Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?!? KCET (my local Public TV Station) is now offering its viewers a chance for just that, through their brand new web series, Free Lunch. All you have to do is agree to be taped afterwards, talking about your experience.
And guess who’s the “star” of their pilot episode? Lucky lucky me!!!
I got to choose where I wanted to eat. Since I’m on the Westside, I picked a spot I’ve been wanting to try for a while now – Green Peas in Culver City.
This is the perfect place to hang out and work all day!!!
Green Peas was recommended to me because of their extensive vegan sandwich menu (for my BVSLA list)
Though everything sounded amazing, I decided to keep it light, since I’m having a small dinner party later.
Salads come with a choice of soup or potatoes – I opted for the latter, but still received a sample of the daily special:
Everything is made fresh, with organic ingredients whenever possible. It was really tasty!
As was the raw kale salad – beautiful green AND purple leaves, cranberries, raisins, tomatoes, almonds and homemade lemon dressing. I un-veganized it by adding hormone-free chicken.
The roasted potatoes got a dousing of hot sauce, plus lotsa salt + pepper
I made little pita pockets too
Speaking of sandwiches, I also sampled some of the KCET’s crew’s lunches!
Diego’s Prosciutto with Buffalo Mozzarella and sundried tomato aioli…
…and a bite of Anna’s (the photographer above) vegan tuna
They’re both lovely dining partners, and if you’re in the LA area I highly recommend taking advantage of their generosity! Sign up here to be considered, and join their facebook fan page for more info.
Back at the beach house I started working on tonight’s dessert. As usual, I couldn’t stick to a recipe and am a little afraid of the outcome.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Bars
- 1/2 jar Coconut Peanut Butter (~ 1 cup)
- 1/4 jar Blueberry Rice Syrup (~ 1/2 – 1/3 cup)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I combined the wet ingredients, then added the dry ones. Originally, these were going to be regular cookies. But in the middle of baking, the water to the house got turned off for some plumbing issues.
I improvised by morphing them into bars – figured rolling little balls of dough without access to hand washing wasn’t the wisest.
Into an 8×8 baking dish lined with wax paper, for 20 minutes
Cut after cooled
They feel a bit soft but look promising. We’ll see how they turned out later tonight!!!