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Man, I am on a roll! Here's delicious Creamy Garlic Soup. It's great. I just had a bowl and I'm about to get seconds. This is enough for about 4 servings. I think it would be good for a party, or for keeping away vampires.

Creamy Garlic Soup

Step 0: roast 3 garlic bulbs in the oven. Chop off the tops, rub olive oil over the exposed tops, wrap with foil and bake/roast at 350° for an hour. They can be kept in the fridge for a few days. Bonus: roast an extra one and keep it around to spread on toast.

the above 3 roasted garlic bulbs
2 leeks, chopped up
4 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour (it's for roux so Wondra is good)
2 cups veg or No-Chicken broth
a splash of white wine (like 2-3 Tbsp?)
a sprig of fresh rosemary
1/3 cup heavy cream
a tiny pinch each of cayenne and white pepper

1. Take a small frying pan and melt 2 Tbsp butter on med-lo. Add the flour and stir to make roux. Remove from heat.

2. Take a big stock pot and melt the rest of the butter. Add the leeks and sauté on med for 3-4 minutes. Add the roasted garlic, which should be all soft and spreadable, and continue stirring and cooking for about 3 min more.

3. Add the wine and broth. Add the roux and mix it in. Put in the whole rosemary sprig. Simmer covered on just below med for 20 minutes.

4. Turn heat to med-lo, remove rosemary and add cream and pepper. Simmer covered 10 minutes. Then serve.

I tasted it before adding the cream and it's pretty good without that too. You could make the soup vegan by using oil for the sauté step and leaving out the cream. It would still have a nice, creamy texture from the roasted garlic.
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I'm not calling it a resolution because that will pretty much guarantee that I'll rebel and not do it. But I got an idea from my uncle, who went vegan about a year ago and is feeling much healthier and more energetic. I'm going to try having one day a week be vegan day. I don't think I'll ever go 100% vegan, because I love eggs, cheese and ice cream and I'd hate not ever being able to eat them. But there are a lot of vegan foods I like and one day a week will be fine. So if you have some good vegan recipes, I'd love to hear them!

My ideas so far are oatmeal or cereal with almond milk for breakfast (it tastes so much better than soy milk and is better in coffee too), peanut butter & banana sandwiches, Tasty Bite, my vegetable stews, rice & beans (...I usually like that with a bit of cheese on top but it'll probably be fine without that), homemade pad see ew. I'm pretty sure a lot of the Morningstar things are vegan too. A vegan labmate eats the chick'n patties with salad, that sounds good. Hummus is OK but they serve it at lab functions all the time for the vegans and I get a bit bored with it. I'm sure they do too. It won't be that much of an adjustment, I have oatmeal or cereal most mornings.

Also I'll be taking a Zumba class two mornings a week and I want to work out choreography for my own class so I can try to get teaching jobs.

That doesn't count as a resolution, I signed up for it a while ago, it's just in Spring semester.
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I'm on a mushrooms kick. I made individual mushroom Wellingtons for dinner last night, along with some fancy sides and dessert.

recipe! )

I did some fancy sides to go with it: lemony asparagus and fingerling potatoes.

fancy sides! )

Crepes suzette! kind of )
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Here's a recipe for mushroom gravy that I made for Xmas dinner and it turned out really well! My mum loved it and my meat-eating brother liked it too. I used butter but you can make it vegan by using vegan margarine instead.

Mushroom gravy

about 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1 small shallot, minced. A bit of onion would be fine too.
1/4 cup butter (total)
2 cups vegetable broth
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp poultry seasoning

In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter and add shallot and mushrooms. Sauté for a few minutes over medium heat.

Meanwhile, melt the rest of the butter in another pan and add the flour. Stir constantly while cooking on medium to make roux.

In the mushroom pan, add vegetable broth and soy sauce. Stir in roux. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat to med-low.

Stir in poultry seasoning and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until gravy becomes somewhat thickened - it will thicken a bit more as it cools.

Serve with lovely holiday dinner.


