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Maybe I am a Little Rude…

Weellll…I guess now I know who I can count on to share a banana with me, and who I can count on to hide the last one. Unfortunately for me, if I were to ever live with any of you, you’d all be hiding your bananas so if I was in a banana crisis myself, there would be none around.

Fine. I see how it is.

I jest, I jest. What matters is that we share when it counts. Moral of the story, though, is to never take the produce. Everything else is fair game. As my boss says, “sharing is for kids.”

At least I share with him. Even if I am a little rude about it.

So there I was, having an intelligent conversation with my boss, when my pretzels and apricots caught the corner of my eye. Ooh. I started munching. First it was pretzels, and then apricots. Together but separate, y’know?

And then it was “oooh, it’s kinda fun to split the apricots apart! they’re so gooey!”

Gosh, I’m so polite.

He was still talking.

I was still sort of listening.

My thoughts moved along to “hey, lets make a pretzel-apricot sandwich!”

He was still talking.

I was eating.

My input to the conversation? “Look! I just made a pretzel sandwich! It’s really good! Wanna try it?!”

Luckily, we weren’t talking about anything critical. Not that I recall, anyway…

Luckily, he’s as “into” food as I am. The pretzel sandwich was a hit, but he mentioned it would only be better with some cream cheese and cayenne pepper. I instantly vetoed that idea.

Though when I had a little remake of my pretzel-apricot sandwich earlier, I threw in some cashew butter.

Mreh, no denying the yum-factor…but I’m sticking to my guns and saying the pretzels and apricots have got a good thing goin’ and don’t need anything else.

But maybe it could be transferred to pumpernickel.

It was okay.

But we all know – okay, well at least Tat and I know – that the real way to eat pumpernickel is like so:

With almond butter and date syrup.

Oh, yes.

Dense. Chewy. Pumpernickel-y.

And oh-so-hideous.

Seriously. The only thing my homemade pumpernickel is missing?

The canoodling couple on the package.

I even slept with it at night for it to sour. This bread relies on being given 18-24 hours to just sit and, well, be dough. And then it requires a sloooooowwww baking time.

Oh, and did I mention it needed a warm place to sleep for the 18-24 hours? Well, being that I made this when it wasn’t even 0* out, I took that as a damn good reason to turn my space heater in my room on for just a little bit longer than usual 😉

When it first went in the oven (for hour one of five) I was alittle worried. It wasn’t a deep, dark pumpernickel color like I thought it would be. I was disgruntled. I didn’t know that the low and slow baking process is what gives it that color.

It emerged deep, dark and pumpernickel-y. Crisis averted.

And hey, it’s not even gross like I thought it might be when smeared with hummus and a roasted red pepper! Phew.

Of course, just because I can make pumpernickel bread doesn’t mean I can make pancakes anymore. Seriously – my groove was stomped on and thrown out the window this morning or something.

As much as I hate to admit this, there were two takes on pancakes this morning.

Take one fed the trash. And you know I hate to do that. But they were inedible. I don’t know why. The  middle would not cook. Oh, yeah – probably because I accidentally dumped in flat seltzer water because I’m all out of milk and am too belligerent to go shopping before this weekend. Oh, and I don’t get my day started by forcing down an inferior breakfast, thank you.

Take two, above, I burnt. Not a bad thing necessarily as I don’t mind burnt bread/toast/pancakes/cookies/whatever – and I actually really enjoyed the taste. I accidentally dumped in nutmeg instead of cinnamon, but that ended up being an error that worked out for the better. They were perfectly spiced.

However, the cranberries were…hear me out here…fizzy on my tongue. WTH? Maybe someone who knows anything about food science can tell me if maybe the acidity of cranberries react with baking soda? Because that’s all I could think of. I never use baking soda in pancakes but decided to throw it in there for the hell of it, and while the pancake itself was fine, the cranberries in the pancake were just…weird.

Yes the cranberries themselves are good. I had them just the other day.

It’s a mystery. Or maybe not. Maybe I should just get a clue in the kitchen?

OH and while we’re on the topic of ugly food, look at last night’s dinner.

Polenta stuffed pepper with mashed yuca.

Wow, don’t you just want to gobble that up?! You’re all probably shocked to learn this was actually the best stuffed pepper I’ve ever had. I’d share the (really easy) recipe but I’m 99% sure anyone who sees this picture would just as quickly decide it’s something they wouldn’t eat in a million years.

Hey, don’t judge a book by its’ cover!

Edit: Since a couple people were curious, here’s the recipe for the peppers. As you can see, I was out of a lot of…well, out of almost everything…so it’s been kept pretty simple. Simple is good!

Polenta Stuffed Peppers

Serves 1 as a main, 2 as a side. For a more complete meal, maybe throw in some chickpeas, or have some marinated tofu on the side! I had a side of mashed yuca, which complemented perfectly.

