Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cooking away the cold ...

(updated)

LINK TO COOK BEHIND THE APRON
I have noticed other blogs I enjoy reading have been posting their 28 cooks "coming out". I did mine a few days ago, but wanted to add a link to it again.

Now back to food (my favorite subject)...
It is really cold here ..... like below zero cold and I'm not talking wind chill. BRRR! I live in an "extreme" (winter and summer temperature differences) weather area. As I was contemplating the ability to complain I decided to look through past blog entries to find warming thoughts, here is a link to a post I made in July when the thermometer was reading over 100 (and no not dry heat). I won't complain anymore. Instead I will begin to think different warm thoughts ... like crock pots and soup. The crock pot is god send, I love warm comforting food when I get home. Yesterday I made a recipe from Bryanna's Oct-Dec 2006 newsletter called LOCRO (a squash and vegetable stew). She didn't make it in the crock pot, but I did. I had it on low all day (about 8 hours) and it worked well. I used 2 3/4 cups mixed vegetables instead of the recommended corn and peas. I also made seasoned brown rice in the rice maker and refrigerated it for quick micro heating when I was ready to serve. Although the recipe looked simple and didn't stand out as exciting, it was excellent.... even DD said this is pretty good. It is pretty colorful too. I have a basket of four more butternut squash I want to use up so I'll be trying more recipes with them soon.

ON TO LUNCHES (Can you tell I'm having fun with these?)
This is a whole grain English muffin sandwich with one of Bryanna's crock pot steak patties / roasted red pepper and onion, a romaine salad with sprouts/ red pepper/ purple onion/ currants, homemade apple pie filling sprinkled with homemade granola, and "sushi" pickles that I made using a recipe from the book Summer in a Jar by Andrea Chesman. The pickles are made with large thin slices of ginger root and carrots and tastes just like the little pink pickled ginger slices on a sushi bar (yum).

The steak again only cut up with some seasoned brown rice, romaine salad with sweet corn relish (Andrea Chesman's book again, homemade using my home grown garden gooodies too), home canned pear slices that I didn't grow (no pear trees here) but bought in abundance from an organic Amish farmer, and strips of roasted peppers and onions to add to my rice and steak. The little red container has balsamic dressing for my salad.

Today's lunch. If you turn your head like you would to read a smiley you will notice that this lunch has a container of Stacey's pita chips, roasted red pepper dip from Marie Oser's Soy of Cooking, romaine salad with carrots and sprouts, a sorta trail mix container including roasted peanuts/sunspire m&m's/ currants, along with a banana which I intend to use as a "poker" to pick up the "trail" mix.
NOTE: The red pepper dip called for 2 cloves of garlic. I used two fresh cloves and let my magic bullet mixer whip it with the roasted red pepper, seasonings and tofu smooth. The garlic has come back to haunt. I really like to taste of this so the next time I make it I will roast the garlic with the red pepper.

Thanks to the Oser cookbook and then confirmed by Megan the Vegan I have been hankering mushrooms. My new Oser cookbook calls for ground chicken style gimme lean, which I have never bought before and I didn't want to make any from scratch so, I then decided to have something different for supper and prepared the mushrooms to use another time. I then remembered the mushrooms I made some time ago using brussell sprouts so I looked it up and decided these are what I would try again . . . . here's the link to my previous entry about them and ia link to the recipe included.

Since I bought a 24 ounce package of the nice stuffer size mushrooms I had plenty of stems and 1/3 of the package which I could make into another dish. A dish like Oser's creamy mushrooms sauce over pasta. I actually left the recipe out and asked DH to make it so supper would be ready when I got home tonight. We'll see how it turns out, DH is a sweetheart and said he would however I will c hop the carrots and onions this morning as a time saver for him this evening. I'm looking forward to it, will share pictures later.

No pictures of the pasta because DD chopped the carrots into a salad with romaine and used up the sliced mushrooms I had planned for the sauce also before DH could get on the pasta. Last night we had pita pizza and salad NOT the pasta. I also still have the mushroom caps for stuffed mushrooms, but intend to use them soon.

9 comments:

erica said...

Here's a food mill:
http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Professional-Cheese-Food-Black/dp/B000684DNQ

The Apocalypse Chow people recommend it for emergencies as it can grind and grate two items at once, and you can use it for spices and I *think* coffee if you are so inclined. I haven't used it yet but I really should.

We don't as of yet have a water backup supply, we want to get a few rain barrels soon. I think we have water purification tablets somewhere but to me those are pretty expensive to rely on for any real length of time. We need to get on that, the Encyclopedia of Country Living has instructions on saving water.

I'm kinda nervous about how expensive raw eating may be, but I spend so much in supplements right now I think it will all even out. Ugh, and I'm going to need to overcome that sprouting impediment I have. I'm really not so inadept at most things, just sprouting, and seitan :P

Jackie said...

I see I can now leave a comment after having no luck yesterday.

Your lunchbox meals are terrific. I can just imagine how inquisitive people around you must be every day to see what you will be eating. They certainly won't think like most do that we live on lettuce :)

Dori said...

Thanks for the addy so I can see what a food mmill is. I have something also called a food mill for canning which I use mainly for tomatoes. When I saw the term used I couldn't imagine what a "tomato mill" would be doing in someone's survivial box.

Thnaks for percervering Jackie. I was concerned yesterday that no one is interested in lunchboxes and although I try to eat it everyday day I do not live on lettuce.

Dori said...

I spelled perservering wrong... I must be finger twisted (similar to toungue twisted) this morning.

Nicki Baker said...

Hey thanks for the comment. If you want to tell me the name of those books, maybe they'd help. I already read Joyce Meyer stuff, and that helps some. Thanks for making me feel a little better.

Urban Vegan said...

THOSE lunches look way better than mine. Yum.

bazu said...

Mmmmm, now you've got me hankering for stuffed mushrooms too! I would send some warm weather thoughts your way, but since I'm in Syracuse, I don't think I'd be much help!

Celine said...

hey dori! it's celine, from celineyum. i had to switch accounts because for some reason, i cannot access celineyum anymore. i think it's an issue with beta blogger and non beta. not sure. anyway, thought i'd give you a heads-up, if you're interested. have a great weekend!

Johanna3 said...

i will love some lunches like yours mmmm...