Sunday, February 24, 2008

The best husband in the world

I have the best husband in the world. No, seriously. The best. Not only is he a loving, caring, intelligent companion, he is also a talented cook. Today, after another six-day-week of business school, he made lunch for me. The other day we had bought some rice in the fair trade store - but not just any rice: purple rice from Laos. It was white basmati rice mixed with dark grains of a variety that according to the package would turn purple when cooked. We gave it a shot, and really, when we opened the rice cooker after it was done it was a bright amazing purple. Lovely :-)


To go with this bright purple rice he made green edamame, grilled zucchini, and a mustard sauce that he turned yellow and fragrant with a spice mix he brought back from Kenia. This was one delicious and colorful cooked lunch. And to make it even more perfect, today was the warmest day we've had this year so far. It must have been something like 70°F. The normal temperature this time of the year would be closer to 0°F. It was sunny and warm so we had lunch on our balcony. Seriously, in moments like these I'm a big fan of global warming...

When I first met my husband I had just turned vegan - and he was on the continuous quest for the perfect steak. "I'll never become a vegetarian, let alone vegan", he told me. Not too long after this incident he said good by to meat, too, and replaced his quest for the perfect steak with the quest for the perfect slice of fried eggplant (which is just as demanding, I'm telling you). On top of this he cooks the most delicious vegan dishes for me. See, I have the best husband in the world.

For more purple foods check out my Purple Potatoe Salad.

11 comments:

Vaishali said...

Anke, your hubby does sound wonderful :) And the rice looks great.
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Lizzy said...

What a fantastic dinner, very sweet of him!

VeggieGirl said...

wow, certainly sounds like you DO have a lovely husband - so great!! that dinner is so vibrant and wholesome - love it!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I have always wanted to try purple rice (i think its orig from Thailand but grown in CA) now I'll def give it a try knowing you liked it! and they kept their color... oh the beauty

Jennifer said...

Ah, that rice is gorgeous!

This dish had me with the lovely rice, then I saw the grilled zucchini (one of my favorite veggies) and that edamame, yum!

What a nice hubby, making all this delish looking food for you!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

If the gorgeousness of that plate of food is any indication, he certainly IS an amazing husband. On another note, isn’t purple food great? Not only is it nutritious, it also makes any meal look spectacularly colorful!

Vegan_Noodle said...

What an awesome husband indeed? Is he vegan now? Irregardless, how cool that he cooks for you!!

Hope you're enjoying the warmer temps... I may have to move north though if this global warming thing keeps up :-)

Anke said...

He is a vegetarian, more out of convenience. If there were vegan options available easily he'd be 100% vegan. At home we only cook vegan things, for lunch he takes the vegetarian option at the cafeteria. And more often than not he suffers because he lunch was not filling enough, or because there is no vegetarian option and all he gets is two side salads. Here in small-town, Germany, being vegetarian is an adventure already and unheard of for many. I love him for being veg*n.

Cookiemouse said...

I used to live in Fellbach, the twin town of Mei├čen, and still miss the great bread and organic vegetables there.

Veggie said...

Purple rice? I've never heard of that before, but I'd like to try it.
Does it taste different than regular rice?

Anke said...

it didn't taste any different, but the color was amazing: a lucent, bright purple that was gleaming on the moist rice - simply beautiful. the taste was that of good basmati rice. I can see why the people on the Phillipines eat it on special occasions and holidays