It's funny how your state of mind can change with the weather....it started snowing Saturday night and we woke up to a winter wonderland Sunday. I immediately thought about baking. I don't know if it's the Christmas feeling, or just the need to warm the kitchen, but it's one of the only things I like about winter!
I decided to make some vegan pecan tarts that I'd seen on Facebook. However, first I had to make apples into applesauce (needed for the crust). Then I had to soak some dates. Finally, I used the food processor to combine the wet ingredients for the crust, and added them to the dry. I oiled my hands, rolled the dough into 12 balls and lined my cupcake tins.
I combined the filling ingredients in a small pot until boiling, thickened with some arrowroot flour & water, then added vanilla, chopped pecans, and stirred it all together. I could only fill ten tarts. Next time I'll make extra filling!
These turned out quite well and are quite a substantial snack, tasty and filling! I like that they use no refined sugars but still pack quite a sweet punch with the dates and maple syrup.
Lunches this week will be leftover samosas (until they run out)! I also would love to make another one of those Jam Jar Salads...maybe a riff on the British one without the meat, because I love the raw beetroot element.
Tonight, my son has requested that I make risotto. As a rule, he refuses to eat anything I make these days, existing on things he feels comfortable making himself, like grilled cheese, bacon & eggs, canned soup, frozen chicken strips, or burgers. It's kind of a sad situation. He used to be more open to trying new things. But I guess I'm going in the other direction, moving away from the typical western diet. There's rarely a happy medium anymore. Tonight I'm hoping to find one!
Tuesday - left overs
Wednesday - Sizzling Moroccan Prawns
Thursday - naan pizza with Daiya cheese & whatever's in the fridge
Friday - pan fried trout with Swiss chard