Saturday, June 26, 2010

I feel like blogging, but I really have nothing to blog about. I've been sick and haven't been cooking lately. I did, however, make (for the second time) the most delicious, easiest black beans ever. It's a Whole Foods recipe. Their website actually has a lot of great recipes and a good search engine that lets you search for "vegan" recipes only. The beans are full of flavor: smoky chipotles and tangy, sweet OJ. The recipe called for zest, but I'm lazy. I just used a splash of OJ. -- WF's Chipotle-Orange Black Beans. We had them with a head of kale and some home-grown swiss chard.

It's been a hot summer so far, nearing 100 most days. I just want to stay inside, drink white wine spritzers and eat cold leftovers. Luckily I'll soon have some indoor educational activities to occupy my time. I'm starting the Plant-Based Nutrition course through Cornell University. It was developed by the man responsible for my veganism: T. Collin Campbell. I couldn't do the program without a scholarship, but luckily Cornell thinks a midwife is a worthy cause. My online courses will start July 7th. I'm very excited to begin. As part of this quest for more nutrition knowledge, my mom has sent me her copy of Becoming Vegan. I've also ordered Your Vegetarian Pregnancy to peruse.

So that's the vegan stuff. As far as the house goes, here's a better photo of my beloved countertops. You can better see the recycled glass. They are swoon-worthy.


  1. The beans were delish. Great photo of the counter!

  2. The recipe sounds good. I've made other dishes with black beans and orange; its a good combination. What do you do with the rest of the can of adobo sauce? Can it be frozen so it doesn't go bad before you need it again? I hate to waste stuff.
    I'm with you on the weather. Yuck.
    Joan (Baltimore City near Catonsville)

  3. Joan, I hate to waste stuff too! I put the rest of the adobo in a little tupperware and freeze it. Whenever I need some I just thaw it under hot water for a moment. I think I've made 3-4 recipes so far from the one little can, and I still have more in the freezer!