Tuesday, November 27, 2007

eatin', hangin' & a bread machine

Jared and I went to Florida for Thanksgiving and it was a whirlwind trip. We got to Ocala, Fl to spend Thanksgiving Day with my grandparents, dad and step mom. We left Atlanta so early that by the time we got to Ocala, I was delirious and forgot to photograph the food I brought. We had garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans, corn and banana bread. It wasn't the best spread I ever put out but it was more about having a meal with my family. After we ate, we headed down to Tampa and stayed with my dad and step mom. Besides all the good eats at the house, we made a trip to one of Jared's favorite restaurants in Tampa called Trang (sorry, no website), which is a Vietnamese place with two full pages of vegan options!
I wasn't super hungry so I got three appetizers including wonton soup, sesame lemongrass "beef" and spring rolls (which weren't very pretty).
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On Saturday, my sister Erin had her baby shower. The shower was at a Mexican restaurant called Red Mesa. The menu was lacking vegan selections but I spoke with the staff and they made me a bean burrito with enchilada sauce on top and a side of roasted corn, red peppers and spinach. I also added some guacamole and it was very tasty! I was so wrapped up in the shower activities that I forgot to take a picture of my food but I did happen to snap a picture of my step mom and sister.
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Besides hangin' out with all my family, I also scored a barely used bread machine my dad bought at a garage sale. He got it a while back and has been teasing me about a kitchen gadget he had for me when I came to visit. I was totally thinking it was a garlic press or something small like that and then he brought out this super fancy bread machine. I am one happy girl!
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As soon as I got home I made a loaf of whole wheat agave sunflower seed bread. Yum!!!
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Vegan_Noodle said...

A definite score on the bread machine! Can't wait to see all the yummies that come out of that.

Leigh said...

Hooray for a free bread machine!
....maybe bread for the bake-off on Sunday? :)

selina said...

sounds like a really fun & busy weekend. extra bonus for the bread machine! :)

Theresa said...

Hey, cool dad! Sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving. Even when i ate meat, the side dishes were my favourite part of the meal, so your menu sounds pretty darn good.

Anonymous said...

Bread machines are so much fun. I know they're no substitute for bread making by hand but they do whip up a quick and easy loaf for which I am often grateful.

VeggieGirl said...

wow, sounds like you had a lovely time in Florida, for Thanksgiving!! Oh and kudos to your Dad for finding that bread machine!! That whole wheat agave sunflower seed bread that you made?? Sounds positively delicious!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I look forward to seeing all the breads you make!

Ashasarala said...

I need a bread machine. It's the last thing on my list of big things to buy (for now).

I just had wonton soup for the first time. I dunno about your experience, but mine tasted watery and boring. Maybe it's the way the restaurant made it. I usually love wontons, but then again, they're usually fried and not boiled!

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the pleasantly plump vegan said...

Yeah, my dad is pretty rad. i love the bread mahine so much! I still like making bread with my own two hands but its also fun watching the bread do its thing in the machine.

Ashasarala- most wonton soup I have had out has been like you said, watery and boring. This one was pretty darn good though. I am trying to mess around with a recipe. I found wonton wrappers at the Asian market that are vegan.

Emmie said...

I'm still waiting to find a brreadmachine of my own. Hopefully there'll be one on a fleamarket sometime soon. I'm to poor to buy a new one, they cost a fortune!

Make lots of lovely bread!

Celine said...

hooray for bread machines!

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