Week in Pictures

After a brief day of our normal sunny September weather, a blustery couple of days have set upon us thanks to a typhoon in Asia that is dumping it’s leftovers on us. Obviously this photo is not from today, but either way, enjoyed a delish breakfast with a friend at Cafe Alchemy just around the corner from my house. (photo source)

Knowing the rains were coming, on Friday I harvested the rest of my basil and a ton of swiss chard as well. Pictured here is my basil pesto with grapeseed oil, where I substituted slivered almonds for the pine nuts & walnuts (which I actually prefer). I also made a veganized swiss chard pesto as well as a vegan sun-dried tomato pesto, where I again substituted chard instead of basil. YUM. I don’t know about you, but I’m always amazed at how many greens it takes to make just one little half pint! 🙂

Oh and it definitely is a weekend for soup!!! Got out the crock pot on Friday and made some Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup, but unlike the recipe, used white beans from the bulk aisle, homemade stock from veggie scraps, and tomatoes, kale, carrots, onion and garlic all grown in my garden! My only update to the recipe is that you should indeed add a wee bit of salt and pepper to the recipe if you’re making it from scratch as this is bland as hell without a little seasoning. Just had another mug of it and dang! Hits the spot.

Front pumpkin? From the little French pumpkin patch that I planted on purpose. Big one in the back? From volunteers that showed up in the tomato bed that I transplanted just for kicks. Whaddayagonna do, eh? Perhaps a gluten free pumpkin focaccia is in order…

well the first batch of pumpkin puree went to make the most delicious gluten free, vegan pumpkin ginger muffins (substituted ground for candied ginger for a more subtle gingery taste). I ate three today they were so darn good. Ahh, muffins how I’ve missed you so…

And another fine lunch at the Oregon Public House (love that arugula salad!!) with a friend while the rain came pouring down, with this meal’s proceeds going to benefit POIC, the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center. Love it! (photo source)


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