Yesterday was my first full day home and I wasted no time in getting to work on some baking and cooking projects. I wanted to make Christmas treats for people in my life (supervisor, boss, yoga instructors, friends..) but not just any cookies, Mama Pea’s Dough Balls. After all the fuss in Blog land over the past few months, how could I not give ’em a try?!
I woke up early, braved the stores to collect my ingredz and got to work!
I made a double batch, which turned out to produce three whole sheets of dough balls! I think I made them a little smaller than recommended, but it was a good mistake, because it ended up making more gifts, and I still have a tupperware of dough in the freezer for
late-night snacking/dipping to make for round two of gifts next week!
I wrapped some up in glass jars, and some in small plastic containers, as you can see. They made great supplements to little care/gift packages I made up, which also included holiday cards and beauty products, like burt’s bees and aveda mini bottles/creams. I gave two of them out last night, to instructors at the yoga studio where I practice/volunteer and clean, and they were warmly recieved. It felt really nice to do something nice for those people in my life. Glad they liked them! Today, I gave another batch to some coworkers and my supervisor.
This baking (along with a cake my mom asked me to make her for her company holiday party today) took me a long time though, and was no easy task! I did enjoy it, but a lot of
blood, sweat and tears hard work goes into baking! Gives me a new appreciation for some of you who do it so often/well! Me, I prefer cooking. Cooking is simple. Fun. Can’t be messed up, just throw it all in a pot…
The weather was blah and rainy yesterday and I felt on it, after the baking, so I got out the big guns pot and got to work on some homemade soup. I made soup last month when I was home and loved it so much. I also had a really good vegan coconut milk ginger carrot soup from the Oregon farmer’s market a few months ago. I decided to recreate a fusion of the two recipes.
Coconut Ginger Sweet Potato Vegetable Soup
med sweet potato
1 onion, chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
~cup of carrots, chopped
~cup of mushrooms – I used baby shitakes
1 small zuchinni, chopped
1/2 a med eggplant, chopped
1×1 ” piece of fresh ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 cups vegetable broth & water
~cup of light coconut milk
seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, Montreal steak seasoning, ground ginger and earth balance
optional: top with cheese or greek yogurt
Over medium-high heat, spray a large pan with OO spray and add a tsp of earth balance. Heat onion and garlic a few minutes. Slowly add vegetables, (I add the ones like sweet potato/carrot first, that take longer to cook). Add minced fresh ginger at this time. Cook to desired consistancy – I like my veggies cooked so ~10 min and drop down heat. Season with salt, pepper, (lots of) crushed red pepper flakes, a little steak seasoning (has paprika), garlic powder, (hefty shakes of) ground ginger and stir to combine. Add vegetable stock, and water if needed *mine was a little salty so I just added a little water*, add coconut milk to desired richness, you can add more if you want. Reduce heat to low and let simmer. Serve with your favorite (non-dairy) cheese and enjoy!
Of course, even better with a little melted chez on top 😉
Rice or soy cheese would be even better though – if I had some on hand that’s what I would have used!
I only enjoyed a small bowl of this though. Caitlin has been posting her roasted veggie meals so much lately and it reminds me that I used to make them all the time but never do anymore *I don’t have access to an oven*, so I used the leftover veg to roast up and eat for lunch with some bbq sauce,
Ah, I love roasted veg.
The rest of the afternoon was spent at the movies. Before I went back across the water to take hot yoga and clean the studio, I went with my Dad and sisters to see this,
Honestly, I hadn’t heard much about this movie, hadn’t even seen a preview, but Fair Game was amazing. It told the (true) story of a woman who worked for the CIA and was outed when her husband stood up to the US (hoaxed) claims that Niger was selling bomb-making materials to Iraq. The story was powerful, heart-wrenching and a unique glimpse into a part of our political world you don’t often see. I would definitely recommend seeing it!
I’m off to get back to work! Tonight I think I will take a power yoga class (and give away another goodie bag 🙂 ) and then enjoy a cocktail with my sister when I get home! 😀
Hope your Tuesday is off to a good start!
Remember to just keep swimming!
Have you made dough balls yet? Last culinary/baking attempt or success??
Are you “home for the holidays?” Any movies you have seen or want to see out right now? I have seen some TV movies lately while house sitting, saw Love and Other Drugs, Black Swan and now this one and I have to say, Fair Game wins!!
Now if only I had
some one of these left…