March 31st, 2010

Carmelized onion-scented house.

Hey everyone, a quick question on caramelizing onions, or rather dealing with the aftermath. While I think it makes the house smell amazing it does have a tendency to kind of stick to things like clothing and roommates. Actually, much to my chagrin, coming back into the house hours later the wonderful aroma becomes a bit stale. Solutions? I usually simmer some cinnamon and orange zest for an hour or so but I'm curious to know if there are other tricks (aside from candles or incense) that people use. Thanks!


P.S. I'm caramelizing two large onions at a time usually to make Lebanese mjudara when it winds up being a problem. If I'm making tomato sauce or something like that it isn't an issue.

food for someone recovering from a hysterectomy

My best friend/roommate's mom is having a hysterectomy this week and I want to cook her a bunch of food that will be easy to heat up and eat. I know that recovering from surgery and being on pain killers means that certain foods make it a bit tougher on the body but I'm a little lost on what foods would be better and which foods I should avoid. I would love some suggestions. She's open to any and all foods and has no food allergies. Help?

Rice Krispie Treats from vegweb

So I absolutely love this recipe from vegweb. I do have one little problem with it, though. The first time I made it I used regular Rice Krispies (the one with Snap, Crackle and Pop) and they came out absolutely amazing. The second time, though, I realized that the Rice Krispies weren't vegan. So I switched to one of those healthy kinds and the treats tasted like brown rice syrup. Is there something else I should change? Some more sugar or vanilla or less brown rice syrup? My mom found this really cute mold for making rice krispie shaped easter eggs since she likes my rice krispie treats, but I want them to taste less syrupy!

Thanks for all the help!

1 cup light corn syrup (I use brown rice syrup instead)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon soy margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
approx. 6 cups puffed rice cereal