So California Autumn in January with Recipes and Free Book

Autumn has arrived in California. The Japanese Maples on my neighborhood walks wear their brilliant red and orange cloaks. Bright yellow leaves wind through my yard undressing the fig and apricot trees during this cold, cruel month.

On a less melodramatic note, let’s talk comfort food. Vegan-style. On a rainy day at 55 deg F, it’s where my mind turns.

Last week I pulled my Diablo press from the kitchen appliance cupboard. It’s low tech, well-made, and easy to maintain. I created these pocket “sandwiches.”

Bean and Veggie Pupusas

Based on a El Salvadoran entree, I lay a street taco tortilla (small, made with masa (corn) so GF) on one side of the Diablo press. I spread a spoonful of refried pinto beans then layer chopped onion, a tsp of salsa, and chopped power greens. Lay the second tortilla on top and close the press. Heat over medium heat flame on stove. About 2-4 minutes per side.

Hummus and Tabouli Pocket

Mediterranean this time. I bop back and forth on using either tabouli or olive tapenade. Depends on my mood. I lay flat bread on one side of the Diablo press. If you want to stay GF and not need to trim the bread, stick with the street taco tortillas. I spread a spoonful of hummus, then add sun-dried tomato, a tsp of tabouli, mushroom slice, artichoke, drizzle with dark balsamic, and top with chopped power greens. Lay the second flat bread on top and closed the press. Heat over medium heat flame on stove. About 2-4 minutes per side.

Taste of Jewish Deli

I lay a wheat sandwich thin on one side of the Diablo press. I spread a spoonful of Miy0ko’s cream cheese (Un-Lox Your Dreams), then top with sliced onion, capers, sun-dried tomato, drizzle with dark balsamic, and chopped power greens. Lay the second sandwich thin on top and close the press. Heat over medium heat flame on stove. About 2-4 minutes per side.

I froze the extras. If you have other ideas for these pocket sandwiches, please comment!

LAST MINUTE NEWS

Sinking Ships –the first book in the Abishag Mystery series is FREE this weekend. Grab it now at Amazon. Consider leaving a review if you like it–sure  helps authors and readers.

Off to make vegan sloppy joes and write the Sword & Sorcery Lunchtime Read work-in-progress. Happy writing, walking, reading and eating.

Michelle Knowlden

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About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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