Welcome to Romeo's Food Lady! This blog contains recipes for delicious vegetarian food. Most of these are not recipes authored by me. Rather, this is just a compilation of great veggie food I've found from all over the place, usually tweaked just a little. It's intended to be a reference FOR ME so I don't lose great food I've found nor the changes I've made to suit my tastes, but I'm happy for you to use it, too. After more than 25 years of being a vegetarian, I know what tastes good.
Romeo's Food Lady is named after my friend and cat, Romeo. Romeo is not a vegetarian, but his Food Lady is!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sparkling Spider Cocktail

Here's a lovely autumn drink to serve at your Halloween party tonight, courtesy of The Food Network magazine.  The recipe is theirs, but the name came from us!

sparkling apple cider
cinnamon schnapps
sparkling white wine

In flutes or coupes, fill your glass 1/3 - 1/2 full of sparkling apple cider.  The balance will be alcohol, so determine your amount of cider with that in mind.  Next, add 2 splashes of cinnamon schnapps, and top it off with sparkling white wine.  Beautiful and seasonal!

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Waffles

Feeling autumny yet?  Here's a great weekend breakfast to get you in the mood:  pumpkin waffles!  It's a recipe I adapted from a very inspiring book called The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash.  She makes this with mashed sweet potatoes, but canned pumpkin makes it super convenient.  Let me know what you think!

1/4 c. butter or vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance vegan margarine.)
1.5 c. all-purpose, unbleached flour
1 T. baking powder (try to find aluminum-free baking powder)
1 t. salt
1/4 t. nutmeg
cinnamon, to taste (optional)
3 eggs (or vegan egg replacer, like that by Ener-G)
1 c. almond milk (or rice milk will work fine)
1 c. canned pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie mix)

Melt the butter or margarine, then set it aside to cool slightly.

Using a fork, blend the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center, and add the eggs, almond milk, and pumpkin.  Using a hand mixer, start mixing the ingredients on low, and pour in the melted butter or margarine while the mixer is going.  Mix on high until the batter is light and fluffy.

Cook on a preheated waffle iron as instructed by the manufacturer.  Serves about 4.

Note that these waffles are moist and may require additional cooking time if you prefer a crisp exterior.  Served with breakfast potatoes and cranberry juice or hot cranberry tea, this is the perfect autumn breakfast!

Monday, October 8, 2012

New Orleans, LA!

Scott had a milestone birthday last month, so we celebrated by going to New Orleans, LA, his favorite city in the U.S.  Now, New Orleans - or NOLA as I prefer to call it - can be unfriendly for a vegetarian, but we did make some great discoveries that I'll pass on to you.  The city is so great that you musn't let the task of eating well daunt you!
1.  The Jazz Quarters (http://jazzquarters.com/ ) bed and breakfast in Tremé, just on the edge of the French Quarter, is vegetarian-friendly.  Just let the innkeepers know your special dietary needs, and they will absolutely work around them at breakfast - beautifully.  We enjoyed couscous boiled in orange juice with dried fruit and nuts and optional yogurt at breakfast each morning before our entrée.  One morning we had Haitian bread pudding with praline sauce (with bacon crumbles for Scott) and a Zydeco wrap with chipotle cream sauce (with sausage and eggs for Scott) the next.  Both were absolutely delicious!
2.  The Gumbo Shop (http://www.gumboshop.com/)  on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter not only has vegetarian food, but it has vegetarian food with local flavor.  Here's me enjoying the heck out of some Cajun-seasoned white beans with rice and, although you can't see it, some locally-brewed beer.  They had this offering as well as vegetarian gumbo, and you can't beat that!
The Gumbo Shop sells a cookbook with some of their vegetarian recipes in it, but since you're already supporting them by eating there, buy their cookbook at:
3.  The Kitchen Witch (http://www.kwcookbooks.com/), a cookbook shop on Toulouse Street in the French Quarter where doggie hosts Sophia and Scout will greet you and show you around the shop.  I got an autographed copy of The Gumbo Shop's cookbook here.
4.  La Davina Gelateria (http://www.ladivinagelateria.com/), also on St. Peter Street in the French Quarter has vegetarian food AND homemade gelato and sorbetto (a vegan-friendly "ice-cream-like" treat that is very welcome during the hell-like heat of NOLA summers) along with cold sodas, waters, teas, etc. when you need them.
5.  Finally, there is a wonderful place on Frenchmen Street where you can get vegetarian food before seeing a great, great show at Snug Harbor:  The Three Muses (http://www.thethreemuses.com/).  The food is not of local flavor, but the ambience is, and it's absolutely beautiful.  I recommend it!
We also tried Central Grocery, home of the original mufaletta, when we heard they had "vegetarian mufalettas".  But unless you are hungry for a pound of cheese and a hint of olive spread between 2 pieces of mufaletta bread, I'd look elsewhere for a good vegetarian version of this classic sandwich.  "Original" does not always equal "best".  If anyone from Central Grocery is reading this, your vegetarian sandwich could be improved by vastly reducing the cheese, upping the olive spread, and adding some vegetables like lettuce and tomato.


Consider topping your trip off with a stop at Café du Monde (http://www.cafedumonde.com/).  I know it's cliché, but dang!  The beignets are so good!