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I made Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew from Nava Atlas’ Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons. The recipe calls for a 1/2 teaspoon of curry paste but says to adjust it to suit your spice level. I ended up using two heaping teaspoons of curry paste to reach a good spice level. The stew was delicious and I used the optional White Wave Thai-Peanut flavored baked tofu. The tofu is expensive though and costs $2.99 at Whole Foods. However, it was worth the added the cost. The stew contains sweet potatoes, green pepper, green beans, and onions in a peanut butter and coconut milk based broth. The cilantro sprinkled over the top at serving time was a nice touch and added extra flavor. I’ll definitely make it again. We each had two bowls of it.Thai-Spiced Sweet Potato Stew

One of Rob’s favorite meals is Potato Cauliflower Curry. It’s a mix of Yukon Gold potatoes, cauliflower, and stewed tomatoes. I always use Muir Glen Stewed Tomatoes because they do not contain high-fructose corn syrup. Rob says “I love the combination of flavors and textures in this dish.” I served it over Basmati rice. It’s a great meal for the cold weather. It’s nice and spicy and warms you up!!!

Potato Cauliflower Curry

I also made another favorite that I’ve blogged about several months ago: Vegan Pasta Alfredo. It’s hard to get a good a picture of the Alfredo. It’s much more saucy than it looks. The picture always makes it look a bit on the dry side. The link to my previous post about it has a link to the recipe. I like to make the Alfredo with broccoli and spinach. I used Trader Joes’ Organic Frozen Broccoli and Aunt Mid’s Spinach (the sticker on the bag said it was grown in Colorado). For the pasta, I used Bionaturae Linguine.

Vegan Pasta Alfredo

Some of the estate sales I’ve been to lately have been really overpriced. However, I did stop at one good sale. I found a Fire King mug with a cool pattern for $1. I’m actually not sure what the name of the pattern is. This was the only Fire King mug at the sale and it was mixed in with regular coffee mugs. They didn’t have a price on it so when I got up to the cashier, I asked her. She said, “Oh, it’s a coffee mug, they’re all a dollar each.” I was thrilled.

Fire King Mug

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  • bazu October 29, 2006, 11:34 am

    Fantastic post, Emmy! All your food looks so good and warming. I think we have very similar weather to each other- this weekend was cold, grey, wet, and WINDY here (up to 60 mph gusts!) You and Rob eat really well. That soup, that curry, that pasta, wow!
    You are also so lucky to see wild turkeys- I’ve never seen one, especially in a natural setting! So pretty and cute (I’ve fallen in love with turkeys)
    Thanks to you, I constantly have my eyes out for Fire King mugs- they’re so pretty! If I ever find one, you’ll be the first to hear about it! ($1!!! score)

  • veganruthie October 29, 2006, 4:06 pm

    Emmy,

    You’ve made my husband and I really curious about Michigan! πŸ™‚ We’re always looking for bicycle-friendly, urban, low-cost, vegan-friendly places to put on our “may be a nice place to settle down” list. I never thought Michigan could be so scenic! I always pictured it as largely industrial. Thanks! πŸ™‚ Oh and your African stew and curry look yuuuuuummmmmy! πŸ™‚ And I bet your noodles are yummier than they look. You have very good taste.

  • Vivacious Vegan October 29, 2006, 5:38 pm

    That’s a really cool new mug – especially for a dollar! Yay! The soup sounds so delicious. Isn’t it such a shame that curries all look the same? I wish they weren’t all tinged orange. We’ve been seeing a lot of wild turkeys here also. It makes me kind of sad to think of them being killed. The Lions Club just started a turkey shoot. I’m not sure exactly what that means or entails but it doesn’t sound good to me.

  • Larry Lagarde October 29, 2006, 8:28 pm

    Neat Turkey photo.

    Does the bike trail run only through the park or does it go elsewhere?

    Respectfully,
    Larry Lagarde
    World-Class-Bike-Trails.blogspot.com
    Urging bicycling for recreation, commuting, health and a better future.

