“normal” diet

coming off the fast, i have a craving for pizza and salsa and really good bread. after only five days!

knowing that i’d probably want some sort of sweet after cutting out sugars for a (work) week, i made oh she glows’ chia jam bars yesterday. i had a mishap with the first batch of jam, wherein i put it in the freezer to set more quickly and the bowl tipped over and set itself right in the freezer door shelf. a loud f-bomb was exclaimed, mostly because i had just nearly emptied two madagascar vanilla beans into the jam, and secondly, because i really wanted the end result.

luckily, i didn’t throw away the bean pods and was able to scrape more seeds, *and* i seems to hoard frozen fruit. i had more strawberries than i had initially thought and happily started the process over.

too many hours later, i had enough sun butter jam bars to last me a couple weeks. that is, until i eat them all.

the sweetener is coconut nectar, since i didn’t have any molasses or brown rice syrup.

uff duh

i got oh she glows every day because matt bought the author’s first one for me and it was a great addition to my collection. so, i decided to make the cover for lunches this week. aside from the fact that the sorghum still wasn’t done after three hours of boiling, it turned out pretty well. i swapped freekeh into the tabbouleh when i could tell that the sorghum wouldn’t cooperate (not before writing bob’s red mill a concerned note) and it’s nice and light and fluffy.

the whole dish calls for garlic, and i always add a few extra cloves, so i’m in no danger of vampires this week. it’s light, healthful, and filling. it was also quite a bit of work. i think the whole thing took three hours, so it’s a good thing it’ll get me through my three-day work week.

i’d take a picture but it’s halfway gone already!

home stretch

i’ve decided to end my vegan excursion on may 30th. that’ll be four weeks. i think that’s long enough.

i ordered bandung last night because their curry is awesome but i’m pissed off that their delivery charge is $3.99, so i probably won’t be ordering from them again soon. i wouldn’t mind dining in, though. i’ll wait until after my dairy fast because their lumpia wrap isn’t vegan.

i don’t think i’ve had any life-affirming changes on this ‘adventure’, other than it’s hard to eat in restaurants if you don’t eat anything that comes from animals. and you sound like a silly person asking if everything is vegan.

as if

i’ve been buying and eating so much asparagus that i was worried i wouldn’t have enough for dinner last night. silly me:

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i threw some grape tomatoes in because a) they needed to get used up and b) i wanted to change it up so that i don’t get sick of this dish.

they didn’t really add a whole lot except more acidity since they kind of just ‘pop’ after being roasted for 20 minutes. my conclusion is that they’re not necessary, and it’s unlikely that i’ll get sick of this dish in the next 15 days.


i am acutely aware of the fact that i miss cheese. melty cheese. vegan cheese just has this yucky manufactured aftertaste. i’m going to try the sunflower cheese one more time, maybe half the recipe, though.

told ya!

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lovely morels and shallot graced my usual asparagus and pasta dish. i didn’t take a finished photo because it really wasn’t that pretty.

mmmmorels

here i was fretting about what dinner would consist of and i got a text from a friend:

him: Want any morels
me: of course i do! how much/lb?
him: 20
me: *thinking that matt won't eat any cuz they're just fried in butter* half? matt won't eat them
him: ...
him later: they are at mickey's, a half pound

omg, you guys. i can have asparagus *and* morels!

i lied

on thursday, we ended up ordering the vegan destroyer from the roman candle, on a recommendation from some friends who are not vegan. it was very good and i didn’t even miss the cheese. friday was another serving of asparagus and penne.

however, weekend breakfasts have proven to be frustrating. on saturday, i tried making vegan eggs (why do i insist on doing this to myself?) and it turned out not-so-good. the directions say that it’ll take 6-8 minutes to ‘scramble’ and i stood there mixing and turning for what felt like forever, just to get something that resembled glue or paste. i ended up tossing it down the garbage disposal and making 1-minute dal with the last piece of naan from lunches last week.

saturday’s lunch didn’t happen until 4 pm and consisted of me trying taco bell’s vegan adjustment menu, which consists of substituting beans for beef and asking for no cheese or sour cream but adding pico de gallo. the crunch wrap supreme filled me up at 4pm, so that was my final meal of the day.

sunday, i met mom and george at the pub for brunch. knowing that the tofu scramble is all they have for the vegans, i was excited to see the scramble du jour had tons of veggies in it. so, i ordered just that, the tofu scramble with the du jour veggies and no cheese. i did not get what i ordered because the cook only had so many veggies for the scramble of the day and didn’t want to waste it on my order. :/

dinner was kind of a fiasco as well. i had ordered upton’s jackfruit carnitas and it was gross. again, i don’t know why i think packaged food is going to be better than what i can make, but i didn’t want to open a can of jackfruit just for dinner. so, i switched gears and tried to make enchiladas using the sunflower seed ‘cheese’ that i tried to make on saturday. it wasn’t an epic fail, but i think i had three bites and went to bed mad.

anyhoo, lunches this week are white bean posole. i’m looking forward to it and am already hungry because i didn’t eat enough this weekend.

first delivery during the challenge

and likely the last.

i biked straight home because it was raining. it’s no fun to stop to see matt and then don wet gloves to get home, it’s best to just go home. especially since i had to make two batches of kombucha, which means about an hour in the kitchen. it was because of this fact that i thought i’d treat myself to delivery. that and merle was having a hard time waiting for me to get done.

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once i was finished with the booch, i pulled out my phone to order through eatstreet. i had already decided on banzo, since falafel, hummus, etc., are by default, vegan. i hemmed and hawed about getting the eggplant or just the falafel, but decided on the eggplant because i knew i wouldn’t eat four falafel balls.

my first mistake was ordering (i can make this food). my second mistake was ordering eggplant (it tasted like a greasy shoe). my third mistake was pretending that a place will get better the longer you go between orders (the soup was the only redeeming part and even that was lukewarm).

so, i’ve learned that i can whip together hummus and some lentil soup at a fraction of the cost and have more control over the taste and, even though it might cut into fallout time, it’s worth it.

“meat”

after enjoying the field roast grain company burger last week, i wanted to get a couple more of their items. so, we left woodman’s with some sausages and deli slices. i don’t usually eat meat-like items, but it’s something that matt and i can tolerate together. we were going to try the brats last night, but he wasn’t hungry at the same time as me, so i cooked up my new old standby: asparagus and penne.

it really is one of the easiest things to make. the only mild annoyance is getting interrupted by the timer after 10, 5, and 5 minutes. not a lot of fallout progress can be made in those increments!

i have more dal for lunch again today; the flavors have had a couple days to mingle, so it should be extra tasty by friday.

i’m not sure what’s for dinner so, i might stop by the farmer’s market on my way home. it’s in central park now, and not squozed into the little parking lot at emanuel lutheran church.

more on food

i couldn’t think of anything that i could piece together from the mickey’s kitchen for a suitable vegan breakfast, so i ended up staying home and making my own tofu scramble and roasted potots*. luckily, my vegan culinary adventures didn’t start this month, so i had kala namak (black sea salt) to add to the tofu, which imparts a little sulfur/eggy flavor to the dish. i used silken tofu, so the texture was a little softer than had i used tofu in water. i never buy that stuff cuz it doesn’t have the shelf life of the silken variety.

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i made dal yesterday like i said i would. the lentils disintegrated on the stove while i was chatting with mom outside, so i threw a can of chickpeas in. it’s a little spicier than normal, with the added jalapeno, so i found some naan to aid in cooling down the mouth.

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* i like to make up words, this is one of them.