Potatoes and Peaches

Things I Make that Make Me Happy

a brief history of (my) food (intake)

Posted by potatoesnpeaches on March 7, 2008

I’ve been eating good food like crazy! I’ve been eating it so much I haven’t had time to take crappy pictures! Let’s see if I can even remember some of it, I should really take notes or something.

Well, for starters I had been thinking of making Julie Hasson’s sausages for awhile, and then I read Isa’s post about them and that was it. I *had* to make them. I’m a total fangirl for Isa. There, I said it. Some people are fangirls/boys for Star Trek, I’m a fangirl for vegan cookbook authors. If there were a Con (is there!?!!?) for vegan cooks like there are for sci-fi geeks (I mean that in a nice way, I have a tattoo in Elvish, y’all…but that’s a whole other story.) I would dress up as a baby bok choy.

…right, so, I made these really great sausages in my food steamer. It’s an Oster that I picked up brand new at Goodwill for $10. It’s a touch cumbersome, but still my favorite appliance.

sausages in the sauna

I think that I should have steamed them a few minutes longer than the recipe calls for, only because I forgot that my steamer takes a minute or two to get going. However, really this just meant that they took a little longer to really firm up in the fridge, no big deal. I also changed the seasonings a bit, because I searched high and lo at the grocery store and could not find chicken-flavored seasoning. Here’s what I used instead:
1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning I made from one of my Sarah Kramer books
1 tbsp onion powder
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
3 shakes allspice

I’m thinking next time this will be amazing as a sun-dried tomato and fresh basil version, with those beautiful reds and greens, so good! I’ve been snacking on it with just Dijon mustard.

A few days ago I made sausage and peppers with them. Normally sausage and peppers is just those two things, onion, and garlic. I added a sprig’s worth of fresh thyme and mushrooms to mine, then put it all over some lightly fried polenta. Oh how I loooove sausage and peppers! And oh how I loooooooooooved it this way! Mrow.

There was also the Polenta Casserole, as recently discussed. The night before last I made ED&BV’s Teryaki Quinoa with a side of steamed broccoli. Veggie-wise this was a turning point as I usually put a pat of margarine on most all my cooked veggies. But it didn’t seam like it would go with the quinoa this time, so I left it out, and the broccoli was delicious on it’s own. And last night I made spaghetti, which was not fancy as I just added some dried herbs to a box of Trader Joe’s Italian Starter Sauce. But it was good enough, I topped that with yet more sausage, which is tasty cold but oh-so-much tastier when fried a little bit, it gets crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and oh, it’s lucky it made it onto the spaghetti plate at all.

Lately work has been not the greatest, I love what I do, but the person I do it for (that sounds more perverted than it is) has been a holy terror lately. It’s something I have to wait out, and I have people who are dealing with the same thing which makes it better. I mention this because when I’ve had a bad day at work, the last thing I want to do is put more effort into *anything*, but I remember that cooking can and should be therapeutic, to help revive the mind and the spirit. Food gets us ready for battles, big and small, inner and outer. So I was all set to make VwaV’s Stewed Tofu and Potatoes in Miso Gravy, which is rather time-consuming. But then the dishes I needed weren’t clean. They are now, but they are drying, and I lost my verve. Tomorrow.

“This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say ‘To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'”
-Henry V

Yeah, that’s how I feel about going to work tomorrow.

BUT! I’m super excited for Saturday because I’m having people over to cook for! I love cooking for other people, it’s the one thing I mind about living alone. I plan to make the Leek and Bean Casoulet from Vcon. And there must be some collective conscious in the vegan blogosphere because the day after formulating this plan I read two, count ’em two accounts of people making it. It looks delicious. So excited am I.

Now I think I’ve finally decompressed and worked up and appetite. Time to eat!


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