I am wondering what part of 'Don't ask me to babysit your children because I won't do it' means 'Please ring me at least once a week to ask me to babysit your children because you assume that everyone else exists to make your life easy and you are too selfish to organise your life around your children.'
Oh my word. Thats all I have to say about the dinner I made tonight!!
I made ( these!!Collapse )
They are 100% made from scratch too. The dough, the tomato sauce inside, everything. They are mushroom calzones and they are absolutely gorgeous. I made them from Jamie Oliver's recipe in his Jamie At Home book. I love that book. Predominantly vegetarian, and anything thats not is easily converted.
It took me about two hours from start to finish, but it was definitely worth it. It was my first successful bash at making pizza dough (even if I did use self-raising instead of plain and made them twice as big as they should have been!) and also tomato sauce. I bought dried shitake and portabello mushrooms, although I dunno that I would use them again. Maybe I didnt soak them enough, but they were kinda tough and chewy and I dont think mushrooms should be that way.
I made one hell of a mess in the kitchen but I think it was worth it. I now have enough calzones to feed me for the next month! lol
If you've ever been to Sizzler with me, you would realise that I have a passion for cottage cheese that is almost disturbing. So kudos to Ms vege_tation
for this recipe
It was divine. A recipe that I will definitely be keeping on the books, although I did make a few alterations.
I didnt precook the spinach or the zucchini, partly cos I was lazy, partly cos I dont like really sloppy zucchini, I like it with a little texture to it. I also added another layer of sauteed mushrooms, onion and garlic, with some mixed herbs, because I cannot abide even the thought of lasagne without these. I didnt end up being able to make the second layer of everything, because I had already filled my dish and as it was, it started spilling over when it was cooking. But I think thats half the fun of lasange! Next time I wouldnt put quite so much of the roasted capsicum in it, and make a slightly thicker layer of sweet potato. And definitely more grated cheese on top.
I wish I had taken a photo of it. It didnt looks quite as good as vege_tation
's, but it was still pretty darn good-lookin!
I dont have any photos for today, but some pretty yummy recipes.
I've had a tub of ricotta sitting in the fridge for a couple of days, and had been wanting to make some corn fritters with it. So this is what I did :)
Ricotta and Corn Fritters
Whisk together 1 small tub of ricotta cheese (250g or so), 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. Fold in about 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 large tin corn kernels, 2 tablespoons of chopped chives. Spray a non-stick pan with oil and add two tablespoons of the mixture. Cook slowly over a medium heat until brown on each side. Serve topped with ricotta and a spicy chutney.
I think this recipe needed quite a few improvements. For starters, I would either add a salty ingredient, or a half teaspoon or so of salt. They were quite bland and needed that bit of a kick. Next time, I am also going to add some finely diced onion, and probably some grated cheese into the mix. I had them with one of those savoury jams that are out now, and that was quite nice, but next time, I am going to have them with a chunky tomato chutney. I also found that it was definitely necessary to cook them a bit slower than normal pancakes cos otherwise the middle wouldnt cook properly. Despite the suggested improvements, they were still quite tasty.
For dinner I made Stuffed Taties. I'd read a few recipes around the place, and decided to make my own.
Preheat oven to 180C.Wash 2 medium potatoes and prick skin with a fork. Microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes, turn potatoes over and repeat. The potatoes should be soft with pierced with a knife. Once they are cooked, slice off one side of the potato (only about 1cm). Scoop out the middle, leaving a thick shell. Put the potato that has been removed into a seperate bowl and add a teaspoon of butter (or a tablespoon of sour cream) and mash roughly. Stir in 1/4 chopped capsicum, 1/2 diced onion (that has been fried or microwaved), 1 chopped mushroom, a small handful of baby spinach leaves, 1/4 cup of grated parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the potato mixture back into the shells and top with more parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
All in all, today I have eaten very well!
- Tags:veg food
- Music:Endless Page - Dave Mann Collective
Today was an eventful day for cooking! I first made my paneer cheese, which was an experience and a half! I used this recipe from Kurma Dasa
, except I didnt really do much measuring. Perhaps I should have LOL.
