3.04.2009

cornbread, or, I'm goin' south!

I'm flying down to Tampa, Florida this weekend to present one of my papers at a graduate conference. This couldn't come at a better time, as this happened here in Boston the other night:
And on the SAME DAY it was 80 degrees in Florida! I am excited for the conference. And nervous. Anyway, in honor of heading south, I present you with a southern meal!
Southern-fried tofu with a tomato-free barbeque sauce (no recipe yet, I'm perfecting it), collard greens, and cornbread! I love almost all things that involve cornmeal, and I'm always in search of the perfect cornbread. This time I used the cornbread recipe from Veganomicon, which is decent. I left out the corn kernels, though.

So one of the best parts about making cornbread is making more than you need, because then you can have it for multiple meals! I had it with leftovers, I had it for breakfast with agave and soymilk:

And then I still had a lot of cornbread that went stale. So what to do with it? I present:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cornbread Croutons

2 Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2-3 large pieces of leftover cornbread, also cubed
1 onion, quartered, then sliced
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3-4 Tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 425. Combine all of the ingredients except the oil in a large bowl, then drizzle the oil over it and stir until everything's coated with oil.

Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, taking it out to stir every 10 minutes.

This makes 2 large main servings, or 4 side servings. The picture shows it served over raw celery.

So to reward myself after my presentation, while I'm in FL, I plan to check out Grass Root Organic Restaurant. Any other recommendations for good eats in Tampa?

7 comments:

PB and Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow -- the roasted sweet potatoes and corn bread croutons...words can't even describe how awesome that sounds! Your pictures look great and I'm getting hungry again, even though I just ate lunch :)

VeggieGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

SWEET POTATOES!!!!!!!!!

Ruby Red Vegan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good luck at your presentation! Just think happy thoughts (like how yummy Taza Chocolate is!) and you'll do great!

Cornbread for breakfast! Yum! I love it.

And the roasted sweet potatoes and cornbread croutons... You are so smart!

And vegan southern meals are the funnest! Last night I have chicken-fried tofu, tater tots, baked beans, and veggies...yay! You are so creative with your cornbread leftovers!

Virginie P. said... Best Blogger Tips

You still have snow ??? It is Spring in France, still a bit cold, but definitely warmer. Even though and whatever the season, your Southern meals sounds very good.

Cindy DG said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope your enjoyed your conference.
This looks great!!
Cindy
http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

jd said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sure, you get to present a paper at a graduate conference and suddenly you're too good to post anything for several weeks...

Who do you think you are, anyway?
A person with a life outside of blogging?!

Kidding, KIDDING, of course :)

(And yea, it's been like 3wks for me - without a valid excuse - so I suppose I really have no room to talk...)

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and say hey!

Hope your presentation was a success :)

jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope it went well!