Monday, August 9, 2010
Making mashed potatoes out of sweet potatoes is pretty simple: boil chopped sweet potatoes for 30-45 minutes until soft. Drain the water. Mash in a bowl with some almond milk and Earth Balance. Season with salt and pepper.
The whole thing turned out quite tasty. It was nice to be able to eat a slightly healthier and easier version of this dish.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Chef Chloe's blog. She had some fun Asian inspired meals that looked tasty and I wanted to try.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I always found it funny how many names there are for chickpeas. There's chickpea, garbanzo bean, Indian pea, and Bengal gram. Chickpeas are also considered one of the longest cultivated vegetables in the world. I also found out, via handy dandy Wikipedia, that India produces the most chickpeas in the world by quite a large margin. About six times as much as the country in second place: Pakistan. And of course, chickpeas are an excellent source of protein. Now on to the recipe!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The process is basically rinse and repeat until sprouts start to develop. To start off you want to find a glass jar and a mesh lid. It can be as elaborate or inexpensive as you want. To make mine I got a bell jar and the tradition lid. The lid typically is a metal disk and a ring that screws on. I cut a piece out of some crappy nylons and then secured it to the jar with the ring, ditching the metal disk part. This allows you to be able to drain off water without having all your seeds/sprouts escape.
Once you have your jar set and your seeds picked out, fill the bottom of the jar with seeds; I use about 2 spoonfuls for the fenugreek seeds. Cover the seeds with water and let soak overnight.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Occasionally, like today, a storm rolls through and the 90 degree weather takes a nose dive. That day I happened to bust out quite a few meals and my bf felt bad, so he baked me some "Cowboy" cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. These ended up huge and delicious. Nothing beats getting delicious homemade cookies without having to bake them yourself.
If you want to give them a whirl yourself, here's the recipe. The cookbook is awesome; I'd definitely recommend you get a copy. The Rocky Road cookies are also very, very good.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The food I made the other night might take the cake though. It's what I would imagine liver pate to look like...
Monday, July 19, 2010
For example, it usually only takes about 45 minutes to get there and back on a normal day. There's never much traffic, but the distance is far. Last night however, I failed to take into consideration that they do all the roadwork construction at night. Luckily for me, I missed it going in to work, but I was significantly slowed down coming home, despite the late hour. I'm impressed by those construction workers laying pavement at 1 am.
Additionally, the on ramp to the highway up at my office was closed, which meant I had to drive on a frontage road for a bit before I could get back on. Driving on a frontage road is scary because you never know what sort of creature is going to pop out and scare the crap out of you. I saw a couple of little dark creatures (like the size of a gerbil) dart across the road and a raccoon who shrank back when my lights blared it in the eyes. It definitely had me freaked about a potential deer encounter.
Once I got to the office, I found that the normal entrance I drive through was padlocked closed. I was a little concerned, but I'm still good on time, so I try the second gate. This one is closed too. Now I'm starting to freak out, because if I can't get in I'm basically going to have to turn around and go home, waste a night, and have no way to easily let my counterpart in India know what happened until an hour after I miss the start of the meeting.