June 11th, 2005

yams and kale

1 yam, diced
1 bunch kale, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
tamari
sesame oil
brown sugar
water

Heat the olive oil in a big pan, fry up the onion and garlic until they start to soften. Add yams and kale. The yams will take longer to cook than the kale, and if you want to be anal you could add them first and cook them a bit and then add the kale, but I think kale is one of the few vegetables that benefits from being slightly overcooked, and if you dice the yam small enough (half inch or so) it should be fine. Cook with tamari, sesame oil, and brown sugar (I didn't measure anything, but in the 1-2 tablespoon range each) and a little water if things start to look crisp. Make sure you use a pan with a nice top so that the veggies can steam a bit. Cook until done. Would probably serve two, especially if there's some bread or rice to go with it, but today it served one hungry girl who skipped breakfast and is getting ready to go to work.
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simplified manicotti/canneloni/whatever you prefer

i simplified kejlina's recipe for Canneloni / manicotti / stuffed tubes of pasta joy and i think it's safe to say it now doesn't in any way resemble the traditional dish, but it was so good i had to share. if you want it pretty, pick her recipe, if you're lazy use this. just a little bit of advice there before we start.

i cooked 3 cups of elbow macaroni, which was what i had (that is, it was 3 cups uncooked and god knows how many once it was done). i put a layer of regular, traditional pasta sauce (target brand actually), about half a can, on the bottom of a casserole dish. on top of this i put the pasta, topped it with my little tofu mix and then with the other half of the pasta sauce and then a simpler version of kejlina's white creamy sauce.

ingredients for the tofu mix:
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tub tofu, crumbled
oregano, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

directions for the tofu mix:
saute the onion in oil in a pan. after a few minutes add the garlic. after another couple of minutes throw in the tofu and cook for a little bit. add spices until it tastes yummy and let it cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. put it in the dish with the rest of the stuff, because the white sauce has to be poured right on without sitting, so everything has to be done before you start making it.

ingredients for the white sauce stuff:
2 tbsps oil
2 tbsps flour
1 cup soy milk
some salt and pepper
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
some vegan parmesan cheese (sorry, measurements isn't really my thing)
a pinch of nutmeg

directions for the sauce stuff:
pour the oil in the pan (i used vegetable because i was out of olive oil, but that would probably be even better). when it starts heating up, add the flour. stir constantly. after a couple of minutes add the soy milk and spices. keep stirring as it cooks. once it starts to thicken and looks creamy and yummy pour it on top of the dish.

that's it. put it in the oven (350 degrees) for 10-15 minutes. eat and say YUUUUUM.

Lemon Meringue Pie


Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie

From: Lickin the Beaters
Lemon Part:
1/3 c. cornstarch
1 1/4 c sugar
pinach salt
1 1/2 c boiling water
3 tsp egg replacer w/ 4 1/2 tblsp water
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tblsp margarine
meringue:
12 tsp egg replacer w/ 6 tblsp water
2 tsp agar agar mixed w/ 4 tblsp boiling water
4-8 tblsp sugar
2 tsp vanilla

1. mix cornstarch, sugar, salt and boiling water. Add egg replacer. cook this until it thicken on med. heat. Add lemon juice, zest, and margarine. Pour into pie crust.
2. boil agar agar until dissolved and clear. whip all ingredients with an electric mixer until it gets very thick and has incorporated some air. spread on top of pie.
3. bake at 350 for 15 min. Refrigerate until firm.



This was SO good!!! I had a hard time getting the meringue to fluff, but it still hit the spot for me!

Father's Day stuff...

Since Father's Day is about a week away I've been wanting to come up with a few good things to make for my dad. Usually when I'm at his place he always cooks for me and my brother. It seems whenever I try to make a good meal it comes out less than good, though. I just wondered what other people planned on making for a meal. Luckily my dad likes all kinds of things so I just have to find a recipe that looks pretty good and isn't insanely hard to make.

I figured for dessert I'd make german chocolate cake and then maybe I'd do a pasta salad and something else. And I'm not sure what to get him for a present. Maybe some healthful things like supplements or medicinal tea since he likes that sort of thing.
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