We had a lovely lunch at Zest. We ordered a nice pot of their Blackberry infusion. It came with all kinds of lovely leaves and buds floating in the pot, and a strainer to use when pouring. They have a half sandwich & soup or salad option, so I went with that. I had their soup of the day: Squash, Turnip, and something else. That was very good. And then came a Hummus Du Jour sandwich, which was plenty of tangy orange hummus on nice toasted bread with some peppers and spinach. It came with a cold rice salad which had a very light dressing and cranberries in it. Also a cute little pickle, very fresh and mild. Very good.
There were plenty of vegan options, but no vegan desserts. My mother-in-law ordered an Almond Joy Pie. It seemed to be toasted coconut and maybe corn syrup baked into a “pie shell,” then filled with coconut pie filling (thick pudding) and topped with a chocolate glaze and coconut and sliced almonds, and served with a dollop of whipped cream. It looked good and I could do that. My daughter and I came back and had leftover brownies to console ourselves. Yum!
For dinner I made Whole Wheat Rolls and Refrigerator Soup. The soup was just stuff my hostess and I had on hand, garlic, celery, carrots, potato, kale, turnip, and a veggie bouillon cube. Then I snuck upstairs to my sister-in-laws and “borrowed” a couple sundried tomatoes, rosemary powder, dill, Italian spices, and a bay leaf. My grandmother-in-law made my spinach, still terrific after a week, into a nice salad. We put in sweet pepper, clementine, red onion, and walnuts. It was all delicious. For dressing we used some Balsamic Fig Dressing I got at Stonewall Kitchens. I had been concerned that the second ingredient was sugar, and ideed it was too syrupy, but not bad.
We’ll be polishing off the Brownies soon.