Jul. 3rd, 2011 05:15 pm
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Also our friend came over yesterday and today and yesterday we made pie and today we made spaghetti.

And we ate spaghetti and caprese salad and sipped wine. At the yard sale. It was lovely.
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It's another one of these impromptu, throw-things-in-a-pan recipes that I'll probably never be able to duplicate exactly:

Stir Fried Snap Peas with Noodles
a handful of snap peas, harvested fresh from your garden
some cooking oil (vegetable, canola, something like that)
a smaller quantity of sesame oil
about 1/2 tsp of this amazing chili garlic sauce
a sprinkle of coriander because why not?
a lesser sprinkle each of salt & pepper
a pinch of sugar

Cook the above in a pan on med-lo. Decide it would go well with soba noodles. Boil some noodles. When both are done, add a little soy sauce (1Tbsp?) and a really little rice vinegar (1 tsp?) to the pan and mix it up then put everything in a bowl. Top with sesame seeds and chopped green onion, also from the garden.

It tastes SO GOOD.
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Today was my first BEET HARVEST!

Of one beet. The rest aren't ready yet. You can see there's actually a puny one that grew right next to the big one, I put that one back in the ground, hoping it'll grow more. But I harvested this one and I'm going to cook it for dinner along with some vegetarian sausage.

(roasted beetroot and sautéd beet greens)
1. Wash that beet because you just pulled it out of the dirt.
(Yeah, I wash them when I get them from the market too)

2. Chop up the beet roots and roast them in oil & herbs as seen here.

3. Take the greens, tear them up, and throw them in a pan with oil and diced garlic & onion (conveniently left over from yesterday's bean recipe!) Plus throw in some of that lemon herb seasoning because that stuff is good.


That was too much onion. It made the greens taste good but I picked out a lot of the onion pieces when I ate the dish. Less than half that much onion next time. But the greens tasted really good.
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I'm sleepy and I don't know what to have for dinner and it's already 9:00pm.

I made some nice black beans & rice with BBQ tofu for lunch. Here's the beans recipe, as usual modified from a recipe on

recipe! )

Ground coriander seed is my new favorite seasoning, I've been putting it in a lot of things. It used to be oregano when I was first learning to cook, then for a while it was basil. My earliest experiments with cooking involved adding extra seasonings to Campbell's minestrone soup. I pretty much had to teach myself to cook. I was kind of bad at it in high school and university - broccoli in a slow cooker: BAD IDEA - but I was getting fairly good by the time I graduated.

I try not to do that, always adding the same seasoning; I want to choose seasonings that are really appropriate for the dish, not just put them in because I like them. But gosh, coriander seems to be appropriate for a lot of things lately. In fact, the original recipe called for cumin, not coriander, but I didn't have any cumin, plus I was kind of tired and hungry at this point (big coffee and a cookie = A+ breakfast!) so I seriously thought "ehh, it starts with a C." Yeahh.

Just looked it up - cumin tastes like caraway? I don't like caraway. Good thing I didn't have any!

I'm also liking a McCormick lemon herb blend I just got. That's handy to throw on things. Like the other day I did roasted root vegetables, I just tossed them in olive oil with this lemon herb mix and some salt & pepper and that was really good*. I put some of the lemon herb mix in with the rice today. I buy the boxes of Near East pilaf in Spanish Rice flavor. It comes with a handy spice packet but the full dose is too strong for me so I put in about half the packet then add a bit of salt and today I also added some of that lemon herb mix. It was good.

The tofu was just tofu strips in BBQ sauce and a bit of oil in a frying pan. I like the super firm tofu from Wildwood. It's easy to deal with, it doesn't fall apart like most extra firm tofus.

* More on the root vegetables - they're easy and very tasty: Read more... )
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Here's the picture larger:

Sadly, there is no actual recipe for those.
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I'm hungry and I already put on my pajamas and there isn't anything in the house I particularly feel like eating. Argh! A Hot Pocket isn't a very substantial dinner, I guess. It wasn't even really a Hot Pocket, it was a Lean Pocket.

