Today is the first day I've been legitimately happy here. It was windy and cold all day and not super sunny! I know it seems weird, but I have never missed Texas more than since the "fall" began. I know I probably shouldn't have moved to the desert if I expected changing seasons. Also, I probably shouldn't have moved to the most boring city in California if I expected excitement. But everyday here is bright and sunny. It makes me long for the dreary and wet fall/winter season of San Antonio.
People perceive Texas as this backwards, racist, crapfest. Not true. Just like any other state, there are jackasses, but Texas has a lot of greatness. It's beautiful, filled with so many amazing cultures, and you won't find better food anywhere. Tex Mex is king, baby!
So today I set out to make a fantastic meal that reminded me of home. Unfortunately, my little Emma got sick. So in the midst of cooking I had to clean up everything she got sick all over. That dog is forever getting into something! Silly monkey.
Instead of recipes and pictures, I'll tell you about what I made and share the recipes tomorrow.
When I was younger, my friends and I would stay out until all hours of the night. I'd often get a call at midnight to meet somewhere for food. If it wasn't IHOP, it was a local Mexican restaurant. In fact, Mexican food was our go to every Tuesday after the poetry slam. I had always eyed these enchiladas poblanas on the menu, but played it safe with bean and potato tacos. The enchiladas were filled with cheese, poblano peppers, and shredded chicken. They seemed easy enough to veganize.
Tonight I made a cilantro cashew ricotta that was based off of the Veganomicon cashew ricotta. I filled the enchiladas with it, roasted poblanos and marinated jackfruit. Then I topped it with a tomatillo and avocado sauce and shredded Teese. The plan was to serve it with some refried beans and rice with peas 'n' carrots. Plus, I was going to make sopapillas. I promise them tomorrow.
And here's a hint about what I'd like to do on Saturday (please forgive the crappy lighting):