Thursday, February 26, 2009

Were I Ever To.


Another iteration of sloppy joes...
This time I used the fake meat (as we like to call it around these parts) from Morningstar.
Found the recipe by googling sloppy joe recipe vegetarian or somesuch. It was a combo of this recipe and this one.
I think that if I make this again (and oh, I will) I'll use red lentils and probably double the spices or something. And maybe try using tomato paste instead of ketchup. Maybe if I deconstructed ketchup to it's parts then I could just add said parts to the recipe. Anyways. Really, it's kind of silly to make sloppy joes from scratch and then use the packaged fake meat, ketchup and BBQ sauce. Ah well.

Sloppy Joes

1 pkg Morningstar Farms ground 'beef'/2pkts Boca ground 'beef' (next time try TVP or red lentils)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C green or red pepper, chopped (again, bad me, I used red peppers from a jar)
1 T oil
1 T brown sugar (yes Virginia, 3 t = 1 T)
1 T prepared yellow mustard
1 T soy sauce
3/4 C ketchup
1/4 C BBQ sauce
1 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste (I just used a dash of pepper)

Saute onion, then garlic, then the ground 'beef'.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer until thick.

And here is some risotto I made... wait for it... in the crockpot! Wow! I know you're just blown away. I've had this arborio rice like, forever, and I kept not having time to stir a pot for 17m straight or whatever and then I came across this recipe at A Year of CrockPotting.
Of course I veganized it. It was really good, sort of a light main dish.

Crockpot Corn Risotto

1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C arborio rice
4 C water, divided
1/4 C vegan chick'n flavor broth powder
1 can corn, undrained
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1 T Earth Balance
1 t salt

Saute onion and garlic in oil.
Scrape into crockpot, stir and rice and mix to coat in oil.
Boil 2 C water, carefully stirring in the 1/4 C chick'n powder (mine started boiling over).
Add corn, broth water, 2 C water, salt and Earth Balance.
Mix well and cook on high for 2 hours.

Finished "Lord Byron's Novel"- not as good as "Little, Big". It started out reminding me of that Patrick O'Brian stuff, but the switcharoos between the modern story and the older one just got tedious and there was a red herring. Boo.

Reading a few non fiction books, plus a collection of short stories by Angela Carter called "Burning Your Boats" which I am enjoying greatly and which are the kind of short stories I would love to write were I ever to do such a thing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Reduce them to crumbs.

Ahoy there! Long post ahead!!

Whoah, guess I got away from myself there... I'll plunge right in!

So, here (that is to say, in the above picture) we have a dish based on Pineapple Coconut Chicken and Rice Casserole. I ?guess? I had saved this recipe to sort of veganize? And then when I went to make it, what was it, last Friday? I decided that I didn't want to mix everything together into a casserole but make it all separately. So I suprised myself, because usually I like casseroles, right?

But it sure was fun and even if it didn't turn out how I'd planned it (not as fancy looking as I had hoped) it was still good.

For example, I had never grilled pineapple rings. Now that is cool stuff. They turned this gorgeous brown (I think some of the leftover soysauce on the pan helped with that).

And, I accidentally discovered that you can sort of make sticky rice from plain old white rice if you rinse the rice really well and then let it sit in the rice cooker in the water for a while.


juice from a 20 oz can of pineapple rings
Thai peanut sauce (you can make your own)(I used the whole can of coconut milk)

1/4 C raw cashews
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T oil
1 pkg Morningstar Farms chick'n strips
a few pieces of red pepper from a jar, chopped (real red pepper would be better, obvs)

Make your rice.
Heat up your sauce.
Toast your cashews and set aside (I threw some soy sauce in there)
Saute onion, garlic, chicken, adding red peppers at end.
Scoot that all over to one side of your skillet.
Place as many rings as you can fit in the remaining space and caramelize them.

Serve over rice.

