I recently bought a slow cooker. So far I haven’t had great luck with it. I love the idea but everything I make is coming out all mushy even though I’m cooking it for less than half the time indicated.
I went to the library today to see if I could get a certain vegetarian slow cooker book on interlibrary loan. I’ve heard good reviews of it and I have other books I like by that author but I’m weird about cookbooks. They have to impress me before I commit to buying.
Apparently the book impressed the library though. They got so interested in what I asked for that instead of getting it on loan they are going to buy it. Just call me your vegetarian evangelist out spreading the good news through my library.
I did pick up another cookbook there to try to learn more about slow cooking. Ok, actually I was flipping through it and saw something called marshmallow and applesauce dessert. That’s the reason I checked it out. I’m reading the whole thing though and I came across a total pet peeve of mine. For the vegetarian chili recipe it says, “This chili is so thick and filling, no one would ever miss the meat or know it was vegetarian.”. Makes me crazy. Obviously vegetarian is supposed to equal icky.
My brother and sister in law are proud anti-environmentalists. They are anti-organic, vegetarian, etc.
My brother works for a church and they do a 40 day modified fast every year. This year the first 21 days are a so called Daniel Fast. My SIL is participating this year and was whining to me today about how hard it is. They have only been doing it for one day. LOL
She explained it as a sort of vegan diet with no sugar or caffiene. They are using honey and drinking herbal tea which now that I’ve looked up the rules I find are strictly off limits. Cheaters! Anyway I directed her to some vegan recipe sites for help and explained that it is possible to make your own tomato sauce because canned sauce is off limits because of the sugar. This saga is going to amuse me to no end.
But I looked up the rules and the first thing I found was the reason why it is named for Daniel.
“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3
Excuse me? I ate no pleasant food? WTF? I like fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Who reads that line and then markets a whole diet based on veganism being the answer to “I ate no pleasant food”? There is nothing like Christian websites to make me start cussing people out.
Don’t even get me started on wondering why eating no pleasant food (however it is defined) is something to emulate. Sounds like the actions of a depressed and disturbed person. There’s something to base a system of belief on.
I was going to offer to do it with her and give her advice on what to eat but I don’t think I can. Every time I think about I start wanting to smack someone. Maybe I’ll email her what I eat each day to get pretty close to what they are allowed to do.
It is 6:30 in the AM. Not only am I awake but I’ve already exercised. The world must be coming to an end.
I came up with another plan. I like plans. It is the follow through that I have problems with. Lately I’ve been hitting snooze too many times in the morning because I love my sleep and then I have to drive fast to work. The SO leaves the house around 5:45. Yesterday I told him that his new job was to make sure I get up when he leaves. He seemed doubtful, mostly because he’s had some incoherent conversations with me at that time of the morning.
This morning the first thing I hear is, “Good morning, private! Get up! I want to see a$ses and elbows flying!” Why must they revert to army training at the most inopportune times? I explained again that I wanted to get up when he left – not when he got up. He argued with me but relented. Then he came back into the room after his shower and started trying to bully me up out of bed again. The cat on my chest and I just looked at him.
“Hey, Powder, do you remember in the olden days, like last week, when he used to come out of the shower and give us hugs and kisses and wake us up gently? Wasn’t that nice?” He then tried to convince the cat and the dog that they should get up and exercise too. The cat ignored him because she’s a cat and it takes a stronger man than him to wake up that dog before noon.
I did get up when he left the bedroom. I came downstairs and did a 10 minute arms and legs pilates routine with the balance ball. Then I made myself a smoothie from the new Prevention magazine.
1/2 cup soy milk
6 oz fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 t apple pie spice (I just used cinnamon)
1 apple chopped
2 T cashew butter (I only had peanut butter)
It was pretty good. For dinner last night I made their recipe for ricotta calzones.
1/4 cup nonfat ricotta cheese
diced sundried tomatoes
1 T olive oil
1 t garlic
Stuff it all in a pita and broil until the cheese is warm. I added olives and some mozzerella too. Then use marinara sauce to dip it in.
Now it is still before the time I usually get up for work and I’ve exercised, eaten, and posted. Yep, the world is coming to an end.
I saw this recipe at Joanna’s blog. It sounded delicious and horribly fattening. Hers were peppermint flavored but I’m not a huge fan of peppermint so I modified the recipe some.
1 cup butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups crushed chocolate Graham cracker crumbs
Cream butter and sugar. Add melted chocolate. Beat until mixed well. Beat in eggs. Add vanilla flavoring and blend well.
Line muffin tins with paper liners. Sprinkle bottom of each cup liner with crumbs. Spoon in chocolate mixture. Sprinkle additional crumbs on top. Place in freezer until firm. Top with mini marshmallows.
Halfway through making the recipe I realized this involved a lot of raw eggs. Oh well, if everyone I know gets salmonella I’ll make sure not to give them the recipe. These are very rich and super yummy. I’m taking them to work tomorrow so I can pass them out so I don’t eat them all and gain 100 lbs!