Meatless Monday, Meatless Week
Ohagi (red bean in pounded sticky rice)
Good morning, dear readers! Today marks Day 1 of Meatless Week here on the Cookbook Chronicles, where I’ll be eschewing my favorite food group for a full seven days in an effort to decrease my carbon footprint. (You may recall I did a Meatless Week on the blog a few months ago, and you can catch up on those entries here. To read my Meatless Week interview with Kim O’Donnel on True Slant, click here.)
My favorite type of ohagi are the ones covered in kinako (roasted soybean powder)
This round of Meatless Week couldn’t have come at a better time. This past weekend, I took a group of friends up to my hometown of Vancouver B.C. for a whirlwind Chinese food eating tour. For 2 ½ days, we gorged on Cantonese, Shanghainese, and Hunanese food. Our itinerary basically revolved around restaurant visits, and I’ll be posting about some of those experiences in the next while. I was also inspired to recreate some of the delicious dishes I ate in the next week—meat-free, of course.
Some of my friends who did Meatless Week with me last found the challenge relatively easy. I must admit it wasn’t easy for me—I felt fatigued and bored with my food choices for the first few days, and had to stop training for my half marathon because my body somehow didn’t respond well to the switch. It took about five days before I felt like myself again. I’ve since run my second half marathon, and am currently training for my first full marathon in late November. I hope to have the energy to continue with training this week, and I’ll add a brief update each day or answer any questions regarding my energy levels if anyone is curious.
what a delicious way to start Meatless Week
In addition to some home-cooked vegetarian Chinese fare this week, I’m heading to Orcas Island on Friday to dine at Allium restaurant. The main purpose of our trip, however, is to attend our friends Jamie and Chelsea’s wedding. I’ll be taking photographs there to share with you—along with shots of what I’ll be noshing on at the celebration! I can’t think of a better way to end Meatless Week than with the union of two of the nicest people we know.
To kick off Meatless Week, I have been indulging in a wonderful Japanese dessert made by my friend Yoshiko. This dessert is called ohagi, and it is a sticky rice ball usually filled with anko (red bean), and sometimes covered with kinako (roasted soybean powder). I enjoy having ohagi not just as an afternoon sweet, but for breakfast, too! Here is a great recipe for ohagi via Just Hungry.
Interested in joining me for Meatless Week? I’d love to hear your experiences, and your favorite meatless meal ideas in the comments!
Posted: August 22nd, 2010 under Uncategorized.