Sunday, November 04, 2007

Inspiration-swapping

As I was reading blogs this weekend, a couple of posts jumped out at me: First Diann at Eat'n Veg'n, and then over on Boo's Veg-a-Nut, I saw that bloggers had been inspired by a recipe I had posted awhile back for black bean patties, only they made it into harvest loaves (or bean loaves, or meetloaves, or whatever you'd like to call them). I thought this was very clever, so I decided to be inspired by their inspiration.


A few tweaks to the recipe made a very good loaf--a little crumbly, but I can fix that next time I make it. I served it with steamed kale and mashed potatoes, and a heavy drizzle of Dreena's Miso-Good Gravy from TEV. Very comforting food indeed. Thanks for the idea, ladies!

Also from Diann, a great big bowl of Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup. Anyone who has been reading this blog for a while probably knows that I'm crazy about pumpkin, so it was inevitable that I would try this soup as soon as I saw the recipe.


I really love the combination of spices in this soup. I highly recommend stirring some cilantro into each serving--it just adds one more layer to the already deep levels of flavor. So good. I can't wait to take my leftovers to work with me.

I made breakfast for Bob (well, and for myself too) this morning. His favorite breakfast is pancakes. For fun, I decided to try the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Pancakes from VWaV.


Though chocolate is not exactly a critical part of a healthy, balanced breakfast, my instincts told me that Bob would still really like it. I was right--I guess I know my man. Warmed raspberry preserves are the best accompaniment I can think of to a chocolate breakfast.




I thought I would be remiss if I didn't mention that November is now, offically, Vegan Month of Food! I've noticed that many of you are participating--fun! I am excited to see an explosion in great vegan food posts this month, and hopefully I'll be able to keep up with all of your blogs a little better. As for me, well, I'll be cooking and posting just like always... but it looks like it might be a busy month for me, and I probably won't be posting every day. Nevertheless, I'm all for setting aside a month to revel in the wonderful, nutritious, and cruelty-free foods that make being vegan rock!

Until next time, peace!

(And by the way, if you're wondering what is going to be keeping me so busy this month, look here to find out...)

20 comments:

Jody from VegChic said...

Aha, I've got some leftover pumpkin in the fridge and that black bean soup sounds like a good use for it.

Johanna3 said...

that soups looks very good!!

bazu said...

mmmmm, pumpkin and black beans, could life get any more perfect?
I'm excited to be participating in veganmofo- but even more excited that you're participating in its grandaddy, and writing a novel- good luck and keep us posted!

Monika K said...

I spotted that recipe for black bean and pumpkin soup on Diann's page and knew I was destined to make it. I've been trying to include something pumpkin-y in every post for the last few weeks (although, my latest post uses squash instead of pumpkin...). (-: Good luck with the novel writing! My bro is writing, too, and I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh yum, I needed a reminder about that soup! I bookmarked it and like always, I fall behind!! Great call on the cilantro...

Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast sounds divine!!

I am so excited about VeganMoFo!!

urban vegan said...

There are so many nuggets of inspiration in the blogosphere--and so little time! I love how the creativity flows and is shared by all.

Melody Polakow said...

I love black bean and pumpkin..

Gaia said...

The soup looks very yummy ! great combo :)

And congrats on your decision ! I hope that you have a great time writing <3 You should rent a cabin by the lake ! Great writing always happens at cabins on the lake, in the movies LOL

stonielove said...

mmm... that soup... mmm!!

maybepigscanfly said...

yum...pumpkin soup. I've really got to try that! I bet Bob really enjoyed the pancake treat you made him.

Good luck with the writing- it's sounds great!

aTxVegn said...

I'm glad you're enjoying the novel writing. That sounds perfect for you.

Thanks for trying out the soup and your patties-turned-loaf. The cilantro is great with the soup. I love cilantro too much. I even put it in my salads so I'm a little self-conscious about including it in all my recipes!

Caty said...

The pancakes look fantastic!

VeggieGirl said...

yay, nice to see that you're participating in VeganMoFo!!

Wow, the loaf and soup look fantastic; and I like how these dishes were inspired by both Sheree's and Diann's versions of the food - I ALWAYS get cooking/baking inspirations from my fellow bloggers! :0)

oh and of COURSE I am quite smitten with those pancakes, topped with warmed raspberry preserves - yum!! I bet a carob version of these pancakes would be just as delicious, if not more ;0)

b36Kitchen said...

good luck with your novel..my husband is writing one also..

Black beans and pumpkin are so great together I can't wait to try that soup and I eat chocolate for breakfast every sunday..a chocolate chip scone.

Jes said...

Come on, chocolate is so a part of a balanced breakfast! :)

Midwest Vegan said...

Thank you for the award. My computer is finally back to normal so I posted about it this morning.

The black bean and pumpkin soup sounds interesting.

Have a great weekend.

scottishvegan said...

Yum, that harvest loaf meal looks like my perfect comfort food meal. Good luck with NaNoWriMo! I tried it once before, but gave up about 5th November...he he!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for the kind words and I am glad you like the bean loaf. I slice it, put some BBQ sauce on it and stick it under the broiler for a minute. Oh so good! I am dying for pumpkin. I went to the store and forgot it again. I must try the soup.

Lynn / vigilant20 said...

I've never had pumpkin soup before. I don't know why, don't have anything against pumpkin, and your post makes it sound so good.

vko said...

That soup looks hearty & perfect.

I love that you are doing NaNoWriMo- I signed up last year, but failed miserably- wrote a few pages which is better than nothing!

Good luck!