April 13th, 2005

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Does anyone know how to tell when soymilk has gone bad? I have a carton of Silk in my fridge right now, but can't remember when I opened it! I'm kinda afraid to use it, but throwing away perfectly good milk would just be silly.
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I have been cooking regularly for about 10 years, and have accumulated all sorts of gadgets, tools, pots. Of everything I have or have had, I think the single greatest food making and eating experience enhancing device has been my pressure cooker. In short, what a pressure cooker does is holds in steam, raising the temperature and pressure inside the pot. The result is that food cooks faster-- much much faster. For example, soaked garbanzo beans, which usually cook for 2 or 3 hours, cook in 15 minutes. Potatoes are done in 5. A huge pot of soup cooks in 10 or 15 minutes. Most vegetables are steamed before you can get out a plate. Some people are concerned with the safety of pressure cookers, that they will "explode," and cover the ceiling and walls with food, but the newer cookers have numerous safety functions. The largest drawback is price-- a large top-line model can cost $150, but as an investment it really pays off-- using less gas, making your own beans instead of buying canned, and most importantly, in my opinion, saving huge amounts of time.

Soy-milk maker.

I was just wondering if anyone here has used or owns one of these. It looks like it might be really economical, and cut down on waste, but I'm worried it might be one of those things that's way harder to use than it appears, or has some kind of problem that I won't know until I spend the $100 dollars that I don't have on it. Any one have any soy-milk maker experience?

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My omni mom reecently had surgery, so right now she is on kind of a soft food diet and is unable to eat meat, nuts, etc for her protein. She is wondering about tofu smoothies, so I was just wondering what your favourite recipes for tofu smoothies with loads of vitamin-packed ingredients are!

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Well, I'm sick again, so my dietician has put me on another boring diet so my gut can heal. This time it's worse, however, since I need to eat at least 2 servings or rice a day, and rice gets boring very fast.

So I need some ideas as to what I can do with plain, white rice. Recently I've tried sweet and savoury rice (rice cooked with veggies and some fresh mango with lime juice), stir frys (but only with wheat-free soy sauce since all the other sauces contain wheat, and I can't eat that), and I'm thinking of making some rice pudding. I have flour and corn tortillas so I could do burritos accept that I'm not supposed to eat any beans (too high in fibre) and can only eat cooked veggies, so what could I put in there?

I just did a big shop, so to give you an idea of my pantry:

-all kinds of veggies (carrots, potatoes, cabbage, celery, etc)
-flour and corn tortillas
-toffuti fake cream cheese with chives 'n herbs
-passata
-soy sauce
-rice noodles
-fake chicken broth
-soy margerine
-olive oil
-lemon and lime juice
-soy milk
-all kinds of spices
-brown sugar
-honey
-mixed leaf salad
-bananas, apples, and mango
-peanut butter

So, any rice ideas? Or stor fry sauces I can make at home? Hell, any ideas at all? I know this diet is supposed to be boring but I'd like to enjoy my food even just a little. >_>

I checked the recipe index and picked up some rice pudding recipes, but otherwise I'm rather stumped.

favorite vegetables in curries?

I like to make curries a lot, and I'm looking to branch out and try using some new vegatables, so I was wondering what everybody's favorite vegetables or veggie combinations in curries are.

Tonight I made a curry with yams, cauliflower, and TSP (had wanted to use garbanzo beans instead of the TSP, but I had none canned and was too impatient to cook up some dry ones) and my favorite vegetable by far is yams. I like how the sweetness of the yam interacts with the spiciness of the curry. And if you use coconut milk in the curry, mmm-mmm, that's some fine eatin', I tell you what.