October 6th is National Noodle Day! Earlier this month I complied the list of 27 things I want to do before I turn 27, and on the list I wrote ‘learn to make pad kee mao’ – my favorite Thai dish. Luckily for me, this incredibly vague national food holiday gave me the opportunity to do just that! Lacking the necessary ingredients I biked over to the Richmond district. Two Asian markets and a trip to Safeway later and I had everything I needed. Chopping and prepping the noodles and vegetables seemed to take forever, but the actual cooking time was under ten minutes. The end result was delicious; not perfect, but seeing as it’s one of my favorite foods and I now know how to go about making it, I foresee plenty of future opportunities for tweaking the recipe!
October 4th is National Taco Day! I love Mexican food. I don’t normally roll authentico (lard and vegan don’t exactly go hand in hand) which is why I often find myself indulging in Chipotle’s soft tacos. They’re amazing. I tried to recreate them tonight, and despite forgetting to buy corn, I’d say the entire ordeal was very successful. Now if only there were leftovers…
September 30th is National Mulled Cider Day! Mulled is not the most attractive word, but as it means to heat a beverage and add spices and sweetener to it, I decided I could handle tackling this food holiday. Well, as if to mock the idea of mulled cider in September, today was one of those picture perfect Indian Summer days in the Bay Area. And it was hot; like… really hot. Sitting on my porch this morning enjoying a cup of something that tastes just like Christmas while the temperature soared to numbers we rarely experience (sweating without exerting physical activity, what is this?!) was slightly silly.. but I didn’t mind. The drink reminds me that Christmas will be here before we know it, and for me, a very cold Parisian one at that!
September 26th is National Pancake Day! Mmm… pancakes! Banana chocolate chip pancakes are my absolute favorite, but after realizing the bananas I picked up at the store yesterday weren’t quiiiite ripe enough I rummaged through my pantry and decided to experiment by throwing some dried cranberries in with the chocolate chips. The result? An afternoon snack of delicious sweet/tart pancake goodness to share with my housemates on this foggy day at home.
September 18th is National Play-Dough Day! So, before I comment on the elephant in the room (play-dough… a national food?!) I’d first like to say how in disbelief I am that it is September 18th already, and I’ve thus far done only one other posting this month. But don’t you worry, the blog is coming back to life with a vengeance! And what a better way to jump back in than with everyone’s favorite American dish… play-dough? Only in America. I loved today’s food holiday though- Mom sent me the recipe she used when we were kids and just the smell of the play-dough cooking on the stove took me back to sitting around the table with Deb and Matty when we were kids. Although my memories tend to show us sitting nicely and making lovely shapes, I’m sure Mom would recall more play-dough thrown than shaped, and, let’s be honest, some eaten as well. Yum.
September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day! After having one of those days yesterday where it seemed everything that could go wrong did (including failed hot cross buns for National Hot Cross Bun Day 😦 ) it was nice to come home after work today and find that, at the very least, I can throw things into the blender and make an awesome milkshake 🙂
August 31st is National Trail Mix Day! Today’s food holiday came at the perfect time, as mom and I have a 6+ hour drive to southern California ahead of us this morning, and some homemade trail mix will probably keep me from snacking on inappropriate car food (although I’ll be honest, the Sour Patch Kids are packed and read to go.) Most of the trail mix fixings I already had in the house (almonds, raisins, pecans, dates, chocolate chips) but I stopped by the store for a few fun things as well (dried cranberries, banana chips.) Sandwich bag full of goodness in hand, it’s time to hit the road 🙂
August 24th is National Peach Pie Day! I took a peach pie recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking and I’ll admit, it came out a lot more like a peach crumble than the good ol’ American pie I was expecting– but, that being said, there are no complaints here! (Side note: I definitely need to re-stock on aluminum foil… I sat helpless watching the pie crust burn in the oven today. Pouting definitely occured.)
July 29th is National Lasagna Day! A few weeks ago I watched a friend make lasagna and thought to myself wait a minute, why have I never done this? Luckily for me, the powers that be (the President?) decided that late July was the perfect time to celebrate layered pasta. After a bit of searching, I found a recipe online for the ‘ultimate’ vegan lasagna and was super impressed by the delicious ingredients that it called for. Creating the filling and then putting the whole thing together layer by layer was such a hoot, I think I actually had a little too much fun with this food holiday. The only real problem? I don’t like lasagna! I never have. And while the adventure that was making it allowed me to enjoy this one, I still stand by the notion that the ingredients of lasagna taste far better on their own than they do baked together.
July 28th is National (ham)Burger Day! I was going to tackle a black bean burger recipe, but then thought who am I kidding- there’s nothing better than a portobello burger. I had never attempted to make one before and am happy to report that it’s simple and delicious! I followed a recipe that said to marinate the mushroom in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices (I went with salt, pepper, and some garlic power) for about fifteen minutes, then just grill it up! Then I spread some vegenaise (Nonnie’s favorite!) and spicy mustard on a french roll (I find hamburger buns dull), grilled up some onions, sliced some tomato and avocado… and stuffed my face.
July 26th is National Bagelfest Day! I love bagels! Condensed bread with a hole in the middle – yum! A few minutes in the toaster oven, some vegan cream cheese, sliced avocado tomato and onion, and I’m a happy girl! (Confession: I took the easy route and bought bagels at the store- the thought of baking bagels today was just way too much!)