...wait, I also had some ice cream. That was later.

But now what am I going to eat? I'm not super hungry, I just need a snack. Maybe some soup? I had some of the garden tomato soup from Safeway that I like but I ate the last of that for lunch. D'oh!

I spent pretty much all day playing Minecraft. My friend from school might be moving in for February and I need to finish tidying up and organizing the garage so he can park in it. But I played Minecraft instead. I want some lapis lazuli! I started looking for it in the mine by my castle but then it occurred to me that I have to go to a new area because the ones that were generated before the update aren't going to have any of the new blocks. So I went to a new area and built a cabin there to keep my stuff in but then I got tired of playing and stopped. That didn't take me all day, I also finished the tunnel between my castle and my village, several hundred blocks apart. And I started laying down mine cart tracks in it. That's going to be cool.

You know what? I haven't seen any squids yet. I like how on the dyes chart, under how to get Ink Sack, it says "MURDER!!" Poor squid!

I did make a cake already. I put in on a table (i.e. wood block) in the manor house. It's pretty.
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I just spent all evening watching Family Guy on Netflix and now it's quite late. It's late for me, anyway, I usually go to bed at about 10:00.

I just watched Blazing Saddles on Netflix last night and then on the Family Guy episode where a gene therapy experiment turns Peter gay, there's a bit where he does the French Mistake number. I lol'd.

Also! I made pad see ew. Then I ate three helpings, I only have one left. It's pretty simple:
1. Lightly steam some broccoli
2. Chop up some tofu and sauté it in a big stir fry pan because I don't have an actual wok, on medium heat with mushrooms in oil and soy sauce. Also a sprinkle of coriander and about 1/2 tsp of chili garlic sauce because that stuff is so good.
3. Add the broccoli and some shredded carrots.
4. When they're done, dump them out into a bowl and put some more oil, soy sauce and the wide rice noodles in the pan. Increase heat to med-hi.
5. Crack a couple eggs in there and mix it up until they start to cook.
6. Add the veggies back in and mix it and cook it for a minute or two.
7. Eat a big bowl for lunch then a small bowl for dinner while watching Family Guy on Netflix.


Dec. 26th, 2010 10:44 pm
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This is super funny: my mum asked me a few weeks ago what I wanted for Christmas and I couldn't think of anything so I said:
me: A pony. A pink pony!
mum: A pink pony?
me: A pink pony named Bubbles!
mum: What if I find a pink pony that's not called Bubbles?
me: Then you have to keep looking of course!

So when I came over for Christmas yesterday, she had her usual plate of iced sugar cookies on the counter:

She made me a Bubbles! Four of them, actually! :D My mum is awesome.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I think I used to a little. The secret is to not make it such a big deal in the first place. I don't like how adults encourage kids to get worked up into a frenzy because of course it can't live up to that.

My mum used to put so much pressure on herself to give us a perfect Christmas. I ended up really hating Christmas for several years because it did that to my mum. Now we're both just laid back about it and it's great. We get together with me, my parents and my brother, exchange some presents and have a nice Christmas lunch. And we make cookies because it's fun. Well, we usually make the cookies the day before. My mum does her iced sugar cookies and I do a few different types. This year it was the cherry nut slices, jam creme cookies (I'll put up the recipes for those two later, they're nice), and gingerbread men.

AND my mum got a cakewrecks-worthy Christmas log! There's a plastic axe on the top. And plastic deer and flowers and whatnot. It's glorious.
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OK, it's really more Spring Vegetable Paella but I made it for my Spanish class end-of-semester potluck and today I felt like making another batch. I won't forget the artichokes this time.

It's basically this Epicurious recipe except ditch the baby carrots, turnips, potatoes, asparagus and garbanzo beans and instead add 1/2 bag of frozen peas & carrots, 1-2 sticks celery, 1 bell pepper, and a can of artichoke hearts. Add the pepper & celery in the initial sauté step and add the artichoke and peas & carrots with the fennel bulb. Also I don't have fresh parsley so I just used about 2 Tbsp dried parsley and it's fine.

