I’m still trying my tray sprouter that I found in my pantry after burying it there months ago. I got it as a gift and had mixed results sprouting small seeds in it. But I decided to give it another go with larger sprouts and have been having lots of luck as long as I rinse both trays twice daily, once in the morning and evening. I sprouted another batch of lentils in it and 5 days later the sprouts have gotten so big they’re separating the trays!
And pushing the lid off!
But, no fuzz problem. Aren’t the sprouts gorgeous?
And impressive root growth!
I can’t wait to use these in a salad. But not tonight. Nope, instead I got to take this sexy guy out for his birthday dinner.
To one of our favorite, but hard to get into restaurants – The Chef’s Table. It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall joint with a constantly changing menu based on the chef’s mood and available ingredients. Also very limited seating around the chef’s bar and tiny section of tables. Usually reservations have to be made days in advance. Tonight I was presented with perhaps the most non-vegan friendly menu I’ve ever seen.
There’s even bacon in the popcorn?!? No biggie. In Melisser Elliot’s The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, she encourages vegans to venture to not-so-vegan-friendly restaurants to make vegan requests and show there is more of a demand for vegan menu options. And the great thing about a place like this is the off-menu options. When I explained I was looking for something vegan to our waiter, he quickly talked to the chef and came back to me with menu options. I ended up getting a vegan version of the lettuce wraps packed with asparagus and mushrooms to make up for the lack of chicken.
The spicy Thai peanut sauce was divine and it was still a fun and impressive meal.
The bummer was there were absolutely no vegan options on the dessert menu. Really, I didn’t need a dessert, but it was a bit painful watching hubby enjoy caramel bread pudding with no options for me.
However, I got to finish off the bottle of wine instead, so I guess it wasn’t so bad. :-)
Do you sprout at home? What are your favorite sprouts?