January 25th, 2006


Cooking for upset stomach

I have been home sick for two days throwing up, among other things, stomach bile! Gross! So far, I've been living on saltine crackers, diet ginger ale, and apple cinnamon oatmeal. Is there any real food I can make that will agree with my poor stomach? Or, what can I eat for a few days after I get better? I don't have any soup (for once), and no instant brown rice (I usually eat this when I'm sick).
I'd really like to cook something instead of sitting on my ass eating roll after roll of multi-grain saltine crackers.

Thaaaaank you!

whole wheat farfalle with steak mushrooms and "meat sauce"

i whipped this up last night and it was absolutely delicious!!!

whole wheat farfalle with steak mushrooms and "meat" sauce":
olive oil
two cloves garlic
onion (i didn't have any! so i had to use dried minced onions)
1 cup cooking sherry
1/2 cup steak mushrooms sliced
1 green bell pepper chopped up
1 package of st. yves ground beef
fresh basil
tomato sauce
half a bag of whole wheat farfalle.

heat up the olive oil and toss the garlic and onion in there. let it cook for about a minute and then add the mushrooms. when they start to get a little limp put the sherry in and cook until almost completely evaporated. then throw the bell peppers and basil in and add the ground beef. start cooking the pasta and when it's ready add the sauce to the meat and mushroom concoction. put everything together, and voila! delicioso!!!

Fly by the Seat of Your Pants Tofu Loaf

Today I did a "Omigod I need groceries what can I make that is in my fridge" dinner.
This is based on the Tofu loaf in the memories.

I didn't actually measure anything (typical of my cooking) but I'll come up with some approximate measurements.

Fly By the Seat of Your Pants Tofu Loaf

I block of extra firm tofu, mashed (approx. 1.5 lbs)
1.5 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1/8 c. flax seeds, ground
I carrot grated and one small onion finely chopped and slightly steamed in the microwave
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp of each ground sage, rosemary, and fennel
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp sea salt
3 cloves garlic finely chopped

Mix it all up in a big ol' bowl. It will be all crumbly. Slowly add water until the mixture starts getting a little gooey and clumping together. Put in a well greased loaf pan at preheated 350 F oven for about an hour or until golden brown. Let sit for about 20 minutes before turning out onto a plate, otherwise it'll fall to bits. EAT IT!

I'm thinking it's gonna be good leftover on sandwiches or in pitas with sprouts and other good stuffs. For dinner, I served it with squash and a side of rice cooked in vegetable broth.
art: night vision by kevin

"Shook 'n' Cook" Fried Cajun-ish Tofu

I'm not a huge fan of tofu unless it's unrecognizable, but this recipe made me change my mind. It's from Sarah Kramer's book, La Dolce Vegan.

Shook 'n' Cook Breading
1 cup cornflake-type cereal
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp Cajun spice

In a food processor, blend all ingredients until coarse. Store in airtight container. Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups.

Shook 'n' cook Tofu
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp Cajun Spice
1/2 cup Shook 'n' Cook breading
1/2 lb firm tofu

In a shallow dish, stir together the BBQ sauce and Cajun spice. Set aside. In a medium bag, portion out 1/2 cup of breading mixture. Slice tofu into bite-sized wedges. Dip each tofu slice in sauce and then place in bag with breading mixture. Shake until well coated. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, saute the tofu in oil until browned. Makes 6-8 tofu slices.


I dipped it in the same barbeque sauce. It was great and filling