Friday, 20 December 2013

What I made yesterday

So yesterday was my first day of cooking from the bag.

Breakfast was not from the bag, I made the Oat Bran-Applesauce muffins from Veganomicon. Those were tasty.

For lunch I used up some carrots that I had previously bought in a Curry Coconut Carrot Soup, recipe at the bottom.

I also made the Cranberry Orange Nut Loaf, also from Vcon. So good. That used up 2 oranges and 1/2 the cranberries.

For dinner I had Greens with Pinto Beans. Very tasty.

Now for the recipe.

Curry Coconut Carrot Soup

4-6 servings
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 boullion cube
  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Garam Masala as garnish
Preheat a soup pot over medium heat, add oil and sautee onions with a little salt until soft. Add carrots, water, boullion and curry powder. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes, until carrots are soft.

Using an immersion blender, puree the soup off the heat until smooth, be careful of splatters. Add coconut milk and heat through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm, sprinkled with garam masala.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

1st CSA bag + ALL DONE!

Woohoo, I am all done with this semester. One more to go and then I can graduate. I already know 2 of my marks and I know I did well on this last final. Should be a good semester mark-wise.

I also got my first Fresh City Farms bag last night. I got a fair bit of food and my fridge is full. I am trying to figure out what to do with all this produce. Luckily, to quote Anna Olson, "What grows together, goes together", so it shouldn't be all too hard to figure out.

I got a HUGE bunch of Rainbow Chard, I am not the biggest fan of chard, but I have mostly just had it plain. I also got a head of cauliflower, which will probably be roasted. I tend to like this Weightwatchers recipe (from when I was on a diet) that is called Cauliflower Poppers. It is essentially roasted cauliflower with chili powder and other spices. The other option is a sorta similar recipe from the Vegetarian Times, I will probably have it without the pita, I can never seem to master eating things stuffed in a pita, unless it is pre-wrapped from a falafel joint.

There was also a bag of carrots (2 lbs) which on top of my other 3 lb bag of carrots from Loblaws means I have a heck of a lot of carrots. I'm thinking curry carrot soup, for some of it at least, sounds like lunch today. Celeriac is something I don't cook with often but one has landed in my fridge. I think roasted with carrots is good. I do like roasted things, if you couldn't tell. The sweetness of the vegetables really come out when they are roasted.

So many yummy things to cook with, so little time. My next box comes on Monday because of Christmas, So I have <5 days to clear out enough food to fit the new box in my fridge. I sense a lot of my veggies in my future, that's fine with me!


Friday, 13 December 2013

omg so much to do.

I haven't posted for a while so I thought I would give an update.

The semester is almost over, some assignments to mark, a exam to write and then I am done. so much has happened this semester. The veg club has taken off and I discovered I do not need to be gluten free.

I am starting on a new culinary adventure. I ordered a weekly CSA bag from Fresh City Farms. My parents used to get a CSA a number of years ago, but when I moved out it was no longer economically viable to buy the box. I am curious to see how much produce I get, as that will determine if I continue forward with it. I do realize that this is organic and mostly local but I am on a student budget. On the other hand having all the produce around might encourage me to eat out less so even if it is more expensive for groceries it could work out OK.

I will try to remember to blog about what I got.

In kitty cat news, Muxie has discovered running and that she can jump on to high surfaces, such as counters and the stove (!). she only jumped on the stove once so I'm not too worried. she has also taken to getting really excited when I put away/take out my futon. she runs all over it when I take the sheets off and likes to jump on the back when it is folded up again.

I haven't been programming any extra things lately, school work has me very busy so far. maybe I could work on a little something over the winter holidays. I don't know what it would be. My mother has been managing volunteer scheduling at her church and needs to have a more portable database, (she uses Access). so maybe a java applet, or maybe I could pick up some SQL before my course next semester.