Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Good Ole American Square Meal

Let's rewind a few days...and recap our Labor Day weekend trip.

We arrived on Friday night, just in time to help in the kitchen.  We prepared quite a feast for Grandma's 89th birthday!
Mr. Kummerow (senior) had many guests in town. Lisa:
Julia came home from college:
Alex and I drove in from Charlotte
And we spent the evening working hard in the kitchen, or maybe just having fun taking photos!
Now, I don't remember what everyone else ate (something to do with an animal, I think) but here was my delicious meal:
Baked Sweet Potato, Steamed Brussel Sprouts and Asparagus
Marinated Mushroom
Check out this cutie:
 Julia's mom loved peacocks and had quite the collection before she passed away.  Since her untimely passing, the family has been quite obsessed with peacocks! Luckily they have really come into style and are easily found in fashion, home decor and even yard ornaments! I love these cute little napkin holders!

So the lesson I learned at this meal is that my own home-cooked meals do not have to be an elaborate casserole or stew to be a well-rounded, filling meal.  At the Kummerow home, we eat square meals.  Your typical meat, potato, vegetable and bread sorta meals.  This meal was my version of the good ole American Square Meal.  For my meat I ate the mushroom, then I added a sweet potato, and steamed veggies ( I skipped the bread because it was doused in buttah!)  This meal was so simple, easy and classic and oh so delicious.  I was full and satisfied!  Having a delicious vegan meal doesn't mean that you need an elaborate recipe and crazy ingredients.  A wonderful vegan meal starts with fresh whole ingredients and is accentuated with light seasonings that compliment the flavor of the food, not take away from it.  A little garlic, a little pepper and only a very small amount of olive oil.  I enjoy the taste of real food so much, I don't even put any toppings on my sweet potatoes anymore.  I remember when I was younger, I would cover my sweet potatoes in butter and brown sugar.  Now, they taste so delicious to me I eat them plain. 

Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and coffee.  Well I skipped on dessert and went straight to the coffee.  I am not one who NEEDS her coffee, but I can't turn down a cup of french press coffee, even if it wasn't decaf and it was 9pm.  Luckily for me, I was so tired from the drive that any amount of caffeine could not keep me up at night! We slept tight that night, in a room fully decorated with peacocks!

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