Tuesday, December 31, 2019

When Kids Visit -- PB&J Buffet

We had a couple of younguns we hadn't met before come to visit. We asked their mother what she suggested we feed them, and she said peanut butter and jelly. So I did this:


They were pleased.

I'm posting today on my own blog about a fish dish.

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Orphan Dumplings

Our renters moved out for a happy reason, and left a couple of things behind in the freezer. Waste not, want not: OF COURSE we ate it!

One of the things was a partial bag of Chinese pork pot stickers, which are a kind of dumpling. Ish.

I never met a dumpling I didn't like.

They also left some rice, so that wasn't going to go begging.

I stir-fried some mushrooms, slivered almonds, bok choi, and water chestnuts, made some sauce with veg broth and cornstarch, and BOOM!


So good!

I'm posting today on my own blog about handmade Chinese noodles, which I made. By hand.

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

DIY Indian-sort-of Meal #Vegan #Vegetarian

We had some leftover peas and some steamed cauliflower that was about to go to Jesus, so I warmed them up together in spaghetti sauce with a dollop of vegan margarine in it. I served it over fresh Jasmine rice, which I buy by the 10-pound sack.


Charlie doesn't like spices, so I doped mine with garam masala powder at the table. Would have been better cooked in, but it is what it is.

That yellow-brown thing on the edge is a corncake, made by Charlie, and very good it was, too.

I'm posting at my own blog about an iron-skillet potato dish I actually made according to a recipe.

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Bean Soup and Cornbread #NotVegetarian #NotKosher

I can make vegetarian bean soup. It's pretty damn good, too, if I do say so myself. But Charlie's siblings make it with ham or bacon, and he likes that better, so I made this. (Almost forgot to take a picture! My bad!)


Self-Indulgent Bean Soup


  • olive oil
  • some onion, chopped
  • two cans of beans (I used Great Northern)
  • one can of water
  • 4-5 teaspoons of ham bouillon
  • marjoram
  • handful of real bacon bits
Or, you can chop and fry some actual bacon and cook the onion in that instead of the olive oil

ANYWAY, cook the onion in the hot oil. Add one can of undrained beans and mash them as entirely as you can. Add the other can of beans and leave them whole. Add a can of water (more, if you like your soup thinner), the bouillon, and the bacon. You can add whatever flavoring you like, but we like marjoram.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.


Meanwhile, Charlie made the cornbread. 

Charlie's Cornbread Cakes

  • 1/2 cup of yellow cornmeal (NOT cornbread mix!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or less, if you like less salt)
  • 1 egg
  • a little melted margarine
  • milk or cream to make a pancake-batter consistency
Heat oil or butter or margarine in a pan. When the pan is hot, drop the batter in just like making pancakes. Like pancakes, wait until bubbles form and pop on the top and the top surface looks dry, then flip. Add more butter (or whatever) as necessary.

Make them thinner in a hotter pan, if you like them crispier, thicker in a less-hot pan, if you like them soft.


I'm posting at my blog today about the best fruitcake I ever made. No, that is not damning with faint praise -- WE LOVE FRUITCAKE!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Jacked Up

I keep hearing about what a super meat substitute for meat-lovers jackfruit is. Naturally, we can't get jackfruit back here in the Midwestern sticks, so I could only fantasize about how awesome it was.

Then one of our daughters gave us a gift certificate to a store that carries it, so we hitched up the buckboard and moseyed into town and bought this, among other things:


So I made this:


I added mixed sweet peppers, onions, and water chestnuts.

What did it taste like?

I'll tell you what it tasted like. It tasted like marinated artichokes. Not like meat, not in texture or flavor or in any other way, shape, or form. Mind you, I like artichokes, including marinated artichokes, but not if I'm expecting meat, and not in teriyaki sauce. Just no.

So there's a fantasy gone.

Your mileage may vary.

I'm posting at my own blog today about a vegan salad/casserole I made for Thanksgiving.