Vegan MoFo 2013 – Emily’s Favorite Vegetable Dishes

Today you get to meet 17-year old Emily, one of my very favorite people of all time. I have known her since she was 12 days old and love her more each day.

A little about Emily:  She likes to read, play music and spend time with friends. She also told me she just generally likes life, which is pretty great. Emily likes to bake just about anything with chocolate. She is super sweet and always makes yummy vegan treats for me for birthdays and other holidays. Continue reading

Vegan MoFo 2013 and Lena-Vegetable Lover of the Month

I have decided to join the ranks of hundreds of other vegan bloggers for a month packed full of writing, vegan deliciousness and more writing. It’s called Vegan MoFo and you have landed right at the beginning. It starts today. If you are interested in finding other participating blogs you can view the blogroll here.

During the month of September, I will be writing at least 20 posts highlighting a variety of children in my life and the vegetables and vegetable dishes they love. I will also throw in several posts with actual school lunches I make for Lena, today’s child. Maybe you will find a few new ideas to try with the children in your life. Continue reading

Green Pea Boats

I know this is a bit out of season for some of you, but I live in the Pacific Northwest. We still have green peas even though it’s August. I was going to wait to post this until next Spring, but couldn’t resist, especially because I know I have some Seattleites who will be reading this.IMG_20130801_151656

Thick round edible pod green peas arrived at my local natural foods store recently. I looked them over and passed them by because I thought they looked kind of old and for sure they were too big and plump to be tender. I was completely wrong. Continue reading

Olivia’s Summer Salad

My niece Olivia loves to cook. Two of her favorite things to make are nori rolls and fresh salad rolls. We spent time together last week and she made this lovely salad.

IMG_20130712_124742I was voting for trying to make a smashed raspberry and balsamic vinaigrette, but Olivia’s favorite salad dressing is ranch. Continue reading

Strawberry Mochi “Shortcake”

IMG_20130530_152105One of the things I love about fresh berries is that they add an element of playfulness and delight to almost everything. We have eaten this combination of fried mochi, almond amasake and sliced strawberries every day for a few days. It’s a really simple and cute dessert that tastes like summer. I am looking forward to trying it with raspberries next month. Continue reading