I am not sentimental about holidays or birthdays but this Mother’s Day was definitely special. It reenforced my decision to move north and be closer to family. Michael and Allison invited me for brunch at their apartment with Rachel and Dave of course. My trip into the city was a very good one on a beautiful warm sunny day and, even though I left myself 15 minutes to find a parking space, I turned onto West 89th Street and got a space just past their apartment. Whenever I find street parking I am reminded of a terrific Calvin Trillin book Tepper Isn’t Going Out, which is the best send-up on New York parking that I have ever read. I probably should have taken a photo of the parking space!
Michael and Allison together prepared an amazing vegan brunch of salad with kalamata vinaigrette, oatmeal maple scones/muffins (recipe included here), and veggie-filled crepes. Rachel and Dave stopped at the Bagel Pub (not a pub) and brought HUGE bagels, tofu cream cheeses, regular veggie cream cheese and whitefish salad (for me and Dave which was delicious!). This photo was taken while Michael was creating the tastiest crepes ever that were accompanied by a tarragon aioli. All of the recipes came from the vegan Candle 79 cookbook except the scones and it was indeed impressive. The mimosas were wonderful as well and served in Tennessee pewter goblets that made them even more special.
Even better than the food was the chance to sit around the table and talk, something we all rarely get to do. It was relaxed and we caught up on what everyone was doing. Even though we all email and talk often, there is nothing like sitting around with one another and just chatting. Besides, I always learn a lot about healthy eating and making good food choices when spending time with everyone. After sitting for a while (it was a VERY big brunch) we took a walk to look at a few baby things in Rachel and Dave’s car. Walking through the West Side Community Garden I made sure to get some pictures of us and of the gorgeous tulips. The concept of this garden as a lovely and peaceful green space for neighbors is one of the reasons I so love the Upper West Side (my next post). Not only are the flowers beautiful, but there is a dedicated space for residents to plant vegetables that is fenced off and well cared for. More on that tomorrow. After transferring some things from Rachel and Dave’s car to mine, I was off again and back home in no time. My only errand for the day was to buy fava beans and, much to my delight and surprise, Allison and Michael had a surfeit of fava beans. Really! I consider myself a very lucky person and thought about what a fantastic afternoon it was as I made the drive home.
Here’s Allison’s scone/muffin (scuffins?) recipe. They were very very good!
2/3 cup cooked oatmeal, cold
Egg replacement equal to 1 egg (I used 1 T. flax meal, mixed with 3 T. warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.)
2 T canola oil
1/4 maple syrup
3/4 cup soymilk (or any non-dairy milk)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Stir together oatmeal, egg replacement, oil, maple syrup, and non-dairy milk in large bowl until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Combine flour mixture with wet ingredients, stirring until just mixed.
3. Pour batter into greased or paper-lined muffin tins until 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.