Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Nice Day for a Picnic

It's a warm sunny Fall weekend here in Central Virginia and we decided that it was high time for a picnic. So I spent some time this morning gathering together our grub, then we packed the car and headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. A few hundred other people had the same idea but we found a nice patch of grass for ourselves at one of the many overlooks and spread out our blanket in front of this view.
On the menu was fried seitan, macaroni salad, green beans and apple slices. The seitan was mostly like the J-Lo Fried "Chicken" recipe in La Dolce Vegan, the only exception being that I added some almond meal to the breading. To the pasta salad I added red bell pepper, celery, diced pickles, mixed beans (chickpeas, pintos and kidney beans), vegan mayo, flax oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. The green beans were simple and delectable. When the pasta water came up to a boil I threw in a large handful of green beans. After a few minutes I scooped them out with a slotted spoon and put them into a bowl of cold water. Then I drained 'em and added a little sesame oil and a splash each of soy sauce and rice vinegar. And finally I topped them off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

We walked off our lunch (or part of it anyway) with a nice hike at Humpback Rocks. There's a short steep trail that leads up to a spectacular view, but on a day like today I bet there are 100 people on the trail at any given time. So we decided to avoid the crowds and explore a trail that heads off in the opposite direction. No panoramic views, but we did see some nice color. And despite the fact that the parking lot at the trailhead was overflowing when we got there, we hiked for over an hour and only saw 2 other people (and 3 deer).

7 comments:

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

my hubby and i drove about an hour and half north of atlanta to hit up the foot hills of the Appalcian Mountains for a picnic a few weeks back. it was so lovely. we settled for sandwiches but yr meal looks WAY better!

VeggieGirl said...

wow, what a picturesque setting for a delicious picnic lunch and a nice, long hike!! glad you're enjoying such sunny, beautiful weather - it's cold, dark, and dreary here!! :0(

urban vegan said...

Looks idyllic.

Chris said...

you certainly have a way with words urban vegan ;-)

and you too veggiegirl. We keep waiting for the cold and dark but it hasn't come yet.

thanks ppv! it's certainly nice to get up to the mtns. this time of year.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

sounds like a great picnic!

bazu said...

This is my last summer wish- I want to go on one last picnic before the weather makes it impossible! What gorgeous photos!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Sounds like a perfect day for a picnic! Love the fall color!