I definitely used too much lemon juice in it, I didnt realise that it would make that much of a difference to the flavour, but I ended up with lemon flavoured cheese. That wasnt really such a problem, because I intended to use a very similar marinade to that recipe, and lemon would work quite nicely with it. Except for the fact that I used too much soy sauce, and it was extra salty. So I didnt really eat much of it for dinner, but I am more than willing to try it again. I will also use a slightly different recipe next time, because it didnt turn out the way I thought it would. It did kinda melt when I fried it, and there is no way that I could have cut it into cubes. It wasnt solid enough for that. So I dont think I did it quite the right way. But it was a learning curve! This is what it looked like (after I finished all I was going to eat, sorry it doesnt look that attractive lol)!( PaneerCollapse )
I also made some hommous today, and man, it was soo good! Hommous
Blend together 1 drained tin of chickpeas, 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon unhulled tahini, juice of half a lemon, same amount of oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic, salt and 1/2 teaspoon of paprika. Taste to make sure flavours are balanced. If its too thick, add a little water. Serve with vegie dippers. ( Hommous and Vegie DippersCollapse )
So at least my lunch tasted awesome! So did breakfast, come to think of it. My baked beans were just as good this morning as they were yesterday!
I have never eaten baked beans before today and actually liked them. But today was a whole other story! These are:
The World's Best Baked Beans!!!
Into an oven proof dish, add 2 drained tins of borlotti beans, 1 large chopped onion, a large sprinkle of dried mixed herbs, 1 teaspoon of carraway seeds and 3 or 4 large tablespoons full of tomato paste. Mix well and bake in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onion is cooked through. Season well with salt and pepper.
I had some on toast, topped with a little cheese. I think next time, I might cover the dish with foil or something, because they did dry out a little across the top.
I have also frozen the leftovers for future breakfasts! And I am certainly marking this recipe for future experimentation with flavours! It was just fabulous!
Tomorrow, I am going to give this paneer cheese a go, if I can find some cloth that is fine enough. Wish me luck!
I was talking to Haylz tonight, about various life choices, like going straight edge
or vegetarian, and about how it is really a state of mind as well as a life choice.
A lot people think of going vegie as restricting. As not allowing myself meat or any products that come from an animal that has to die to provide that product. They say things like 'But what do you eat?' and 'Where will you get all your vitamins from?' But its nothing like that at all.
Its a choice to open myself to the possibilities and all the other options that there are out there. I can eat everything, provided that it doesnt come from a dead animal.
In the last three weeks, I have tried more new recipes, and more new products than I have in the last three months. I have felt cleaner, lighter, better and more at peace with what I am doing with my life. Its like I am finally coming home within myself. I feel like I am finally doing something right for myself.
I think people often aren't really comfortable with other people who make life choices like this. They refuse to open their minds to the possibilities and can only think of the restrictions. Sometimes I wonder whether they just feel guilty. That they really can see the benefits, but decide that its too much effort.
But little do they realise that it actually more effort to do something, than it does to not do something. After all, isnt it easier (and using less energy) to just stay sitting on the couch than getting up to get that meat pie?
Its all in your mind.
I'm so tired of those bacon ads from McDonalds. Getting accustomed to not using bacon is one of the hardest things that I'm dealing with (even though that fake bacon stuff isnt too bad) and that stupid ad is on twice during every ad break!
Last nights dinner was a bit weird. I made mashed potato but we had no milk (well, I had soy milk, but I didnt think my housemates would really appreciate that) so it was a little drier than usual, but it was still yummy with the added garlic and parmesan cheese! But I had bought these fake chicken nugget things (they're called Tender Crumbed Nuggets or something) from Sanitarium. A couple of weeks ago, I had a schnitzel thingo made out of the same stuff (basically vegetable protein and wheat gluten) and it was pretty good. It had a firm texture, and basically just tasted like very processed chicken. Kinda like that processed, sliced chicken stuff you can get in the deli at Coles. These nugget thingies had a very similar flavour, but they were kinda soggy in the middle. I dont know whether I didnt cook them enough or what, but after having a couple, I just couldnt bear the thought of eating any more, so I didnt. So I pretty much had mashed potato, followed by a bowl of ice cream for dinner.
