Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dreaming in Food

I woke up this morning to see none other than my old friend Snow outside my window. When I went outside, I noticed my other friend Cold came along, too.

Needless to say, I wanted to be transported to warmer places. My only hope was by food. And thus started my world food adventures for today...

Channeling my inner Columbian, I made Mango Tango Oats (or Tropical Sunrise, if you prefer... honestly, I couldn't decide either.) I still remember my Columbian friends teaching me a song in spanish all about growing mangos. It was so fun to sing it with them since they were always raving about their mangos back at home. This morning I just wanted to be in the warm Columbian rainforest.

With my Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut tea in hand, I pretened I was in a much more tropical place instead of the reality of putting on Scottish wool socks (thigh-highs at that!)

For lunch, I transported myself to India with a green lentil dal (unpictured because I was at school.)

I continued my world voyage with a Mexican-inspired dinner. I made a seitan fijita and let me just tell you, if the spices didn't warm me up enough already, my tummy was sure happy enough to deem this the best Mexican I've ever had.

-1/4 yellow bell pepper
-1/4 red bell pepper
-1 very large organic carrot
-a few tbs corn (i'm not a big fan but i thought it would give it authenticity)
-1/2 tsp dried shallots
-1 seitan cutlet
-1/4 tsp chili powder
-1/4 tsp cumin
-1/4 tsp paprika
-1+ clove garlic
-pinch of salt & taco seasoning
-glob of sweet onion salsa
-1 wrap (which I later put in the pan to warm up... yum!)

After a wonderfully empowering yoga class, I enjoyed one of my favorite summertime treats: frozen yogurt. This was what I was worried about the most with becoming vegan (it's silly, i know) but I solved that problem thanks to Shelby. Whole Soy & Co. blueberry yogurt in the freezer (then defrosted in the micro a bit) + 2 tbs golden flax seed + 1/2 cup cascadian farm organic cinnamon crunch + 1/4 cup puffins = amazing. The only problem was the realization that I was wearing those thick socks and a enormous sweater while eating it. Oh well.

If summer can't come now, at least I can dream of it in food :)

What's the most exotic thing you've made before?

Bon Voyage,


  1. Mandiee! This was just so beautiful!
    I was smiling all the way across the map on your journey through your cultural cullinary delights. ;) From Tropical to Indian to Mexican... You think of food in such a fun way, and it really helps me to view food not just as "necessary" but enjoyable and beautiful. Who says nutrition has to be boring? You don't!

    Thank you so much - I look forward to more postcards on your yummy voyage!

    Eleanor x

  2. Mmmm! This all looks AMAZING. I need to make this Mexican wrap. The weather just took a dip again :(

  3. HI!!

    Wah, I'm amazed by the number of people who can give up dairy for vegan reasons! I will never be able too. I know there's soy alternatives, like you said, but oh boy it's like 2x the price as regular dairy. x)

    Yummy eats, as usual :)


  4. Mandiee - what an amazing post with so many yummy eats - everything looked delicious!!!!
    Have a great weekend - so happy to have found your blog!!!
    xoxo aimee

  5. Love those fruity oats!

    Hmm... I've made some strange things before... I was pretty proud of myself when I diced up a tomatilla for my eggs once, but I guess that's not so exotic.

  6. What a lovely post and thanks for your contest entries!