Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Day at the Races

So the sun never quite came out today like we were promised. In other words, it never quite warmed up either. It was still a fun day at the track. We started off having lunch with my mom and sister at Cafe 1217. I ordered a sample salad plate. That option let me choose four different salads from the deli case. I opted for Sugar Snap Peas with Pesto, Couscous with Tangerines, Winter Wild Rice Salad, Chickpeas, & Kalamata Olives, and Grilled Asparagus. (I apologize for picture quality as I was using an old point and shoot.)
My sister and I also split a vegetable cake. It had shredded carrots and zucchini and I believe the binder was mashed sweet potatoes. I may try to recreate this using mashed chickpeas as well.
The pictures really do not do the food any justice at all.

Then it was on to the track.
View from our box seat
My sis
Jason
Notice the man in the white fur, red pants, red shoes. That's why you go to the track. I did really good and did not indulge in nachos. The three of us did split a jalapeno and cheese stuffed soft pretzel though. YUM!

When we got home I let Jason take over in the kitchen. He made Quorn Gruyere Chik'n Cutlets with a cranberry and portobello sauce, smashed potatoes using rice milk, and green beans with red onions. This is the first time we have had the Gruyere Chik'n Cutlet. I honestly couldn't really taste the cheese, but they were still very good. This was definitely a comfort food type of dinner, which was what he was after. I can't even recall the last time we had smashed potatoes. 
What is your favorite comfort food?