Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
2nd shelf on door. Frozen concentrates of apple juice and orange juice, which I keep on hand for baking/cooking. Usually such applications don't actually require fresh juice. Also reusable "ice cubes" which we never really use...
3rd shelf on the door. A couple ice sleeves for keeping wine bottles chilled and frozen treats: chocolate covered bananas and a couple flavors of Fruit Floe's from TJ's (they make the best lime popsicles ever).
4th door shelf. Nuts. Due to their very high oil content nuts tend to go rancid very quickly. Storing them in the freezer greatly extends their shelf life. This may not be an issue for you if you go through your nuts very quickly, but I like to keep a variety on hand, and I buy in larger quantities of those I use the most frequently from Costco, so I freeze all mine (extras are in the outside freezer).
And we're on to the freezer itself. Above this shelf is the ice cube maker/dispenser. This top shelf holds frozen fruit (we go through a lot in smoothies), ice cream, phyllo dough, and puff pastry (hidden). We usually do not have this much ice cream on hand, but we went to Whole Foods and they had the new Purely Decadent coconut milk ice creams, so we bought a couple. I'll post my review of the two we tried tomorrow.
Shelf 2. This shelf mostly holds my homemade, pre-made "convenience foods" (pesto, roasted garlic, the caramelized onions, fresh lime juice cubes, a loaf of banana bread) and a few whole grains. I keep most of my grains in the pantry, but when I have more than will fit in the container I throw the extras in the freezer due to the high oil content. I also keep all my whole grain cornmeal in the freezer (but it still taste's off to me. I think because I grew up with the degermed kind. Weirdly, it is only the yellow cornmeal that tastes off, the whole grain blue cornmeal smells and tastes fine. And yes, I've tried several brands).
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
If you have a large enough pot you can definitely double this recipe so you will have plenty of leftovers. In all honesty, large hunks of simmered seitan are not very attractive, so I'm sparing you pictures.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
1. What was the most recent tea you drank?
- English Breakfast Tea. I almost always have a cup at work, later I switch to decaf green tea or herbal tea (but, except for citrus flavors, never fruit teas! yuck)
2. What vegan forms do you post/lurk on? If so, what is your username? Spill!
- I just joined (finally!) the PPK. My username is LilyGirl.
3. You have to have tofu for dinner, and it has be an Italian dish. What comes to mind first?
- Lasagna or stuffed shells with tofu ricotta.
4. How many vegan blogs do you read on an average day?
- I can use the internet at work, so the days I work... a lot. Probably 30. On my days off, maybe 5, if any.
5. Besides your own, what is the most recent one you’ve read?
- Liz's Food Snobbery is My Hobbery
6. If you could hang out with a vegan blogger that you haven’t met, who would it be, and what would you do??
- I haven't yet met any vegan bloggers, so this is an unfair question, since I would love to meet pretty much all of you! And of course we would eat.
7. If you had to base your dinners for a week around one of the holy trilogy – tofu, seitan or tempeh, which would it be?
- Tofu, just because it is so flexible. Especially since I've "discovered" frozen, thawed tofu. I actually enjoy eating that.
8. If you had to use one in a fight, which would it be?
- Seitan, because you could make a massive chunk of it, or several. But violence doesn't solve anything, so let's just eat our food items, yes?
9. Name 3 meals you’d realistically make with that tough protein of choice!
- Beefy Stew (on my to make list for later this week, so I'll post a recipe soon), Italian sausage and pasta, seitan pot pie.
10. What’s a recipe in vegan blogland that you’ve been eyeing?
- VeganDad's stuffed setain roast. I'm going to test a modified version of it soon in preparation for the holidays.
11. Do you own any clothing with vegan messages/brands on them?
- Nothing specifically vegan, but several "hippie" ones, as B refers to them.
12. Have you made your pilgrimage to the ‘vegan mecca’ yet? (
- No, I've been to OR a couple times. Next time I hope we can schedule a day to Portland.
13. What age did you first go vegan? Did it stick?
- 23 and no, as explained here. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not currently vegan, although I eat mostly vegan and everything on this blog is vegan as well.
14. What is the worst vegan meal you’ve had? Who cooked it?
- It wasn't a meal it was a cake. It was made by a bakery. There is no excuse...
15. What made you decide to blog?
- I love to cook and wanted a place to share and connect with other veg*ns, as I am the only one I know (well, we do have a couple friends we see very infrequently who are veggies as well. I love getting to cook for them).
16. What are three of your favorite meals to make?
- Tacos (easy, yummy, extremely omni-friendly), Indian food (flavorful, "exotic", extremely veg friendly), soup (warm, comforting, infinitely flexible).
17. What dish would you bring to a vegan Thanksgiving-themed potluck?
- My green bean and mushroom casserole and my cranberry sauce. Yum. I love the holidays (or rather, the holiday food).
18. Where is your favorite vegan meal at a restaurant? How many times have you ordered it?
- I've not been to a specifically vegan resturant, but I love Rutabegorz. Their vegetarian chef salad, hold the egg and cheese, is fantastic and ginormous. No idea how many times I've had it. Both of their chilis are really good too, and they always have a daily vegetarian soup offering. Much of their menu can be made vegan simply by holding the cheese.
19. What do you think the best chain to dine as a vegan is?
- For "fast food", Chipotle. For "sit-down", I'll have to go with Jess on this, P.F. Chang's.
20. My kitchen needs a………
- Need is realitive. I am very blessed and have a well-stocked kitchen. I would very much like a pressure cooker and a soy milk maker. I would also like a food dryer, a pressure canner, and eventually a larger water boiling canner for my food preservation endevors.
21. This vegetable is not allowed in my kitchen…..!
- I'm an adventerous eater and not very picky so I try not to ban anything. But I'm not a fan of lima beans.
22. What’s for dinner tonight?
- Department meeting tonight, so that means pizza and salad. The answer for Wednesday night is more interesting - beefy seitan stew!
23. What's the one food you don't like, but wish you did?
- Eggplant. But I'm going to give it another shot.