  • veganruthie October 29, 2006, 8:49 pm

    Yuck, if there is one thing I have gotten TOTALLY SICK of it’s people talking about hunting! I guess I should have figured that everyone in Montana would be a hunter but man, it’s starting to make me really depressed. “My husband brought home an elk last night,” “We’ve got a doe hanging in our garage” YUCCCCCCK! Whenever anyone says they’re going hunting this weekend I say, “Don’t shoot anything!” they think its funny but they don’t know how serious I am!

  • Midwest Vegan October 30, 2006, 6:25 am

    I love Potato Cauliflower curry too. Yours looks great.

    Your soup looks good too — I’ve been putting off buying the cookbook but I think I’m going to have to get it. There’s been a lot of good posts about it.

  • Jackie October 30, 2006, 11:15 am

    I am finally back online. Thanks for the visit and comment.

    How wonderful to see a wild turkey. I am amazed that there are any left.

    I also love potatoes and cauliflower in my curries. Actually it’s the only way I like cauliflower since I stopped having it with a cheese sauce years ago when I became Vegan.

  • Randi October 30, 2006, 11:47 am

    Everything looks so good. I think I’m going to make a vegetable soup today even though its finally warming up here.

  • aTxVegn October 30, 2006, 2:37 pm

    Way to go on the extra curry paste in the soup! It looks so good and with the cilantro you added on top, I know it was delicious. Everything you made looks awesome.

    I can’t imagine the weather you’re having. It looks so cold and I’m still in shorts and sandals!

  • rachel October 30, 2006, 3:11 pm

    a wild turkey! and not the kind in a bottle. πŸ™‚ very cool.

  • Sara October 30, 2006, 4:15 pm

    Your dishes are gorgeous – I really love that first one. I think I am going to try the vegan alfredo -I have nutritional yeast but never knew what to do with it!

  • Jenni October 30, 2006, 6:53 pm

    Wow, everything looks awesome! I think I’m going to have to get that Nava Atlas soup cookbook because every recipe I see posted looks delicious!

  • Melissa West October 31, 2006, 9:32 pm

    Happy Halloween!

    I was thinking about you today as I carved my pumpkin. It doesn’t look anywhere as good as all of yours did.

    Melissa

  • K November 1, 2006, 12:34 am

    I don’t think there is anything better than seeing an animal free and (hopefully) happy in the wild. Made my day to see that turkey. Thank you for sharing!! And all the food looks scrumptious as always, Emmy!

  • vegandiva November 1, 2006, 12:42 am

    Bazu, I’m so glad the yucky weather is gone. That cold, wet windy weather was miserable. The weather has done a complete 360 here this week. It was so mild that I didn’t even have to wear a coat today. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you will find a Fire King mug (at a good price of course!!!) πŸ˜€

    VeganRuthie, Michigan does have its’ industrial areas but they tend to be in concentrated areas. I think that’s a common misconception that it is mostly industrial. In areas like Oakland County and Ann Arbor, its more white collar than blue collar. The problem with Michigan, especially the Detroit area, is that everything is so dependent on the auto industry…Right now Michigan is dealing with high unemployment, a flat real estate market, and a depressed economy…..OUCH! I’m with you on not wanting to hear about people going hunting. What horrible things to have to hear.

    VV, ugh, that’s terrible they’re having a turkey shoot. How sad πŸ™ That’s so cool you’ve been wild turkeys too. It’s so neat to see them in person. They’re huge! I agree with you curries….doesn’t matter what the ingredients, they all tend to look the same after awhile LOL

    Larry, The bike trail runs through the park and a short distance out of the park. However, I absolutely hate using the paved hike-bike trail there. Most of the people who go to this park are clueless when it comes trail etiquette I prefer the trails at the other Metroparks in the Detroit area.

    Jackie, glad you’re back online πŸ™‚

    aTxVegan, shorts and sandals….I’m very jealous. I thought it was great today when I didn’t have to wear a coat LOL

    Rachel….ha ha…had a good chuckle when I read your comment.

    Sara, thank you for the nice comment about my dishes. All of the dishes are vintage Pyrex restaurant-ware. I actually switched all my everyday dishes over to vintage Pyrex. I have three different patterns total (the other one not pictured has blue stripes). I hope the Alfredo turns out well if you make it πŸ™‚

    Melissa, Happy Halloween to you too. Awww, thanks for the lovely comment about my pumpkin carvings. Hope you had a fun Halloween. Did you take your daughter trick or treating?