Here is a different version of baked veggie stew with dumplings (but not that different).
I used Malt 'o Meal in the dumplings and I used a little bit different gravy recipe. Oh, and when I reconstituted the TVP I added some soy sauce and kitchen bouquet, but that was fairly unnecessary, actually (since it all gets mixed together).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

bag of frozen mixed veggies
1/2 C TVP reconstitued in 2 C water with a dash of kitchen bouquet and soy sauce, drained

1/3 C flour
2 T nutritional yeast
2 C water
1 T oil
dash kitchen bouquet
2 T soy sauce
1/2 t garlic granules
1/2 t dijon mustard
pinch savory herbs (I used herbes de provence 'cause I had 'em and it sounded fancy)

Brown your flour and nutritional yeast.
Toss everything in the blender and blend.
Heat on stove (boil it)('till it's really thick)(I think next time I'll just use less water- mine always turns out too watery)

Nuke your veg, tossing in some paprika and pepper if so desired.

Nuke 2 C water (it takes about 5m in my microwave) and dump in your kitchen bouquet and soysauce if desired, then TVP.


1/4 C malt o meal
3/4 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 T Earth Balance
1/4-1/2 C water

In your food processor, put in the malt o meal, flour, baking powder, salt and Earth Balance. Run it until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
Down the chute, slooooowly add the water until the dough forms a ball and clears the sides.
Take dough out, and set aside.

Oil a 9" casserole with a lid.
Mix the veg, TVP and gravy.
Pour it in.
Top with dumplings.
Bake at 400 15m uncovered, 15m covered.

Here is a shot of Butter Bean Burgers. I stumbled across this recipe and was like, wow! I have 2 cans of butter beans! I think I'll make them! These made a great, hearty burger that fried up great (no crumbling, yay!).

I did make a few changes-

2 cans butter beans, drained
1/2 onion, chopped
30 club crackers
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic
1/4 C cornmeal
1 t salt
1/2 t onion and garlic granules

Put club crackers in food processor and reduce them to crumbs.
Add beans, onion, nutritional yeast, garlic, cornmeal, salt and onion and garlic granules. Pulse until well mixed (I did this earlier in the day and then put it in the fridge until suppertime).

Make 6 patties and fry in 1 T oil. Yum! Thank you for this recipe!

Bagels again, you say? Why, yes.
This time I rolled them like in this video, well, more like this one- you can see the cracks I ended up with. It was sort of more fun to roll them than do the thumb thing.

And, after making my favorite muffin, the pumpkin chip muffin, I had pumpkin puree left, so I make pumpkin butter!!! That was fun, and it was good. I only had 3/4 C pumpkin left, so I reduced the recipe- here is roughly what I did...

3/4 C canned pumpkin puree
1/4 C + 2 T apple sauce (didn't have apple juice)
1/2 C sugar
1 t molasses (forgot to use brown sugar)
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t nutmeg

Mix in a saucepan, simmer until thick, stirring v. frequently.

And last, but not least, I made Moujadara!! ZOMG! So good! Rilly! Go make this now!!!

I want to marry my cast iron skillet because it made these onions caramelize so nicely!

I made mujadara once a long time ago, using brown lentils, rice, onions, olive oil and nothing else. It was meh. But THIS, this was good- other people even said so! people not in my family!!

The only think I did differently was to use onion granules in the pot with the lentils and bulgur, thereby skipping the second paragraph of above recipe and not sauteeing the chopped onion. So then I added the garlic, cumin, cinnamon et al. to the caramelized onions and then put the some of this mixture right into the bulgur and lentils and reserved some for a topping. Clear as mud? I thought so.

Served with pitas, it was carb-a-licious!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sorely Needed Green.

Good evening!
Here we have an repeat. You know, I think I got that recipe from Fairly Odd Tofu Mom, actually. I changed it up a little...

1/2 C raw cashews
1 clove garlic
2 T nutritional yeast
1 T cornstarch
1 t garlic granules
1 generous t salt
1 1/2 C water

1 can peas/1 C frozen peas
1/2 box pasta (8 oz)

Get your water on to boil.
Blend sauce ingredients.
Pour sauce into a large pot and bring to a simmer.
When the water is boiling, throw in a fair amount of salt and your pasta.
When the pasta's almost done, toss in your (if using frozen) peas.
Pour pasta and peas into large pot, coat in sauce and serve. Voila!

Here is one of my favorite soups, French Lentil Soup. Oooh, la la! I've skipped the tomatoes in the past due to a tomato hatah in the house, but this time I used 1/4 C tomato paste and upped the paprika to 1 T and no complaints.

