Saturday, December 31, 2011

1st Recipe of the Year: My Favorite Noodles. Plus End of Year Eats!

End-of-the-year eats. I headed to New York with a lovely new friend that I found through Twitter and Lithe Method. Someone who enjoys raw food, wellness, green juice and Lithing as much as I do? I'm just glad we met before the year's end and decided to spend a day soaking up the sun and sipping our greens as we wandered around eating, browsing, and chatting.

We began at One Lucky Duck to snap up juices and snacks before heading to Angelica Kitchen for a quick lunch of pantry plates and combo dishes. Restored, we hit the shops before stopping into Organic Avenue for some items to take home. Not bad for a vegan raw crawl, right?

Already blissed out, we sat down to dinner at Pure Food & Wine.

I had my eyes on the raw burger (from the lunch menu but available during dinner if you want it). This was my kind of burger. Portabella Hempseed Burger, sprouted manna bread, Lapsang smoked cashew cheese, house mustard, pickled onions, kraut.  (Photos taken with Galaxy Nexus).

She wisely chose the raw lasagna, which is easily one of the best dishes at Pure. For anyone stuck in a winter tomato rut, this will give you hope and get you through until summer.  I plan on attempting the lasagna soon (the recipe is in the owner Sarma's second book, Living Raw Food).

We made the commitment to dessert, the smartest decision one can make at Pure. The food was even better this time, but I always find the dishes so intricate and exciting, often more flavorful than the cooked versions I've had elsewhere. Regular pad thai is great, but raw pad thai? Different and glorious in its own way. Vegan lasagna? Often bland and heavy. I'll take the raw version any day.

On with the desserts. She chose the Frozen Black Forest Shortcake and I stuck with my old favorite, the Mint Sundae. I also tried a glass of Sparkling Sake.

In  a cacao haze, savoring the last few bites of sundae..I was tuckered out. My new soulmate pretty much declared it her favorite meal of all time.

Back in Philly for New Year's Eve, Mr. Vedge and I had quite a meal to look forward to - dinner at Vedge. For the past two years, we have gone to Horizons for the NYE tasting menu. It's the only thing you can convince me to do on December 31st. It never ends in regret, unlike so many NYE decisions. Once again, fantastic.

If you are going to drink sparkling wine, Vedge is the place to do it. You can totally atone for any bad champagne you drank over the past week by resolving to try the bubbly here. They even have a Sparkling Shiraz on the menu, which was strange and wonderful.

Course No. 4...paella: tofu, squash, leek.

The last thing we ate in 2011: Course No. 5: cheesecake, berries.

Entranced by the cheesecake?  This was arguably the best version yet (although I do have a thing for the citrus take that is currently on the menu).

I woke up feeling 100% amazing. Then proceeded to make sesame noodles. My first recipe of the year:

My Favorite Noodles

3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp tamari
2 heaping tbsp sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter)
1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ginger powder
sesame seeds to top
1 pkg green tea soba noodles (or regular soba)

Combine ingredients and mix with cooked soba noodles. Chill before serving.

Makes 4 servings.


The Cozy Herbivore said...

Where do you find green tea soba noodles in Philly? They sound amazing!!

kellywhitephillips said...

Essene and the Asian market on Spring Garden!