Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I love bread.

Soon after we had our trip to San Francisco planned my sister, Christy, called and said she was coming for a visit. She happened to be coming right when we were gone. I was bummed that I wouldn't get to spend the whole time with her but things worked out for the best. She was able to take care of Miso and the house and had the place to herself plus a car.

When we got home Saturday night I was welcomed home to this little face. Isn't Baby Benny so cute? I hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving. He's such a little chub.
Ok, on with the food. Ever since I read the post from Julie Hasson about the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day I had to have it. My copy finally came while we were on vacation. I waited a whole one day before mixing up a batch of dough. It was so easy! It took me under 10 minutes to mix the dough with a spoon. I threw it in the fridge and in the morning we had this bread for breakfast in under 40 minutes. I've never made a not round shape, so shut up. :)
Today I pulled out another hunk of dough and made this pizza. It has caramelized onions, tomato and Julie's sausage. This was really good but I'll spread the dough a bit thinner next time. Also, the sausage needs some sort of sauce so that it doesn't dry out.
I had to throw one more picture in of Baby Benny. (He's Ben the 5th. So, we have Baby Ben, Ben, Big Ben, Grandpa Ben....)
For Christy's birthday her only request was VCTOW Chocolate Cupcakes. I got to pick dinner. Since there would be a nice sized group and I was recovering from vacation I decided to go simple. We had salad premixed, spaghetti with jarred sauce, Julie's sausage, and garlic bread made with the Easy Garlic Spread from How it all Vegan. Everything was great. The garlic bread was slightly spicy and I loved the onion flavor.
For dinner tonight I made nachos ala Native Foods. I used their recipes for Salsa Fresca and Taco Meat. I also used the Nacho Cheese Dip recipe from Vegan Lunch Box. These turned out super. Everyone cleaned their plates. This is the best cheese sauce I've had. I'm kicking myself for taking so long to make it. The taco meat was good and I usually like a more soupy salsa but that was great also. I can't wait to have this again. In fact, I have left overs in my fridge I'll be heating up for lunch tomorrow. To bad I don't have anymore avocado.
That's about it. Plan on seeing a lot more posts about bread. I need to get myself a pizza peel.


Jill said...

I heart Ben! He's so cute. =)

veganmomma said...

Aw, baby benny is so cute and you all look to be thoroughly enjoying him. Those nachos look super tasty!

Ricki said...

How great that you got to see that cute little Benny! And the bread looks pretty attractive, too :). Love the look of the pizza!