Tuesday, October 28, 2008
So...it didn't snow much but it was cold!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I was amused because I thought Cindy McCain looked like an orange Stepford Wife combined with a Frankenstein-style zombie (Oooh, Halloweeny). But, to be fair and balanced (ha ha Fox news) its not a very flattering picture for anyone.
Also, check out Michael Pollan's recent piece in the Food Issue of the New York Times, Farmer in Chief. It is a letter to the next president. There was also a recent interview on NPR about the piece. I only caught a bit of it but you can find it on their website.
Phew, two posts in one day. I probably won't post again for a month, just kidding.
A couple weekends ago I went camping with some friends and it was awesome! The leaves were changing and the air was crisp. Looking at these pictures makes me want to go back right now.
I love living in the mountains, especially this time of year.
Now to the cooking. I made the pumpkin baked ziti with carmelized onions and sage bread crumbs from the Veganomicon (probably not the exact name, but I left the book at my parent's house). It was really good comfort food, and very seasonally appropriate which is a plus. Isa's cashew ricotta is amazing stuff.Obviously, I haven't been living off of this pasta dish (despite the temptation) but everything else that I have eaten has just been thrown together at the last minute. I kept forgetting to take pictures and the few times I remembered the food was just way too ugly to record photographically.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
We made some green curry baked tofu today and spaghetti with garlic bread, nothing too exciting and no pictures so....random old pics instead.
An adorable tiny pumpkin that was a present from a friend a couple years ago. That was my dorm room window and umbrella plant.
Oh yeah! My running mojo is back. I think my time off allowed the Pose method to sink into my brain. I was running faster than usual with less effort.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Brown rice with seasame ginger/ponzu/apple cider vinegar sauce on eggplant, onion, garlic, and green pepper.
Asian style baked tofu (tamari, mirin, rice wine vinegar, chiles, and nori strips)
The baked tofu on ezekiel bread with avocado.
Spicy ginger tofu with kale and an avocado tempeh melt with sweet potato fries (and a magic hat number 9) from the Usual Suspects. Those are my friends torso's.
My bf holding a delicious frozen concoction of mimicreme, vanilla extract, soymilk, and frozen berries blended together. It was awesome, and yes we ate that whole bowl.
This cake was my second attempt at baking without a recipe and it turn out really well. It is a simple white vanilla cake with a maple cinnamon swirl on top.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Dinner was not extremely photogenic. Actually that's probably not the case. It is just my lack of photography skills that make it appear less than photogenic. Just in case you were wondering, the weird glop in the bowl is soba noodles, onion, garlic, and eggplant in a spicy miso broth. It was good. The soba noodles aren't the mugwort kind 'cause my boy has some sense and made us use up the already open packet. I didn't even pout about not having greenish tinted noodles.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Some findings were more exciting than others. The coolest finds are the items below. I'll list them from left to right: Ponzu (I've never used it before), Zico coconut water, Nayonaise (for less than $1.50), an Aloo Chole spice mix, "not-beef" boullion cubes, vanilla soy yogurt, really pretty eggplants, Bac'uns (another first...I don't know if I will like them), Spike seasoning, vegan worchestershire sauce, and tamari. In front there is a rice milk crisp bar and mugwort leaf soba noodles. I don't even know what mugwort is, but they have a slight green tinge. I'm also excited a frozen vegan pumpkin pie (only 3 bucks!) and MimiCreme (99 cents).
For dinner we had some green beans that we canned over the summer with some new potatoes, onion, garlic, EB, and pepper. We also sliced up and salted a tomato and formed some of Vegan Dad's beef seitan into "cube steaks"
It was really tasty, but the meatiness was almost disconcerting (not that I really remember the taste/texture of meat). I don't make seitan very often because I find that the gluten sits rather heavily in my stomach, but Vegan Dad's recipes are always worth it (and much less "gluten-y" than other recipes).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
On a happier note, I'm stuffed! We just had a big family meal and that always means delicious Sri Lankan food, almost all of which is vegan. I don't really have specific recipes for these dishes, but "feel" cooking is more fun anyway. I can provide more specific recipes if desired.
This is a non traditional Sri Lankan dish that is just zucchini cut into matchsticks and stir fried in a hot wok with peanut oil. Once it starts to soften, salt and Sri Lankan chili powder (spicy!) is sprinkled on top.
This is my favorite potato dish. It is cubed potatoes stirfried with tumeric, onions, ginger, and lots of garlic until the potatoes that are almost cooked and then the dish is baked until the potatoes are all the way cooked and then it is topped cilantro.
This is dahl. It is mostly just lentils and onions and spices. also topped with cilantro.
This is basmati rice that has been fried with nuts (mostly cashews) and whole spices. There was also regular white, steamed rice.
Now for the condiments:
This is raw red onions with chopped green chiles covered with lime juice and salt. The onions get nice and softened from the salt and lime, no cooking required.
This is seeni sambal. It requires a many many onions to be chopped (always delegated to my grandfather, lucky guy). It is just onions that are stir fried with lots of spices. Traditionally it contains fish powder but this version is 100% fish free and better for it.
Mango chutney...'nuff said.
Now it is time for me to lapse into a food coma
Friday, September 19, 2008
We're visiting my parents this weekend so we get to use an actual stove! We're having black beans and rice for dinner with tiramisu for dessert. I'm kind of carbo loading since I'm running a 5k in the morning, but i doubt my performance will be affected positively by the extra carbs. I'll be happy to break 29 minutes. We'll see how it goes.
p.s. I do know how to spell walrus