oi. it feels beyond good to be laying/sitting in bed right now. i’ve been going nonstop in the kitchen today and my back is killing me. i’m too young to need a new back!
alas. i woke up to the sounds of pouring rain and dark skies. of course, all of this encouraged me to sleep in until almost 8 again. the other problem with fall/winter – it’s so dark outside you think it’s too early to get up still! but, i am not complaining about it today since tomorrow is back to early rising.
today was forecasted to be a washout, so i sort of decided on giving teddie the day off anyway. it’s not that we don’t have an indoor, but heaven knows he’d rather graze in the rain than stand in his shelter, and i don’t have him on stall board. no need for it. i still had to go into town to clean the office though, so of course stopped to say hi and make sure he still had two eyeballs that looked relatively normal.
as i’d forecasted, he was happily grazing in the rain and had been enjoying some time in the mud, too. silly boys. i didn’t want to cause discomfort by tacking him up soaked, and it turned out to be really busy there, anyways.
i was glad to have my mom’s company so that if his eye was still doing weird things she could see it, too. luckily, it looked a-ok. which sort of makes me feel a little crazy, but i’ll take crazy over a horse with an eye issue any day. what i noticed yesterday while i was tacking him up was this weird glow-y spot…but the weird thing was that it would come and go, it wasn’t consistent! at first i thought it must be a reflection, but then i was realized it wasn’t. A saw it, too – so either there was some reaaall crazy light going on in the barn, or…? i dunno. i’ll be keeping an eye on his eye 😉
i ran into the grocery store for a couple things before coming home and throwing together a quick lunch and devising a game plan. a game plan? a game plan. my baking and cooking extravaganza gameplan! i mean, what better way to spend a rainy day? sure, i could have done some laundry, organized my room, go through clothes for a tag-sale…but c’mon. lets be realistic here. i did get my bathroom cleaned though, give me some credit here!
note: i hardly pictured any snacks today. saaaarry. but you’ll have to forgive me in order for me to give you the recipes for tomato and zuchinni fritters, the best branana bread ever, and sweet potato falafel.
we’ll start with the sweet potato falafel. mainly (okay, entirely) because it was my mom and i’s favorite of the little “buffet” we had for dinner.
i found this lovely recipe over at susan’s blog and have been really lazy about making it. i think because i went through a major “chick peas must be made into chickpea cutlets, nothing else.” phase. i’m not complaining, but i mean – there’s so much more in the world of the stellar garbanzo!
anyways – i kept it along the same lines, so here is my adaptation 🙂
Sweet Potato Falafel
- 1/4 T. milled flaxseed + 1 T. water
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1/2 t. cumin
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 t. dried parsely
- 3/4 – 1 c. chick peas
- 1/4 + 1/8 c. quick oats
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 1 t. lemon juice
First, bake your sweet potato. The easiest way to do this is to wrap in damp paper towels and microwave (I use the potato setting, so I’m not sure what power that is) for 8 minutes or so.
While that is microwaving, preheat your oven to 400* and combine your flaxseed with the water, and set aside. in a small bowl, mash your chickpeas and combine with the quick oats.
When the sweet potato is done, allow to cool before peeling the skin off and mashing it in a medium sized bowl. add in the flax, seasonings, and lemon juice. combine. stir in the chickpea mixture and baking powder.
i also made the yogurt-tahini sauce as susan instructs to go along with it. the only adjustment i made to that was using tomato paste rather than ketchup, and i added a dollop of dijon, too. i love the sauce! well, i love the falafel, too – but the two just pair together so well. that and i wasn’t sure if i would since i’ve had only mediocre experiences with tahini thus far 😉
after cooking everything all day, i couldn’t decide what to have for dinner so the most logical thing was to try it all! i had a tomato and zuch fritter, sweet potato falafels, yogurt-tahini sauce, roasted broccoli, bulgur, and a moorish zucchini salad that i also made. (that’s not the source of the recipe – mine came out of “the vegetarian cookbook,” but is the same as that recipe)
i don’t actually like zucchini (gasp-oh-the-horror-and-deceit) but the salad wasn’t bad (even though i’ll gladly leave the rest for my mom), and the fritters are actually really good. i actually had intentions to tackle a zucchini bread, but my mom was thinking the same thing and i started reaaalllly wanting to make some more banana bread. she never got around to her zuc bread, but my banana bread came out loffly:
and should i start a “guess the date” giveaway for georgie?! we are dying to know if she’s preggers or not…but even if the vet comes, they sometimes can’t even get it right. i’ve been doing a lot of research on false pregnancies in horses, but…i dunno. we wouldn’t be surprised on the one hand since they come from an unknown background, they are seriously getting large and in charge, always hangry (but they’re haflingers, they’re always hungry anyway 😛 ) georgie has a bag for petes sake (might i add it’s bigger today?), and i’m pretty sure milk veins. so now we’re wondering if maya is preggers, too – that little peanut’s got a huuuuge belly. maybe they were kept with a stallion or something.
oi vei. if only they could talk.