These past two weeks of March my school had its annual spring vacation. My husband and I spent a relaxing two weeks during which we did a bit of baking (he baked the apple pie, I baked the breads). 'Twas a delicious time to bake, especially as the weather was often just ripe for hot cocoa and something yummy and nourishing.
Since the summer I have been baking a weekly loaf of bread, thanks to having a bread machine that does the labor and my daughter-in-law who taught me the ins-and-outs of veganizing bread recipes. At the start of vacation we went to dinner at the home of close friends, and were treated to a No-Knead Loaf made only with yeast, flour, salt and water. It was astonishingly flavorful, and vacation promised time for indulgences, so Dulcie shared the recipe that Rick had followed, and that's the lone beauty in the two photos below (the other being Whole Wheat Honey Flaxseed from the bread machine.)
One night I made our favorite vegan mac and cheese; it's the cashews that provide the cheese-like flavor and texture. Since the eight inch dish makes enough for four, and we are trying to eat smaller portions, this dish yielded three dinners for us throughout the vacation. And take it from my husband, the flavors just keep getting better and better the longer the dish sits.
A vacation like this would be incomplete without my husband's homemade apple pie complete with his homemade vegan crust. Am tickled to say we have one (maybe two!) desserts left for tonight and perhaps tomorrow night.
One evening we had four friends over for dinner in honor of one of them who is moving to Portland, Oregon in mid-May. She has lived in our neighborhood, just two doors from us, for 40+ years, and we all will miss her presence. This dinner gathering is something we six have been doing for probably the past ten years, on and off, at one home or another. The picture is of the marinated halibut fillets that turned out to be delicious but, oh my, were the *most expensive* main course I have EVER served!
On a roll, when my husband said we would need naan bread to have with the Indian dish he was preparing, I decided to bake naan. Turns out to be fairly easy and fun to see the dough become just like what we've had in restaurants. The pictures make the dark parts look quite dark but in actuality they were a little bit lighter.