Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Guests were traveling from out of town for the week, and rather than dining in another restaurant (though, to be sure, New Haven certainly has plenty that are remarkable), they decided to dine in and have me cook. I was happy to oblige!
We chose an Italian theme for the menu, figuring it would be the most familiar for guests.
Creamy Butternut Squash, Leek, and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Escarole and Cannelini Beans
Chocolate Ambrosia Tart with Macadamia Coconut Crust and Fresh Raspberries
4. Drink plenty of water. Hold onto a glass of water throughout the evening and take a few sips here and there to help hydrate and prevent headaches. This will also make you feel less hungry if you haven't found much to graze on.
6. Take small bites. If you're lucky enough to be gathered at a table which includes an array of veggies among the offerings, don't hesitate to take a second serving. Then make it last as long as you can.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
The food is traditional Caribbean vegan, with jerk and curry spices and tons of colorful veggies. But if you're afraid of it being too hot & spicy, don't worry - everything is mild - there are bottles of hot sauce on the counter for those who want things spicier. I thought all of my food was perfectly spiced.
The Small Plate includes your choice of 4 items and the Large Plate includes 6 items. At $6 and $8, this is truly a bargain! It was a tough decision, but since I had to stay away from the wheat gluten which is in many of the mock meats, I chose the Sunshine Tofu which was made with a curious though delectable black & green olive sauce, the Curried Tofu, Mixed Veggies and Rice.
The owner wasn't pleased with my lack of adventure, so he added the pretty Red and Green Pepper "Chicken" to dress up my plate. It was all pretty tasty and satisfying. This was Caribbean home-cooking at its best.
For anyone looking for a quick, healthy, and delicious meal, Shandals is sure to please. My New Year's Resolution: Visit #2.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
For appetizers, the flavors are always bold.... salty, sweet, spicy, sour, savory, and bitter. For these recipes I used olives and capers for the saltiness, red peppers for the sweetness, plus various herbs and spices for the remaining flavors.
In one hour we made three recipes: Vegan Caviar (Olive Tapenade), Red Pepper and Sundried Tomato Compote, and Artichoke Cream Cheese. Then, they were combined in different ways to make four distinct appetizers. They're so quick, easy, and versatile that you can easily throw together a party spread in less than an hour if you needed. And these look absolutely lovely for the holidays. Below are Endive Boats with Artichoke Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Compote.
They work great for a first course, or could even stand alone for light finger food at an "eat and mingle" party. Enjoy!