Blueberry-beet waffles

The waffling continues: Little Nettle requested purple waffles, so I roasted up a beet and puréed it with some frozen blueberries.

Extremely promising violet-purple waffle batter

Extremely promising violet-purple waffle batter

The batter was an amazingly intense violet-purple. The waffles themselves a little less so after cooking, but still suitable for unicorn food.

A slightly mauve exterior but a quite purple interior

A slightly mauve exterior but a quite purple interior

I served them with a roasted asparagus tofu Hollandaise, which I don’t have a picture of, but it was a very vibrant meal indeed.

Blueberry-beet waffle topped with vegan butter

Blueberry-beet waffle topped with vegan butter

Stuffed mini tofu omelets

Packing a lunch for Little Nettle to eat in the forest is a careful balancing act that my sweetheart has been managing. Can she open whatever container her lunch is in? Will it stay hot enough? Will it be easy to eat sitting on a log?

Stuffed mini tofu omelets

Stuffed mini tofu omelets

Enter these stuffed mini tofu omelets, based on Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe in Isa Does It, which is a variation on her classic Tofu Omelet. Filled with roasted potatoes and broccoli - and nut free - they make an easy addition to the lunchtime repertoire. They can be messily handheld, neatly tucked into a sandwich or eaten with a fork out of a thermos.

Stuffed mini tofu omelet close-up

Stuffed mini tofu omelet close-up

They’re super fast to make if you already have roasted vegetables lying around - I think roasted peppers would be a tasty addition. As a bonus, tiny sous chefs can help out with every step - except maybe taking in and out of the oven.

Calico citrus beet ginger waffles

My sweetheart and Little Nettle got me a waffle maker last Christmas and I’ve been waffling ever since. I got Little Nettle her own copy of Unicorn Food, and these waffles are inspired by the Calico Beet Waffles - you can find the original recipe here.

Calico citrus beet ginger waffles, cooling

Calico citrus beet ginger waffles, cooling

They’re citrusy and sweet and not too earthy; the neon beet color is phenomenal. Next time I might up the beet content, or add blueberries for an even deeper hue.

Close up of calico citrus beet ginger waffles

Close up of calico citrus beet ginger waffles

To freeze, let the waffles cool and separate them, then place them in the freezer, separated by parchment paper. Make sure you lay them flat for easy storage later.

Calico citrus ginger beet waffles ready for freezing

Calico citrus ginger beet waffles ready for freezing

You can pop straight in the toaster or defrost them in the microwave first. Or you can eat them as soon as you make them. What will I waffle next? Green spinach and spirulina waffles?

Syrian falafel

Our PNW kitchen is maybe now broken in; last night we made falafel, a family favorite and a recipe we all work on together. It’s historically been hard for me to share the kitchen, but I’m learning. It helps that I have the best tiny sous chef ever.

Falafel resting

Falafel resting

I managed to use the wrong blade in the food processor at first, knock the lid onto my head as I was sweeping up some chickpea detritus and serve dinner a half an hour late. Still, it was delicious.

Falafel from the side, green with parsley

Falafel from the side, green with parsley

We pan fry them rather than deep fry, but the outsides are crisp and the peek of green from the sides never fails to delight me. This morning I watched the Ayoubis make falafel on The Big Family Cooking Showdown, and that also delighted me.

Granola

The absurd and terrifying Road to Wellville is one of my favorite movies; making granola is one of my favorite things.

Granola: oats, almonds, quinoa, puffed rice, dried cranberries and more

Granola: oats, almonds, quinoa, puffed rice, dried cranberries and more

This tester recipe for More Sweet Vegan has a sneaky secret ingredient! You’ll just have to wait to find out what it is.

Granola: in a jar

Granola: in a jar