One of Those Days

It was raining when I awoke. Its been gray ever since. Now at six pm I can see the light of the sun, if only through a thin veil of clouds. At noon it felt like four, yeah one of those days.

 

I didn’t do a whole lot. The weather just had me in a funk. Of course it didn’t lift by dinner tonight so I turned to one of my favorite meals ever. Soup.

This is just straight up vegetable soup. The kind weight watcher’s aficionados love. Here’s a basic recipe if you can’t guess from looking.

Enough oil to coat the bottom or just water saute if you don’t want any fat.

Onion, Carrot, Garlic, Celery, and Potato – saute until the onion and carrot are softened.

Add water (enough to cover and make look like a decent soup)

Bring this to a boil, lower heat then add cabbage and spices. For spices I added salt, pepper, Tuscan Sunset (an Italian Blend), rosemary, and thyme.

When the cabbage was almost cooked I added some spinach and seitain o’ greatness, cubed. Once that gets warm test for seasonings and add a splash of balsamic vinegar. I also sprinkle nooch on mine.

 

There are no numbers because its soup. It demands you improvise and personalize. Thats why soup is so wonderful. My family, when not busy as we are now, often has soup Sundays. We get together play cards, put some CCR on the cd player, and eat soup. My mom is an excellent soup maker and is known to make one for however many people are attending. My goal in life is to veganize her potato soup recipe. But its all evaporated milk, velveeta, and bacon. I’ll get to it sooner now that its ‘that’ time of year. 

 

And for your viewing pleasure. Yesterday I gave Scruffy a haircut, bath, and pedicure. Here he is wet and living up to his name.

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Woo, Monday!

The typical workweek has never existed for me. The two days of rest and relaxation have always fallen on some off weekday. Working in retail and food service does this. So this Monday is my Friday. And I’m very happy about it. It seems like I have had a very busy last five days. But this is an exaggeration. Either way I’m posting out of veganmofo dedication. Here’s some food from the last few days.

Ginger-Tahini Greens

     I made these tonight. I don’t know what the greens were, I bought them at the Farmer’s Market and have since forgotten what they are. But they have little white flowers.

1 tbsp. oil

1/2 c. diced onion

1/4 c. diced carrot

1- 1 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger, minced

1 tsp. granulated garlic (this is what I had but a clove of minced garlic would work too)

1 tsp. garlic-chili paste

3 c. chopped assorted greens 

Salt, pepper, and a little water if there wasn’t much clinging to the greens.

1 tsp. lemon juice

Tahini

Heat the oil and saute the onion and carrot until they begin to soften. Add minced ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute or two, add the chili paste, and season with salt and pepper. Add greens and some water if necessary. You want the water to steam the veggies, but you don’t want soup so 1-3 tbsp. should work. Steam/saute this until greens are soft. Quick cooking greens like spinach and bok choy can take 8-10 minutes while kale and collards like take closer to 15. Roll with it and just check on them. When the greens are done add the lemon juice, give a good stir, and take off heat. Drizzle tahini over and serve. This made one dinner for me, but as a side or with a real entree it could be enough for 2-3.

 

I really can’t remember what this is. Reason #43 you should blog about your food the day you make it. I think its a stew with French lentils, red pepper and roma tomatoes from my garden, and lots of zatar on top. Zatar is a Middle Eastern spice mix of sumac, thyme, and sesame seeds. Its sour and amazing. And absolutely wonderful mixed with oil and used as a dip for pita.

This is the tagine Nick and I made last Saturday. The picture was taken Sunday before I wolfed it down at work. Like all good tagine it has a ton of ingredients. I went to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market that morning and once I got to Ames we looked over the ingredients and thought this sounded good. There was also pita bread from the World Food Festival.

Anyway, this little delight had: onions, multi-colored carrots, eggplant, chilies, beets, beet greens, cherry tomatoes, cracked wheat and probably a bunch of other stuff I’m forgetting. I can’t even begin to list the spices. Its tagine people! The only thing missing were some raisins. I love raisins or dried fruit in tagines.

 

Ok, I’m tired now. Its only 8 pm and I’m thinking of bed. I might sneak a cupcake then drift into dream land. Which will probably be full of canyons and gulches because I’m almost done with Desert Solitaire by Abbey, which is amazing.