I’ve been wanting to try the Snobby Joes from Veganomicon ever since I got the book last Christmas, and last week I was in the mood. The idea of using lentils intrigued me. I like lentils but never eat them as much as I could, so I’m always looking for reasons to use them.
On the side I had plain boiled cabbage, which is my favorite way to eat it. I also made a cream of mushroom and broccoli stem soup that didn’t turn out so well. I kept adding a bit of this and a dash of that in attempts to make it taste good and rather than improving the flavor it just became more convoluted. So I sprinkled some red bell pepper on top, which helped a bit, and got through it.
The Snobby Joe was pretty good. I liked the texture a lot, and I love any recipe that starts with onion, green pepper and garlic. I don’t know that I’ll make this recipe again though, because there’s a sloppy joe recipe in Minutemeals Vegetarian that I kind of love. The only issue is that it’s made with processed meat substitute, which isn’t really that bad, but I’m trying to avoid processed ingredients as much as possible. Made that way it really does taste like a regular ol’ sloppy joe. Maybe I’ll try making that recipe with lentils instead of faux meat? The recipe is more simple, made with tomato paste, ketchup and red wine vinegar. I don’t think I cared for the maple syrup that sweetens the Snobby Joes. However, I’m not saying you shouldn’t try it if you think it looks good!
Last week I had a minor head cold and was feeling generally crappy. I came home from work Friday night and for whatever crazy reason, I thought I would treat my cold with a hot toddy. Even though I’d never had one in my life. That’s what they do on tv, right? A search of the internet yielded many versions, so I stuck with a simple one. I measured it out and drank it from a sweet Jameson glass that I inherited when my mom cleaned out her kitchen cabinets. A lot of people find hot toddies repulsive, but I liked it. Then again, I like whiskey, so…there you go.
Vegan Hot Toddy
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1 oz agave nectar
1/3 oz lemon juice
3 oz hot cider, tea, water or other hot beverage (I used orange tangerine tea)
Mix and drink. It’ll cure what ails ya!