Macaroni and Not Cheese

This is vegan cheese, meaning it’s not cheese at all. It tastes really good.  If I had corn chips, I’d make nachos with this sauce.
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  • Pasta (I got pipe rigate) – 5 cups dry pasta
  • 2 cups of raw cashews soaked overnight
  • 2 boiled carrots
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Tahini (1/2 cup)
  • Nutritional Yeast (1/2 cup)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 jar (10 or 11 ounces) of jalapeno slices
  • Spices:
    • Turmeric
    • Cumin
    • Dijon Mustard
    • Black pepper
    • Paprika
    • Chili powder
  1. Stir fry the garlic and onions with salt and oil for about 10 minutes.
  2. Blend everything together, except the pasta and half of the jalapeno slices.  I had to do it in 2 batches because it didn’t all fit in the blender.
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  3. Cook the sauce on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Cook and drain the pasta and stir it in the sauce with the remaining jalapeno slices.
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Baa

Happy Year of the Sheep!
The Sheep is the 8th sign in the zodiac. Sheeples are supposedly kind, loyal, and appreciate art and beauty.

Since it’s a Thursday, I’m not doing anything to celebrate.  Just about the only thing I did was wear a red belt and pink sweater as a nod to the auspicious meaning.

Lent 2015

Until April 2nd, I will give up… nothing.  I will give up nothing.  I have no resolutions for the new year and I have nothing I’d like to give up.  If I think of something I’ll do it, but nothing comes to mind at this time. Guess I’m just not feelin’ Lenty this year.

Fer-reeakin’ cold!

It has been sub-freezing these past few days with howling winds and some snow.  Hearing the howling wind makes me want to wear many layers of tops and bottoms and eat and hibernate.  The groundhog was totally right this year.  We’re going to have winter weather for a while longer.

You’d never know it was winter by the looks of the cymbidiums which have started blooming. They peak when Spring arrives.

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I love the colors of this flower.

Hot Pan Potatoes

Potatoes

  • 5 to 6 waxy potatoes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb of mushrooms, sliced
  • TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute (or some blend of no salt seasoning, herbs, paprika, pepper etc.)
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil
  1. Cube the potatoes.  Boil them in salted water for 15-20 minutes or until cooked.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, sweat the onions with some garlic, salt, and oil.  Once soft, add the sliced mushrooms.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the drained potatoes and the cooked mushrooms and onions.  Toss them all together with your seasoning.  Don’t add any more salt.
  4. Pour it all back into the hot skillet you used to cook the onions and mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 to get a crispy top.

Happy Furday!

Gina

Subject Matter Expert at:

  • Southpaw food throwing
  • Bar gnawing
  • Peanut cracking
  • Raisin snatching
  • Tissue box occupying
  • Popcorning
  • Shoe rack exploring
  • Apple twig pulverizing
  • Toilet paper roll destroying

She’s indefatigable.  Except when she’s sleepy.  Then she naps and does one of those bits where her front heavy body rocks forward slowly and then catches herself and rocks back, then slowly rocks forward again.

2941 Restaurant

I just can’t seem to stay away from the numbers restaurants. From 1789 to 8407, and now 2941. I picked this place in part because it had what looked like a vegan entree.
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Winter Garden
The food turned out to be pretty good. Our server was kind of grumpy though. Which was fine. Everybody has a grumpy day sometimes, I get it. Still, a bummer ‘tude can kinda’ knock the enjoyment of the meal down a little.

The most important thing was, despite the food tasting good, the portions were way too small. After 3 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts for two, I still wanted to go to Thai Spoon to pick up some takeout. I hate leaving a meal hungry. What’s the point of eating if not to satiate?

Oh I ended up not getting Thai takeout. Instead, I stir fried a batch of yu choy and ate it all!

Native Foods Cafe

The thing about some vegan-only restaurants is, a lot of processed products. Daiya cheese. Seitan. Tempeh. I’ll eat those things but I’m generally not a fan of them. Native Foods Cafe has some items with those products and some without. I got the Rockin’ Moroccan. A bowl of quinoa, roasted vegetables, and tofu. It was great. Filling and flavorful. Their sweet potato fries were done well too. Sliced thin and nice and crispy. And their nachos were very good. I would get all three of these items again. Their portion sizes were good too. I was definitely very full after the meal.