Okay, and that bread there? Check this out, it is the same as Grandma's Cornbread Made Vegan, except I used Cream of Wheat!!! Can you stand it? It was a little too sweet for my tastes to go with this soup, so next time I'd probably leave out the sugar or at least reduce it to 1 or 2 T, but it was very good, do not scoff at Cream of Wheat Bread. Yeeeeaaah, baby!

Oh, and last but not least, here's to you, Mr. Subjunctive!

Many moons ago, I mentioned that I had finally found and purchased a ZZ plant, and linked to this post about ZZ plants. Well, Mr. Subjunctive was kind enough to quell my concerns re: the use of leaf polish spray in his comment on my post and I thought I'd give an update on the dear thing... convoluted enough for ya? Suffice it to say, my ZZ is doing well, even adding a little sorely needed springy green to this looooong Minnesota winter! I love it! Did I mention that he is working on a post about which plants are not okay for housepets? V. cool.

The end.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Very Engaging


Chili, based off of Vegetable Chocolate Chili Mole (scroll down). I found this page yesterday from a link off of The Pink Apron.

We had chips and the idea of chili had been percolating and when I saw that recipe I thought, "Well, my favorite chili recipe already has chocolate chips in it, and this recipe has MORE!, so I have to try it!!!".

At first I was like, thyme?, basil?, bay leaves? rilly?!? But, it turned out great! Not weird at all! Surprise! The only thing I did differently was to have the pineapple in there. And I didn't have any celery, or red, green and yellow peppers.

1 big can black beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 C tomato paste
1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C chocolate chips (wow!)
1 C frozen corn
2 carrots, cut into rounds
2 t salt
1 t cumin
1 t thyme
1 t basil
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t chili powder
1/4 t ancho chile powder
1/8 t allspice
2 bay leaves

Saute onion, garlic. Add all other ingredients, bring up to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the carrots are tender. Serve with chips. The end.

Did I tell you I finished "Little, Big"? Started reading "Lord Byron's Novel" also by John Crowley. Got a thrill when I realized it's got some sci fi aspects going on... seems quite different from "Little, Big" so far, but I've only just begun. Very engaging right from the get go.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Hello! And welcome back from the weekend...
Here is some food for you!
Matthew's Delicious Tofu. Served over brown rice.
This was pretty good, pretty simple and very nice. I added some carrot in there...
On Saturday morning I made bagels again!!! The only thing I changed (well, one of two things) was that I added BROWN sugar to the boiling water. I also used a flat flipper/turner to flip the bagels over when they were in the water so as to avoid tong marks on the bagels (if you look at my last set of pictures of the bagels, you can see the tong imprints). Is that how you spell tong? Whoah, weird. Tong it is not. Okay, I totally cannot think of the word I want- pincers? grabby thingy? C'mon brain! Must be monday...

See how brown and deeelicious they are? They turned out more brown, I think because of the brown sugar. Ideally, you're to add malt powder or malt syrup to the water, but I didn't have those things...

And of course I made Paprikash Dumplings for Valentine's Day dinner... not 'cause it's red (although that was pretty serendipitous) but because WE LOVE IT! I have since dropped the celery powder from the dumplings (green dumplings!?!?) and upped the baking powder to 1 T. I also dropped the nutritional yeast to 2 T and added 1 T tomato paste. Oh heck, I'll just write it out again...

Paprikash Dumplings

1 big can garbanzo beans or 2 regular ones, drained
1 T oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T paprika
2 T brown sugar
1 T salt
2 T nutritional yeast
1/4 C ketchup
1 T tomato paste*


2 C flour
1 T baking powder
1 heaping t salt
3 T Earth Balance
1/4-1/2 C water

Get your big 'ol pot of water on to boil.

In a food processor, blend flour, baking powder, salt and Earth Balance until like a coarse meal. With processor running, slowly add water until the dough forms a ball and cleans the sides. Remove, knead a little and set aside.

Saute onion and garlic, stir in the rest of the ingredients and lower heat.

Roll the dumpling dough out into a corncob thick snake and divide it into 16. Roll each of these slices into a ball and coat them in flour. Dump them into the gently boiling water and cover. Gently boil for 10m.

Remove with slotted spoon and put into pot with paprika garbanzo mixture. Gently mix and serve.

