Okay, not really. In my opinion, these days Valentines Day is just a consumerist holiday fueled by Hallmark and Corporate America, and seriously, if you have a special someone, you really should celebrate your love everyday of the year, not just for one day each February. Perhaps it helps to lighten up the dead of winter, but I can think of other things to do if you’re feeling the winter blues. So really what I want to wish you all is Happy Everyday!
Now that I got that off my chest, I’m going to admit that I made a special meal yesterday, but that’s just ’cause I could.
Starter: Crisp Vegetable Spring Rolls – red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, scallions, ume plum vinegar, tamari, and mirin…
With dipping sauce: tahini, miso, tamari, mirin, and ume plum vinegar…
Entree: Korean Barbeque Tempeh, Soba Noodle Salad with Citrus and Kimchee, and Sesame Collard Greens….
The Entree recipe is from The Artful Vegan. I find the recipes in this book and The Millenium Cookbook (same authors) extremely hit or miss; the Barbeque Tempeh was amazing, but the Soba Noodle Salad wasn’t very good.
Last, but certainly not least, for dessert was Smlove Pie from Veganomicon…..
Oh man, was this amazing. Graham cracker crust, chocolate mousse-ish filling, cashew butter caramel, maple pecans, and finally chocolate ganache to top it off. What more could you ask for?
Happy Everyday, Peeps!