Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bravo garlic scapes! and much more

I don't include non-food photos very often, but I took this during a cook out in the park last night. We broke out the mini grill and met up with a couple friends at Laurelhurst Park, and cooled off, though cooking, under the giant trees.

Corn on the cob with earth balance and sea salt (grill marks are the best part) and grilled garlic scapes. We also had grilled portabella burgers that were eaten too quickly to remember to take a nice shot of.

I have to say this is my favorite way to eat the scapes so far. They were tossed in olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper prior to grilling. These are Julie's plates and are freaking cute, I want to buy new plates come fall and I'm not desperately saving money to move.

Grilled tofu. Good, but this tofu was less firm that I thought - not ideal for grilling.

Below we have the previous evening's side dish - Vegan with a Vengeance style sesame asparagus, but minus the asparagus, plus garlic scapes and carrots. And minus the sesame seeds... This accompanied Black bean chipotle burgers.

Lunch from Veggie Express, the new Vege Thai food cart: Massaman Curry with tofu, carrots, potatoes, peanuts and brown rice. Weekend breakfast- Toast with earth balance and a tofu scramble.

I like making tofu scramble when I have random and/or extra veggies; it's a definite and delicious way to try a variety. Scrambles also reheat well in a toaster oven. This one in particular includes arugula, spinach, cherry tomatoes, garlic scapes, carrots and cremini mushrooms.

Last but not least - recipe testing for Catherine - English Tea Scones.

Now, I love scones, and these do not dissapoint. Additionally, they have wholesome ingredients. I ran out of currants so I used cranberries and threw a small handful of almonds in, because I love almonds and had them. The batch made 4 (perfect size) and I've had one for breakfast every day since I've made them. They hold up pretty well over time, too.


SDGvegan said...

mmmm the food looks delicious and I love the pictures of the park.

EatPeacePlease said...

Great post Jess. Everything looks great. I like how you followed a recipe but minused everything! Funny!

Vicki said...

another post extraordinare! i must try some of those garlic scapes & preferrably with some grilled corn. cooking under big trees...whata beautiful thing.

Shananigans said...

I don't think I've ever tried garlic scapes, but I bet I could find them at the farmer’s market if I looked. I think we still have a grill stored up at my boyfriend’s dad’s place, but we should get a more portable mini grill so we can grill out in the park. Now I’m totally planning a 4th of July cookout, thanks for the inspiration. I seriously love scones, blueberry is my favorite.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

SDG- I'm honored, thank you. The park is gorgeous, I need to remember to go more often while I live in the area~

Leslie - I was going to say I just used the sauce from the recipe, but I figured what the hey! ; )

Vicki - They're super tasty - similar to a garlic infused string bean. Let me know what you do if you get them! I'm intrigued by them as well.

Shaninigans - Thanks for visiting! Have you tried the orange scones in Vegan with a Vengeance yet? Those are the best I've ever tried! And I am all about cookouts and dragging the mini grill around : )

Megan the Vegan said...

Cookouts are so much fun! And those plates are adorable. At first I thought you were just eating the food off the tablecloth!

I've never even heard of garlic scapes let alone tried them. I'll keep my eyes peeling next time I'm shopping.

Thanks for the tip on the orange scones. I've seen the recipe, but haven't tried it yet.

vegancore said...

Grilling in the park sounds awesome. The scapes are so curly... they're neat looking. That curry looks delicious, as do the scones. I keep seeing people recipe testing for her book and Dreena's new one as well, and I have to say I'm getting pretty darn impatient for these things to come out! Teases.

Melissa West said...

It looks wonderful. Glad you had fun at the cookout.

funwithyourfood said...

I love park pictures. Food is part of the big outdoors so they go together for me.
I'll have a piece of corn to go please


Amy O'Neill Houck said...

I love garlic tops... and the rest is beautiful too!!

KleoPatra said...

Beautiful trees and environs. Wow. Pretty.

And the food... yummmmmmmmmy... i love grilling outside also.

Ferocious Killer Kat said...

grilled garlic scapes!!!!

That grilled tofu lookssss soo goooodd... The pics are as usual punk rawk good!

jenny said...

A park cook-out sounds like fun! I love grilled corn!

jenny said...

A park cook-out sounds like fun! I love grilled corn!

Carrie™ said...

Excellent food and excellent photos as usual. Except for those creepy sea snakes. I really should buy some of those things, cook them and eat them to get this snake idea out of my head. Corn on the BBQ is pretty much what we eat most of the summer. The black parts are not supposed to be good for you, but they are just so damn tasty.

Nancy said...

You've been cooking up a storm! Your pic of Laurelhurst park made me a little homesick... Portland in the summer (or Indian summer in September) is a wonder indeed.

Great stuff you're cooking :-)

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