Next time I make this I'll probably halve the dumpling recipe and make smaller dumplings.

*do you know what crazy thing I did the other day? I opened a can of tomato paste, measured out Tablespoonfuls of paste onto little pieces of saran wrap, individually wrapped them up and froze them! Now you know how crazy I am.

So, I forgot to mention that I read the ?graphic novels? Persepolis and Persepolis 2 and enjoyed them very much, a good peek into what it might be to live another life. I especially liked Persepolis 2.

I also finished "Little, Big". Man, that book is D.E.N.S.E. I think there are many levels there that I am not cottoning on to. Not to mention that it is 500 or so pages. But, I burned through it because it's that good. Really reminded me of "Winter's Tale" which if I remember correctly I read in the blurb on "Little, Big" that Helprin was influenced by Crowley or somesuch. Heck, I dogeared pages in a !library copy! because they just resonated with me so much!!! Would like to own this one, plus "Winter's Tale". I loved that it was classified as a 'Romance' by the library system. I went to the library and got another of his books, "Lord Byron's somethingorother" so I'll probably start that soon.

Also started reading "The Artist's Way" just because I've heard so much about it over the years. Very interesting. A lot of it is really meshing with other stuff that is going on with me, and I didn't really expect it to, so that was a suprise...

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bung It.

Zounds! I made bagels!! I feel like it's the pasta post all over again! Woo! I made bagels, people!!!

I have had this recipe for ages, in my folder of printed out recipes that I want to try and for some reason, yesterday morning I decided to make them for lunch!
The recipe itself went a long way to encourage me to try this... v. simple and non-threatening. No 'only use high gluten flour' or 'insert thermometer into boiling water to ensure proper temperature' or 'use special magik baking powder to get that glossy glow- if you use sugar it won't be as glossy, no, really, just don't'. Yes, you can make super awesome bagels with just three cups of all purpose flour, some sugar, yeast and flour!!

Ahghl agl aaaggghhhlllll... they were soooo good fresh out of the oven, and really didn't take that long to make! Also, they were quite fun to make- poking the holes through with your thumb, putting them in the boiling water and then seeing them all puffy when they came out, taking them out of the oven all golden and shiny! And tearing into them, chewy outside, soft inside! Yumm! I'm going to make these Saturday morning, can't wait!

So we had them for dinner, with soup, too. This was just a basic vegetable soup.

1 can garbanzos, undrained
8 small purple potatoes, chopped into little pieces
1 carrot, chopped into little pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 C small pasta
1 T oil
3 T 'chickn' broth
1/4 t mustard powder
1/4 t celery powder
1 t parsley, crushed
1 t oregano, crushed
dash paprika and pepper
1 t salt
4 - 6 C water

Bung it all into a pot (actually, saute the onion, garlic and carrot first) bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender and pasta is cooked.

Super enjoying "Little, Big". Great February reading.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Sloppy, they are.


'Sloppy Joes' based off of Snobby Joes from "Veganomicon".

I had made sloppy joes once before using red lentils (can't remember what recipe I used) and was like 'meh', but for some reason I liked these!! Pretty basic, folks. What can I say? Well, considering a bag of Morningstar Farms fake 'ground beef' is like, $3.oo or something, it may just replace our Saturday night Manwich nights. It just takes a little longer to make, is all. Pretty sloppy, they are.

1 C red lentils, rinsed
4 C water
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T oil
1/4 C ketchup
2 T HP sauce
2 t oregano, crumbled
1 t chili powder
1 t salt
1/4 t mustard (the dry kind)

Saute onion, then garlic*. Add lentils and all ingredients except water and mix well. Add water and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered 20m or so until lentils are tender. Simmer, uncovered, until thick enough to sort of be piled onto a bun.

So, I bailed on "Victoria"- man alive, I mean, I'll read lots of innocuous crap, really, as long as it's mildly entertaining, but this was so. hard. to. read. Pretensious much?

So, so glad I had "Little, Big" waiting in the wings. I am a grumpy person if the book I'm reading turns out to be bad and I don't have anything else to fall back on. Hooray for InterLibrary Loan and my perspicaciously going and picking it up right away! Just barely into it and enjoying the juxtaposition of language and scenario- old and new, fantastic and mundane.