Warning: check the roasting fennel after 30 minutes! I don't know what kind of giant chunks they were cutting it into but mine always falls apart anyway (it has layers like an onion). And the small pieces will burn if you leave them in too long.

Also last time I made it, it was a little bland so I added a sprinkle each of white pepper and coriander this time. The broth tastes good! We'll see how it turns out. A little more pepper came out than I wanted but it's fine. I was thinking of bringing some to my parents' place tomorrow but I won't if it turns out spicy; my mum can't stand spicy food. Like even a tiny bit spicy.

Apart from that, I still need to make my sugar nutty crescent cookies if I feel like it. I have nuts left over from the cherry & nut roll-up cookies. Except I also need walnuts, I don't know if I have any of those. Aw, if not then these will just be pecan crescent cookies instead.

I didn't get around to making gingerbread cookies yesterday either. The recipe specifically says not to use blackstrap molasses (dammit, how many s's does it have?! oh, it's an e there not an a) and that's the only kind I have. I didn't know there were other kinds! I think I'll just use it anyway.

ETA: I was thinking, I never put a picture in my food posts because I always eat the food before it occurs to me to take a picture but this time I remembered!

See? It's totally Christmassy. Look at that thing behind it!

Also: yep, it's good but a touch too much white pepper. I'll be more careful sprinkling it from the jar next time.

aww, man!

Dec. 22nd, 2010 12:32 pm
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I decided to make gingerbread cookies today - did my cherry & nut slice cookies the other day and I'm going to do brown sugar nut crescent wrap things too. Gingerbread for today though. Except this just happened:

I had scrambled egg and soy bacon for breakfast - I've started doing 1 whole egg + 1 egg white so it's healthier than my usual two whole eggs. It tastes the same. I threw out the extra yolk. I just looked up a recipe for gingerbread cookies and it calls for one egg yolk. Blast!


Dec. 8th, 2010 09:58 am
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Sometimes I can get away with drinking regular coffee but usually I make half-caf or decaf. But I got this awesome Fireside Blend coffee from Cost Plus and it tastes really good! Here's what it says on the bag: "A delicious indulgence. Smooth, buttery with rum and cinnamon overtones."

I couldn't ruin it by doing a mixture of half that and half Folger's decaf! So I had a full-strength coffee and a small pastry for breakfast. Now I'm all jittery. Not that I'm actually shaking but I have that nasty, too-much-coffee feeling. And my typing accuracy is definitely lower than usual. I'll eat some more, that should help.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I used to like going to Sizzler. We didn't go to restaurants very often and Sizzler, or Bob's Big Boy, was a few-times-a-year treat. I'd get the fried shrimp and there was also a big salad bar, or possibly a small buffet? I don't remember how that worked, I got fried shrimp a la carte but I also got stuff from the buffet. Anyway. That was my favorite meal.

I don't eat shrimp any more. There are some things I do sometimes make an exception for, like a turkey sandwich, but I actually dislike seafood now. I think that's the result of spending too much time around stinky harbors and sea critters. Now a fishy smell just reminds me of being seasick.


Nov. 6th, 2010 07:05 pm
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I got some ready-made wide rice noodles from the Asian market and I made Pad See Ew! It was pretty good! Except next time I'll put in the veggies and tofu first so they can cook longer before I put in the noodles. They come fresh in a deli pack like ground beef. It was only $2.75 for a lot - I divided them into four chunks and I cooked one chunk today and I estimate that made four servings.

It was pretty simple, I just put in oil - mostly canola with a little sesame - soy sauce, vegetable broth, coriander, pepper and about 1 tsp sugar and cooked the noodles in that sauce. Plus broccoli & carrot (pre-parboiled), extra-firm tofu and a beaten egg. Tasty! I love those wide rice noodles!
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How did I not discover this sooner??


Sep. 5th, 2010 12:17 pm
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I wanted Pad See Ew but the Thai place I like is closed on Sundays. I also wanted Thai iced tea. I suppose I'll have to find another Thai place.

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