Portland has decided to give Summer a wet welcome complete with gloomy skies and and a grey shadowy blanket a la The Killing. I have no complaints. It's Saturday morning and I'm still cuddled up in bed with my boyfriend, cat, and laptop, listening to the downpour via open window. The rain is what keeps Portland pretty and green, as well as washing away some of the pollen that's been feeding our seasonal allergies. Welcome, showers.
Here are some Instagram photos I've posted over the past week:
Gluten free, vegan cookies with oatmeal, pistachio, and dark chocolate inspired by the recipe in Babycakes Covers The Classics. They were a little greasy so I plan on using less oil next time. But overall a really nice cookie recipe.
Some non-produce purchases from the Portland Farmers Market: A raw vegan fig bar from Eatin' Alive and a gf/v strawberry shortcake whoopie pie and cinnamon roll with icing from Petunia's. So many options in Portland, Oregon!
I've really been into making wraps. This was a breakfast wrap with daiya, spinach, saffron quinoa, avo, garlic aioli, and sriracha.
This one with avo, aioli, quinoa, and kale.
A work lunch with left over saffron quinoa, cucumbers, tahini kale (hiding), and black sesame seeds.
Pizza night! Always the best night! Have you made Romesco Sauce? It's a red sauce with toasted hazelnuts in it. We love it on everything, including pizza. This one with soy curls, green beans, crimini mushrooms, and daiya.
I finally made it to Loving Hut for lunch with my mom. Loving Hut is a vegan chain with over 200 locations. Each location is individually owned with a unique menu. The food is tofu/soy heavy at the Portland location with only a few gluten free options, but our meals were very tasty and the service was super friendly. I'm glad that places like Loving Hut, Veggie Grill, and Native Foods are offering vegan dining options to the masses.
With warmer weather comes more smoothies. This one was spinach, strawberries and almond butter.
And last but not least, my most favorite summer kombucha drink, cherry chia. I could drink one every day.
It's been a good food week around here. With the farmers markets in full swing we're eating lots of delicious local scores. I had an exhausting work week and look forward to plenty of relaxation over the next few days. Hooray for rain.