October 10th, 2008

Spanish sweet smoked paprika

I just want to let you all in on the awesomeness of Spanish smoked sweet paprika. It has a great smoked flavor that tastes just like ham, and it's good in pretty much everything. Way better than liquid smoke flavor, IMO.

Tonight I threw a little bit in with my BBQ tofu (amazing!), a few weeks ago my partner made refritos with it (deadly!), and the other night we put it in with collard greens (better than ham!).

I found it in a little specialty spice shop, which might be your best bet if you don't have a Spanish grocery nearby. It seems to be pretty available online as well.

Period woes

Not sure if this is allowed, but it has to do with cooking, so...

Every month and sometimes twice a month, my period comes, and I get a craving for red meat. I don't want to eat it obviously, but when I wasn't vegan, it really helped. I really don't want to take iron or vitamins beyond the B12 that I take now. Are there recipes geared specifically toward this, ahem, problem, and what adjustments should I make to the rest of my meals?

It's really getting to be a problem. And if the suggestions were bun-friendly, that'd be great too. :)