Today for lunch I had the yummiest pizza. It was sweet potato, rosemary, brie and onion jam. It was so good! I know the cheese wasnt vegetarian, but it didnt occur to me to check it until after I had already bought it. Well, it was ever after I cooked it that I thought about the cheese. I think I was too drawn in by all the yumminess on the pizza. But I'll remember for next time. I'll make my own next time I think, although I might have to have a go at making my own onion jam, although caramelised onions would work a real treat too I think!
Tonight I made vegie fried rice. It was pretty good actually. I missed the bacon I normally put in it, but I managed to put enough other flavour in it to cover up the lack. I did put some of the fake bacon in it, but it doesnt quite cut it. I need to learn to use that stuff as an ingredient in its own right, rather than as a substitute for bacon. I overcooked the rice a little, and I really should have let it cool before I used it, but I was hungry and couldnt have been bothered waiting. But this is what I did.
Cook one cup of rice in 1 1/2 cups of cold water (Bring to a boil while stirring, turn down heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes undisturbed). Wash rice if its gluggy, and then allow to cool. In a fry pan, fry two slightly beaten eggs until just set and remove from pan. In a small amount of oil, fry an onion and when thats starting to brown, add some sliced capsicum, 4 or 5 sliced mushrooms, 3 slices of diced fake bacon and whatever other vegies you like. When thats mostly cooked, add some extra oil, and the rice. Toss the rice to make sure that it is coated in the oil and you can smell the rice toasting. Splash over lots of soy sauce, and a tiny bit of sesame oil. Add the chopped egg back to the pan, along with some chopped shallots. Season with salt and pepper and serve!
I wish I'd taken a photo to show you, but it was too yummy for me to wait!
So I think I am going to blog about my veg experiences, particularly with cooking, and good recipes and so on. I've been making some really yummy stuff and I want to share it with someone, so it might as well be you
I think my most successful meal so far was the pasta I made last week. It was kinda like a veg spaghetti bolognaise, without the spaghetti (I didnt have any wheat free pasta on hand) and without the minced beef. This is what I did -
Fry one diced onion and 1 clove crushed garlic. Add a sprinkle of dried mixed herbs. Pour in a good bit of red wine (about 1 cup). Add one finely sliced capsicum, finely diced broccoli, 1 tin red kidney beans, 1 grated carrot, 1 grated zucchini, 5 mushrooms cut into large chunks and 1 tin crushed tomatoes. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Serve with wholemeal spelt pasta and ricotta cheese (or parmesan).
It was so yummy. I had some for lunch the next day, and people couldnt believe that it was vegetarian. Just goes to show that its about more than the meat. The meat is just the carrier of the flavours.
Its been a bit of a mixed up week. I've been eating out a fair bit (at other's houses as well as at restaurants) and eating lots of leftovers.
I went to a restaurant at Southbank on Friday night with Mum, Dad and Sam called The Point. It was really yummy. I've been there before, and they have a really tasty vegetarian menu. There was about 8 items on it, which was great for a 'mainstream' restaurant. Last time I was there, I had a parmesan and spinach orzo (rice-shaped pasta) with slow-roasted mushrooms and a rocket and parmesan salad. This time, I had tofu in a red curry sauce, with vegetable spring rolls with a herby salad on the side. I kinda expected small chuns of tofu, kinda like a stirfry, but it was a full-on steak of tofu! It was all soft in the middle too. I want to try cooking tofu that way, not quite sure on how yet, but I will find out.
Dinner tonight was potato cakes. It wasnt particularly healthy, but it was tasty, and I've eaten pretty well for the rest of today, so I didnt really mind.
Grate 1 large potato (or 2 small ones) for each person. Squeeze out the liquid and put into a bowl. Add one diced onion, 1 grated carrot and some herbs if desired (I used about 2 tablespoons of finely chopped parsely and coriander, but rosemary works very well as well). Add a fair amount of grated cheese, a good sprinkle of flour, and 2 eggs. Be prepared to experiment with these last ingredients. There needs to be enough cheese so that when you fry the cakes, it melts through them enough to bind them together. The flour and egg also help combine it, so you need to use enough to make it all stick together. Fry large spoonfuls in a frypan over medium heat, until golden brown on both sides. Its always useful to try frying one as an experiment, to make sure there is enough cheese in them.
