Okay I didn't really barbecue in the kitchen because I would probably die from carbon monoxide poisoning from the smoke, however I have made a few really great smoky BBQ flavored dishes lately. There's nothing like some Liquid Smoke to lend it's hickory flavor to any number of recipes and meals. I remember looking for it forever in supermarkets and I could never find it until one day I did and I almost crapped my pants. I was so excited that I didn't mind shelling out the $4.50 for a small bottle. And it's been a great investment. It's great for marinating things, used when sauteeing vegetables, and much much more.
Here is a view of some of the things I've made since the last post:
Beans and Rice (I made the Messy Rice recipe from V-con, and then warmed up some black beans and added some jalapeno slices, capers, salt, pepper, and Liquid Smoke):
Smoky Pan-Fried Tempeh with Sauteed Collard Greens:
Vegan Jalapeno Ranch Burger with a side of Tofu Egg Salad:
Inspired by the Apples and Twigs blog from Steffi, I decided to buy a bento box and it seemed big enough from the description online, but when I got it in the mail it was so small...only about the size of two apples so I doubt I'll be using it often because I eat a lot of food. However the box is super-cute: