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Avocado Cream Salad, Further Falafel Fun, Ice Cream Cones

June 8, 2010

The past week has been extremely busy, especially for Graham. This has meant that we haven’t had quite as much time for wandering and experimenting, and that we’ve fallen into some pretty boring culinary ruts. (They’re not entirely boring, I guess, but they’re nothing new.) It also meant that I was too frazzled to remember to bring my camera with me during the one new and very exciting dinner we had–so, I’ll just resolve to go back there soon, with camera in hand. (Spoiler: it’s a lovely, very strict kosher Indian restaurant with a huge parve vegetarian menu. I’ll gladly go back soon.)

Nevertheless, on a particularly warm day we made this salad.

This is whole wheat pasta with a creamy avocado dressing, some roasted vegetables, and a little shredded walnut Vegusto cheese.

The dressing is, essentially,

-2 mushed avocados

-about 1/3 C mayo (I used vegetable-based mayo, which is great)

-about 1/3 C chopped onion

-4 cloves of chopped garlic

-juice of 1/2 lemon

-1 Tbls. brown mustard

-salt and pepper

It’s very mild, but nice. It went well with the roasted vegetables, which were just some red peppers and broccoli roasted in the oven with some olive oil and cumin. The Vegusto on top was great, since I’m addicted to it, and it added pretty little purple flecks.

Also this past week, amidst all the craziness, we tried yet another falafel place called Maoz. Maoz is actually a vegetarian chain restaurant–it only serves falafel, and it serves it cheaply and quickly. I’m not a huge fan of chains–however, I have to admit that I’m pretty impressed. They give you a pita with falafel and fried aubergine inside, and then let you have at their salad bar. You then end up with something ridiculous like this.

“What is this?” you might ask. Well, it’s falafel and eggplant, topped with red chile sauce, onion chutney, lettuce, cabbage salad, green chili sauce,cumin-y carrots, cooked and seasoned beets, and cilantro sauce. And that’s not the entire salad bar. So, I’m feeling pretty good about Maoz. Their falafel and aubergine are delicious, but are oily enough that I would advise against eating them every day. It’s a nice treat, anyway.

We also discovered that, if you’re already South of the Seine by Maoz, it’s just a five minute walk to Le Grenier de Notre Dame (see previous posts), where you can get vegan sorbet to go!

Now, vegan ice cream and sorbet are easy to get your hands on (and easy to make, if you have an ice cream maker). But I’ve sometimes missed being able to go out at night during the summer for an ice cream cone–on the beach, preferably. (It should be clear that I’m a little nostalgic for nights spent at the Grand Haven “Dairy Treat.”) This, in my opinion, is just as good–if you go to Le Grenier, you can get the creamiest sorbet of your life (I’m not sure whether I like the chocolate or the coconut better) in a cone to go, and you can then wander over to eat your treat on the Seine.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kiki permalink
    June 8, 2010 7:21 pm

    The ice cream looks amazing! Especially with the Seine in the background! 🙂

  2. patricia leach permalink
    June 9, 2010 2:23 am

    Always happy to see you having such wonderful treats. With luck Graham will gain 20 pounds!

    • June 9, 2010 9:26 am

      Yes, perhaps Graham (and no one else) can eat the oily aubergine at Maoz everyday, with his faster-than-a-speeding-bullet metabolism!

  3. Mary Bosch permalink
    June 13, 2010 5:30 pm

    Is the walnut cheese purple?
    The Maoz salad bar looks wonderful!
    Is that Graham in the first sorbet picture with a new jacket?
    Oh, how I wish I were there!

    • June 14, 2010 8:10 am

      The walnut cheese has little purple flecks in it (surrounding the walnuts).

      That is Graham in the background, although I don’t think he’s wearing a new jacket. We’d like to find one for him, though!

      We wish you were here, too!

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