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Monday, April 17, 2006

Art's Lunch

This is my regular meal at Mother's Market in Irvine, California. Starting from the left (in the photo) is the single shot of wheat grass. The wheat grass is very sweet because it is fresh and organic. Sometimes, wheatgrass can taste like lawn clippings and be bitter. Not here, it's very sweet and very little after taste. But, because of the tiny after taste, I shoot the wheatgrass first. Next, it's a 16 ounce glass of fresh orange juice. The oranges are organic and sweet.

Then, the plate is the Tofu Mushroom Melt. This is tofu, lightly grilled in sauce, with melted white cheddar cheese, sweet red onion, lettuce, tomato, and sauteed mushrooms. It is served on toasted sourdough bread. The side with the sandwich is extra to have the fresh fruit, but always worth it. This time, it was raspberries, strawberries, grapes, papaya, mango, pinapple, and blueberries. The glass of water is also pictured because the water is a special sort of "reverse ionized" (or somethig like that) variety that they also sell by the gallon in the store. But it's as good as any bottled water (even as good as Fiji, I'd say). The meal is expensive (about $13 excluding tip) but worth it for the amount of nutritional value, both in protien and in vitamins, and it's basically the meal of the day. As you can see, it's huge.


Blogger Dori said...

Were you in California when you had this or did you re-invent it in your kitchen. It looks marvelous!

I looked up hoison sauce in Bryanna Grogan's Chinese Cuisine cookbook. This is what she has to say about it: This sweet, spicy sauce with a star-anise flavo can be very cloying and shoudl be used with discretion, not as a condiment on it's own. It can be thick or runny, depending on the brand and is best used as an ingredient in barbeque sauces (p. 23).

6:40 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hi Dori! This photo was taken @ Mother's Market - a most amazing health food store & cafe in S. CA. A while back, we tried to recreate the sandwich, and will keep at it. Art frequently eats there and this is always his meal. I tend to try something different each visit because there are so many amazing vegetarian & vegan choices.

Thank you for the hoisin sauce information - it's interesting what she has to say & I agree, tho I don't know about bbq sauce. I used it for the first time on roasted veggies and don't think I'll go without the hoisin sauce again. Is that the cookbook with the peanut sauce recipe?

I made your Spring Rolls! :o)

6:44 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

The peanut sauce recipe came out of one of Bryanna's online newsletters after a cooking vacation she did two years ago, not from a cookbook yet. I just made it for the first time last month and we loved it to.

I haven't tried hoison sauce yet, but maybe I will get some to try with roasted veggies like you did. I am really looking forward to our market season starting here. I love where we live, but after a cold winter the fresh spring veggies everyone else is getting is making me more desirous than ever.

7:33 AM  

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