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homemade tofu and boring food

October 5, 2008

I’m a bit behind, so I might be forgetting something.

Friday: tofu scramble, chili with red beans, frozen and crumbled tofu, the rest of my jalapeno, the rest of the last zucchini, 1/8 of the new bell pepper.  I also made my own tofu using vinegar as a coagulant since my nigari has not arrived yet.  It was good, but more sour than I would like, unsurprsingly.  I ate it fried with brown rice.

Saturday: toast with earth balance, plain lentils (with nutritional yeast), mashed potatoes, okara polenta, and some fresh soy milk with hazelnut syrup and a bit of vodka.  The okara polenta was disgusting, and mostly got thrown out.  I will have to try making okara tempeh in the future.

Yesterday, I made fresh soy milk, and I will make more today (a double batch) which will hopefully last until wednesday night.

I still have a lot of beans, enough to last me another week, except soybeans.

I went shopping today, and spent more than I’d hoped ($24), but mostly because I bought some expensive kitchen towels ($4.99 for two!) to try for straining soy milk and making tofu (my cheesecloth already has a hole, and besides, having to use 8 layers is ridiculous).  I got soybeans, millet, two jars of tomato sauce, and produce (winter squash, zucchini, red potatoes, a sweet potato, brussels sprouts).  I got tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes because I need the jars to store soy milk in (and besides, I want to support Kroger labeling its store brand stuff as vegan!  Yay Kroger.).  I got millet because it was 99 cents a pound for organic, which is cheaper than any other organic grain options (rice is 1.79).  Unfortunately, since last week soybean prices went up a lot, to 1.79/lb instead of 99 cents/lb.  This means that I will probably order soybeans on the internet next month (or maybe even later this month) instead of buying at the co-op.

Also, I will retro-actively post some pictures from this week in the appropriate posts when I get around to it.  Unfortunately, cheap food is rarely pretty.

So far, this budget seems very realistic, and not even too restrictive.  This past week was a bit restrictive on produce, but that’s because I was expecting it to be harder than it was.  And I did definitely eat produce this past week, so it wasn’t even that restrictive.

jaw surgery food

August 2, 2008

So, what does a vegan eat after jaw surgery? As it turns out, lots of grits with follow your heart soy cheese, oatmeal, orzo (pasta I can swallow whole!? Yay!), purely decadent vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream (because I have a really good excuse to spend the money on it now!), and weird stuff like this:

Mashed potatoes with kale-lentil “gravy”

kale-lentil gravy and mashed potatoes

The mashed potatoes have yukon gold potatoes, earth balance, and soy milk, and the “gravy” has lentils, kale, nutritional yeast, veggie broth, soy milk, and sage. And this was all cooked/prepped/eaten with the use of only one pot, one bowl, one spoon, one fork, and the blender. When bending down to load/unload the dishwasher gives you a nosebleed, you tend to try to avoid that task.

blueberry smoothie (with soy yogurt; still recovering from antibiotics)

just frozen blueberries, soy yogurt, protein powder, and soy milk.g

boring dinner.

June 29, 2008

This is the dinner I have like every day when I’m not feeling creative.  Some version of chili, with some things from the following list: rice, polenta, guacamole, salsa, tomato, green onion.  Tonight, it was chili with kidney beans, tempeh, onion, jalapeno, and yellow squash, with guacamole and fresh salsa.

Morocco, and lots of food.

June 3, 2008

As … probably everybody reading this knows,  I was in Morocco last week at a conference.  It went well, and you can see tons of pictures with comments on my flickr page, if you like (skip past the food photos).  I also have a ton of food to share.

Tonight, I made veganyumyum’s sweet chili lime tofu, except I substituted kale, and didn’t actually measure anything:

I thought the lime kind of overpowered the kale, but perhaps it’s better with collards.  …also I really like the subtle flavor of kale, so it’s probably more important to me.

Also, scones from VWAV, added ad-libbed raspberry sauce and vanilla to the scone batter:

and broccoli soup:

This is the first time I’ve made it exclusively with nutritional yeast instead of any manufactured cheese substitute (there was, of course, tasty tasty earth balance, though).  It turned out really well that way.  Not sure I’d be happy making it for non-vegans though…

Scarlet Runner Burgers

May 13, 2008

I’ve been trying to invent the veggie burger I want for a long time, and this is the latest iteration.  (I also tried a similar recipe with runner cannellinis, with worse results.)  It’s far from perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.  I’ve tried a ton of other people’s recipes, and never really get what I’m looking for.  The next iteration of this recipe will probably contain some TVP for less uniform texture and a good bit more spices and flavorings.

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Cute kitty blogging! and tofu

May 1, 2008

Look at Elephant!  Isn’t he a cute kitty?

