Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Plenty of inspiration

Hope the holidays treated you well. I know they did for us. Now I'm trying to get back into somewhat of a routine after a long weekend offline. I've been cleaning the apartment, working a bit, running, and visiting with friends that are still in town. Since I had my fair share of heavier holiday foods, I've been eating a lot of fruit (see above) and vegetable salads this week. And this new cookbook gave me plenty of inspiration.
I received this awesome vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, for Christmas. These guys aren't vegetarians, but they know how to make delicious and beautiful vegetable dishes. I mean read this excerpt about their philosophy from their website: So in order to drag you into our world, we make a conscientious effort to renew and re-craft, to astound in looks and flavours, to open-handedly present our creations in a seductive manner, to serve it impeccably and with integrity. 

Wow, right? I read through the entire cookbook and wanted to fold down every corner of each page. Their flavor combinations are exquisite and their dishes are inspirational. Yotam Ottolenghi also writes a weekly column in the Guardian. The next time I get to London, I'll definitely include a visit to their restaurants.
I made their recipe for sweet winter slaw this week. Aren't those colors beautiful? The lime juice-maple syrup dressing gives the salad it's sweetness, and the cabbage and nuts give it texture. Instead of mangos and papayas, I used oranges. I love citrus flavors in the winter.

What are you munching on post-holidays? Are you ready for the New Year? I'll be celebrating with close friends and toasting to our health and happiness for 2012. Have a happy new year and I'll see you in 2012!


De yummyblogsisters said...

one more drink tomorrow and then it's January detox month! we'll be inspired by your healthy salad recipes...thank you for sharing.
happy 2012!

erin said...

looks perfect. happiest new year to you!

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I tried to post a comment from my phone while I was traveling, but clearly it didn't work :) I saw this book for the first time at my parents house this Christmas, and I couldn't agree with you more: every recipe looks delectable. I'd love to just work my way through it, one recipe at a time.

Unknown said...

Judahross - I feel the same way!

Mike said...

Gotta eat lots of strawberries. I love them they are so yummy.