Happy New Year…..just a few weeks late 🙂 I have a whole backlog of stuff I want to blog about so be prepared for posts about the past six months. Back in November, I got a copy of The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life by Melisser Elliott for my birthday. I really like the book. One of my favorite recipes is for Banh Mi Sandwiches made with portobello mushrooms. The are super yummy. The Do Chua, which is a mix of pickled daikon radish and carrots, was so tasty. The sandwich was also topped with jalapenos, cucumber, and cilantro. We made the spread listed in the recipe to put on the bread. I think it had tahini in it. I’d make these again and again. Rob absolutely loved them as well.
We went back to Michigan for Christmas. It was a very quick trip but it was nice to spend the holidays with my parents and grandma. My grandma is 99 now. Long time readers of my blog know that I get my grandma a bottle of maple syrup as a gift for birthdays and holidays (we also get her a lovely flower arrangement too). My grandma LOVES maple syrup (and pancakes). She was very excited about the maple syrup and exclaimed “Oh, it is the good stuff.”
One of the vendors at our local farmers market sells maple syrup from a farm in Wisconsin. Our town had a Christmas market last month and this vendor was there. I was very happy to get her the “good stuff” maple syrup for her Chrismas present. I also picked up some for myself. This maple syrup is fabulous! I even snitch a spoonful of it when I’m cooking or baking with it. Rob teases me that I’m like Buddy from the movie Elf. Let me be clear…I draw the line at maple syrup and spaghetti. 😛
Here’s my grandma with her maple syrup:
And of course, what fun are holidays if you can’t decorate the elderly?
I also wanted to mention that Udandi has a new blog venture called Lunch it Punch It, which encourages you to pack 10 lunches before eating out. Each time you pack a lunch, punch the card (you can print them out at the website). When you have 10 punches, you can eat out. I’m redeeming my completed cards on soy lattes from the local independent coffeeshop near my work. They are expensive though and limiting my caffeine consumption is always good. Better for my health and my pocketbook. Yay!