  • 1 medium-large red pepper, sliced in half and de-seeded
  • 1/4 c. fine- or medium-ground cornmeal/polenta
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3 white mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 c. stewed diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted)
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast
  • 1 T. hummus
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375*. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Once boiling, lower heat and slowly add the cornmeal, 1 T. at a time, stirring or whisking all the while. Once all combined, add in the tomatoes and nutritional yeast and season with salt and pepper. Continue to stir/whisk over medium-low heat until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in the mushrooms and hummus, and divide the mixture between the two peppers. Bake for 45 minutes, or until firm to the touch and the peppers are cooked through.

I loved having mashed yuca with this – its likeness to mashed potato really complemented the pepper. I followed a recipe out of Appetite for Reduction for mashed yuca with cilantro and lime. Even though I had no cilantro…

Anyways.

It’s All Star weekend. Don’t you wish you were my neighbor so you could come over for some of this pumpkin crumb cake?

AND YES, All plans are being made around the all star festivities.

Alright, everyone’s gotta have a really simple, maybe random combination of foods that they love together. Like apricots and pretzels. What’s yours?

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Fast Food and Stuffed Peppers

I can’t stop eating this.

I baked Nicole’s quinoa bread today. Well, I suppose I should say that my bread maker baked Nicole’s quinoa bread today…but that’s besides the point. I mean, my bread maker didn’t measure that flour, quinoa, oats, and oil, right? Right. Sort of.

I digress. It just cooled off a bit, and since I am weird and actually prefer bread once it’s cooled down a bit rather than fresh out of the oven, I’ve already had a slice and a half of “open faced peanut butter and jelly.” Before you ask, why yes – yes I did have a magnificent dinner, too.

(FWIW: The only changes I made to the recipe: olive oil in place of the butter, a mix of white whole wheat and spelt flour to make up for my lack of 3+ c. of spelt flour, and a combo of millet and quinoa to make up for my lack of 1/3 c. of quinoa. It fell, like my last loaf – but looking at Nicole’s pics, I think hers did, too – which I believe is the result of too much liquid to dry ingreds? Either way, I don’t really care when it tastes this good. Looks aren’t everything, young duckling.)

It has a crunchy crust yet the insides are moist, dense, and chewy. The millet gives it a magnificent crunch, and the nutty spelt flour lends itself perfectly to the millet and quinoa mixture. Paired with some ginger-peach jam and sunflower seed butter, you have yourself something that might as well be considered a drug because it makes you feel that good.

Props to Ms. Nicole, the mastermind herself! You should make it.

Fact of the matter, however – is that I can’t play ignorance – and I know why I felt the need to peanut butter and jelly even after dinner and dessert.

It’s because I was a bad blogger today, though primarily because I was a “bad eater.” See…things started out wonderfully with this delicious breakfast – waffles topped with sauteed cinnamon & fig apples with peanut butter sauce…

but essentially, I grazed through lunch. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t feel bad about it or whatever, it just sort of happened. Just goes to prove that even if I’m “not hungry,” I need to eat because I’ll be regretting it come night time! And to prove that I don’t always eat well 😉

Teddie was supposed to get a pedicure today (a.k.a. the farrier was supposed to come do his feet) so I was out at the barn early to wait for my dear farrier friend. He was supposed to be there at 9:30-10, and for the first time ever, I was running late. Granted, I still got there at 9:15, but I was freaking. out. that I was going to be late.

9:30…bring him in, clean him up, wait.

9:45…eh, I guess I’ll do some lunge work while we wait, he’ll probably be fidgity and maybe he’d be better off expending some energy anyways.

10:00…eh, maybe we’ll do some ground work.

10:15…ugh. I guess I’ll tack him up. Murphy’s Law: the second I get on him, he’ll show up.

10:30…well, I guess we disproved Murphy’s Law!

11:00…that went well. Now where the hail is my farrier?

Needless to say, Teddie didn’t get his pedicure. Luckily, I am not to afraid to give my farrier flak (relax, relax, we’ve known each other a while and are constantly picking on each other when we see each other) and Ted should be getting his tootsies done on Thursday 😉

Random side note: my mom has the week off from work, and while I was eating breakfast she was going through a trunk of stuff…I bet you didn’t know I was obsessed with Billie Joe from Green Day all through high school! I even painted him.

Anyways. After getting home is when my random afternoon happened. I have a photo assignment to “emulate a photographer.” I am “emulating” Bill Owens. Bill Owens is most known for his work Suburbia – the documentation of life in the 1970’s. It depicts houses, social interactions, jobs, activities, etc. etc. And of course, it being the 70’s in a new housing Suburbia in California, you see neat and tidy houses, perfectly kept lawns, delicious dinners, and everything perfect.

