who also just happens to be new to veganism, so this is a deserving winner indeed. I certainly hope that this makes your transition to veganism slightly easier (not that it's THAT hard). I need you to email me asap with your first name, last name, and email address so that I can forward it on to the peeps at Onlineshoes.com and they can get you your gift certificate! (find a link to my email addy on my profile page, buddy, and step to it, because I'm not sure if there's a time limit on this.)
Sorry, took a break there to shoot a couple emails, haha... Easily distracted, I suppose. Anywho, with all the sadness of my contest being over, allow me to cheer you up with some food.
This is what I had for dinner last night!
rotelle w/spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe* from Vcon
*Except I used rotini because I got the wrong box and regular broccoli because broccoli rabe does not exist in the minds of the people of Huntington, WV. So sad. Still, this was mighty tasty! And with Michael's help, it came together quickly. My only complaint is that it's dry. I thought I used enough oil, but since I'm still slowly getting over my oil phobia, this might not be the case. Who knows. Anyway, the flavor was awesome. I love tempeh more and more. And I'm always looking for an excuse to put broccoli in stuff. I wish I just liked it steamed as a side veggie... But alas, it is destined only to be incorporated into things here.
I served this with these bad boys:
the best bread product i have ever produced
Michael's grandparents gifted us their breadmaker because his grandma prefers to just bake bread. Or so she told me! I think the honest to goodness truth is that the breadmaker is crazy! See, while it was kneading my dough (just plain old white bread as a test batch - but done with bread flour), it kept shaking and shimmying all over the counter. Which didn't seem quite right, but...who knows. So at one point it had shimmied itself sideways so Michael moved it back and the damned thing shut itself off. Jerk machine! It wouldn't just start again where it was. And I didn't want it to just start over, for fear of overkneading. After much huffiness on my part (I do mope at times, I swear I can't help it), I let the stupid dough rise in the oven and made rolls out of it, not having much hope for any success.
Wrong! They turned out beautifully. So...um...bread flour must make a difference? The question is this: is it worth it to spend $4 on bread flour when I can get regular flour (but shitty bread) with $1 flour? I'm not sure yet. The other problem is this: my store does not have any whole wheat bread flour. Only white. And I've been trying to eliminate as much white flour from my diet as possible. Does anyone know if I add wheat gluten to my dough, will it help? Because I bought a freaking oven thermometer thinking that my oven was screwy, but it's spot on. It has to be a flour problem.
Whatever, until I find the answers to these mystical questions, let us revel in the happiness that is this:
fluffy, fantastic bread
I was in a cooking mood yesterday. Before I attempted the bread, I made this stuff for lunch:
My last trip to the health food store, I bought buckwheat accidentally instead of barley. Hey, same first letter, gimme a break. Anyway, I had no idea what to do with the stuff. But I was in the mood for a grain/pilaf type lunch yesterday, so I tried it out (lunches can fail with less disappointment than dinners, imho). It's awesome! Very creamy and tender and totally easy to cook. I cooked it with some fire roasted tomatoes, black olives, and lime juice, then added cumin, smoked paprika, garlic & onion powder, more lime juice, salt & pepper when it was done. And Michael added in some tamari, which somehow made it just perfect. Topped with cool and creamy avocado, this lunch was smooth on the palate and kept me full for hours and hours. Seriously, I ate this around noon and wasn't hungry again until after 7, which is unheard of for me.
And finally, upon my request, Michael made this for my lunch today:
chickn parmesan openfaced sammie
This is basically exactly the same as our vday pizza, but on a much smaller scale. It was the perfect lunch today. Savory and slightly sweet, filling, but not so huge that I felt all bloated and sleepy when I got back to work. Which to me is the perfect lunch. And aren't we all just living our lives to find the perfect lunch?