Insomnisnack

i take requests November 11, 2008

Filed under: carrots,eggplant,fall,food,portobello mushroom,savory,tempeh — insomnisnack @ 9:28 pm

After some gentle encouragement, I decided to post.  I cook all the time, but most days grad school’s got me making very similar meals.  For example, you may have noticed that I’ve been cooking tempeh like it’s going out of style.  Reasons why?  Well, I love it!  It’s so protein-y, nutty, earthy.  Very easy to convert into something yummy.  So, I often tell people that they can give me recipe suggestions.  Any takers?  I’ll make it for me as long as it is veggie, and if not I’ll make it for you as long as you don’t expect me to help you eat it.  Keep in mind that I’m a student and on a budget.

Tempeh, Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, and Carrot Stir Fry

I pan fried the tempeh cubes in olive oil, then set aside.  Next, I sauteed the mushrooms and carrots with garlic, added a little chili garlic sauce, salt/pepper, and sesame oil.  Finally, I added the tempeh back to the pan with about 1/4 cup of water to simmer.

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and here’s one I forgot to post.  yellow pepper, kale, portobellos, and tempeh:

veggie stir fry

 

you can’t see the grids, niece July 3, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,pound cake,sister,summer — insomnisnack @ 2:22 pm

Look at the a-m-a-z-i-n-g trifle my sister made! She’s even using what seems a proper trifle dish?  Oh yeah, she made the poundcake from scratch.

I have been cooking, yes, I have been cooking. But my camera battery ain’t what it used to be, and nevertheless I am often with folk who avoid the paparazzi aim of my lens. So lemme show off my sister who is the cat’s meow.

Photo credit: Julie T.

 

niece’s spring-y pasta March 17, 2008

Filed under: food,frozen,pasta,spring — insomnisnack @ 9:46 pm

I was talking to Niece, like I do pretty much every night, and she helped me with this quick dinner idea.  I love Chow, burritos and pizza as much as the next gal, but really.  I have to tell you, the photo does not do the tastebuds justice!  So refreshing was my dinner with bowtie pasta, two tablespoons of ricotta, lemon zest, and edamame.  Thanks, Niece!

bowtie pasta with edamame, ricotta, and lemon zest

 

Tonight @ 8pm: fried rice, featuring the last kumquat!

Filed under: corn,fried rice,golden natural foods,kumquat,leftovers,seaweed,spring — insomnisnack @ 9:29 pm

This one is an old favorite! First I scrambled an egg in a little olive oil, and added about 3-4 cups steamed rice. Then frozen veggies from GNF. Finished this dish off with soy sauce, a couple dashes of sesame oil and, MmmM! Since I used sesame oil, I added shredded seasoned seaweed for more yumminess. Gonna be great leftovers!!

fried rice with broccoli and corn

 

pacific northwest thanksgiving November 22, 2007

Filed under: fall,fish,food,holiday — insomnisnack @ 9:10 pm

I thought I’d be the only one, or at least one of few, who would prepare what I started thinking of as a “pacific northwest” thanksgiving. But a quick goog– search later and I realized that Sara M /Epicurious had tried their hands – giving a nod to the plank cooking of fish and meats, common practice among indigenous peoples of the Americas (and I’m sure elsewhere), which has gained popularity in “modern cooking“. I guess where I’m going with this is that how appropriate that my “original” thanksgiving meal was already a deeply rooted cultural norm. Just not mine. I like this!

I cannot list all of my thanks here, but I have been moved beyond words by recent generosity and support. I especially wrestle with holidays, asking for favors, loving unabashedly, saying goodbye and I am grateful for you (plural) who’ve translated my code, if you will. And I feel ecstatic! Thanks to those of you who have put to paper such kind words of support. I plan to muster another entry on food thankyous… Onward, SOPHAS!

salmon, citrus, and greens!

Now here is the ATL thanksgiving… at least some of it.

greenbeans

popover batter

baked popover

 

harvest dinner – I made out like a bandit!! November 7, 2007

Filed under: fall,food,holiday — insomnisnack @ 11:47 pm

(photo credits: larisa and bianca)

Day of, Larisa arrives with her cart (name pending) containing the following items:

potatoes, thin green beans and maple
broccoli with sicilian sauce
squash with chestnuts and pomegranates
scary cheese ball with garlic crisps
pear beet greens with champagne vinaigrette
magical sangria ingredients
pumpkin roll cake
pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing
savory stuffed puff pastry roll
and a totally yummy dessert that is just like my mom’s prized pumpkin bread!

Usually this blog displays foodvisuals, but this night was captured in a slightly different way. Thanks to all of our friends who shared their nights and hearts. And a special thank you, Larisa, for making this a truly mesmerizing day and evening!

l and a

l and chandra

anna and rui bing

chandra

alecia and leah

harvest bouquet

veronica and bianca

larisa

harvest bouquet 2

harvest group

l-aughing

 

banana squash curry and golden quinoa October 8, 2007

Filed under: banana squash,curry,fall,food,quinoa,stews — insomnisnack @ 1:23 am

I’ve mentioned that I’ve found myself in the situation of eating 6 meals in a row of the same dish. What’s the best solution for that? Make two dishes (see previous post)!! I revisited my cache of recipes saved at the epicurious site for this one. I didn’t have much prep because I purchased a quartered squash, and had peeled carrots from a previous dish. It was a pretty quick stew, in fact. All in all, 25 minutes. The quinoa took about 20 minutes to cook. I left out the onion, but kept the garlic and turmeric for color. I like to bring my lunch to work, and this one will be a nice reminder of the weekend.

banana squash stew

quinoa and curry