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…. 2012!  We’re comin’ ready or not!

 

 
Happy New Year, Everyone!
We’ll catch up tomorrow!
 
Signed,
The Vegetable Dreader (lol)
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…one, two, three

                                

I feel like my patience and sanity are being tested every where I turn in the past couple days.  Let me ‘splain, Lucy.

Well obviously I didn’t post on the 26th as I said I would…doesn’t look like anyone is totally upset by this LOL

Christmas dinner went well. I made my daughter TVP chicken cutlets. She loved them. I found the recipe on vegweb.com and specifically here… vegan fried chicken … but I will also be starting a recipe tab as soon as I post this, I am trying to think of a name for the tab.  

She LOVED it. My son liked it, he ate the last 1 1/2 patties. My husband, the one whose support I count on…made a face. Sigh. I swear, as he gets older, he totally deteriorates in maturity. This concerns me mostly because all my life growing up girls were told that boys mature at a slower rate in both body and emotional levels. When they finally get to an age like, let’s say 47, you would expect the male figure to be, well a little MORE mature than he was at let’s say, 17, right? HA! Just wait, you’ll see what I mean.

But I digress…

The rest of us hunkered down on a standing rib roast, baked potatoes, and glazed carrots. The two sides my daughter ate as I made the glazed carrots with vegan friendly ingredients.

All in all it was a good Christmas until…. dessert time. I bought a vegan friendly, frozen apple pie. You bake it frozen so it’s kind of like a fresh pie.  Well I thought I’d be a little fancy pants and brush the top crust with “butter” and sprinkle pretty sugar crystals…the bigger kind, you know, that sparkles, etc. So I did that and popped it back in the oven to brown up a bit.

My daughter takes one look at the slice of pie she served herself and FREAKS! Apparently sugar crystals have confectioner’s glaze in them (not all but most) and that is made from a beetle secretion much like a bee makes honey. This is an animal product in a vegan’s eyes. I guess finally she decided she could just scrape off the little crystals off the top of the crust and eat the pie. Success!

whatEV.

Then came MONDAY. Well…drove her to the pediatrician’s office in NJ…a 90 minute ride but I’m not taking my kids anywhere else for their annual physical. They’ve had the same doctor since the day they were born and I trust her. She knows them better than anyone else. If they’re sick, which is rare, I take them to an MD here. Anyway it turns out she’s lost 16 lbs since last year. OMG! She is a stick anyway. So she’s 5′ 7″ and 105 lbs. The MD is NOT concerned about an ED at all. She is concerned that she eats properly and that she eats very little, if none at all, soy. Why?

Apparently soy is not good for women*…I had read about this a few years back and I forgot why but I do know I made sure I stayed away from it as much as I could. BUT now the other thing is the thyroid. Young women will find that if they consume large amounts of soy, they will have issues w/their thyroid years later in adulthood. I have been busy the past couple of days finding alternate sources of protein. The MD also told her to eat WHATEVER I make her and she must have beans or nuts w/every meal. *evil laughter*

Now to today. I was having coffee with a very good friend and relaying her the information about my daughter. She said she wonders if that’s why she had to have her thyroid removed years ago. She said that when she was born, she couldn’t tolerate milk and for several years she lived on soy products. Interesting. (At least to me.)

Tonight I made a fake stroganoff type thing for her using seitan. I will post that in my new tab and EVEN add a link to take you there on this post!

Turns out she really doesn’t like the texture of a meat product. It freaks her out. My husband tried it and said it was more mushroom like than meat like. But to a person who has not had any meat whatsoever for almost four months, it would taste like meat.

ANYWAY, that’s how things are going here.  I will revisit this post to add the proper Lancelot links for you 🙂

Toodles!

*Also not good for boys either due to the estrogen level found in soy.

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…of a white Christmas because it sure ain’t happenin’ here!

