Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mushroom and Stuff Soup #Vegan

Charlie and I love soup. Silly boy bought two books of soup recipes. I'm like, "You only need two recipes: Whatever you got in the fridge, and whatever you got in the fridge plus milk gravy."

This one didn't have milk gravy.


Portobello mushrooms, leftover peas, carrots, celery. Onion powder, garlic powder, Penzeys Fines Herbes, water, and Not-Chick'N bouillon.

As always, I cooked the mushrooms in a dry pan to concentrate the flavor (in my Instant Pot on the Saute setting), added the water and bouillon until the bouillon dissolved, then added the rest of the ingredients, sealed the lid, and set it for Soup. Or you could use a regular pot on the stove and simmer it for a while.

I'm posting at my blog today about a casserole I made that wasn't as successful as I would have liked, and what I did with it.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Two-Ingredient #GF Pancakes

So I saw this on the internet, and I thought I'd try it. Because everything you see on the internet is True and Good, right?

Uh-huh.

ANYWAY, this calls for three bananas and two eggs and we had three bananas about to go to Jesus, so I figured I might as well make use of them.


Mash that all together, blend it, cream it, turn it into a batter. Fry it in vegan margarine.

The first ones came out kind of droopy-floopy, but subsequent ones were marginally fluffier. I suspect that whirring the batter in a blender or with beaters instead of my feeble lick-and-a-promise would have resulted in a fluffier pancake.




I think it would have been better if the bananas hadn't been quite so far gone. Not a disaster, though, not by a long chalk.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Dog's Dinner and Asparagus

We didn't really eat the dog's dinner. We don't even have a dog. The first time Mom and I ever saw risotto, we thought it looked like the dog's dinner (a big mess o' Stuff), and that's what we called it ever since.

But it's risotto, and it's delicious.

Traditional Italian risotto. By Lundberg. 

ANYWAY, I made it. Not bad. Home made is better. I also made roast asparagus and fried tilapia.


Asparagus: break off the tough ends. You could save them and cook them to flavor a soup and then throw them away, or you could just throw them away. Meh. Toss the nice bits in olive oil and seasoned salt and put them in a baking pan in a single layer, separated from each other so they don't steam. Bake them at 350 for about 20 minutes, turning once. Cook them longer, if you like them crispier on the ends.

Tilapia: I don't always do Tilapia the same way. This time, I buttered one side of the frozen filet and put it in a pan of hot vegan margarine. sprinkled the top with salt and pressed crumbled celery and parsley on top. Cook at medium heat for 7 minutes, flip, and cook for another 7 minutes. This cooks it through from frozen, people! So convenient! So fast! So delicious!

Naturally, I put cheese on the asparagus, because dairy is my shameful addiction.

I'm posting at my own blog today about another meal with different rice, different protein, same asparagus.

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Roast Almonds a la Oregon

Charlie went to the grocery alone. I asked him to get me some almonds because blah blah blah, meaning roasted almonds, and he came back with raw almonds.

So I roasted them. Not difficult and WOW! SO GOOD!

Before I undertook what was, to me, a daunting task, I scoured the internet for directions. I was drawn to this one because it claimed it was easy AND good, and that was a good choice. So head on over to An Oregon Cottage and find out how it's done.
I only flavored them with salt, but it would be just as easy to mix in some sugar or honey or chili powder or whatever.

Seriously good! Thank you, Oregon!

I'm posting at my own blog today about some slow cooker ribs we had for Mother's Day.

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