He’s also a bad, bad kitty.  That is not his carrier (as you might imagine, since he doesn’t really fit inside it).  That belongs to the new cat, Francis.  Elephant likes taking over Francis’s things.  Here’s Francis:

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kumquat-almond butter cookies

April 29, 2008

I had some kumquats left over, and wanted to use them before they went bad. This is what came out. They taste AMAZING, but the texture could use some work. They use whole wheat flour, not too much fat (aside from the almond butter), and kumquats, which I’m sure have vitamin C and other good stuff, so they’re pretty healthy. They are also not too too sweet, which is a bonus for me.  Let me reiterate, they taste AWESOME.  I don’t usually like citrus much, but these are good.

Kumquat-Almond Butter Cookies

1 c white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
6 kumquats, quartered, deseeded, sliced thin
1/3 c almond butter
2 tbs tofutti non-hydrogenated better than cream cheese
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c soy milk (I used unsweetened)

Preheat oven to 350 (the oven thermometer is your friend!). Combine flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, mix remaining ingredients well. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Spoon onto a cookie sheet (I got 13 cookies out of it, but I’m sure you could do 12). Bake for 15 minutes.

Veganism, random acts of kindness, and guilt

April 14, 2008

Early this morning, when I was driving home from David’s, I stopped for gas, and there was a tiny stray kitten sitting around looking sad and forlorn and just a bit hopeful.  As I pumped my gas, I watched him, and considered taking him home with me.  I worried, of course, whether he would have some horrible disease and make Elephant sick.  I would obviously have to keep them separated until the kitten went to the vet and was checked out.  And then, I’d probably have to keep them separated indefinitely because Elephant is so much bigger and might bully the tiny little kitten.  And besides, how was I going to safely transport this little kitten 5 more hours home?

Anyway, when I finished pumping my gas, I figured I’d go think about it while I went inside to get something caffeinated.  By the time I got back outside, the kitten was gone… it was dark, so probably he had just been spooked and was just hiding somewhere nearby.  And now, I feel kind of guilty, and kind of sad, that I didn’t try to catch him when I wanted to.

But why? I mean, I did my part… I rescued Elephant, a 15 lb adult male cat who no one would want. I have no obligation to do that–I certainly have an obligation to make sure animals I have don’t reproduce, and maybe call the appropriate authorities or rescues when I see a stray.  But I’m not even sure I believe that euthanizing this kitten would be better for him than leaving him begging at the gas station.

In the end though, why is it important that I help this kitten?  Why don’t I just go to a shelter and adopt a second cat who would likely be euthanized without my help?  And I guess the answer is that I feel like random opportunities for acts of kindness should be taken when they present themselves.  I can’t control how other people behave (though obviously I would prefer if they felt the same way and acted accordingly), but I can change my behavior.

I think that my recent very strict veganism is related to this.  In the past, I’ve been “mostly vegan”, meaning that I wouldn’t look too closely at ingredient lists, as long as they didn’t contain actual meat.  Whey, once in awhile, was fine.  Recently though, I’ve stopped drinking beers that I don’t know are vegan (isinglass, which is fish gelatin, is sometimes used in the “fining” process), I won’t eat soy cheese which has milk protein (casein), and I never buy anything which has “natural flavors” or other ingredients I don’t recognize.  I tell myself (and others) that this is simply because the idea of eating meat or dairy just really grosses me out a lot, but I’m beginning to think that’s not the case at all, and instead, very strict veganism is a very long string of very small random acts of kindness (at least symbolically).

Anyway, in the end I don’t know whether the right decision was to take the kitten home or not.  My responsibility to care for Elephant as well as possible should come before my random acts of kindness to a stray cat, and I don’t really know how risky this kitten was.  I really hope that poor little kitten in Effingham will be alright, though.

Quals!

April 6, 2007

…I passed. JUST barely. So, yay me. And infinite thanks to my advisor for standing up for me.

I have NO IDEA how I managed to do worse this time than last time. Maybe the drugs are affecting my head more than I know. I felt like I did so well. If they let me, I’m going to look at the exams and see if I did some really stupid stuff, or if there’s something I just don’t get, or what. Bleh. (And bleh at me for being unhappy and worried EVEN THOUGH I PASSED, and it’s OVER FOREVER.)

pink’d

March 15, 2007

Ok, this is too funny to not post. This is what happens when my sister learns that my husband’s new cell phone is pink. (Maybe it’s only funny to my odd sense of humor–but hey, since I’m the only person reading this… that’s ok!) Yay for random interviews of family members! (As a side note, it is absolutely imperative that you all visit everytopicintheuniverseexceptchickens.com, right away. You won’t be disappointed.) (Entire conversation after the break.)

NazgulBane (9:59:44 PM): You like _pink_?

Superbook17 (10:00:40 PM): Yes

Superbook17 (10:00:51 PM): Especially magenta or neon
pink

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