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Drinking while drinking? Making Beer

So it has been awhile.  I have been busy, more than busy.  I have a bunch of awesome food to post soon but need the time to edit the photos and write the posts.  In the meantime, it was my birthday.  My mother-in-law got me a home brew kit; no complaints here.  Here are the photos from the process; cooking to drink, while drinking, while cooking drinks?

Enjoy!

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Vegetarian Egg Rolls and Soba Noodles with Cilantro and Cucumber

So it has been a while, anyway over the weekend I made some Vegetarian Egg Rolls, with Soba Noodles.  It hit the spot even  though I always eat between 2-3 more egg rolls than I should.  Check it out, and enjoy!

Ingredients/Directions:

Egg Rolls -

Fill with some White Rice (Jasmine used here), some Shredded Carrots, Sautéed Onions, and Shredded Cabbage

Roll them up, it’s not that hard

Repeat until you have made enough, or ran out of one of the ingredients

Heat some Vegetable or Canola oil, and pan fry until golden brown

Soba Noodles -

Cook the Soba Noodle per the instructions

While cooking, chop some Cilantro, Green Onions

Toss the Onions and Cilantro with Oil and cook over medium heat for a minute or 2, add some Sliced Water Chestnuts, and some Seasoned Tofu

Remove from heat

Combine 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper, 1 inch cube of Fresh Ginger, 1 Clove of Garlic, 5 Tbsp of Soy Sauce, 1 Tbsp of Sesame Oil, and 1 -3 Tbsp of Olive Oil to a chopper and combine – This is the sauce for the noodles

Combine the Veggies and the Noodles in a bowl, and toss with the Sauce.

Make a 2nd drink, serve and enjoy.

Pesto Pasta & Salad

It has been awhile since the last post but I have been super busy.  Made some delicious Pasta with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Black Olives.  Both easy and  tasty.  The best part is the homemade pesto.  Olive (the dog) helped with the giant bowl of Salad. Check it out, cheers!

Ingredients/Directions

Take a bunch of Fresh Basil, Juice of One Lemon, 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, a Handful of Roasted Almonds, and a heathy amount of Olive Oil (enough to give the consistency you want) and combine and in a food processor

Make whatever kind of Pasta you want

While the pasta is cooking chop 20 or so Cherry Tomatoes

Combine Cherry Tomatoes and a Can of Chopped Black Olives in a bowl

When the Pasta is done, drain and add to bowl with Tomatoes and Olives

Add in the Pesto

Bam – Delicious

Sweet Potato Vegetable Chili with Cornbread

Another rainy day in the Bay…so veggie chili was on the way- my favorite cold weather meal.  It is pretty simple to make and you can’t really do it wrong, mainly take a bunch of veggies, add some beans, mix it together with some spices, out comes chili.  The big surprise here is I like to add some Sweet Potatoes to make the chili a bit more filling.  Also, tried a new brand of Malbec with this one, Tripiche.   Not bad at all.

Ingredients/Directions

Take 2 Peeled and Chopped Carrots, 2 Peppers (Yellow and Orange Bell here) Chopped, and 1 Red Onion and add to a large pan

Cook covered over medium heat until soft (5 minutes or so)

Add in 2 Squash Chopped, 3 Garlic Cloves Chopped, A couple of Mushrooms, and 2-3 Sweet Potatoes cut into small pieces

Cook for another 5 minutes

Add in spices:

3 Tbsp Cumin

1 Tbsp Garlic Powder

Pepper/Salt

2 Tbsp Chili Powder (More if you would like)

1 Can Tomato Paste

Add 2 Cups Water

Simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or so

There you have it…Cheers, now eat and drink!

Pizza Night

In the Summer I usually will bust out some BBQ cooked pizza, being that it is still Spring and consistently raining, I kept it in the kitchen.  Tonight I made two cheese-less (Soy Cheese)Pizzas, Homemade Pesto and Tomato and a Artichoke, Kalmata Olive, and Red Onion pizza.  Both are super easy to make and are actually pretty decent for you.

Ingredient/Directions

Pesto:

1 Bunch of Fresh Basil

Small handful of Raw or Roasted Almonds

Juice of 1 Lemon

2-3 Cloves of Garlic

Salt/Pepper

Combine in a food processor, and add 1/4 Olive Oil

Blend until creamy (or however you like your pesto)

Spread on Pizza Crust (Whole Wheat used here)

Add tomatoes and Soy Cheese

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 400°F.

Artichoke, Olive, and Onion

Use 1 Jar of Pitted Kalmata Olives and 1 Jar of Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Combine on cutting board and chop

Chop 1 small Red Onion

Spread on Pizza Crust (Whole Wheat used here)

Add Garlic Powder, and Soy Cheese

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 400°F.

Sunday Morning Flap Jakes and Coffee

Woke up to a cloudy Bay Area Sunday.  On the bright side, every Sunday, I make the same amazing breakfast, which never fails to satisfy my gullet. These are flap jacks, made with rolled oats, flax seed and a Granny Smith Apple.  Also, being that it is a little early for adult beverages, I am sticking with some fresh brewed coffee.  As you can seeI had some help from the red dog Pixie.

Ingredients/Directions

1 Cup Rolled Oats added to blender

Add 1 Tbsp Cinnamon and 1 Tsp Baking Powder

Blend until fine

Add to a bowl

Add a 1/4 Cup Flax Seed Meal

Peel a Granny Smith then use a grater to add to the bowl

Add 1 Cup Rice Milk

Stir (add a little water if to thick)

Cook like normal pancakes

 

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