June 12th, 2008

Meals at Work

Hi everyone! So, I start work soon for the summer at Sesame Place, and since I've recently turned vegan, I have no idea what I'm going to do for meals.  The only food places nearby are Chik-Fila (sp?) and some other chain places like Burger King, and the only thing relatively meat-free is some shriveled salad with mysterious dressing.  You can see why I wouldn't want to eat that.  So, I'm planning on bringing my own meals, but there's a problem.  There is a fridge but I do not want to use it because Sesame employs hundreds of people and someone is bound to steal my food.  There is a microwave, however,  and I have one of those lunch-box things that is a cooler.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Also, my stomach has been going crazy lately.  I can barely hold anything down, and since I just turned vegan about a month ago, I have no idea what to eat to calm it down.  Any suggestions on this front as well? 

Thanks so much!

(P.S. I have no idea what to tag this under. Any help? It's my first time posting haha :] )
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Another cookbook [+rice] question

I saw what appeared to be a vegan cookbook at a bookstore today; it didn't have the word "vegan" in its description (is it copyrighted? bad press? what?!?) but it did say that it contained recipes with animal free ingredients.

Anyways, does anyone own or has had a chance to use:

Green Gastronomy by Colin Spencer?

On a quick perusal it showed a number of salads, some deserts and the like; I'd like a book that low on salads (I never use a recipe for throwing raw veggies together; what's the need?) and high on useful, innovative ideas. Is this the right kind of book, I wonder.

ETA (sorry mods!): Here's a puzzler: I bought some Basmati rice for the first time (never ate it that I recall) and when I opened the bag, my nose was assaulted by a strong smell of what I clearly recall to be the smell of mice (hey, I had an interesting life - even caught a mouse by hand once! A wild one, obviously). Now, I dunno what Basmati - which is usually referred to as 'aromatic' - rice is supposed to smell like, and neither have I smelled any white mice (pets) but grey mice I do know.

My question is: is Basmati rice supposed to smell like that? (It didn't lose much of its aroma in cooking, either.) Or should I be sifting it through to make sure stray bits of mice nests haven't made it into the airtight packaging?
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Very Easy Avocado Soup (Caribbean)

I got this from The World In Your Kitchen, by Troth Wells. I changed the recipe slightly to make it vegan, but it turned out delicious- two people manged to eat the whole batch with bread for dinner. ;)

Sounds a bit odd but we liked it a lot.  As this is not a hot soup it's good for summer.

Avocado Soup
Serves 4-6 (or two very hungry people), honestly, it would serve 4 as a side dish, but we pretty much had it be our main item

Ingredients

3 avocados
stalks of 2 scallions/spring onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2 cups of almond milk since it's "thinner" than milk and it turned out great)
salt and pepper

1.  Begin by slicing the avocados in half lengthwise and scooping the pulp into a bowl.  Mash to puree with a fork.
2.  Now put in most of the chopped scallions/spring onions (hold some back for the garnish) and the lime or lemon juice and mix well.
3.  The milk can be poured in now, a little at a time.  Combine it with the other ingredients as you do so to make smooth liquid, or put the mixture in a blender.  (I just stirred it up by hand and it was fine/easy)  Season and top with a little chopped scallion/spring onion.
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