Sunday, May 20, 2007

One final post until I get a new camera...sigh!

Yes, my camera died. A slow and painfully horrible death. We buried it in the backyard beneath the ficus tree in hopes that it will spawn a few new baby digital cameras come springtime. Fingers crossed!

Here are the last food pictures I have on my memory card until our new camera arrives:

Now, I enjoy Amy's products immensely, but I have an issue with the Soy Cheeze pizza. Why did mine come out completely unattractive compared to the one on the box cover? My cheeze did not melt nicely! Or look even remotely appealing! I got this for my kids in hopes they will start liking soy cheeze more and finally let go of dairy cheese, but I don't think this product helped much. Crunchy cheeze did not go over well. Has anyone else had this problem, and if not, how did you get the cheeze to melt properly?

For my birthday (May 3), my sister sent me the cookbook that every other vegan already has....Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World! Finally, I get to experience the cupcake hysteria! So I promptly made Cookie's and Cream cupcakes (pictured), as well as Chocolate Mint cupcakes, followed by Vanilla with Lemon Cream Cheese frosting. Happiness in a cupcake liner!

Vegetable Masala burger from Trader Joe's, topped with a curry mayo sauce, spinach and sauteed mushrooms. Potato wedges, too! Such a unique tasting burger, and made without soy! The main ingredient is potatoes, along with green beans, bell peppers, onions, corn and green peppers. Cool, and my hubbie likes them too. Score!

One night after class I came home to a big bucket full of peaches on my counter, courtesy of my neighbor. These are homegrown, and they are tiny, sweet and juicy. I don't know if we can eat all of the before they go bad, but we will try....oh yes, we will try.

The last of my Fantastic Foods tofu scramble mix, with spinach, carrots, tempeh bacon and siracha sauce in a pita pocket from Trader Joe's, with a side of fresh blackberries. I seriously can't get enough of blackberries this time of year. Seriously.

School is going swimmingly (hi Robin!), and I am finally on track with eating well and sleeping better. I guess it just took some adjustments to get into the swing of things after being away from school for so long. If anyone needs a massage, just head my way. I need the practice!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

School is kicking my booty!

I am in my third week of massage therapy school, which I love, but darn it...the hours suck! I go from 6:30pm to 10:30pm M-Th, so I don't get home until at least 11:00pm. And of course, I am hungry, so I eat a bowl of cereal, wind down and eventually find my way to bed. Then up at 6:00am to get the kidlings ready for school. By 8:00am I am crashed out on the couch trying to catch a few winks before I need to read a billion pages of my anatomy book or study body mechanics for my Massage I class. I am truly glad I don't have a regular day job or else I would be a huge train wreck. So needless to say, I have not been cooking, much less really eating. And now I am sick, sick, sick, Really sick. I know this is my body telling me I need to take better care of myself. I hope to get back on track as soon as I get over this wretched, debilitating cold, and start making meals that keep my immune system in check. I have eaten way too much cereal as meals lately....

So, anyhoo, here are a few backlogged pictures I just downloaded off of my camera. I honestly don't know how old they are, as I really have not taken any food pictures in a long time, but I figured they needed to be shared. And plus, this way I get to write a post about something so my three remaining readers don't think I am lying in a ditch somewhere.

Mac-n-Cheeze fresh from the oven. I honestly don't remember which recipe this was, but it was good. Oh yes, it was good.

Vanilla cake with strawberry sauce. Yet again, my brain has forgotten which recipe this was.

Jamaican black bean burgers with a kicky chipotle cilantro sauce (my brother-in-law made the sauce), and a side of Caribbean Sweet Potato salad. This salad rocks, with nummy sweet and russet taters with red onion, cucumber and corn swimming in a refreshing lime vinaigrette. I added a lot of extra lime juice, just because I am crazy like that. Both recipes from Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons.

My version of a garlic white pizza, with a sauce I made from melted FYH Mozzarella, a bunch of mashed roasted garlic and some unsweetened soymilk. Topped with spinach, baby bella mushrooms, more minced garlic and vegan parmesan.

Another shot of the mac-n-cheeze. Nice and creamy!

Fantastic Foods tofu scramble. I made this plain without added veggies, but with the next packet I am going to go crazy and throw in a bit of everything. I guess this product is discontinued now, but it looks like the company is trying to bring it back. Yay!

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