MALIBU, California

MALIBU, California

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moroccan chickpea and mint salad; Hearts of palm and egg salad; Eggplant and basil pasta bake; Couscous with turmeric and cilantro..a few photos of today's some fossil photos

Here is a wonderful warm salad..deep flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, cumin and mint, and topped with fresh mint, to be served at room temp with cilantro couscous and warm pita breads

Slow sauteed eggplant with a fresh tomato sauce and basil leaves, to be layered with cooked penne pasta and cheese and baked at client's home

Hearts of palm, boiled eggs, tomatoes, peppers and cooked potatoes in a lemon and olive oil dressing with dried thyme..served with pita breads and salad greens

Turmeric couscous with cilantro
A beautiful day here in Los Angeles, mild temps in low 70f's and cool ocean breezes.
I am taking a hiatus from cooking until at least Christmas as I have landed a position as a consultant, which requires a lot of traveling around Los Angeles and, later in the year, leading workshops and classes.
So Thanks for all your support and interest in Meat-free meals, I will continue to upload any tasty recipes I discover, but I will not be posting 2 times a week as in past few years.
Have a safe and wonderful rest of the year, John Nigel

These photos are from the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, Los Angeles...fossils galore and 30,000yr old cooking/storage pots..taken yesterday

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pinto bean and vegetable chili; Mushroom and Bean burgers; Dutch style potato salad with tomatoes, peas, onions, yogurt and mayonnaise; Wholewheat fennel & dill breads; Papaya and pear salsa; bell pepper and yam soup; Baked yam wedges; Baked flour tortilla enchiladas with cheese; A GREAT SELECTION OF DISHES MAKING MEAT OBSOLETE AGAIN

Pinto bean and vegetable chili, will be served with rice, flour tortillas, and papaya and pear salsa. Vegan

Mushroom and bean burgers, served with bread rolls, papaya salsa, sliced tomato and onions..all VEGAN

Dutch style potato salad, tomatoes, red skin potatoes, peas, mayonnaise, plain yogurt, basil leaves

Previous 2 the whole wheat  fennel and dill breads

the cooked burger mix

Fresh papaya and pear salsa

bell pepper and yam soup
Flour tortilla fajitas/enchiladas vegetables and cheese

Baked yam wedges with  smoked paprika
We are finally having some nice, out of season, cooler weather and yesterday I went with some friends on a 5 hour hike in the Sta Monica Mountains in Malibu, the spring green grass from recent rains a month ago are now dried and yellowing and now the agave are flowering...enjoy the photos

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Yam and couscous Morocccan Style; Minestrone soup; Vegetable and cheese strudels; Cheese and onion quiche; Banana-cornbread; all Butter oatmeal cookies; and lots photos of prep for tomorrow's vegan-vegetarian deliveries

Previous 3 the Yam and vegetable with dried apricots..Moroccan style..turmeric, cinnamon, mint, cumin, smoked paprika..fantastic dish served with couscous and walnuts

Minestrone soup with egg noodles

Vegetable filling for the cheese and veggie strudels

Previous 2 the quiche

The baked "Strudels" filled with veggies and cheese
couscous for the Moroccan Vegetables

the quiche before adding tomatoes and more cheese and nutmeg, almond milk yogurt and egg custard

Layers  of marinara sauce, baked eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves and cheese for a Caprice style eggplant Parmesan

The eggplant ready for baking

The quiche baked

white cornbread with mashed bananas..cuts down on butter, sugar and eggs

All butter oatmeal-raisin cookies   

To all my thousands of regular readers world wide, I have not been posting as much as I had problems with my laptop (my trackpad wore out, now I am using a wireless mouse and it is better than ever).

This weeks menu (I am only delivering once a week now as I have accepted a consultancy job in Beverly Hills) is packed with vegan and vegetarian dishes).
I am a sort of reluctant Vegan in that I cannot do dairy, but live plain yogurt which has no lactose I am getting to the stage where I really do prefer not to eat meat.
These dishes have become faves with most of my clients too..enjoy the photos as we in LA enter a 5 year drought and are welcoming in another hot summer..