In my previous post detailing my adventures in Woodstock, I promised a recap of my second trip to the superbly quaint town, including my heartwarming visit to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and more food porn courtesy of Garden Cafe on the Green. While I fulfilled the former intention, I regret to admit that I cannot deliver on the latter. You see, after the farm tour, our 14-person troupe ventured to Garden Cafe and ordered almost $300 worth of takeout (courtesy of Vassar) to devour on our bus. And devour, we did! So eagerly so that my fellow vegan vultures descended upon the tantalizing goodies before I could snap a single photo. Luckily, I snatched a box of leftovers to bring back to my dorm and enjoy for lunch the next day, which I did indeed photograph.
The leftovers consisted of succulent sauteed kale and a tangy quinoa-sweet potato pilaf—two components of the cafe’s famously scrumptious Garden Bowls. To this I added a sprinkling of chickpeas, two handfuls of homesprouted alfalfas, and a dollop of lacto-fermented salsa—a gift from a Vassar alum with whom I had the pleasure of dining last Friday, who recently launched a youth garden initiative and has studied healing practices at a nearby buddhist monastery. As the post of this title attests, I can only describe this lunch of fabulous flavors in one word: yum.
Comment Provoking Questions: What’s your favorite way to refurbish leftovers? Have you tried lacto-fermenting anything beofre?
Until next time, Ali.