Sunday, October 7, 2007

Better Than Scout Cookies

Tis true. These cookies are so much better than the Girl Scout samoas that I remember from my childhood. And probably better for you! Like Bazu, I used whole wheat flour, and a mixture of brown rice syrup and agave nectar. I think I could have actually eaten that jar of coconut oil (a solid at room temp), it smelled so good. And I couldn't resist drizzling these with a bit of melted chocolate, just to make them a bit more authentic....

These are now apparently John's favorite cookie I've made. Score!

Nothing else too interesting lately, although I made two new dishes that we both enjoyed. The first was from September's Vegetarian Times, Tofu and Vegetables with Tomato Couscous. Like others, I made a few changes. I subbed zucchini for carrots, added a few different spices, and used regular instead of marinated artichoke hearts. The result was a delicious dinner that will improve over time....


And finally, to celebrate Greek Festival in Houston, I made falafel from the Everyday Vegan. The perfect little patties were topped with tahini-tamari sauce. Mmmm. On the side, one of John's favorite salads; arugula with red pepper and fennel (from the Vegetarian Times cookbook). Me, I think it's okay, but the bitterness of the arugula is sometimes too much for me by itself. I cure that with plenty of toasted pine nuts. Not sure if that's really Greek, but oh well. Tried to go to the festival but got rained out.... boo! (they didn't have any vegan food there anyways)
I'm solo again this week with John off on another business trip (I know, I know... and we're newlyweds!). So we'll see what I come up with to eat...

But there's an upside to all of this, I get to meet John out in San Francisco next weekend, and we're going to celebrate three weeks of marriage at Millennium!! Any other suggestions for the good eatin in the Bay area? (I was already thinking Herbivore for pancakes....)

21 comments:

LizzyQ ~ Vegan Mother said...

Oh wow! Those cookies look so sweet and yumminess gooing out of them! I need to start baking more!

Mihl said...

I wanted to make these cookies to but forgot about them. If you and your husband liked them so much there's one more good reason to make them! The falafel and the salad looks great too! Your arugula looks so different from arugula over here. Oh, and I totally like your plate!

bazu said...

I'm so glad you liked these cookies! Yours look more professional than mine, perfect rounds with that chocolate drizzle and everything...

Oh how cool that you're going to S.F. - have fun at Millenium!

The Little Vegan said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE scrapbooking! It's my favorite hobby :o).

And I'd be delighted to come decorate cakes for you... on one condition: you have to make me some of that mac and cheeze and those sinful-looking "Girl Scout" cookies!!! Oh, and some donuts! Oops, that's three conditions ;o).

jd said...

Your tofu + veggie + tomato couscous looks great! (Vegetarian Times is such a great resource, isn't it?) I really like the dish that you served it in, too.

It's funny because I commented on another blog a few days ago, saying that everyone must have couscous fever :) It seems like a lot of veg bloggers (myself included) are making it lately.

I guess great minds really do think alike!

Emilie said...

WANT cookies! which is to say: my, those looks fabulous.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

iwas just thinking about making some cookies. yours looks so good!
have fun in san francisco.

urban vegan said...

those cookies are KILLER. can't wait to see what you got at Millenium. I'd like to got to SF just to try the place--I've heard so many great things about it.

Unlearning Convention said...

Hi there, found your blog randomly when I was looking for Nadamoo, haha. I'm vegan, too, and newly transplanted in Houston. Nice to "meet" a fellow vegan in Houston!

-Therese

VeggieGirl said...

ah yes, I remember samoas from my days as a Girl Scout, way back when. Yours look INFINITELY tastier!!

your vegetable/tomato couscous dish looks fabulous, as does the dish you made for the Greek Festival (my family attends the one that is held where I live, every summer!).

Oh my goodness, how lucky are you to get to celebrate your 3-week-marriage at Millennium!?!?! Have a GLORIOUS time in San Francisco, and be sure to take pictures of all the scrumptious meals you have ;0)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

The cookies look SO good, but I'm not a pecan or coconut fan. Ugh! I still want some! haha.

I *love* falafel! yum.

Okay, please don't eat at Herbivore! It's awful & the people who work there are nasty.

Millennium is great, I think their appetizers / small plates are better than the entrees though, so you may want to get a bunch of those to share. Also, the butterscotch pecan tartlette at Millennium right now is FABULOUS.

I would eat at Cha Ya- all vegan Japanese food. It's not just sushi, they have awesome sukiyaki, udon & soba bowls, gyoza, etc. It's on Valencia Street at 18th.

Maggie Mudd- vegan ice cream shop! (They have non-veg flavors too) You can go get a vegan sundae with whipped cream, marshmallow sauce, sprinkles & everything! They let you sample flavors- do it!! It's their own brand of ice cream too!

If you head to the East Bay & really want brunch foods, go to Fellini. The baked french toast is supposed to be awesome.

We also have tons of asian veg places for chinese food, thai, etc.

How many meals do you need recommendations for? I can keep going! hehe.

Also, if you're not too busy & have some free time, I can play tour guide for a bit! melisser AT gmail .com

Johanna3 said...

wow those cookies looks awesome!!

aTxVegn said...

You are so lucky to get to go to SF!!!! You'll have a blast.

Those cookies look so good! I might have to give them a try this weekend, but I'll have to change pecans to walnuts. Yes, I hate our state nut! Your dinners look fantastic too. Sometimes I just marvel at how great it is to eat vegan.

We had a Meditteranean Festival here this past weekend, but we didn't go - 10,000 people on church grounds, yikes! Maybe that's why I made falafel too!

Emmie said...

oooh, I want some cookies. I need cookies!

Pink Theory said...

How bizarre!! I was in Boulder from 2001-2006 for grad school at CU as well. I was in the Duane Physics building most of the time. I was back this summer and they built this ugly strip mall on 29th street with your basic high end corporate stores which is making traffic worse. Besides that, it is still good old Boulder. Such a small world!

Awesome cookies by the way. They look like they could kick Girl Scout cookies' butts anyday! And mmmm....artichokes, I want some.

Kumudha said...

Those cookies look so delicious!

Jody from VegChic said...

Those cookies look great. I've got another vegan recipe for samoas on my list to make as well.

Yay for falafel, it is one of my favorite foods.

Arrugula is bitter, but I tend to like it with sweeter dressing. My current fav is with sliced beets and a lime/agave/cumin/dressing.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

perfect cookies!

vegan_noodle, send me your email and I'll forward you a coupon for maggie mudd's I didn't get to use, if you like : )

jdfunks@gmail.com

the little one said...

Okay, so it is relatively expensive (and Millennium is already expensive) but if you can swing it, I'd REALLY recommend ordering the Taste of Millennium. When you do that the chef picks out all the courses for you and if you and your partner both order the Taste of Millennium, you'll both get different things, which will mean you can end up tasting a ton of dishes! I think it is absolutely worth every penny. I'd also really recommend the "oyster" mushrooms or something named like that. You can ask for them to be included as one of your Taste of Millennium courses. Will look forward to reading about how your trip went!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Those cookies! I was just trying to figure out what kind of cookie to make for my lunchbox snack. These look perfect!

Kati said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed my cookie recipe! The chocolate drizzle is an excellent touch.