I loved reading everyone’s answers on how they’ve been enjoying the last bits of summer. Lately, these are some of the things I’ve been enjoying…
My usual bowl of oats but topped with a sliced locally grown peach, and the deconstructed version of the raw vegan fig tarlets I made with almond frangipane kream. I must say that the walnut “crust” is my favorite part of that dessert recipe; it’s just so good!
I just soaked the cooked rice in almond milk overnight, and come morning I added some frozen banana slices, cinnamon, the fig “filling” (for the tartlets), and almond frangipane kream. This reminded me of rice pudding; all that was missing were the raisins!
For the veggies I tossed them in a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, black pepper, and salt. Then I roasted them in 400 F for about 30 minutes. Delicious!
Speaking of roasted veggies and wonderful friends…
My beautiful friend Brittany and I finally got to reunite, and it was filled with what summer nights should entail!
It was so nice to cook with her, and we also got to catch up. I think I found a new cooking buddy! Brittany also shares a love and appreciation for ethnic food–yum yum.
We couldn’t figure out how to turn the grill on, but luckily her beloved was on his way home to come to the rescue!
We also opted to serve ourselves and pile on the ingredients.
This was a recipe that I had found while perusing the current issue of Food & Wine magazine: Barley and Grilled-Vegetable Salad, which called for the Vegetables with Walnut Dressing recipe. This was such a great meal, and me and Brittany practically polished off all of the veggies. Grilled vegetables are always incredibly flavorful in my book, and served over barley gave this dish some substance with a chewy texture. The walnut dressing turned out a bit chunkier than expected, but who cares as long as it tastes good, right? We both agreed that the pecorino cheese really sealed the deal though. It’s saltiness, nuttiness, and overall sharp flavor really took this to another level and brought it all together.
Her and her beloved have been enjoying roasting garlic bulbs. It looks like Brittany is about to prick herself with a knife, but she is actually trying a roasted garlic clove. Imagine if a vampire was watching this! It was so nice to see her again, and I’m hoping that we will see each other very soon; before the grilling season is over I hope!
Wow, in the past week I was able to meet up with two special people who I’ve met through blogging. Have any of you made any friends nearby through blogging?