I don't have much time tonight, but I wanted to share the goings-on of yesterday. First of all, we made a huge dent in our leftovers. But I wanted to try the Cannellini Bean Yam Hummus from Vive! (p. 60), because I'd seen it recently on some other blogs. So voilà! Bob and I thought it was quite tasty, and very unlike anything we've ever had before. Next time I make this, I will probably use more chipotle sauce to give it a bit more kick, and I will use lime juice (this time I used lemon). Oh, and I will try not to burn the pine nuts--those are the dark flecks you see in there. But this dish is lovely and sweet and mild, and was great on cucumbers!
We took our hummus and some leftover TVP salad yesterday evening, along with some toasted homemade bread, and went on a nice picnic. I can hardly stand to stay inside, now that the air is cooling down and it feels like fall is really here! Being outside is relaxing, and picnics are always fun!
Last night we really wanted to try some of Dreena's cookies, since they seem to be very renowned in the vegan blogging community. So we made a batch of her Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies (p. 126). How shall I say... Delicious! We used whole wheat pastry flour in place of the white flour, but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. The almonds sprinkled on top were beautiful and so tasty, and these were just so moist and chocolatey right out of the oven. We made 12 cookies, and they turned out HUGE! Well, huge to me, since I usually make cookies about the size of ginger snaps. But they're already almost gone... I gave one to a friend of mine who has some skepticism about veganism, and she thought they were tasty too. Yay!
Thanks for all your suggestions about the black bean patties. I'm going to try them again soon, probably using some quick oats to bind them. You may not hear from me for a couple of days--this is the busiest week of the semester thus far for me, so all these leftovers are really a blessing right now. But I'll be back soon! Peace.