These are so yummy, and very easy to experiment with!
Anyway, I think I'm going to blog a bit more about what I cook, because some of it is so yummy, and some of it isnt! lol Its fun to share what I have been learning!
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I got some new specs today! And I can actually see again!See the photo here
Its not the greatest photo, but it does show you what they look like. They are cool!!
I didnt actually realise how bad my eyes were until I started wearing these, and then took them off. Everything had really blurry edges and it wasnt so fun!
I dont have to wear these all the time, but I still think I will be wearing them a fair amount of the time!
Hi Everyone, just letting you all know that I am still alive and that I will be home on saturday with a LONG post about what I've been up to!
Alright, so here I am up with the farts of sparrows, just so that I could get a few minutes to have some peace and that much-needed cup of coffee before I start my hectic day. And I think I am doing quite a good job of staying relatively calm, although its getting harder by the minute, as I write out my list of jobs to do today. Especially seeing as mum just told me that the BIG job she said she would do hasnt been done, and that I need to do it today.
Ok, so trying not to think about that for the moment.
I really honestly dont think that I am going to get much more time to be on my compy and saying goodbye to you guys. I might have some time last tonight if I'm not falling asleep by 9pm like last night. So I'll say goodbye now, and if I get another chance to be online, it'll be a bonus, and if I dont, I wont be upset that I haven't said goodbye (even if it is only for three weeks).
When I get the brain space to stop thinking about all these jobs, I get so excited about the concert tomorrow night, and then leaving on sunday! Augie March are going to be spectacular, playing to such a large audience! I really hope that I can get close to the front, even if its only for Augie March, and then when Bernard Fanning comes on stage I move back for the more devoted than I. That'll be ok. And I probably wouldnt be all that devastated if I had to leave through Bernard Fanning's set because I got too tired. And luckily its not all the way out at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, which is like *really* way out on the other side of Brisbane from here. Its at the Convention Centre, which is just in the city, a 20 minute drive from here. I'm glad about that. hehe I'm getting butterflies in my stomach cos I'm getting so excited about it.
Anyway, I'm hoping to be able to check my emails and myspace while I am away, but obviously I can't guarentee anything. However I will be sending postcards, so if you would like me to send you a postcards, message me or email me with your address and I'll send you one.
Anyway, so my allocated free time is just about up. If I dont get back online, to write another blog, have a lovely time, I know I certainly will, and yes I will be keeping a travel journal, and taking lots of photos. Be well and I want lots of emails and fun things to read if I get to check my email, and when I get back!
Love love love I'll be missing everyone lots and lots, and I'll have so much to tell you all when I get back.
- Music:Something's Cooking - Michael Fix
Well today, I have enjoyed my very first day of being a part-time teacher.
But even though I wasnt working, I was certainly a busy bee!
I got up early (I managed to wake up early enough, that I could still lie in bed and enjoying listening to everyone else getting up and going to work, while I was still in bed!) and fiddled around on my computer and then cleaned the house. From top to bottom. I am now mum's cleaner. Every second Thursday I give the house a good once-over. I felt good after it actually. It took me three hours, but I felt that I had actually acheived something, but it didnt require a whole lot of brain power to do! It was a great feeling actually.
And then just after I had finished, Dan called and asked me to go to the city for some shopping. So that was great. I got a book about recording music at home. It seems to be pretty comprehensive, and its written in layman's terms, so its very easy to read. I wasnt so impressed when I found out that the program its based around has been discontinued and I can no longer get it. But I think I am over that now. I figure that I can just translate it to another program that I already have and that the techniques and everything will be what I need to base my knowledge on anyway.
It seems that I am going to have to upgrade at least my soundcard for this to work properly. But I expected to have to do that anyway. Hopefully I can still afford what I want, being on part
So things seem pretty calm right now. I hope that they stay that way :) I have a few little niggling worries, but I am hoping that they will sort themselves out over the next few days. haha you'll find out soon enough if they dont!
- Music:Augie March
We're all goin on a summer holiday!
*dances around for a bit*
I'm going away with dad on his four-wheel-driving trip! Yahoo!!!
- Music:Dave Mann Collective - Endless Page