During the height of last year’s pumpkin season, Josh & I were invited to our friends’ dinner party in LA where we brought Noodle Kugel–a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish savory, yet sweet dish most closely described as a baked noodle casserole–& pumpkin wontons. Both items were a hit, but because my pumpkin wonton filled tupperware was compact, it was carried away into the living room away from the dinner table where the dinner hostess’ guests kept it guarded from others. I never got around to posting that recipe, mostly because it was a “toss everything in this wonton + pumpkin” recipe, but ever since the Pumpkin Wonton Hoarding of 2013, I’ve been dabbling with many other wonton/dumpling recipes.
I’ve been working on making a brand new, responsive, HTML 5 compliant layout for TB, hoping to refresh its look & push it into the modern age of the interwebz. However, that means I also have to start restructuring how my posts are composed. Many food bloggers use each new post as a way to post their recipes & then use categories to file them away on a separate page to view, which can often be confusing when combined with a personal adventure story. I began using separate pages to display my recipes because I think it makes the most logical sense to separate events from recipes when I started writing recipes & will continue to do so. I want my posts to be more geared toward food than before & less personal adventure story-like. In order to be the opposite of the hundreds of cluttered Blogspot food blogs I abhor, I need to take a step in a more “obvious” direction: this is a food blog & I also like to plant things. There will always be pictures of food & recipes – it’s my niche & I need to stick with a theme. However, I may sprinkle some fashion posts for the funsies from time to time, followed by a recipe.
Let’s get on it with it then, shall we? So, here are a bunch of pictures of these delectable vegan friendly edamame wontons! I wanted to test out fava beans in my wontons because I’ve never had them before, but if you attempt this recipe, feel free to omit it & use its equivalent measurement in edamame. This is a completely original recipe & a perfect way to hide healthy bites such as mushrooms & veggies to feed to your picky eater of a __________ (insert relationship of a beloved picky eater you feed).
You can dip these wontons in a homemade ponzu sauce mixture or a sweet & sour sauce. Josh & I both agree that a spicy sweet & sour sauce compliments the savory & nutty edamame flavors much better than a soy sauce mixture. These wontons are really quite healthy & filling too! If you really want to turn these into a crowd pleaser, try painting them with some neutral tasting oil, setting your oven to 350º F / 177º C, & baking them for about 10-15 minutes.
A Huntington Beach Wedding Ceremony + Reception
In case you wanted to see more than just some pictures of mushed beans in a flour wrap, here are some pictures of a wedding production I was happy to be a part of. Donald, one of my oldest friends, asked me to participate in a wedding he needed to film for one of his clients to demonstrate his cinematographic skills. So, although it was a fake wedding, he attempted to make it look as real as possible. I was the “Maid of Honor” so I don’t have pictures of the actual ceremony, just what happened after.
We filmed the ceremony at the Huntington Beach Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in Southern California & the reception at Donald’s friend’s house. He was either going to order pizza or find someone to cater, so he asked me & I immediately agreed. The easiest menu I thought to create was Italian, so I went with Bruschetta, Mediterranean Salad, & Minestrone Soup (decided against Italian Wedding Soup – oh well) for appetizers, followed by Mushroom Lasagna & Carbonara (no heavy cream like the traditional recipe) for dinner. A lovely lemon cake was purchased for dessert, but Josh & I also made tiramisu & Watermelon Nectarine Ice Pops, respectively.
Please forgive my potato colored pictures. Lighting was obviously not optimal & I clearly couldn’t make it work very well with what I was given (because I’m a noob & didn’t want to just use Aperture priority or Auto).