Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Simple Things

Hullo peoples!

Well, I had a whirlwind of a time down in Milwaukee, WI visiting old friends the last few days but we all came back with a cold. Boo.

So for dinner last night we had something I'd been planning to serve over the last of our homemade white bread before we left. Well, that didn't happen, so we had it when we got back! Ta da!

Garbanzo Beans and Gravy Recipe (which is oddly enough listed on something called 'calorie count'- but did you catch that in the ingredients? 1/2 C butter!!!)

so of course I did not make this just like the recipe.

1/2 C flour
1/2 C nutritional yeast
1 generous t salt
1/2 t garlic granules
1 C chick'n broth
1/2 C soymilk
1 big *ss can garbanzos, undrained
1/2 C Earth Balance (that's ONE STICK folks!)
1 T soy sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
dash pepper

In a separate skillet from what you're going to use to make this in, brown the flour and nutritional yeast.
Dump that into your pot, scootch it over to one side and proceed to melt your Earth Balance on the other side. Saute your onion and garlic in there and then start to, using a whisk, incorporate the flour into the butter and onions and garlic. Toss in your soy sauce, salt, pepper and garlic granules in there too. Mix, mix, mix. Try not to let it get lumpy.
Then sloowly add your chick'n stock and then the garbanzo beans and then the soymilk.
Serve over rice.
Makes 5 C.
It was pretty good, I have to say.

Oh and I am so excited. After "Infinite Jest" and "Little, Big" I was feeling a little bereft. You know, awash on the seas of not having a good book queued up. But now I am like a kid in a candy store, check this out- I requested Johnathan Safran Foer's "Everything Is Illuminated" (which, btw, is so far quite entertaining) and that came in, and then my friend KT in Milwaukee lent me "Eat, Pray, Love" which I was interested in especially after seeing Elizabeth Gilbert give this talk (thanks, Devi!), as well as another book that she said was good, so now I'm set. Nothing makes me happier than having a bunch of good books to read. Well, almost nothing. It's the simple things.