The breakfast actually started yesterday with some overnight oatmeal.
Scottish oatmeal + vanilla extract + chia seeds + So Nice vanilla soy milk + frozen blueberries.
Went from this…
… to this. Notice how gelatinous the mix becomes because of chia seeds. This bowl clearly needed more milk yesterday. I just added more today and mixed well.
It was good, but not excellent. Scottish oats are kinda weird as overnight oats – I much prefer regular Quaker oats for overnight experiments. I will try more milk next time, or maybe vanilla soy yogurt for soaking. Mmmmm…
With a side of coffee and pita with pumpkin butter drizzled with a bit honey. Sooooo seedy. Ok, wait – that came out wrong. I mean seedy in a good way.
Now the highlight of my day… I present to you… MY LUNCH. Grilled eggplant + buckwheat + Earth Balance + pita. After marinating in the fridge for the whole night, the eggplant were SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE. As in good… If I must specify.
I placed the eggplant right on top of the pita and ate it like a sandwich. The plate was destroyed in five minutes.
Perfect end to a perfect lunch.
The carnivore was in heaven, devouring the eggplant. In fact, for a carnivore, he liked these eggplants a little too much.
I had a light dinner, having a big dessert in mind…
Nope, this is not the dessert I was talking about…
Now the feature presentation…
Baked Apples with Dates, Pecans and Lemon Juice
[straight from Imagelicious – I’m working my way through Julia’s vegan recipes. Well, the manageable ones any way. ) ]
- 2 apples, washed and cored
- 4-6 dates, pitted and chopped
- 3 tbsp pecans, chopped
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Pour the lemon juice inside the apple. Mix the dates and pecans together. Place the nut mixture into the apple. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top. Place the apples on a baking sheet. Bake for around 30 minutes until the apple is soft and the skin is wrinkled.
- My apples never imploded and wrinkled up like Julia’s. I left them in the oven for an extra 10-15 min longer, but nothing happened. They were fully soft and cooked through, but no wrinkling. Maybe it’s this specific apple variety? Will try with a different kind of apples next time.
- It also seemed that Julia’s apples had more filling. Maybe try and cut out a bigger hole next time?
- I found this to be a really easy, but really impressive (looking and tasting) dessert.
Wrinkled up or not, these were absolutely delicious. And very filling! Especially considering the fact, that I had a whole one and finished up Vlad’s half as well. Mmmmm.
Definitely satisfies the sweet tooth. The mixture of dates and pecans is brilliant.