Bummer … but that’s not what it’s all about, is it? It’s not about snow or gifts. It’s about Mary having a baby ~ on hay! with animals and animal poop around! with no drugs! AND she didn’t even have sex and here she was pregnant. All I know is I wanted drugs and lots of them. And then, after all that, I couldn’t even get the bugger out by pushing for four hours. I can’t imagine going through 44 hours of labour in a barn…on hay…on the ground…with animal poop. They ended up having to perform an emergency-c for my kid  but if I were Mary, I’d have no choice … and well, I would have ended up losing my beautiful baby boy. In any event, I am thankful for Mary, being pregnant, never having had sex, humiliated … and Joseph who hurried to marry her, embarrassed and humiliated… getting her away so she can have her baby…the Son of God. Amazing, no?

Anyway, food for thought. No pun intended.

My daughter is making her now famous chocolate chip cookies, vegan style. I have yet to make her/the cheesecake for tomorrow’s dessert. I will start that after I put out the antipast tray. The brie is slowly coming to temperature…I can’t wait…I LOVE brie.

My husband brought me flowers today after visiting his parents with the kids. I don’t go there. Long story. Not worth my time to write nor yours to have to read. The people who I care about know and that’s all that matters. Also his sister who is visiting and moving North, stopped by unannounced today. Something I really do not like. I do not do this to anyone else and as a matter of fact, I feel terrible if I call before I stop by without scheduling a time, even if the person is perfectly fine with me stopping by unscheduled.

That was the reason for the flowers. The anxiety of the sibling visit and the anxiety of the parental visit (even tho I wasn’t going). He was kind of saying things for being civil lol.

Okay, that whole rant (of sorts) was totally random. Back to “normal.”

We have had artificial trees displayed here the past couple years. I am not a fan. I would rather have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree than a fake one (actually we have two we display). But since my husband is the one who tends to setting them up and decorating them (I adjust the ornaments later), I will deal with the ersatz trees by lighting an evergreen scented candle.

That brings me to another subject…candles. How can there be so many awfully disgusting smelling evergreen candles out there? I just want one that’s subtle and doesn’t give me a headache. This is, apparently, something that is not very easily achieved but I think I found one this year. And I believe this is so because I haven’t gotten a headache … yet. YAY!

Anyway, these “problems” ~ amongst any others I  may have ~ are a mere pittance compared to what Mary had to endure.

Have a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

See you Monday, December 26, 2011.

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…is just a Charcuterie.

Ha! Tricked ya, didn’t I?

In years past I would make the kids dinner and send their little butts to bed at the agreed upon time on Christmas Eve. As they got older, it became more difficult lol. After they were in bed, not sleeping, my husband and I would enjoy a nice meal served on nice china, candles glowing and a nice glass of wine. We would have this wonderful herbed quiche I would purchase from the caterer who was literally down the street and serve with it a nice mixed green salad w/a home-made balsamic dressing. We’d have music on and chat. Waiting patiently for those noisy children to finally drift off before the rush began.

The rush…hurrying to put together a million little pieces of a Micro Machines city set all packaged up in this container shaped like a van. You’d open it up and inside was a mini city that you could play with. I declare it had more than a thousand stickers… or putting together a Little Tykes toy w/o making too much noise.

Then we’d fill the stockings and put them by their doorways. They were allowed to open those when they woke up and go in each other’s rooms but they had to leave us alone until (we’d say a certain time) and only then can they come get us. THEN (we were so evil lol) we would go downstairs, making them wait at the top of the steps and have coffee and get ready, making sure the camera and video cam was ready and then we’d stand at the bottom of the stairs. We’d look up and they’d protest while giggling and we’d just sip coffee and tease them.

Finally we’d let them loose. Those were such fun times and times I hope they’ll never forget and remember with such fondness as we do.

So what does this have to do with meat … particularly on a blog about vegans?

Well with those days gone and my children in their teens and don’t just go to bed at 8:00. SO… every year we’d have a nice dinner with some seafood and a nice salad. This is not a possibility this year. One of us decided she was vegan. As I was wandering around Fresh Market tonight looking to spend money (apparently since I couldn’t just leave) and thought, I know, I’ll make a platter of assorted cheeses and meat. I was happily perusing all the lovely choices and then it hit me…DOH! We have a vegan amongst us.

I then went about and picked up grapes,  fresh made bruschetta and garlic toasted french bread rounds. Also I picked up lavash crackers and I have fresh humus already in the fridge. So we’re all set YAY!

