elaby: (Cheburashka - Juggling)
I’m going to talk about food and my dietary choices :D I’ve learned that food is something that touches people on an extremely personal level, so please know that my decisions, my likes and dislikes, are what’s best for me and only me – I would never want anyone to feel belittled or as if I think they should change their own choices because of what I do. Just sayin’ <3

Decisions )
elaby: (Starsky & Hutch - Dance)
I've been having some stomach trouble over the last several months and the gastroenterologist I'm seeing has asked me to start avoiding dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, and nuts for a month. I know lots of people with varying food habits and choices and restrictions, so I wanted to ask you all for suggestions about anything in these categories that you like to eat.

Since I already don't eat meat, with this dietary change, I'll be eating vegan, wheat-free, soy-free, and nut-free. I'm particularly interested in sources of protein, snacks, and breakfast (I feel like lunch and dinner might be easier).

My wonderful mother has been looking up recipes online for me, but I also wanted to ask all of you, because I know what fabulous cooks some of you are and I'd love to hear any ideas that you have. <3

Thank you! I'm looking forward to seeing if this makes me feel better. I figure it can only make me healthier!

P.S. We watched the "new" Starsky and Hutch movie last night (with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and I wasn't expecting to like it, but it was really good XD They OBVIOUSLY did their research, apart from the weird personality-switch they inflicted on the boys. I expect they did that because this was their "first meeting" story rather than the "known you for years" era of the show. I was impressed by the homages: we swore that they used the same sets and on-location scenes that were in the show, and there were shots that were straight-up recreations of shots from the openings and stuff. And of course they kept pointing out how much they TOUCH each other XD The cameos were worth the price of the DVD, too. AND THEY HAD THE SWEATER. The horrendous, amazing sweater that Starsky wears in the earlier episodes. I love that sweater.
elaby: (Holmes - Leap the couch)
As many of you have probably noticed, we're back from the cruise! It was incredibly awesome. I plan on writing up a hugemongous post about it at some point, but first, boiled pudding!

Yeah, so, the day I got out of work before Christmas (er, December 23rd, I think) I decided that I HAD TO MAKE A PLUM PUDDING. I had always wanted to try a recipe from a Victorian cookbook like Cassell's Household Guide, and I was reading through the section about Christmas food and decorations to get me into the proper festive spirit. So I called up [livejournal.com profile] caitirin and told her that I really wanted to make a boiled pudding that night. She was v. amused. So I stopped at the fabric store and got a yard of unbleached muslin, and then we went to the grocery store for the few ingredients we needed.

Here's the recipe we used:

Another Recipe.—Half a pound of currants, half a pound of raisins stoned, three table-spoonfuls of flour, three tablespoonfuls of bread grated fine, six ounces of beef suet minced, eight eggs beaten up, five ounces of brown sugar, a small grated nutmeg, a pinch of salt, three cloves pounded, and half a teaspoonful of ground allspice; a glass of brandy may be added, if it be liked; mix all the ingredients carefully together, and boil for three or four hours.

The only thing we didn't use was beef suet (we couldn't find any at our grocery store, and [livejournal.com profile] caitirin was happy to veto it in favor of vegetable Crisco). We also halved the recipe and modified the amounts of flour and bread. I mean, I'm no master baker, but I can't quite imagine a pleasing consistency being the result of eight eggs and only three tablespoons of flour and three of grated bread. I could be wrong O_o

Considering that the recipe for Plum Pudding right above this one calls for only six eggs and a whole pound of flour, I figure people generally put in whatever they had on hand or could easily acquire. Also, other recipes for puddings include such helpfully vague measurements as "the quantity of flour and bread-crumbs added will depend upon the richness required in the pudding." Another recipe said to add enough flour to make the batter the proper consistency. I guess they assume you know what that is.

Pictures under the cut! )

Tempeh win!

Apr. 5th, 2009 07:01 pm
elaby: (Utena - Inverted)
I made tempeh for dinner tonight and it actually turned out really well! We'd made it once before, and it was okay, but it wasn't fantastic. The way they cook it at this vegan restaurant around here is utterly divine, and I asked how they did it, and they said they just used nutritional yeast and salt, so when we were in Portsmouth this morning, we stopped by the natural food store and got some of the former. We also picked up various vegetables on the way home to use in a stir fry.

I cut the tempeh up in tiny little bits, 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch-ish, and fried it in a little oil with a mixture of nutritional yeast and this seasoning salt that we really like. Then I stir-fried red and green bell peppers, onion, zucchini, summer squash, winter broccoli (*laughs* because it's neither summer nor winter!), and radicchio (yeah, I don't know... it was pretty in the store and looked like cabbage, and it turned out good). I also threw some of the nutritional yeast/seasoning mixture into it, because I didn't want any soy sauce today. While that was cooking, we heated up some noodles in a pan and put the vegetables on top of the noodles, and the tempeh on top of it all. It was DELICIOUS. *proud of self, as was quite skeptical that this would come out edible*
elaby: (Droplet trees)
For [livejournal.com profile] caitirin's birthday tomorrow, my parents paid for us to take a cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen. It was incredibly fun, incredibly delicious, and we want to go to more. I'll let Caitirin post in more detail about it if she wants to, but it was all local food, most picked/obtained fresh today or within the last couple of days, and cooked by an awesome, funny, upbeat head chef from the Green Monkey, a restaurant in Portsmouth we're going to have to go to.

I'm actually just posting to get [livejournal.com profile] poelaramont's comment, to be honest :3 Happy Mabon/Autumnal equinox, everyone! Yay for fall! XD

[Edit: Oh! Dude, [livejournal.com profile] templarwolf, have you seen this community? [livejournal.com profile] pencilslingers It's Dark Tower fanart.]

Yorkies?

Apr. 26th, 2008 05:09 pm
elaby: (Rikku - orange)
A question for our British friends:

We visited a British imported goods store last weekend because they're the only place around where we can find McVitie's digestive biscuits (thank you, [livejournal.com profile] kniblet and [livejournal.com profile] dibsy for introducing us to this delicacy!) and we came across a chocolate bar called Yorkies which proclaims "This is not for girls!" Naturally, taking this as a challenge, we bought one.

It tastes, as far as I can tell, like a regular, no-frills chocolate bar.

So what's the boy-only-ness?

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