Thursday, January 19, 2017

......W.I.A.Y...and a Vegan Shepherds Pie...

Breakfast
...started off the day with...
...some 5 grain porridge (with cinnamon) and an orange...and coffee with cashew milk creamer...

Lunch
...vegan egg-less salad sandwich...and tomato soup...

Dinner

...and then for dinner...Scout suggested Shepherd's Pie...and since it's been a really (really) long time since I've made it...we all thought it was a good idea...
...and it's pretty simple to make a vegan version...I just mixed up some TVP crumbles (burger style) some frozen mixed veg...and an onion...
...then I got a container of sautéed (Julia Child style) mushrooms from the freezer...
...mashed up some potatoes for Grandma's mashed...of course...
...made a quick gravy (or soup if you will) with the mushrooms...
...and stirred that into the vegetable mixture...
...transferred it to the casserole dish...
...topped with the spuds...
...and carefully spread it around...
...it doesn't have to be perfect...and I know a lot of people fluff theirs up with a fork...
...baked until golden and bubbly...
...just served with a salad...
...it's kinda fun and oddly satisfying to break into crusty creamy potato topping and scoop up a steaming helping...
...oh...and a roll...
...it was a delicious supper...

...what did you eat yesterday?

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

...Saving Cilantro and a Curry Leaves fail......

...I really think it's funny (amazing) how often my sweet sissie and I are doing the same things at about the same time...without communicating about it at all...

...she posted about saving cilantro Sunday...and here I am posting about it today...isn't that funny...

...I usually dry my cilantro for long term storage...but I'm going to freeze this bunch...
...but while I was at the Asian store I also picked up a bunch of green curry leaves...I've seen them in Indian recipes but I've never had any before...
...and then I noticed that they still had their roots and those little hairs on them...
...so I thought I'd try rooting them...and just tucked them around my Amarillys that Grandma gave me for Christmas...
...but sadly...the next morning they were looking rather wilty...so that was a fail...

...I've re-rooted lettuce...and watercress...and I may (probably) try this again if I get a really fresh looking bunch of curry leaves...

...what have you re-rooted lately?...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

...Fermenting Foray...

...one (actually two) of the Man's Christmas presents was a couple of different types of fermenting kits...because he's been wanting to recreate his Mamaw's sauerkraut...she canned large quantities after it fermented and we don't plan to do that...but make ours in small batches and just keep it in the fridge...
...basically there are two ingredients...cabbage and salt...so the Man chopped up a bunch of cabbage...oh...and he also got a nice chef's knife for Christmas too...
...chopped cabbage...
...massaged with salt...
...and packed into jars...
...really packed with a wooden pusher...as you don't want any air pockets in the fermenting kraut...and all that liquid just comes from the cabbage itself...we didn't add any water...
...added the special little lids...and then set it aside to wait...

...have you ever made sauerkraut?...or do you even like sauerkraut?...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

...Kitten Update...

...just thought I'd give you a little kitten update...
...she's getting so big...she's a long and lanky cat...and she's quite mischievous...and you can tell just by the look in her eyes when she's about to crazily pounce upon something...a curtain chord...a ball of yarn...a dog...or a human...you just never know with her...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017

...W.I.A.Y. ...

Breakfast
...my favorite homemade vegan sausage...with some leftover French bread...

Lunch
...so...since I had a kinda hearty breakfast...I just wanted a big old salad for lunch...

...and that funny looking orange thing is a leftover half of a sweet potato...

Dinner
...then for dinner I just threw together these individual pot pies...no recipe really...
...it's just a vegan biscuit rolled thin for a crust...
...and inside some the tvp stips that I get at the SDA store in the mountains and a thickened sort of gravy made with the water they were reconstituted in...and some mixed veggies...simple and good...

...what did you eat yesterday?

~Have a lovely day today!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

...winter bounty too...

...y'all are used to seeing the summer bounty that our neighbors are kind enough to share with us...
...but they do the same thing in the winter time too...

...one of our neighbors brought us a big bag of turnips...I'm sure they're going to be delicious...
...and another one of our parishoners brough us a gallon bag of fresh pecans...and they are so delicious...so much better than the ones you buy in a bag...
...as soon as Scout saw the nuts on the counter...he asked if he could make some candied pecans...
...delicious...

...what produce bounty have you given or received lately?

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...after the snow...it turned off really cold...
...so the snow and ice stuck around for a few days...
...making me wish I had some nice warm booties...like the ones I made my sissie for Christmas...
...Super Simple Slip On Booties...
...they really are simple and quick to make...
...so you can have toasty toes in no time...

...what's in your workbasket...

~Have a lovely day!