February 12, 2014
Cravings have been deciding our dinners lately. I had a craving for waffles that wouldn't go away but I knew my husband would balk at a sweet dinner. Every time I suggest waffles or pancakes for dinner, he says no. So I compromised and made waffles with veggies and chickpeas. I steamed the vegetables, added leftover peanut sauce (from Isa Does It), and served them on top of waffles. It was even better than I'd hoped, and I hardly missed the maple syrup — I did miss it a little, though. Truthfully, sometimes I just want the waffles or pancakes I would have had for breakfast had I been alert enough to make them in the morning. Do you have a problem with breakfast foods for dinner? Why is it any different from leftover dinner served for breakfast? I should note that the waffles were unsweetened.
My husband was craving Indian food so I connected him to Richa's blog and he started cooking. He made two dishes. He made gobi broccoli makhani, which Richa describes as cauliflower, broccoli and peas in creamy gravy. I didn't realize until he told me what it was that it was the same recipe I had made not too long ago. It's interesting how a dish can change in the hands of one cook or another. Both versions were good, but I liked mine better because the veggies were softer and the sauce creamier.
To accompany the vegetables, he made chana masala, or chickpea curry with red bell pepper. His use of tomato was a bit aggressive for chana masala, but we both enjoyed the dish.
The best part was really the next day when I reheated the food for lunch. The flavors had melded and intensified, and were even better than they had been the night before. I think I'm starting to feel an Indian food craving coming on ... Have you tried any of the recipes from Vegan Richa?