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VeganMoFo: Welcome To My New Kitchen!

Well, it’s not so much “new” as it’s new to me.  This house was built in 1970, and I’m fairly certain that everything in it is original.  Here be the kitchen:

The stove is vented through the counter.  It’s so small and weird.

There’s a double oven, which could be cool.  I haven’t tested it yet, but I did get an oven thermometer just in case.

This is where the dining table will be eventually.

My mom says the front looks like an old man, with a chimney for a nose and a bushy mustache.

My first meal in the house was a quickie, since we were busy unpacking.  I knew I could get some ready to cook food from Trader Joe’s.  I simmered their green curry sauce and chickenless strips with steamed cauliflower and carrots, and wilted in spinach at the end.  Served over precooked brown rice.

The next day I reaped the benefits of some presents I found in the backyard.

These poor plants had been neglected for months, so I turned them into a delicious chunky marinara.  Served over whole wheat rotini and topped with lots of nutritional yeast that I had just unpacked.

On the side, mixed greens cooked with worcestershire, boullion and a little bit of ketchup.  I didn’t have any tomato paste.  It worked, okay?

More bonuses from the yard:  I believe this to be a blackberry bush that sadly went unpicked for the whole season.

And what’s this hanging over the fence from my neighbor’s house?  I thought they were limes, but when I stole one for guacamole last night, it turned out they were sorely under ripe lemons.  But soon they will be ripe lemons, and I will claim what’s on my side!

I unpacked my cookbooks today, so I will delve back into them very soon.  In conclusion, I am so happy to have a kitchen again!

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Meal-in-a-Bowl

I’ve been thinking about a full meal in a bowl being a good way to eat a satisfying, healthy and balanced meal.  You’ve got your protein, starch and veggies all playing nicely together.  And, since I’m a guest here and we don’t really use the dishwasher, it’s a good way to cut down on the dishes I have to wash.

I was craving beans in a major way, and had celery and carrot in the fridge, so I made Cajun-style red beans and brown rice which turned out to be more veggie than bean, which is fine with me.  On the side is steamed spinach, and some baby romaine that was on its way out.

I still had most of the gargantuan mango from my last post, and was still in the mood for beans, so I wanted to make some sort of quinoa/black bean/mango dish.  Alas, the grocery stores here are very basic, and there is no quinoa to be found.  I went with potatoes as the starch instead, and relegated the mango to a condiment of sorts.  I consulted my friend Jackie in whether I should call it a relish, pico de gallo or chutney, and we decided it was most like a relish or pico, so Jackie suggested pico de relish.  In the end I decided on relish de gallo, because “relish of the rooster” sounds more fun than “beak of the relish”.  So this is Black Bean and Corn Hash with Mango Avocado Relish de Gallo, topped with hot sauce.

Here we have leftover broccoli in hunan sauce with brown rice with store bought teriyaki tofu.  I may have put it all in a bowl just to go with the bowl theme.  Shhhhh….

Lastly, Hannah’s Sesame Noodles.  I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – I couldn’t find soba noodles and used whole wheat spaghetti instead, didn’t have any ginger (thought I did and was very disappointed), used white sugar instead of brown and doubled the quantity, peeled my carrot and zucchini with a normal peeler since my julienne peeler is packed away, added sauteed cremini mushrooms and shelled edamame for some extra oomph, and garnished with cilantro just cause I had some.  This recipe is good!  Next time I will definitely make sure I have ginger, and cut back a tad on the soy sauce since it was just a bit too salty for me.

And now, since not everything can fit in a bowl, here are some randoms.

I made my first real shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.  I stopped by one a few years ago, and after actually shopping there I have the same opinion I did back then.  They have some really cool products and I’ll definitely go from time to time, but some of the items are a bit expensive, and they don’t have enough “normal” grocery items.  Like, the spices were extremely limited and I couldn’t find sesame seeds.  It seems impractical to not carry stuff like that, people don’t want to have to go to two stores.  TJ’s seems like a great place for people who don’t want to or don’t have time to cook, lots of good ready-made food.  My total purchase came to almost $50, although $8 of it was for soy yogurt, which I can’t find in town.

Some home fries made with potatoes I didn’t use in the hash above.  Part of a big breakfast for bf before his first job interview today.  So good with ketchup.

One of my (and probably your) favorite lunches, plain ol’ hummus with pita and veggies.

Up next:  Hopefully a couple uses for the world’s largest zucchini.

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