So the past few days I have been trying in vain to a) fight off an impending sore throat and cold and more importantly b) de-clutter by life. I am sad to report neither is going very well right now. The sore throat and whatever ickma accompanies it is taking me down faster than a cheetah takes down a gazelle and as a result things in the basement/closets have just about ground to a halt. This is so frustrating because all I want to do is get rid of everything!!
This week with me being on holidays I have very little shoe action to blog about as it was pretty much heinous Birkenstocks/shearling boots/heinous Birks again – you get the picture. I did however do a fair amount of cooking and took photos of my culinary accomplishments.
Back in the good old days (aka January) the heart stomper suggested I watch Food Inc., a documentary that in part examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), exposing it as inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. Now what you need to know that I am one of those people who can only eat meat if I suspend my disbelief and pretend that the chicken or beef magically occurs on the styrofoam trays found in the supermarket. If eating meat depended on me raising an animal for food or hunting, you would find me happily out there on my hands and knees foraging for nuts and berries.
Although initially I denied the heart stompers request to show me the video, coincidentally it was being shown on CBC’s Passionate Eye right around the same time… so I watched it… big mistake. Big, big, mistake. So, as a result, I am currently embracing the idea of giving up meat in a permanent way. Sigh. I mean I love veggies as much as the next person but because I am allergic to eggs and have trouble digesting wheat and dairy giving up the little meat I currently consume is a big, hairy, inconvenient deal.
So in return for my serious attempt to give up the hard stuff I bought myself some new cookbooks and started following more vegan blogs online. Although I would generally consider myself quite a good (and healthy) cook, this week has been an exercise in experimentation, trying some new recipes on for size. Following are some of the delicious results!
I got the recipe for this Tahini Avacado Dressing from a fantastic blog called Oh She Glows . I didn’t have any chickpeas so I didn’t make the salad she suggested, so I made a regular salad and used her recipe for “Taco Meat” from her Taco Salad recipe instead. Just FYI I had made the Taco Salad the night before and it was delicious, but didn’t take a photo.
Next up was one of my old standby’s – Gallo Pinto and fried ripe plantains. I don’t actually have a recipe for this as I learned how to make it when I lived in Costa Rica so I just throw everything together when I finally have ripe plantains. The only “special ingredient” would be the Salsa Lizano (pictured) which is like ketchup to Costa Ricans – they put it on everything!
Tonight’s dinner (below) was a combination of one recipe and one winging-it dish. First off was Roasted Broccoli (on the left) from another vegan blog I follow called In My Box (ya I know – not the best name lol!) The other dish is something I made up years ago from things I had in my cupboard. I’ve made this sort of thing many times – EVOO, garlic, dill, capers, mushrooms and lemon juice with pasta, sometimes throwing in seafood, sometimes other veggies, basically whatever I have around. Today I also added some nooch (nutritional yeast) which made it super creamy and cheezy tasting and tossed it with brown rice linguini. Just as a note I managed to eat less than half of both – there’s no way I could eat that much pasta in one sitting!!
So the sore throat and ickma continues and the basement isn’t cleaning itself but I managed to make myself some lovely food and take care of my soul this week, which is just about all anyone can ask from holidays isn’t it?