The Easter Bunny made an early appearance at my house. Doesn't it look like a giant popcorn ball?
While book shopping recently, VM & I somehow got on the topic of the plastic Easter egg hunts of my childhood. Hidden all over the house, the change-filled (sometimes a dollar...wow, I'm old), colored orbs somehow took precedence over the giant Easter baskets filled with candy. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that wouldn't happen today; candy beats money. Cuz what would I buy with money? Candy. Anyhoo, she recalled that when she was a kid her mom hid hard-boiled eggs. Yes, real hard-boiled eggs. This isn't just the vegan in me talking, people; who in their right mind- vegan or not vegan- would be excited to search for and find real hard-boiled eggs? Gag.
But back to the present: for breakfast there were hot cross buns, courtesy of Vegan Dad's recipe. I never liked these fruitbit-ladened buns at all, but they are one of things VM still eats that prevents her from being vegan. As I
|the prettiest one of the batch|
As far as hot cross buns go, these were fantastic and surprisingly authentic. Ok, they were also a bit of a pain to make: a lot of dishes.
|before the first rise|
|after the first rise|
|evenly dividing the dough|
|ready to bake|
It's not something I'd make for myself when I could have, say, chocolate, but they were very good.
For dinner, I made...reservations! When there's a stubborn omnivore in the family, P.F. Changs* is
Now onto the grub.
Chang's Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps: "A vegetarian version of our signature appetizer with tofu instead of chicken". Ok, granted they could do much better with the description, but these are fantastic. Their iceberg is always crisp and perfect, the tofu cooked to perfection with diced veggies and crunchy water chestnuts. Add some of the spicy sauce from the table (mustard + potsticker sauce + sambal olek) and you're good to go.
Vegetable Dumplings: [4/25/11: not vegan]
Spring Rolls: [4/25/11: not vegan]
Green Tea Noodes: these are technically a side, but I like to order them as an appetizer. The thin, cool and startlingly green-hued noodles are a refreshing, light contrast to the fried appetizers. They come sprinkled with scallions (yum) and loaded with fresh cilantro (eew), so order accordingly.
And for Dinner:
(don't worry; most of it is now leftovers)
Coconut Curry Vegetables: "Stir-fried mixed vegetables, crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a vegetarian coconut curry sauce"; this is my favorite meal at Chang's. Add some more of the spicy sauce (you might need to order extra at some point), mix with rice, and your tummy will be happy.
Vegetable Chow Fun: "Soft, wide rice noodles and vegetables in a vegetarian sauce"; this is VM's favorite. It's not that she doesn't like the curry; she really does. She just doesn't like the silken tofu. However, if I order her Chow Fun with the five-spiced, pressed tofu added in, I can sometimes get her to actually eat a few
Changs does not offer a vegan dessert option, but I kind of prefer the abstention over the obligatory fresh fruit bowl or sorbet. No matter, I had my dessert waiting for me at home.
PEEPS!!! Yes, Sweet & Sara has done it again: the familiar, somewhat unsettling crunch of sugar-coated marshmallows has returned and they are just as ridiculously sweet as you remember and love. Not to mention, look how cute they are!
* Eons ago I was in one of the Carolinas for a wedding. I honestly can't remember which one of the Carolinas; the visit is just a blur of the impossibility of acquiring a vegan meal where we were and the horrors of what parts of the animal were thrown into vegetables "to give them flavor". After literally subsisting on sweet tea for two days, it almost seemed a mirage when I came upon the first P.F Changs I'd ever encountered and saw the word "tofu" on the menu! Harpsichords sounded and I floated in without thought to the preference of the full-bellied omnivores I was traveling with. Little did I know that there would something on the menu for everyone; I didn't care.