You know, maybe it is a good thing to start the day off with mush — Especially if it is incredibly tasty mush.
The rest of the day, I based my actions around one policy: If I’m going to procrastinate, I might as well do it by being productive in other ways. In other words, I did a lot of baking.
My first experiment actually began the night before and was a pretty lengthy process with ultimately not worthwhile results. I give you vegan “cheese,” which was made with soaked cashews.
Adapted from “Happy, Healthy, Life.”
Although it was a valiant effort, this is a far cry from real cheese both in terms of texture and taste. But, it did make a good, crumbly salad topping!
My other big baking effort for the day was some whole-wheat sandwich bread from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.” Unfortunately, I got a little confused with the concept of “no kneading” and my resulting bread was a little too dense. It wasn’t a total lost cause, however, because I diced the loaf up, toasted it a little bit and used it as some hearty croutons in my otherwise delicious dinner feast.
Hearty Vegetable Medley
- 1 butternut squash
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 C mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 C whole-wheat bread, chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 t dried basil, divided
- Parmesan cheese
- Wash and chop the butternut squash into 1×1 inch pieces. Toss with a drizzle of olive oil, season with salt, pepper and 1/2 t basil.Spread on a roasting pan and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, drizzle a large skillet with olive oil. Heat to medium-high. Add diced onion and saute until it begins to darken. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add garlic, 1/2 t basil, some salt and pepper. Mix everything. Turn heat down to low.
- In a smaller skillet, add a little olive oil to medium-high heat. Toss in the bread and toast it, tossing occasionally, for about five minutes or until browned.
- When squash is done roasting, add it to the large skillet with the onion/mushroom mixture. Toss everything together. Top with the toasted bread and some Parmesan cheese. Add more seasoning as desired.
Good thing it was a hearty dinner for Dan and me to share, too, because we had a full night of dancing ahead of us!
It was the scholarship halls’ winter formal dance, which basically meant a fun excuse to get dressed up and have a good time. I love that neither Dan nor I take dancing too seriously and are able to just let loose… Which was something I definitely needed to do in anticipation of a full week of papers, papers and tests.
Questions: Do you like dancing? What’s your dancing style?