Lent is over. I had my meat/alcohol feast on Easter Sunday.
Oddly enough, I don’t have any meat cravings after Lent. That may change. For now, I’m cooking up what my belly is craving.
I made a zucchini omelette. I added David Rocco’s Insalata di Fagioli e Tonno (tuna bean salad). I liked the crunchy texture from the celery pieces.
I had some culinary inspiration from Rachel Ray’s “Week in a Day.”
It took me a couple hours because off all the vegetable cutting and the other food prep. However, I enjoyed this easy recipe for Fancy Fisherman Stew. I also added smoked clams to the broth.
I gave up red meat and chicken for Lent. My meals revolved around vegetables, tofu and seafood.
The Bay Area makes it easy. I thought it was exciting to explore vegetarian and vegan menus in San Francisco and beyond.
At the new Devil’s Slide Trail, we enjoyed a lovely walk and picnic with portobello mushroom sandwiches from Dinosaurs in Pacifica. I adore the vegan mayo on that crusty bread.
I also found plenty of vegetarian recipes to test in our kitchen.
I normally do this “look back” post in January. It’s been a little nutty in the newsroom.
2013: The year of meat. That’s what it feels like since I gave up red meat, chicken and alcohol for Lent this year.
Last year, I had one of the most decadent meals of my life at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon in Montreal.
My entrÃ©e: stuffed au pied de cochon with foie gras. It felt like the fatty duck meat left my heart racing.
In wine country, we got messy with a lobster boil at St. Supery.
In Pacifica, I went crabbing for the first time. We got lucky. I named our crabby friend “Lunch.”
In Daly City, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner.
In Calistoga, we celebrated the New Year with newlyweds, Nancy and Justin, and plenty of hearty pork dishes.
I posted more food and drink photos on Flickr.