Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earthday-Vegeterian Recipes for People

Earth day is a little bit of a bust over here.  Its raining, raining, raining and we hate the rain so we are inside taking naps.

 Mom is cooking, and even though she is a carnivore like us (or at least a meat lover) in honor of Earth day she is making some vegetarian recipes, since vegetarian cooking is easier on the environment.

First she made her absolute favorite pasta.

Summer Garden Pasta from Ina Garten 

4 pints of cherry tomatoes (Ina Garten uses the red ones  but I think the recipe is better with the mixed color cherry tomatoes, red, yellow and orange)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 package angel hair pasta
8 ounces of grated Parmesan cheese (the real Italian stuff)

At least four hours before you want to eat the pasta cut the tomatoes in half and combine with the olive oil, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper.  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature.

When you are ready to serve the pasta put the water on to boil.  Thinly slice 18 basil leaves and toss in with the tomatoes, set aside a few other leaves for garnish.  Grate the Parmesan cheese and stir into the tomatoes.   

Cook the pasta until and toss with the tomatoes.

Caprese Salad

This is so simple its barely even a recipe and more of an idea.

2 to 3 large tomatoes (I used these cool purple tomatoes they had on Fresh Direct this week.)
8 ounces of buffalo mozzarella 
olive oil
salt and pepper

Slice the tomatoes and place them on a plater.  Slice the cheese and arrange around the tomatoes.    Drizzle over olive oil and the salt and pepper.   Top with a handful of basil leaves.

The best part of the meal was the dessert.  

Passion Fruit and Raspberry Mess or Pavlova

 This started life as a Pavlova but it cracked so I served it a Trifle Bowl like Eton Mess.

5 large egg whites
pinch salt
1 cup vanilla sugar (you can make this by storing some sugar in a jar or tupper ware with a vanilla bean)
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch
 1 cup heavy cream
2tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 passion fruit
1 pint raspberries.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.   In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attatchment beat the egg whites on high with the pinch of salt until soft peaks form.   Gradually add the sugar as you beat until you have used all the sugar and firm peaks form.   This should take about 3 minutes.   Sprinkle over the cornstarch and vinegar and fold in.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mound the meringue mix in the center of the paper in a circle.   Cook for one hour.  Turn off then oven and let cook completely.

At this point you can decide if you want to make Pavlova or mess.   When I took my pavlova out of the oven it cracked.  I probably did not let it cool long enough.  So I brought it up and put it in Trifle serving bowl.   If  your pavlova doesn't crack you can just put it on a serving plate.

Whip the cream in the mixer with chilled beaters until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until firmer peaks form.  Top the pavlova or mess with the cream.   Cut the passion fruit in half and extract the seeds and scatter over the Pavlova/Mess.   Scatter over the raspberries.

We have an excess of doggie treats over here right now, what with all the treats we have ordered from Mr. Chewy, but last year I did post a recipe for Earth Day Friendly dog treats you can check it out here.


  1. Oh, these vegetarian dishes look so good that I'm drooling all over my keyboard ;)
    Happy Earth Day!

  2. Oh, yum, thanks for sharing those recipes. I thought the main course looked delish...then I got the dessert!!! Can't wait to try it! Hope all the sweet lounging pups got a nice Earth Day snack too with all that good cooking going on there!

  3. Yum! Awesome recipes for Earth Day! Happy Earth Day! :)

  4. Looks delicious!! I'll have to try some of those recipes!

  5. Happy Earthday! Looks like you had a great feast!! our mom tries to make Monday's 'Meatless Monday's', to help the earth out and all. Her favorite meatless meal is vegetable Japanese Curry.

    yuki and rocket

  6. A gweat snooze on a wainy day is the best thing to do and it looks like you've all found pawfect places to do so..fank you fow those wecipes..we make the capwese all the time, but it was a gweat wemindew and Mommi will twy that pasta vewy soon
    Happy Eawf Day to all of yoo
    Smoochie kisses

  7. Who knew veggies could look so good. Those are some pretty and fancy dishes. I've had some basic veggies like green beans and sweet potatoes, but nothing that looked that pretty.


  8. It looks like a nice day for a whole lotta relaxin and good recipes
    Benny & Lily

  9. Happy Earth Day (a day late)

    Stop on by for a visit

  10. Oh my...I wish I had dinner at your home! So funny to see all the poochies veggin' out!

  11. I just wanted to sleep all day yesterday, too. I even refused to do an afternoon poop when my dad took me out. I can't stand trying to do my biz in the pouring rain. ANYWHO, thank you for the veggie recipes. My 'rents are veg-heads and actually make a dish similar to the pasta one your mentioned.

    Love that photo of Ping in the "Ultimate Tuck" position. :)