Tomorrow I will make a vegan cheesecake for the girl child. I think everyone will eat it, shouldn’t be a problem. I do need to figure out what to serve her for her main dish. Maybe I’ll make that mushroom pie or even some “buttered” pasta and she can add veggies that I’m serving to the pasta to make a custom dish.

I should be wrapping gifts but I am happy to sit here typing and watching NCIS… gotta love the Gibbs…but that’s for another time.

PS: Isn’t that the coolest Christmas tree you ever saw? I miss the beach and the water and some day I’ll be going back there permanently…to where all our memories of Christmas as a family began…

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         …Joy, Joy

 

Cookies!!! YESSSSS!! 

My daughter made cookies yesterday afternoon ~ snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and cutouts. Here is a phone camera shot of them below, not the best shot but it will do. Tonight she made chocolate chip cookies and they were AMAZING!! OMG.

Today I went to Whole Foods. The ENTIRE reason I wanted to go there was to buy Grainassance’s mochi sheets. I left there after spending $221 … nope, that’s not a mistake. (((Sigh…HUGE Sigh))) 

I bought a lot of stuff that normally, under any other circumstance, I wouldn’t buy … and I bought more than one. Whole Foods is about an hour from my house and not a place I would frequent except MAYBE once/month. I bought Earth Balance butter and “frying” butter i.e., lard. I bought one of the former and two of the latter. I bought several types of pre-prepared food from their “salad/food” bar(marinated tropical teryaki grilled tofu; “egg” salad; green bean dish). I bought three different types of pints of ice cream, several types of different vegan  yogurt, different “food” bars, fruit snacks, veggie sticks/chips and other assorted snack bags; organic baking ingredients; smart links and bacon; pie crusts; frozen meals (omg $5+ a pop).

Also I bought things like a healing lotion that’s vegan for my daughter, an odor eliminator that was $7; a vegan magazine; chicken curry salad for moi; I can’t remember the rest. But I will say I was VERY shocked at the bottom line. I thought maybe $125. Man oh man.

I was excited to be able to buy things that I can buy at my grocery store but they only have one flavor of the product or some other such thing. A lot of the stuff I bought was to taste how it “should” taste so that when I make it, I have a marker to work towards and possibly improve.

It’s kind of exciting to learn a whole new way of cooking and I will not be able to continue to spend this kind of money … I want to be able to make a lot of this from scratch and I know I can…I’m an excellent gourmet cook but haven’t been able to cook as such since children LOL.

I’ve babbled enough…the typings of a tired, old mom. 😀

And taaaa-daaaaaa my girl’s cookies from Sunday ~

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…*face palm*

I figured out what those recipes mean by “mochi banana bread” or “mochi cookies” … they’re referring to the flour! Instead of calling the “key” ingredient by its REAL name, they just shorten it to “mochi.”

After reading those two tiny cookbooks, I get it now. For the life of me, I could not figure out how a person was making cupcakes and other baked goods with the mochi I knew and loved, the dried version.

So after I got over my feeling dumb and then feeling extremely irked (because of people’s inability to use the proper ingredient names), I was able to read the recipes with a regular frame of mind. (As if my mind has ever had such a thing but you know what I mean.)

These little cookbooks are great! You don’t need huge cookbooks dedicated to “mochi” because basically it’s a flour, as I knew, that’s used instead of the type of flour we all know and love. Below is a photo of the cookbooks. The Hawaiian one was great in providing the proper definitions of “mochi” for the reader.

I intend on making mochi for real perhaps next week. I will try to remember to post photos along the way, including detailing my horrible mistakes as I’m sure there will be plenty.

Ciao!

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…to mochi land!

 

I found the rice flour I needed to make mochi yesterday at a market that is primarily Japanese foods. This old guy is married to a Japanese woman, who is his same age. They had TWO boxes left and I got them! Seems all the Asian markets are getting low on this flour. Chinese New Years is soon and this is usually only made once/year on new years’.

I went on the website for the producers of the flour, Koda Farms, to check out facts on the product and hopefully to gain more insight. I learned some stuff but not what I was looking for but…..

THE COOKBOOKS CAME TODAY!!!

I will post all about them later. I need to read them thoroughly. They’re very thin so it won’t take long.

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