*do you know, once I did one of those word cloud thingys on my blog and the biggest words were like, garlic and onion? Ha ha haaaa...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Don't Look Down


Bulghur Burritos Crockpot

a highly variated version of this recipe which was given to me with all the fixin's when my second was born as a 'help mom out' gift. And we have enjoyed it ever since!!

1 can black beans, undrained
1 can corn, undrained
1-2 C salsa
2 T oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t cumin
1/2 t onion granules
1/2 t garlic granules
1 C bulghur, uncooked
2-4 C water
2 T veg broth powder

Saute the onion, then garlic in the oil. Dump that into the crockpot, along with all the other ingredients and cook on low for 4-5 hours. I've also cooked it on high for a little less than that, but you have to keep and eye on the water!

I served this with some (prepackaged) corn tortillas that I cooked up on the skillet. Yum!

And here is another go round of the Baked Veggie Stew with Biscuits on top (woo, do I get a prize for referencing my own blog twice in a row? whaa... you say I'm just repetitive, that's all?).

I had high hopes of making this, doubling the gravy, using tofu instead of Boca 'ground beef', and using my dumplings from my paprikash recipe instead of baking them on top, but alas, the fates conspired against me, and so here you see it, as it's written, except I used 1/2 C TVP instead of the Boca. The gravy was not as tasty as I am used to... a fluke? or was it because I didn't add the wine?!? I'd better go run to the liquor store, then.

So I finished "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" and enjoyed it- some interesting stuff about faith (either you have it or you don't) and marriage ('don't look down' being the main maxim) in there. I can't quite put my finger on why I liked it more than kav and clay... kav and clay was all over the place as it followed it's main character, but I felt like there were ?too many stories in there? and I had my hopes set on really knowing the journey of the golem, which, alas, did not happen.

Started "Veronica" which is kind of crazy so far.

Got "Little, Big" which comes highly recommended and I'm excited for, looking at a few reviews...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sand + Kitchen

Hello my lovelies!! Here is what we had for breakfast yesterday morn! 'Twas quite yummy and made even more so with some homemade apple butter schmeared across the tops! MMMmmmm... so glad I made a ton of apple butter and then froze some! Just the thing for a bleak February morning!

It's this recipe, but I just used some random fancy white flour I had plus regular white flour instead of the whole wheat pastry flour....

They turned out pretty good, and it was a nice change from our usual weekend breakfast pancakes/muffins/Dutch baby routine...

I'll probably try some other recipes, but this one won because you started the starter the night before and so once you mixed everything up in the morning you only !only! had to wait 90m. The other recipe had a 2 HOUR rise! That's why I've never made english muffins for breakfast, no way am I getting up that early!

Next up is a nice, healthy meal we had the other night, was it Friday?

I don't know what it is (perhaps conditioning from early childhood) but I always feel soooo healthy when I make and serve brown rice! I used my favorite recipe for making brown rice, Foolproof Oven Baked Brown Rice. Sooo easy and good! I love how, if you use long grain rice, the rice comes out all aligned the same way (it's the simple things...).

So, over the rice we have Tempeh with Curried Cashew Sauce. I did not cube the tempeh (rebel!) I just crumbled it. Aaaaand I sort of winged it with the sauce a leeeetle bit. I just used a splash of rice wine vinegar and 1 T sugar instead of the honey and probably more soy sauce than they asked for.

Hey, here's something cool I learned recently- when you buy ginger, scrape all the skin off with the edge of a spoon and freeze it. That way it keeps longer and doesn't get all wrinkly and dried out, which is what always happened to me, at least. So I tried this with this recipe and it worked, although you need a hella sharp knife to mince the ginger up (I did try grating it, but then most of the ginger ended up on the grater). I've also read somewhere that you can put the cut ginger in !sand! and it will keep growing, but this seemed a little urban legendy to me! Plus, sand + kitchen = nogood.

Oh yeah, and I didn't chop the cashews, I blended them in the blender with the other sauce ingredients.

We definately liked this and I'll probably use it again. Tempeh has been my bane and so it's nice to find a recipe we all like the taste of!

