Today was the first day of spring, and man, was it beautiful! With temps in the upper 60s and lots of sunshine in Memphis, it felt like the perfect beginning for a new season of growth and re-birth. Can you tell Spring is my favorite season? It's also National Meatout Day!
I celebrated with a veggie-heavy dish — Cauliflower Creole:
I used a typical Shrimp Creole recipe (tomato paste, bell pepper, celery, thyme) but replaced the seafood with yummy white cruciferous veggies! I'm going to include this in my vegan soul food cookbook. It felt pretty unhealthy and unprocesseed, which was a nice change considering how much tofu and other faux meats I eat. It's strange to have a veggie dish as the main entree — but strange in a good way.
The original Shrimp Creole recipe came from a cookbook that the Haas side of my family put together a couple years ago and sold at the family reunion. Everyone was asked to submit recipes (I submitted Kimchee Soup, Tofu Manicotti, and Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes). This one came from Hazel Haas Roemmich, the daughter of Pearl and Julius Haas (my great-grandparents). That would make Hazel my great-aunt, I guess.
Anyway, have a wonderful first weekend in Spring and enjoy the Full Moon!