the ideal time for the year to begin, like seeds planted in the ground that need some germination time before they can sprout forth.
I've made a resolution! Some of you may know that near the beginning of 2011 I lost quite a bit of weight. Well, to my horror, I find that despite working out every day like a mad fiend, it is starting to creep back on. Noooooooo!!!!! No no no no no! However, the reason isn't a mystery, it's because I like to drink wine while I cook. I won't go into the gory details, but that's it in a nutshell. The only really feasible way for me to drink less is to make cooking last a shorter time, which is what I did when I was dieting, but what I ate when I was dieting was pretty samey and boring.
So...my resolution is that on Mondays and Thursdays (at least), I will be cooking superfast but interesting meals and, I hope, blogging them. To that end, welcome to The Airy Way's inaugural 20-Minute Monday! Since my own cooking style is leisurely in the extreme (especially after a few glasses of wine), I thought I would consult an expert for tips and tricks, and have chosen Jamie Oliver and his Meals in Minutes. I have a bit of a soft spot in my heart for Jamie Oliver--he looks like someone's brother, and wears hoodies, he gardens, and he appreciates vegetables not just as colorful stuff to put beside a hunk of meat, but as having beauty and dignity and a general awesome deliciousness on their own. This cookbook looks amazing, and is filled with gorgeous step-by-step photos. It is not a vegan cookbook, but contains many vegan and vegetarian recipes. It's organized into menus, and the instructions are for the whole menu, to make the cooking go as fast as possible. He asks in the introduction that you don't mess with the menus, picking and choosing and changing things, at least at first, but I'm going to do just that (sorry, Jamie) in order to:
1. Make them single-serving-sized;
2. Veganize them;
3. Lower the fat content somewhat;
4. Skip the dessert.
Otherwise, I'll try to follow along as faithfully as I can.
|First step: get your ingredients together, and broccoli is, of course, the subject of yesterday's mystery picture|
The genius part of the broccoli orecchiette is this:
You puree the stems of the broccoli along with garlic, red pepper, and a few other things, and fry this in olive oil and a little pasta water while the pasta boils to make a sauce. Is that brilliant or what?
The zucchini salad was wonderful, and very simple to put together, with a dressing of mint, chili, lemon juice, and lemon zest. I served it with tomato drizzled with balsamic reduction:
Yum! This was really, really good, and once all the ingredients were assembled did indeed come together in 20 minutes. This is one resolution it shouldn't be hard to keep.