Finally, it's spaghetti, my daughter's 'favorite' meal... there's some GimmeLean 'meat' balls on there. I finally figured out how to handle GimmeLean (duh!) USE LOTS OF FLOUR (geez that stuff is sticky!)! Used some fancy organic ?Muir Glen? sauce in a jar, added some onions and garlic to it, simmered it down a little thicker and then kept it in the oven for a bit all mixed up (that's why the noodles are all spaghetti sauce soaked). Yummmm. Comfort food at it's best.

Oh, and I can't forget- I read "Into The Forest" and loved it. If you like post-apocolyptic fiction (and who doesn't?!?), you might like this.
Also finished "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and started "The Yiddish Policemen's Union"- liking this second one better.
Also started "Persepolis" which is pretty interesting, now v. interested in the movie. Have the second one, as well.
Three books at once! Aiyiyiiii! Can you tell I went to the library?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bring On The Golem!


Well, this was okay. Kinda meh. But the oldest liked it and it was filling etc. blah blah.

2 C elbow pasta, uncooked
1 can cannellini beans, undrained
1 T nutritional yeast
1 t salt
1 t onion granules
1/2 t garlic granules
1/4 t turmeric
1/4 t paprika
1/2 C water
1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pkg Gimme Lean 'beef' product
dash salt, pepper, paprika and chili powder

Blend beans, nutr yeast, salt, onion and garlic granules, tumeric, paprika and water.

Boil up yer pasta.

Saute onion and garlic, break up and brown the 'beef', add spices and mix.

Drain pasta, mix with sauce from blender and pour into a greased 9 x 13" casserole dish. Top with the onion/'beef' mixture. Bake at 350 for 30m.

Am about halfway through "The Adventures...", gee it's kind of draggy, now I think on it. Bring on the golem I say!!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

So Incumbent Upon

Good morning to you, hope yours is going well...

I have been craving pea soup lately and last night I decided to make some!
My most recent attempts have involved a sort of "throw every pea-soup compatible spice you own into a pot and cook" and this time I decided to make it a little more pea-centric and less spice-centric. And I was so pleased with the results. Sometimes it's just better not to muck things up, isn't it? I even resisted the temptation to add liquid smoke and I'm glad I didn't.

Pea Soup

2 C dried split peas, rinsed and picked over
1 T olive oil
1 T Earth Balance 'butter'
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t salt
1 t onion granules
1/2 t garlic granules
1/4 t pepper
6-8 C water

Saute the onion, then garlic in the oil and EB.
Add the onion and garlic granules, salt and pepper and mix well.
Add the peas and mix well.
Add the water and bring the temperature up, cover and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat a little and let the soup simmer until the peas are tender (maybe half an hour?).
Blend depending on your preference for smooth soup and serve.

So nice on a cold Winter's evening.

Here is something of a mixture of success and fail. Well, it didn't really materialize like I had planned, or something. It tasted great, though.

Basically, I sauteed some onions and garlic, added salt and cumin, a can of black beans rinsed and drained and a can of sweet potato puree. Oh, and maybe 1 1/2 t cocoa. It was meant to be a cross between chili topped sweet potatoes and skillet black beans with potatoes and tortillas. Sans tortillas. What it was was something tasty, but mushy... like a stew, but not.

Okay, the potatoes, now, the potatoes were excellent!
I washed some of the purple potatoes we still have left from our CSA and then nuked them (don't forget to prick them) for 6 minutes or so and left them to cool down while I did the bean stuff. Then I sliced them into rounds, heated up some (2 T veg) oil in my handy dandy skillet, sprinkled salt all over the oil, tossed those puppies in and fried them!

I guess that since I really didn't learn how to cook until we became vegan, I didn't have any frying experience, and I've generally looked upon it as 'from the Devil' fat wise... well, I've only just started frying things up in a skillet and boy is it fun and yummy! You can only have a few though, and not that often, I must remind myself.

Well, I finished reading Infinite Jest. No, he didn't wrap up all the loose ends, but I was really suprised at how un-irritated I was by this. It is sort of a pet peeve of mine when authors fail to bring it all together at the end, but for Infinite Jest, it was fine. I enjoyed the ride, it was great writing, and somehow it wasn't so incumbent upon him to tie everything up. Anyhow, I've been reading it for so long, hauling it around, flipping back and forth to read the endnotes, I sort of feel like I've lost a friend. But no worries, I'm reading "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and enjoying it. Onward!