Thursday, October 05, 2006

Today's meals!!!

Today has been a pretty good day. It didn't rain (they were calling for the chance for scattered showers), but we still stayed inside together. Hubby's day's off are Thurs and Fri, so that's what I think of my weekend as. As per my usual, I used an electric skillet for everything (for some reason, whenever I make pancakes in the am, the skillet it used for the rest of the day, and then put back until the next pancake time). I made silver dollar pancakes this morning, a size I hadn't made before. They were just plain pancakes. I had mine with some Pear Butter (just pear,pineapple and sugar cooked down) that I bought last year at the Mennonite's Dayton Days thingy (the money they raise goes to their relief fund). I need to go to another one, I'm out of the fresh ground corn meal. John walked in the back door and looked at my pancake and asked, "Is that marmite?" I looked at him and told him what it was. "Now that I think about it, that would have been a lot of Marmite." he replied. Now, I like marmite, but that would have been quite a lot!

And then lunch was Jerk Seitan the idea of which came from VWaV. YUM!!! I didn't make the marinade that VWaV used, I had a sample of Jerk Seasoning that I had gotten while at one of the Food Shows for 12Dinners. I marinaded the seitan strips with that, some lime juice and some vinegar. When it was time too cook, I added a touch of soy sauce to the leftover marinade and finished the recipe as directed.

Dinner....mmmm....Peanut noodles. I had half a head of napa cabbage. (I've had this for a while now, the Evert-Fresh bags are wonderful!) and I finished it up by sauteing it, some onions, some broccoli slaw, zucchini, and snow peas. I only did them for a few minutes, wanting to keep them crisp. I sliced some radishes and green onions, threw them into a bowl with the semi-cooked veggies and cooked some Soba noodles. While the noodles were cooking I mixed up the sauce: peanut butter, garlic, onion powder, Chili-garlic paste, lime juice, soy sauce, roasted sesame oil and some rice wine vinegar. I used some of the simmering noodle water to thin the sauce (I used a bit too much I must admit, the peanut butter was pretty hard since it was the natural style and the bottom of the jar in the fridge). It was still wonderful!

The only thing I have planned for tomorrow is to make some grits. I've got some soy nacho cheese, so I'll make my southwestern style grits: a touch of cumin, some pickled jalapeno and the cheese. Yummers! It's leftovers for lunch (leftover cajun stuffed peppers for hubby and butternut squash soup for me). I do know that since they're calling for rain tomorrow, hubby and I will catch up on the shows we've missed (because they come on at the same times as others that we like) and I'm sure I'll make some popcorn. That may just fill us up. :) I am thinking of just sauteeing some cabbage and onions and serving it over pasta. The napa cabbage cooking today smelled wonderful, even hubby commented on it, so I'm craving kluski.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Enjoyed the VegFest, and really enjoyed being with my mom and sister. I really miss being with them. Dinner tonight is this (from except I'm adding a touch of ground cumin.

(Simply Vegan -- Quick Vegetarian Meals)

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas), mashed
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/4 small onion, minced
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Salt and pepper to taste
2 teaspoons oil

Mix the ingredients (except oil) in a bowl. Form 6 flat patties. Fry in oiled pan over medium-high heat until burgers are golden brown on each side. Serve alone with a mushroom or tomato sauce, or as a burger with lettuce and tomato. Makes 6 burgers.