05/24 -Indian food!

Back in the swing-o-things

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I made spinach pancake things.
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I also made 12 naans, which the group of 11 of us ate all of.
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Laurie and Jeff made a curry pea dish
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Mike made this onion chutney, replacing the dried chiles with 1 tbsp paste and using 1/3 c canned diced tomatoes instead of a tomato and chopped in our Vita Mix (ALL HAIL THE VITA MIX!). Tastes just like this one we get at a local restaurant. SO GOOD.

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Anne made chana saag.
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Steph made red lentil soup (it went FAST!)
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Steph’s coworker brought a delicious fruit salad!
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Recent newcomer Alexa made a raw dish, saag acado. The taste reminded me of what I remember of KFC cole slaw, and it was delish!
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And, from another newcomer Andrea, mango lassis!!! Actually, the mango lassi and the saag acado were a perfect balance to go with some spicier dishes.

Always a great theme!

much love,
M.E.

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Hippie Quest 55 Complete: Making Kombucha

So, several months ago, Steph introduced me to kombucha. It’s a relatively low-calorie, low-sugar beverage (you use sugar to make it, but the bacteria eats it up, yo) that is not only super tasty, it has lots of B vitamins. It’s a ‘living food,’ and those are all the rage these days in the hippie/crunchy subculture. No scientific studies to prove it does anything, lots of theory, a few people scared it could kill you. Welcome to life.

Anyway, kombucha is a bit expensive in stores (when on sale, it’s still $2.50-3.00 a pint), and I know a few people who had started making their own at home. I rather like do-it-yourself projects, and I like food. So, two weeks ago, I got a SCOBY from Steph, and I started my first batch. I bought a gallon Mason jar from my local hardware store, and I read directions from about six different websites, mainly http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2009/05/how-to-brew-your-own-homemade-kombucha/ . The main thing is- MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CLEAN!

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My mother already had a baby! Soon, I’ll be able to keep up TWO gallons. Today, this is what my kombucha looked like, ready to be bottled.

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And bottle it I did. I (at the advice of Steph) saved kombucha bottles from tea I bought when it was on sale. Half of them have just kombucha, the other half also have 1/3 c acai “juice.” I took one of each of those and put them back in the pantry because one site said it would help make it bubbly. The other four are in the fridge, ready for me to drink! The mother and baby are in a dish in the fridge while my next batch of black tea cools on the stove.

My kombucha came out super tasty, and it hasn’t killed me in the last 40 minutes or so since tasting. Soooo… good stuff.

I have Dinner Club and garden photos for posts (and some badass fungi from around the yard). I totally need to catch up, but I feel guilty when not spending time on my dissertation or related efforts. So, I feel bad for both spending time on those things AND for spending time writing about those things, even if it takes less than 20 minutes. I know, I know, suck it up, M.E. If I want to do everything, I have to do everything.

much love,
M.E.

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Post half-marathon, pre-P90X

So, I’ve been doing a lot of sitting on my ass for the last year or so, especially without having classes to teach (I walk around my classroom a lot). Since February, I went from exercising for about an hour a day to only 30-45 minutes of just jogging/running in prep for my half marathon.

Now, I’m proud to say I completed my first half on May 6 at just under 2:30, but the training hasn’t been enough.

I’ve been a little depressed after coming out of the job market empty-handed this year, so my eating hasn’t been the best either… nor have my drinking habits. Oh well.

It certainly hasn’t been a tailspin of despair (I still completed perhaps the greatest physical accomplishment of my life so far!), but I’m getting back into my groove. Also, I have a hip-attached partner-in-crime these days: my husband, Mike, has jumped on the fitness bandwagon. He’s pretty stoked about it after running the half (way better time than mine), and I’m so incredibly happy both to see him happy and to feel his full support.

We started P90X (with cardio swapped for running or Turbofire 2 days a week) yesterday, and things are looking good. Here are my post-half marathon pre-p90x photos, at 173 lbs. I’m at the same weight I was my senior year of college (which was then a low for me), but I’m definitely in better shape and much healthier! I can’t wait to get more muscle. Ready to Bring It!

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much love,
M.E.

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03-15 Ides of March Greek/Roman

So, a great night of great food. For the gyros…

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Pita by Jeff

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Gyro meat by M.E.

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And Tzatziki sauce by Mike.

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Anne made this fantastic Greek beet dip (really, really good)

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And Amber made delicious potatoes.

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We washed it down with Roman punch (M.E.)

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And finished the meal off with Kristen’s Baklava!

Such a good week! But aren’t they all?

much love,
M.E.

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Highlights of Honolulu

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Gorgeous, crazy trees

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Awesome beaches (and pictures of Mike taking pictures)

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Green mountains with eerie fog

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And random rays hanging out.

Pretty, pretty, pretty awesome.

much love,
M.E.

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01-12 Brunch

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Robbie’s bfast flatbread sammiches

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Mike made blueberry chocolate chip pancakes

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I made berry compote with frozen berries and date paste. Super yum.

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I also made pineapple oj. Can you tell I’m obsessed with my VitaMix?

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Steph’s chocolate stout and cornmeal waffles from Vegan Brunch.

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And Anne’s tofu scramble.

Yuuuuuuum.

much love,
M.E.

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Eating vegan in Honolulu

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That’s Waikiki and some guy fishing. I did not eat him, but I did eat some tasty vegan food here in Honolulu.

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I’ve been here a few days, but yesterday I got to go out to Peace Cafe. Totally worth the walk from Ala Moana.

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Yummy macha latte, which I’d never had before, but I was branching out… and thirsty.

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BBQ tempeh plate with caesar salad instead of green salad. Everything else was great, but my complaint is really that tempeh with bbq sauce placed in a strip atop it isn’t really “bbq tempeh.” Still, tasty, and Peace Cafe had some badass tshirts I would have bought if I needed I didn’t already have an abundance of tshirts.

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Today, I caught lunch from Loving Hut on King St. The vegan propaganda on the tv is a newly-anointed vegan’s wet dream, but I don’t know that it is converting anyone.

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I say I “caught” lunch because I got there maybe 3 minutes before they closed. They were very kind, but I had to do takeout. When I got back to the hotel I had already checked out of, I found no flatware nor napkins in the bag. Ooops. So, I went into the hotel lobby bathroom, washed my hands, grabbed a bunch of paper towels, found a quiet, isolated corner in part of the lobby, and ate it with my hands. Doin’ it old school style in HI. At least it wasn’t curry?

I then walked all around the mall and finally down to the beach to find a recycling bin for my glass bottle from my beverage. That’s where I sit now and pretend I’m eating Waikiki with my camera.

much love,
M.E.

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Right on

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I love seeing these ads on TV, and I’m so glad to see one in print! In case you can’t read it, it says “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent. There are thousands of teens in foster care who would love to put up with you.”

much love,
M.E.

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Mmmmmminestrone

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much love,
M.E.

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Mercimek Corbasi

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The theme for Sundays is soup, and tonight it is Turkish Red Lentil Soup from the Vegan Culinary Experience. YUM.

much love,
M.E.

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