I am not a great cook but I am a good basic sort of cook. I do not even consider making something that has ingredients I have never heard of or if you can only get them at a “specialty” store. So, I don’t make a lot of Martha Stewart meals. But I do find a lot of easy recipes in the newspaper, yes I still get the newspaper, some magazines, and from blogs.
I am trying to eat healthier and that includes less beef, oh I do love me some hamburger, and more fish or vegetarian meals. For the most part I have found that vegetarian meals tend to be a bit time-consuming and have some of those never heard of things in them. I have, however, found a blogger that has recipes of the meatless variety that are quick and have things in them that are familiar to me.
The Simple Veganista is the place.
A favorite that I found on her blog is, Chickpea of the Sea Sandwich/Salad it’s really good…okay, this is the only recipe from the Veganista I have made so far but I am going to try more…easy to make and inexpensive. I have made it a couple of times and shared it with a neighbor, who also liked it a lot. And this neighbor is picky!
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Today, I think I will celebrate with a Chickpea of the Sea Salad.
I went to the grocery store today and as I was walking around I was struck by the variety of food (and other stuff but that’s for another blog) that is in the grocery store. You can find just about anything you want. I guess if you are a gourmet cook there are things that aren’t found at the local Piggly Wiggly but for those of us who are regular kitchen peeps there is more than enough to fill the buggy.
I like wandering around the store and just looking at the shelves of cans and bags and boxes, and the bins of fruits and vegetables. Then, of course , there are the dairy and frozen food cases and rows of wine and beer and sodas and water. Who knew there could so many kinds of water!
Well, this all got me thinking about how blessed we are with variety in life. Not just food but in all aspects of life. There is really no reason to become bored all you have to do is turn around and there is something different to see or hear or taste or feel. No two experiences are exactly the same.
Today, I am thankful for the variety in life.
MEOW to all of you,
today is my BIRFDAY! an halloween! i don’t know what that is but it haz sumthin to do wif black cats like me so it mus be good.
its the day we call my birfday cause i don’t know xactly when i was born. sumbody fownd me an my siblings ina field. 2 of us were dead so they thot our momcat must a died and they took us home. when i was jus 6 weeks old i got my mama. shes been wif me ever since.
i had a dopted bruddeer Henry but he got kidknee failure and went to see our doctor and never came home. mama cried. I miss him but don’t tell mama she thinks I dint like Henry but he waz ok but so big! 18 pownds!
its my 19th birfday. thats purrty old i guess. i am feelin good and sumtimes frisky but mosly i jus curl up and nap. i don’t hear so good anymore an sumtimes mama really surprisez me when she comes up from behind me. it’s a nice surprize.
when I waz bout 10 I got sick wif pankreetitus. it was awful! i barfed all the time and my fur got all dry and dull, i hated that. after all fur is a ver important part of the cat misteek.
i still haz pankreetitus and so still have the barfin thing but mama found sum food i can eat that stays in my tummy mos of the time. she gets ver upset when I barfs my food. i got real skinny bout 4 pownds but now i ways bout 6. mama wood almos cry when she pet me cause my ribs stuk out.
mama got me sum treats for my birfday but only gave me a couple–they are soooo gooood. i tries to get more but mama said too many wood make me sick to my tummy. i no she will give me more later. an she haz sum chiken for me for supper, but only a taste…that stoopid barf thing ya no.
i writes a lot this time an my paws are tired an I need to find mama so I can nap on her lap. im sure she is ready to read her book,that’s a great time for a cat-lap-nap.
Mama has a pointment this morning. I don’t know wat that is but she left erly so I thot I wood chat a bit and tell you bout a problem I am having.
We, Mama and me, are having some struggels bout food. I have a very sensistive tummy and a very diserning palette. She thinks she can fool me into eating cheap tuna. Wats wif that?!
I like Bumble Bee solid white albacore tuna. How bees got into the fish buzness I don’t know but they do a good job wif tuna. Mama thinks if she mixes the Pigs tuna wif the Bees I wont no and I will eat it all up. But reelly pigs just don’t do tuna like the bees do. And mixing them spoils the the gormay sperience for me.
Well, I am going to hafto teach her–again!– that like trying to fool me wif sardines in the mackeral dish, messing wif the tuna wont work.
Leest she learned fast bout those oyster and clam things. Eeew! I barfed em right up!
You wood think after 18 years of living together Mama wood no whos the boss round here. I been spoiled and shes the one that did it so she shood just skip the triks and do the right thing.
Hey, I think my sunbeem is in the living room–time for a nap!
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Today is Tuesday, November 30, 2010
10 Things November Brings
- Colder weather–time for sweaters and hats and gloves–but not for long johns yet.
- Falling leaves–love this– all the drifting color.
- Long walks in the crisp air and crunchy leaves.
- The beginning of the holiday season–this is a love hate thing for me.
- Stores are all dressed up for the holiday shoppers–even stores look better in fancy dress.
- Spending money–more than usual.
- Holiday parties and get-togethers–another of those love hate things.
- Food and more food–this purely love especially the egg nog that is only sold at this time of year–what’s with that?
- Gifts–the giving and getting of–kinda stressful but also fun.
- Realization that the year is almost over and you haven’t done all you thought you would–but don’t worry next year is right around the corner and you can make another resolutions list.
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Today is Tuesday, November 23, 2010
10 things we always had for Thanksgiving Dinner
- Turkey–of course–but our turkeys were roasted and roasted and roasted until it was hard to tell if it was turkey or seasoned cardboard–and it was never sliced–Daddy always carved chunk style.
- Stuffing–or as it was known in our house turkey goo–it was sort of like paper mache’ or maybe cotton soaked in Elmer’s Glue.
- Sweet potatoes–these were pretty good if a bit bland but with plenty of butter they had a passing grade.
- Mashed potatoes and gravy–not too bad but I don’t like lumpy mashed taters–gravy was ok but given the state of the turkey (see #1) I think it usually came from a jar.
- biscuits–now what could go wrong here after all they were from a can–well, the bottoms were always burnt so you could only eat the tops–the tops probably would have burned but the smoke and smell alerted us before the tops burned.
- PTA salad–this was really good–Ma got the recipe from someone somewhere on one of her PTA travels (for a couple of years she was President of the State PTA and travelled around the state) and this recipe she actually read and followed without giving it any of her special touches.
- Cranberry sauce–again good–a no brainer it was Ocean Spray.
- Green bean casserole–bleh–does anyone really like this?
- Pumpkin pie–with enough Cool Whip you could hardly tell it was from a box.
- Anything chocolate would have made a big difference in the meal but there never was any chocolate. Very sad.
Not surprisingly there was always a lot of leftovers. What is surprising is that the leftovers were the best!