Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan

What a nightmare the people of Japan are going through right now! I know, that is a huge understatement. I have been thinking about what I can do to help. I don't have tons of extra money and the rainy weather we are having doesn't lend itself to a garage sale. Organizations seem to need money the most though. Logistically it is probably hard getting donated supplies halfway around the world. This morning it occured to me that I could donate all of the money from sales in my Etsy shop! So that's what I am doing. Stop by, have a look, tell your friends, put it on Facebook if you feel like it. The money will go to the Red Cross.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh that series...

How did you all like that nice little series on veganized Hawaiian food? I totally failed on that one. What can I say except that the craving passed. Actually, it more than passed. I made some teriyaki chickpeas and I couldn't even stand to smell it. In fact it went straight into the compost, immediately. And that was the end of my veganized Hawaiian food. But, I did find some fun links of other people's recipes, so in case you actually wanted to try some of the things I promised at least you can try these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJWacC03El8

http://ieatfood.net/2008/11/11/vegan-spam-musubi/

http://thegothichomemaker.blogspot.com/2010/02/vegan-kalbi-with-hurry-up-kimchi-and.html

http://www.veganhappyhour.com/?p=384

The poke I couldn't find anything for. I think the best thing there would be a little seaweed salad with the same seasonings.

SO there you have a little round up of vegan Hawaiian food recipes that I have not tried but if the craving comes again, most likely after the baby arrives, I will try some!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Winter Salad

Oh I have to start taking pictures of the food again! I am so bad about that! Lazy? Perhaps. More likely just forgetful. I made a very pretty and delicious salad for dinner last night. We had a family dinner with my parents, sister and brother and law and of course, my kids and husband. We started with this lovely salad then we did make your own pizzas. I put out naan bread for the crust, roasted butternut squash cubes, chard, caramelized onions, sauteed vegan sausage, a few different types of cheese, apple slices, tomato sauce and hummus. Everyone assembled their own pizzas and then we ate together when they came out of the oven. It was fun and it took some of the pressure off of me to prepare a big meal.

Here is what went into the salad:

3 steamed beets, cut into thin wedges
4 blood oranges, supremed
large handful of small, briny black olives (Nicoise olives would be good here too)
1/4 cup crumbled sheep's milk feta
2 heads of butter lettuce, torn into small pieces
dressing made from 2 parts olive oil, 1 part sherry vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

It was a big hit and with all of the beautifully colored beets, blood oranges and black olives it really was pretty.

Vegan Long Rice recipe coming soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Big News and a New Series

Let's just get to it. The big news. I am pregnant. This will be baby number four, and it will be our last one. I have always wanted four kids. I feel so lucky to be getting my wish! Wish me luck!

This pregnancy is challenging my vegetarian lifestyle a lot. I have been having crazy cravings for meat. I haven't succumbed so far but it is hard! Perhaps I just need to eat more protein, but the usual vegetarian protein sources do not appeal to me at all. The thought of tofu is hard to bear. Instead it is pate and sausage that I am dreaming of. Of course, the reality is that I do not want to support the meat industry which is why I have not given in. But really, it is a challenge. Those of you out there who have been pregnant know how strong those cravings can be.

Years and years ago, right after college I moved to Hawaii. I ended up staying there for five years, during which time I lived with a local family. I discovered some wonderful foods there, most of them meat based, many of which I have been craving during this here pregnancy. So, I thought it would be fun to do a little series on the blog of veganized Hawaiian dishes. A few of the foods that I am missing these days are:

Chicken Long Rice
Kalua Pig and Cabbage
Kal Bi Plate Lunch
Poke

I am sure others will come to mind but this will be the beginning. This week I will get to work on the Chicken Long Rice and will post my veganized version next week. This will be challenging but fun and hopefully ultimately satisfying!

Have a lovely week!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekly Menu and My New Etsy Shop!

Hello! How was your week? Mine was unexpectedly busy due to the broken elbow of my 5 year old boy. He broke his elbow a week ago Friday and ended up needing to have surgery on it. Ugh! Last week was a blur of medicine, Kaiser visits and movie time on the couch. He is feeling much better now, thank goodness. Hopefully he'll be back to his old busy self again in a few weeks.

Yesterday I spent some time creating an Etsy shop. I have a thing for vintage things and have been collecting things for some time with the extension of opening a shop on Etsy at some point. Well, that time has come! Check it out. There will be more items coming over the next week.

