Sunday, March 20, 2011

Boom. Roasted.

breakfast vegetables

Way back in September, while waiting in line with our friend Hallie at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, my friend Joe reminded me of this bit from The Office in which Michael misses the point of a comedic roast. I believe the example Joe used for me was, "Jennifer. You're a Canadian and you wear a scarf even if it's 75 degrees outside. Boom. Roasted." So when I posted yesterday on Twitter that I was making a dish of roasted vegetables, he asked if in fact I didn't mean a dish of "Boom. Roasted." vegetables. Indeed. Score one for Joe.

breakfast vegetables

This dish came from me wanting to stray from our usual Saturday breakfast of scrambled tofu and oven-baked home fries. The Man of Science and I both had Friday off this week, so we'd already eaten that meal and by the time Saturday breakfast rolled around I was craving something a little bit different. And we'd been for a long walk with the dogs early in the morning, so something hearty was in order.

I modeled this dish on a vegan breakfast they had at our local Manx Pub for, oh, about ten seconds approximately eight years ago. I think it was the first vegan dish they put on their brunch menu and I loooooooved it. Really loved it. Apparently I was one of the few who felt this way because the dish was taken off the menu quickly and replaced with the more traditional tofu scramble burrito which is on offer to this day. I still miss the roasted vegetables, though.

breakfast vegetables

Boom Roasted Vegetable Breakfast

2 cups broccoli florets, cut small
1/2 pound tofu, diced
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
2 small yukon gold potatoes, diced
1 tbsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
4 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine all ingredients, except for salt and pepper, in a large bowl and toss to coat vegetables with oil and herbs.

In a large baking dish or cast iron skillet, bake mixture for 40 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serves two very hungry people or four to six people if served as a side with other breakfast items.

I highly recommend serving this with miso gravy. I always use this recipe for mine and it never fails. In this case I think it completely made the dish.

breakfast vegetables

Some Notes:

-I just finished reading Portia De Rossi's book, Unbearable Lightness and I really enjoyed it. I have almost zero experience with eating disorders, having never (thankfully) been a dieter myself, so the book was kind of fascinating for me. It was depressing in parts, but I was really moved by the epilogue, where she describes how she got over her anorexia and changed her attitude about food completely. She also touches on her decision to become vegan, which was obviously interesting to me.

-The Man of Science, Mother of Science, and Aunt of Science and I went to Zen Kitchen for dinner last night. I hadn't been there since our ill-fated New Year's Eve dinner when I was thwarted by sudden-onset stomach flu (it was going around, no one escaped! )so I was looking forward to a do-over. The meal did not disappoint. We had the tasting menu which had a mexican/latin theme. The food was all delicious but the dessert was what really amazed us all. It was a vanilla "three milk" cake with coconut milk, coconut cream, and rice milk. There was a poached pear on top and some caramel sauce at the bottom, plus coconut whipped cream and blueberry sauce. They told us it's been so popular they're going to put it on their regular menu, so please eat it if you go. Totally worth it.

-Unrelated to food but completely related to Things I Love: The new Guild comic is out. I love The Guild and I love the extra glimpse into the characters' lives that the comics offer. The piece that I wrote for the These Are Not Movies anthology was inspired by watching The Guild, and I was naively surprised when no one who I spoke to about the piece seemed to know what The Guild was. I tend to think my enthusiasm for things is directly indicative of their wider popularity. Not the case. Anyway, if you've never seen The Guild I highly recommend it, especially if you like Doctor Horrible, The Big Bang Theory, and Things That Are Awesome.


the [sugar] apothecary said...

Man, so many things in this post made me happy. Roasted vegetables, references to The Office AND The Guild, and poached pears topped with coconut whipped cream?! So awesome. And thanks for the mention of Portia DeRossi's book. A few years ago, I was actually able to get over my own issues with ED by reading a couple of books by women who had experienced it. I would love to hear what she has to say! Thanks :)

picky girl said...

Mmm. Those roasted veggies with toast look so so yummy. Makes me want vegetable stew for whatever reason.

Blake said...

As soon as I read the title for this recipe I knew that I didn't care what it was, it would be awesome. I love this blog and I love the Office so this is a pretty excellent combo!

Joe said...

A perfect meal for watching Michael Scott's proposal this Thursday, Must See TV NBC!!!

Anonymous said...

For a while my best friend was a manipulative girl named Ana. I still hang out with her every once in a while, but it's getting better and I don't see her so often anymore.
Being vegan helped me not see her as often because I felt healthier.
I wish I could read books like the one you talked about, but it's really hard. Sometimes it's triggering.

Raspberry Muffins said...

Hi...Greetings from Hamilton, Ontario!

Great blog....Love the Header too!!

I shall add this blog to my favourites and visit again soon and read more of the back posts.