3/4/10 – Overdue: Lemon Pepper Pasta, Banh Mi Chay/Xíu Mại, Grilled ‘tato Salad, Fruit Salad

Okay, this is getting out of hand. It’s one thing to take a few days to upload photos and then make a blog post, it’s another thing all together to upload photos to your computer, wait a month, and then finally do a blog post. I suck. If I recall correctly, this was a fairly subdued Thursday dinner, Steve hates us, Nick didn’t show up for whatever reason (I think he might have been in Namibia, but in all seriousness, he was probably in Hawaii). Ashley, Zack, Erik and Shayna had to hold it down. So they did.

On to the photos:

Ashley: Lemon Pepper Pasta

Zack: Banh Mi Chay/Xíu Mại

So, I was probably late to these Vietnamese delicacies when I discovered (or was introduced to, whatever) Baguette in Corvallis a few years back. I mean, if they have somewhere dedicated to them in Corvallis, they were probably gaining popularity in the rest of the United States decades ago (also there was a NYT article about their popularity soon after I started eating at Baguette, which if you read snarky blogs means that it’s already not popular anymore). Get with the times Corvallis restaurants, at least get some web sites, I had to link to a yelp page. Anyhow, I started making my own tofu banh mi (apparently, Banh Mi Chay, according to the internet, correct me if I’m wrong) once I found this recipe for Smokey Miso Tofu on VeganYumYum, and it was time to bust ’em out for the Thursday dinner. I also made some pork meatballs for the meat eaters. Combined with some pickled daikon/carrots, some cucumber, cilantro and Sriracha/Veganaise and you’ve got yourself some tasty sandwiches.

Smokey Miso Tofu. Yum Yum. Vegan.

Banh Mi Chay. Vietnamese Tofu Sammy.


And another one.

Shayna: Grilled Potato Salad

Erik: Fruit Salad

I love pineapple. The word pineapple in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now termed pine cones). When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit, they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone. The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694 and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple. Also, I love Wikipedia.

The Full Plate:

That looks pretty darn good.


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