So, naturally, I am doing a bit of a different take on it. I mean, it’s 2010…and while you’d think we’d be the same in the tidiness department…portions of this town are downright rundown. So, I, in the similar style of Bill Owens, am photographing those places. Likewise, people now seem to be a lot more open to the idea of good (or bad) food, with minimal effort and technology.

Enter: Chinese food and laptop computers.

The I ❤ Larabar is sort of anti-condusive to my idea, so I will be retouching that out, heh.

Ironically, Chinese is the one cuisine I cannot get accustomed to. I just thought the takeout containers were so perfect for what I was trying to do! That and…I’d rather not give McDonald’s my money, and would rather give it to the local #1 Takeout. Anyways – the food worked for the shoot, but I sort of lost my appetite afterwards. I didn’t even like the bite that was in my mouth. Sort of a bummer because Chinese food is also a “fast food cuisine” that doesn’t automatically equate to being bad for you…I have just never had a taste for it, even as a child. I think it’s largely due to the fact that we don’t have any really good, authentic Chinese restaurants around here. I had this peanut-chicken dish at a nice one in Boston once and I hated to admit that I liked it considering the fact that I put up a big fuss with my then-bf how I did not like Chinese, let alone go out there to eat.

Obviously, this is not taking a stab at people who eat take-out with their computers (hellloooo, am I not relying on my computer right now?) but I thought it was a good part of my comparison/emulation project. And fun, if you ask my mom – she was pretty happy to see Shrimp Lo Mein waiting for her.

And then random grazing started. It included (but was not limited to) a banana with peanut butter…

…and puffins with sunflower butter and dried cranberries. An a sweet potato cookie. And most other munchies I bypassed the camera with “eh, I’m gonna have lunch soon anyway.” since I don’t usually picture my snacks on days I’m home anyway.

Sorry for the earth-shattering disappointment.

And to make it even more earth-shattering disappointing, the quinoa bread was all I was able to bake today! I was chained to my Intro to Business book for the afternoon. (a large reason for the sporadic grazing, methinks)

Well, save for the hour my mom convinced me to part with my book and play with the ponies with her. We took them for a nice autumn-day walk down the road and let them graze a while before she left to get a round bale. They eat more than elephants.

I’ve had people politely demanding the sweet potato cookie recipe – and I’ll probably post it soon. I was hoping to test one more thing (to either make them into muffins or make them more cookie-like, can’t decide but I’m leaning towards muffins. Just want to see if it works though!) but I might cave with more convincing.

Before that, though, I’ll share this Red Millet Stuffed Pepper recipe I concocted. I had in mind Veganomicon’s mention of “Mexican Millet.”

For one Stuffed Pepper:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 c. millet
  • 1 c. water
  • olive oil, to coat bottom of pan
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or less if you’re not an insane garlic lover like myself)
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 1 small-medium fresh tomato, diced
  • 1 small ear fresh corn
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. dried cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 t. mild chili powder
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • tempeh – I think I used about half a serving, but just use what you want. Black beans would be killer, too – I just used what I had opened, though.
  • mozzarella cheese, grated (cheddar might be more Mexican-esque, but again – I used what I had. )
  • small frozen banana (work with me here)
  • 1/2 c. yogurt

1. Preheat your oven to 400*.

2. Heat your oil in a medium sized saucepan. Add in the garlic, and then the onions. Sautee until they are tender, almost translucent.

3. Add in the millet, and stir. Sautee for a few minutes before adding in the corn, tomato, tomato paste, water, seasonings and hot sauce, and tempeh. Cover.

4. Cut off the top of your pepper and scoop out the seeds and insides. Place on a baking sheet and bake until almost tender. Let the millet mixture simmer for about 25 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.

5. Once the millet is ready and pepper is too, fill the pepper (carefully! it will be hot!!) with the millet mixture and bake for another 10 minutes. Take out, top with cheese.

6. Wait to cool and then dig in. Does anybody remember growing up, and their parents would say “Do as I say, not as I do.” ? Well, do as I say, and not as I do. Wait for it to cool, even if I had to test the waters and see how hot it really was.

Oh, hello.

7. Cover in more (too much!!) hot sauce and light your mouth on fire.

8. Put banana in blender with yogurt and make soft serve to put the fire out.

I love how noticeable it is in my dinners that the weather is changing. I love fresh, light flavors in the summer – basil, garlic, and evoo, salads, cold grain dished -…but am going back to spicy now, apparently!! And stuffing and baking things. I love stuffed vegetables. That’s a heads-up, because I have an eggplant and another squash I plan on stuffing 😉

What’s your favorite vegetable to stuff?

Any food you just have never been able to grow a taste for?

P.S. Thank youuuu to everyone who’s voted for me!!

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A Moment of Silence, Please

A moment of silence please, as we remember our fallen friend, PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter.

