Monday, November 17, 2008

New at Sweetpea Bakery-

This weekend I got ridiculously buzzed on three cups of Stumptown coffee at Sweetpea.  Bad decision!!!!!!  I usually save my rare coffee indulgences for late night adventures, but I was sucked into the sitting-at-the-cafe in the vegan mini mall experience after a morning of shopping and mentally prepping for the next day's holiday cooking class..  I didn't fall sleep until after 2am.  
While at Sweetpea, I tried a small bowl one of their new daily soups - the Lentil Potato.  I am ridiculously excited about savoury foods at Sweetpea and not being as tempted by sugar whenever I'm within a one mile radius, no offense to the baking wonders they are.  I've always been more of a fool for salty over sweet.  Triscuits were practically my candy bars growing up.

Lentil Potato Soup and Foccacia

For $3, I had a bowl of delightful soup and of course, housemade, foccacia with herbs and coarse salt for required dipping.  The soup was so wholesome with a nice kick of garlic.  I don't make a lot of soup at home because leftovers bore me and I start to think of them as wet, soggy vegetables in liquid, so again, I'm probably way too excited to see more vegan soup variety in town.

Remember what I said about not being tempted by sweets?  Well,  I had no choice below.  My friend Katie engineered these new sticky buns and I couldn't resist trying this little awkward end.  It's so pretty!  And it tasted pretty!  So pretty.  

Sticky Cinnamon Bun


And thanks to the weekend - I had daylight and actually photographed a recent meal.  Apparently I need to restock my kitchen, because the past two meals I've made revolved around seitan, celery and quinoa.  I made another batch of Veganomican's baked seitan cutlets on Thursday night while relaxing with my cats and watching television.  I added ginger, hoisin, extra tamari, garlic and yellow curry paste to the baking broth.

Baked Yellow Curry Seitan with Celery and Sweet Potato over Quinoa

I roasted the seitan itself about 20 minutes at 400F, flipping once, then threw plain soymilk (oh the travesty! no coconut milk!), vegetarian mushroom oyster sauce, sambal olek, Thai and True yellow curry paste (vegan! locally made!), tamari, minced garlic and veggies into the pan and cooked another 15 minutes at 450F.   If I had fresh basil and ginger they would have been added.
The end.  

12 comments:

shelby said...

Oh my gosh. Everything looks so delectable!!! Mmm mmm!

sweetpotato said...

I can't wait until I visit Portland, Sweet Pea here I come, woo!

Chelsea said...

Those photos turn out great! The Tomato Soup was really good as well.

allularpunk said...

that soup and focaccia looks so so good. not that the cinnamon roll doesn't. and your seitan/quinoa meal sounds WONDERFUL. mmmm.

VeggieGirl said...

AMAZINGLY DELECTABLE!!

theveganfoodie said...

Awsome Seitan!!!

K.E.N. said...

i'm just shuddering at the thought of celery as a main part of a meal.....

oh, and i thought about it and $3 ain't bad. i should keep that in mind when i don't want coffee but feel like coffee shop-ping.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

A perfect day would start at Sweet Pea for lunch (including the sticky bun) and dinner at your house.

Get this- my word verification is jesses. It's like they know you!

Bianca said...

I would be tempted by that cinnamon bun too! The glaze looks impossible to resist. Oh, and that foccacia! Damn!

Stella said...

That cinnamon bun is now going to infiltrate my dreams. I have to move on up to vegan baking.

Eric said...

Gah! Those sticky buns look SO good. I'm craving one in the worst way now, thanks a lot :P

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Whoa, that's quite the sticky bun! You dinner sounds SO good. I'm not a celery girl, but yellow curry seitan & sweet taters?! Yes, please!