Thursday, January 15, 2009

The First Day of School...My Last One!

So everyone be really excited and happy for me because today was my last first day of school ever! I will be graduating in May, with a degree in dietetics, so no more class for me after that! At least not for a long time...

To celebrate this momentous occasion (kind of.) I thought I needed to start the day with a good breakfast! What better place than Columbia's best local bakery, Uprise Bakery! They make a fantastic granola there, and they offer soy milk, so this was perfect. Their Almond Crunch Granola has a really nutty and sweet flavor, but is not too sugary to overpower the wonderful flavors of the almonds and sesame seeds. The perfect combination of salty and sweet, with a lovely hint of vanilla! One of my new favorites!A lovely bowl of Uprise's Almond Crunch Granola with Soymilk
And for a great way to end the day, another tester recipe from Bianca at Vegan Crunk for her upcoming cookbook! Yes! Tonight's Southern treat was Country-Fried Tempeh Steak with "Milk" Gravy. That just sounds too good...AND it tastes that way! This recipe is really true to its country-fried cousin with its triple-breading and salty, savory flavor. Oh, yeah, did I mention gravy? Maybe I forgot to mention this awesome gravy! I love a nice, peppery gravy for a little creamy texture on top of my crunchy. This did the trick! You all are going to love this freakin cookbook if you like down-home cooking at all!! Tester Country-Fried Tempeh Steak with "Milk" Gravy,
served with Homemade Sweet Yeast Rolls and Collard Greens!


Bianca said...

Congrats on your last first day! That is a great feeling, though I kinda miss college now.

And I'm so glad you liked the tempeh steak and the soup (I'm just catching up on the last few posts).

I'm totally drooling over that black olive seitan! I adore black olives, so I'll have to try that.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

I didn't realize you were a dietetics major! Me too, me too! Congrats on your last first day of school. It must be a relief to know you're almost done. Are you going for a dietetic intership after graduation? I've started looking but still have a year before I need to apply.

And YES to down-home vegan cooking, which I had never had before until I ate at a Whole Foods in Nashville. AMAZING! I have a feeling I would like that tempeh very, very much.

The almond granola looks great too -- you are reminding me that it has been ridiculously, unnecessarily long since I have had granola!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Niiiice! The internship app process seems pretty intimidating, so I think it is super duper awesome that you're almost done with it. Are there any jobs in particular that strike your fancy? I am particularly interested in your views because I am in a weird position as a vegan dietitian, and I have a feeling my ethical views might get in the way of many aspects of the job.

Anyway, I go to Saint Louis University. They have a huge internship program but I want to expand my horizons and go somewhere else for the internship. Please do let me know when you're in town -- I'd love to do food & coffee with you! I am glad you mentioned it, as it seems like the Missouri Vegans thread on theppk died.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Dietetics sounds like a great field! Congrats on your last first day. The end of school is in sight! And that tester recipe sounds incredible. Stay warm this weekend!

VeganCowGirl said...

Looks super great! Congrats on being done school and congrats on such a great accomplishment. Be well and happy.