It was a great nut butter; in fact, I do believe one of my firsts, and quite possibly, my favorite. Today, her remains were spooned down my greedy gullet, and then the remains of her remains were too. She will now be recycled to generate another delicious container to hold more delicious Peanut Butter, and it is with great certainty when I say that we will meet again quite soon.

Ah, yes – sorry for the melodrama. But, you read it here first: and even though my cabinet is stocked with peanut butter, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to finish this jar. Alas, it was put to perfect use in pear-date oats this morning, and I have more peanut butters to ease my pain now.

This morning’s base consisted of:

and the toppings were simple yet lovely – but isn’t that always the case?!

  • flax-chia icing
  • PB&Co Cinnamon Raisin PB
  • honey-roasted peanuts
  • and a chutney of the rest of the diced pear and some chopped dates simmered in almond breeze and some maple syrup – with some cinnamon and ground clove.

Enjoyed with some Green Mountain Rain Forest Nut. I’m not saying I’ve ever had a bad cup of Green Mountain; but for some reason this cup seemed exceptionally phenomenal…must have been some weird vibes in the kitchen, because the oats also cooked way faster than usual. Whaa?!

Yes, yes; I say this was a good rememberence of an old friend. I always thought the cinnamon raisin went so perfectly with pears, apples – those sorts of fruits. Just like the weather I woke up to!

My mom and I ran to Price Chopper real quick – she needed some things and I also needed a couple things for our Mother’s Day dinner. Wait ’til you see what she chose!! And I had no influence whatsoever – I told her she could pick whatever she wanted, and if she wanted meat I’d figure something out, too. I’ve never cooked veal before but I guess I’ll find out how tomorrow. (ah- just kidding. neither of us believe in veal.)

Afterwards, I had some dilemmas: make seitan or put together my portfolio for photo? Hum. How about both?

A slice of dakota bread with a bit of buttah and a mini banana (helloooo, dozen of over-ripe bananas for $1.50) with a bit of mocha PB fueled the cooking. I went for a Veganomicon recipe for seitan cutlets and just half a recipe. I’ve never had seitan before and was really excited to try! I’ve yet to try it, though…hah. I will say, however…it was fun to make 😀

I picked up some goat cheese and for lunch I knew I had to put into play the sandwich I dreamed up earlier this week…

A goat cheese, balsamic marinated strawberry, spinach, and walnut panini on hot-off-the-oven rack dakota bread. It was barely cool enough to slice when we bought it this morning! Killah. This panini soared above my expectations; in fact, it was fantab. I also had some sweet potato, carrot, and broccoli fries that I popped in the oven while the seitan was finishing up.

My afternoon plans consisted of going to an auction with mi mama where we looked at horses & ponies and tack. And got a little chilly. It rained all morning and just felt so damp, not to mention the fact that one worried pony slpashed mud all over my lower legs. I haven’t spoken much of the pony hunt lately because showings are in the works, but I will say we didn’t go for the horse and pony aspect of the sale – just tack. There actually ended up being some nice horses and ponies, but not what we were looking for 🙂

I grabbed an apple Clif C bar for my mom and I before we left the house for when we got munchy. Fav C Bar flavah!

And for dinner, a stuffed pepper! The sale on red peppers for $.98/pound was still going on, and even though we had four still in the fridge at home, picked up three more. Actually, my mom and I thought we only had, oh, two or so in the fridge – but why not roast them and freeze them? Except – I did some research and found that I could roast them, cover them in olive oil, and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Score! I roasted three while I was making the seitan. I tried doing it over our gas stovetop, but that scared me and my mom told me it “smelled like I was smoking pot.” Direct quote. She works at the college – she said she felt like she’d just walked into a dorm room. Oh, goodie. Then it made me realize that this blog could probably find some trouble with law enforcement over how many times I’ve declared “this was a great bowl” after a delicious bowl of oats, and offered to “hook people up with a bag” when they can’t find Green Mountain coffee.

Wasn’t I talking about dinner and stuffed peppers? Oh, yeah, thought so. Anyways. I prepared a serving of bulgur with some kale, tomato, black beans, garlic, feta, salt, pepper, and basil and then mixed in a dash (and I mean a dash!) of BBQ sauce and some balsamic before I spooned into a raw red pepper before baking at 350*. I was a little concerned the BBQ sauce would be a little too out there since the flavors were otherwise italian-esque. But, it provided just the right hint of sweetness! And yes, you are correctly seeing cashews crushed on top. I love adding nuts for crunch!

This was a lot of food – I had to pass the last bit off to my mom. She quite liked it, as well – I was proud 😛

So, all in all; turned out lovely! Fun fact? Stuffed peppers were a meal I dreaded as a kid. I hated peppers. And rice. Gosh, I was an awful child.

What is everyone doing for their mothers tomorrow?! And if you are one – Happy Mother’s Day!

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