Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spag Squash and Mushrooms #Vegetarian could be #Vegan

I'm not a big fan of spaghetti squash, but I eat some every now and then on the chance that familiarity will increase my liking for it.

So far, I can take it or leave it. I think my main problem with it is that it isn't bad for me.

ANYWAY, we had this dish recently, of spaghetti squash with butter, salt, pepper, and grated cheese.

The side was more interesting to me: Mushrooms cooked in a dry pan to concentrate the flavor, then butter and flour and Penzeys Sunny Paris herb blend and just enough white wine to make a sauce. Put that over lettuce and sprinkle it with smoked paprika.

Charlie isn't as crazy about mushrooms as I am, but he liked this.

I'm posting at my own blog today about a chickpea chili that could have been spicier.

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

What Do You Call a Little Burrito? #vegetarian could be #Vegan

Burritoito? Burrito Pequeño?

ANYWAY, I made some.

I had some "street taco size" soft flour tortillas. I made some refried beans by emptying a can of mixed beans, including the liquid, into a skillet with salt, chili powder, and cumin; I mashed the beans to a paste and cooked the liquid down. DELICIOUS!

It was kind of hard to fold the tiny little burritos, but I managed by leaving one end open. I put two little 'uns into each of two single-serve baking dishes, since I like more hot that Charlie does. Doing them in two little dishes made it easy for me to slather mine with salsa and just brush his with a hint of it.

Served with "fiesta" corn (corn with red and green peppers) and topped with shredded cheese.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Make-Do Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Charlie was having a friend over for a wild movie night (they watched Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRIES), and he asked if I could make a dessert before I left for my meeting.

I had a box mix of pineapple cake, so I said sure, I'd make pineapple upside-down cake. He was happy.

Then I found that my pineapples were chunks, not rings, and I didn't have the box of vanilla pudding powder the recipe on the box asked for.

Nothing loath, as they used to say in the boys' adventure books I read as a young girl, I looked up enough internet recipes for DIY pudding to give 'er a shot.

So, to the cake mix, I added a cup of powdered milk, about half a cup of sugar, and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Prolly didn't need the cornstarch, but oh well.

Here's how it turned out:

Could be prettier, but, as my grandpa used to say, "That don't hurt the eatin' of it." And it was delicious! OMnomnomnomnom!

I'm posting at my blog today about my homemade bibambap. Also delicious.

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Barley Soup in the #InstantPot #Vegan

Y'all, I am just plain crazy about my Instant Pot for making soup. I'm one of those people who puts soup on to cook then goes away and forgets about it until it sets off the smoke alarm.

Smoke Alarm Soup is not good.

So the Instant Pot is a godsend for us, where soup is concerned.

The other day, I made this:

Mushrooms, hominy, diced carrots, shallots, vegetable bouillon, water (of course), and barley. Put it in the Instant Pot, seal it, hit the Soup button, and Bob's yer uncle.