Finally, here is my menu for this week. I am eager to be back to normal again with school and cooking and all of our other activities. Hopefully everyone stays healthy and whole for awhile!

Monday: Corn Chowder, Dill Pita Toasts, Salad and Crudites with dip
Tuesday: Black Bean Chili with all the fixins (I am still trying to instill a love of beans in my little sweethearts, and their daddy)
Wednesday: Cauliflower Curry, Baked Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar and Butter, Steamed Greens, Naan
Thursday: Pasties with sweet potato and collard green filling, salad
Friday: Fritatta, salad, smoothies
Saturday: Pizza Night - make your own on Naan

Have a great week!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year, My Weekly Menu and Kale Lasagna

Happy New Year! Sorry I've been gone for so long! Life was overwhelming me for awhile there and I just wasn't feeling like blogging. I wasn't feeling like doing a lot of things and blogging was one thing I could cut out. I am finally feeling more on top of my game and ready to blog again. So here I am, beginning with my menu for the week. I am so happy to be back to meal planning. It really does make my household run more efficiently.

Monday: Kale Lasagna (see recipe below), sauteed broccoli rabe with garlic
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday! This is going to be a regular item on my menus each week. This week we are having tofu tacos with all the fixins...salsa, avocado, sour cream, cheese, corn and so on.
Wednesday: Stuffed Squash (stuffed with lentils and sausage), steamed baby caulifower with butter and salt. I got some cute little tiny squashes and cauliflowers at the farmer's market this week. So, each person will get their own squash and their own head of cauliflower. Cute and novel for the kids, I hope.
Thursday: Rice with veggies, scrambled or fried eggs, lettuce. Whenever I make rice now I add a whole bag of frozen mixed veggies to it. My kids love it and it is an easy way to add veggies with no prep. On top of the rice each person gets an egg however they want it. My kids like to wrap it all in a lettuce leaf and eat it up. Easiest dinner ever but super healthy and good!
Friday: Make Your Own Pizza. I use Naan bread from Costco for the crust and everyone tops it however they want.
Saturday: Vegetable Curry, Brown Basmati Rice, Raita, Chutney and Raisins. I might even make a Mango Lhassi to drink if I am feeling ambitious.
Sunday: Soup Night. I am copying a childhood friend's tradition of Sunday Soup. I make a big pot of soup, homemade bread and a giant salad. I love soup night!


Kale Lasagna

I know this doesn't sound sooo super appealing to kids, but it turned out to be tasty and between this and a side of brocolli rabe my kids got a double dose of healthy greens. Can't go wrong there!

1 bunch kale, washed
2 containers ricotta cheese (I use whole milk ricotta because I have scrawny kids who are well served by extra fat, you could certainly use part skim or low fat in its place)
2 eggs
1 C grated parmesan cheese
2 C grated mozarella
2 jars tomato sauce (I use Whole Foods brand eggplant marinara so they get another veggie with no effort on my part whatsoever)
16 no boil lasagna noodles

In a food processor chop the kale as finely as you can. Place kale in a large bowl along with ricotta, eggs and parmesan. Mix until well combined.

In the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish, pour 1/2 cup of tomato sauce. Layer 4 noodles on top, followed by 1/3 ricotta mixture, 1/4 mozarella and a cup of tomato sauce. Repeat layers 2 more times. On final layer, place 4 noodles, remaining sauce and remaining mozarella cheese. Cover tightly with tin foil. Bake at 375 for 1 hour. Remove foil and cook under broiler until top layer of cheese is browned and bubbly. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

I hope your family enjoys it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Changes

Hello long lost blog friends! I've been a busy mom lately and my blog has been suffering! When I orginally started this blog I was planning to write about all things related to kids birthday parties. It sounded so fun and right up my ally since I love throwing parties for my kids so much! I even had a spin off business in mind. Well, the reality is that party planning is just one of the many things that I love. I also love to cook, get dressed up, play with my kids, knit, sew, read and on and on it goes. I have been trying to come up with a cute, clever name for this blog. A name that would reflect all of the things that I want to use this space to write about. Well, I finally decided to leave it all open ended and just name the blog after myself. So here it is. The new and improved KiranBerrienLawrence.blogspot.com. Stay tuned for lots of fun posts and more recipes, of course!