Monday, April 19, 2010

a spring feast

we are making some changes in our house
after reading this and this
and seeing this
i went to the library and found these:
after looking through all of them, i think my favorite has to be the second from the top -
The New Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas
She has her recipes first arranged by season and then arranged into menus. Each menu usually has a starter, a main course, and a dessert.
i want to make EVERYTHING in there!
a few nights ago i tried one of her spring menus:
*corn tamales
*black bean soup
*mango sorbet
sorbet in the ice cream maker:

mango in the blender(out of order, i know!):

finished black bean soup (not the most beautiful picture):

fresh pico:

sadly, my tamales had to be made with foil :(
after a trip to 2 grocery stores with 3 kids under 4 in tow,
i gave up looking for corn husks!

i thoroughly enjoyed the meal! my husband did make the comment that the tamales tasted like jiffy corn mix! so i think i will try one of her other tamales recipes that call for more ingredients!
the mango sorbet called for triple sec (for flavor and to help it keep a nice texture) which i didn't use because of the kids. sadly the sorbet is hard as an ice cube, so i think i may defrost it and blend it into a nice margarita to make mango margaritas!!
overall, i loved the meal and look forward to trying other recipes from this book!


  1. Mmm these pictures look so tasty. You know Melissa we are two peas in a pod .. I wish we lived closer!!! Sending you love and a hug! xo

  2. In my grocery store corn husks are in the produce section.