Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Half a Burrito

So I brought home half a burrito from lunch. I got it at the Circle K, which is one of those gas stations with coffee and snackies and groceries and necessities for people staying in motels and stuff.

Good burrito, actually, but HUGE. Also: no spices whatsoever.

So I brought half of it home, heated it for supper, topped it with chipotle powder, cheese, and cooked onion. Like so:

That's more like it!

Srsly, though, those little convenience stores make some dang good food. The one in downtown Corydon makes a BLT that canNOT be beat. Also: JayC grocery's pot roast. AMAZING.

No, I am not a gourmet.

I'm posting at my own blog today about a thin chicken and dumplings soup I made for my poor, ill husband. Not thick, like I like it, but thin, like he does. Because love.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Best #Vegan Cheese -- Better than Dairy!

Srsly. If I could get this stuff at my local store, I would only use this.

Our #2 Daughter gave me a gift certificate to Rainbow Blossom, so we drove down there and got these. SO GOOD! I genuinely prefer these to dairy cheese. But, alas, our stores don't carry it.

If you have a store that carries Daiya cutting board shreds, take my advice and try them. You can thank me later.

I'm posting at my own blog today about almost-vegetarian veg and dumps. Not quite, but almost. Which means, you know, not.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Blast From My Past With A Twist #vegan

It's turned off cold, and chili sounded good. Charlie agreed, so I made some how we do.

While the spaghetti is cooking -- YES, SPAGHETTI! IT ISN'T CHILI UNLESS IT HAS SPAGHETTI IN IT! -- You make the sauce.

Around Here Chili Soup

  • bit of olive oil
  • ground beef (I used Quorn Meatless Crumbles)
  • chili powder
  • cumin powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • water and Not Beef bouillon
  • can of kidney beans
Put it all together in a pot big enough to hold it (duh) and heat it up. If it's TOO soupy, add some water mixed with cornstarch to thicken it, or mash up the beans.

Now comes the sad part: We were out of spaghetti.

The good part: We had some macaroni.

So we ended up having what my folks called Chili Mac. I don't think they invented that, I'm just sayin'.

Me being me, I always put cheese in my chili, but one of our daughters gave me a gift certificate to Rainbow Blossom and I scored a bag of Daiya shreds, so this was totally vegan!

Charlie doesn't like spicy, so I put very little chili powder in here. At the table, I sprinkled my bowl with Penzys chipotle powder and cleared my sinuses.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Bit of Fish #Pescatarian

We had our last visit to the farmers market for the season. Alas! We got some green beans, green onions, and a sweet potato.

No, we don't eat much. Yes, we split the sweet potato and split a piece of Tilapia, which I cook in vegan margarine, sprinkled with Lawry's seasoned salt and Penzys lemon pepper.

Farewell, farmers market! See you next spring!

I'm posting at my own blog today about stir frys (stir fries?).

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Antipasto Salad #Vegetarian

Although antipasti platters and salads usually have meat on/in them, that isn't necessary. So this one doesn't. It does have dairy cheese, though, so it isn't vegan.

That's yellow/orange tomatoes (lower in acid than red ones) and cucumber from the farmers market, sliced pimiento-stuffed olives, and sliced mozzarella sticks (string cheese) because I didn't have any classy mozzarella. I dressed it with Italian dressing, natch. It was, to quote one of the Sanderson sisters, "Vewy wefweshing."

I'm posting at my own blog today about a belicious tuna wrap.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Glazed Carrots #vegan #vegetarian

I'm still trying to find a good glazed carrot recipe that doesn't involve a thickening ingredient like arrowroot or cornstarch. Is there such a thing?

I mean, this was good:

I heated vegan margarine, brown sugar, and orange peel and added the carrots (canned, alas). The flavor was excellent, but the "glaze" was a watery sauce.

What am I missing?

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Food in Fiction #YouBeneathYourSkin

In YOU BENEATH YOUR SKIN, author Damyanti Biswas uses food and its accouterments to set a scene, to illuminate characters and relationships, and for dramatic tension. She's brilliant with it, as she is with everything she writes.
Visit my blog today for a full post on the topic from the author herself!

I've bought the book twice: when it came out on Kindle and when it came out in paper. You can buy it, too:

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Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes