Archive for October, 2011


Monday, October 31st, 2011


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I have an awkward end of hair now. Mental note, don’t cook in a hurry, don’t be lazy cooking, and don’t cook with braids?

Burning hair is not fun.




Monday, October 31st, 2011


Monday night. I accomplished a lot today! I cleaned, and baked, and then I went for a walk and went to grocery shopping, then I lost track of time and was running late on making dinner! Oh, no, I won’t be able to finish eating by 8! So I had to make these in a hurry. Nothing good comes out of cooking in a hurry, I’ll post a pic after this.

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clockwise from top left,

  • Mapo Winter melon 麻婆冬瓜(昨日の残りの麻婆ソースで。冬瓜おいしい〜っ!夏のものだけど...)
  • Eggplant and tomato in Basil Miso sauce (茄子とトマトのバジル味噌)
  • Simmered dried radish (茹で干し大根の煮物)
  • Rice with 15 grains (15穀米)
  • Miso soup with tofu, green onions, sea weed and agar (寒天いりわかめ、豆腐とネギのみそ汁)

I wanted to make one more dish, but I didn’t have time! But I did make it to finish eating these by 8, I just ate 1/4 apple and 1/2 Red bean paste bun, I finished it by 8:30, so it shouldn’t be that bad! :)




Monday, October 31st, 2011


We bought an almond butter yesterday but all we had at home is everything bagel, I doubt those two goes along! So, I decided to make some scones from the recipe from the past. Vegan scones that I made with my mom.

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And I had a tiny bit of Japanese pumpkin (Kabocha) left, so I cooked that and added in the dough.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones Makes about 8 regular size ones, I made several sizes. Sorry it’s in metric.

  • Flour 230g
  • Baking Powder 10g
  • Vegetable margarine (Earth balance) 50g
  • A—
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Sugar 40g
  • Soymilk 120ml ml (70ml + 50ml (for egg since we are not adding an egg) or for an egg, mix 1tbsp flax seed grinded, and 3 tbsp water. I ddi this way today.
  • I had about 1/8 of Kabocha, cooked and mashed.

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I grinded flax seed by hand today! and mixed with 3tbsp water to make an “egg”.

Preparations:

Keep the flour, baking powder, and margarine in refrigerator until right before you use them.

Put the soymilk out to make it room temperature.

  1. Mix baking poweder and flour and sift them. Add the margarine that are cut into 1cm cubes. Using your palms, rub the flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix A in other bowl. I added pumpkin after I add the other ingredients.
  3. Add 2 in 1, mix with a rubber knife, and knead with your hands lightly (Don’t knead too much), make it into one ball and wrap it with plastic wrap and let them sit in refridgerator for more than 1 hour.
  4. When you get the dough out from fridge, preheat the oven at 200C (like 400F).
  5. sprinkle flour on a board, and flat the dough to the 3cm thick, and cut out the dough to the round shape one, or make it into a ball and flatten it.
  6. put the scones and bake them for about 20 minutes! Make sure the bottom of the scones have enough flour so it won’t get stuck!

Enjoy! :) It takes about 2 hours including the one hour, letting sit in refrigerator, but the process itself is very very easy. I’m gonna try with more different veggies next!




Sunday, October 30th, 2011


Sunday dinner! Being a bad wife, I went ahead and ate while Whitney went to get laundry :P My excuse, I wish he had gone do laundry sooner! Sucha  bad timing, I’m trying really hard to finish eating by 8 nowadays, to watch my weight.

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Today we had:

  • left over Nagaimo kara-age 昨日の残りの長いもの唐揚げ(トースターであっため直し)
  • Mapo Tofu and cauliflower (no TVP today, just mushrooms) 麻婆豆腐とカリフラワー、大豆ミートなしでキノコ類のみじん切り入り
  • left over simmered kelp 残り物の昆布の煮物、やっと食べ切ったー!一人で頑張った!
  • Simmered shiitake しいたけの煮物
  • Rice with 16 grains 16穀米
  • Winter melon soup with dried mushrooms 干し椎茸と冬瓜のスープ

I got a head of cauliflower today for $1.50 and I just didn’t wanna put too much tofu in Mapo sauce, and was just wondering what other vegetables I should put, and I thought to put cauliflower, it turned out so well! Yum yum. I’ll make Mapo eggplant and tomato, or Mapo winter melon next, with the keft over mapo sauce! :)




Sunday, October 30th, 2011


I went to lunch at Quantum Leap with my friend, Steph from my college, and Whitney today! I was craving veggie burger, but I ended up getting the portobello sandwich that comes with chippies (without salsa! what!?) and salad. And Whitney got some veggie burger with fries, and we just shared.

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Oh how I wish I got the fries for my own. I liked their fries! It was good! Though it’s good that we shared the fries and ate less fries. They both were pretty good, it wasn’t “Aaaaaaamazing!!!!!”, but it was still good :) I just didn’t like the chippies, do people eat those plain chippies without any salsa???? Cuz I sure didn’t enjoy it :P




Sunday, October 30th, 2011


I have had vegan soy yogurt but they were all flavored, and I was curious about plain one because I like the soy yogurt in Japan that is plain and very good. So I tried Wildwood Probiotic Soyogurt this week.

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It’s completely vegan!

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I tried with agave but I didn’t like it so much, it was pretty good with strawberry jelly that I had in refrigerator. For some reason, it’s more yellow-y, like soy color and thicker than other soy yogurt I tried.

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Good with jelly! I’d buy it again but I’m trying Silk brand plain soy yogurt this week! :9