Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Homemade pizza

Every so often I make pizza myself. I do buy the dough premade, I haven't attempted to make it myself- yet. I use 2 pckgs of dough from my bakery at my grocery store, because I find one doesn't stretch enough for my large round Pampered Chef pizza stone. I put cornmeal down on the stone first before I put the dough on. It makes such a crispy crust- yum. Here it is out of the oven.
I had homemade marinara sauce that I made a few days ago, with onion, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms and the trick is some red wine. You have to use the stuff you drink- I put in some Cabernet Sauvingnon. It was just enough for the pizza. I put on black olives (I use an egg slicer to slice them), fresh mushrooms, Italian green peppers and I used a half a block of Follow Your Heart mozzarella that I had thawed from the freezer. The trick is to cut it into tiny cubes, because it doesn't shred well. I learned that from Kenny at Vegan Lunch Cast. I don't know what happened to him- he stopped posting after his seitan tutorial months ago. The funny thing was I spent this afternoon making the VwaV tempeh sausage crumbles, and I forgot to put them on, until 5 minutes before the pizza was done, so I tossed them on top. You have to have a hot oven for the chreese to melt- like 425. I didn't realize the up close slice picture was blurry- so sorry about that!
Tomorrow Kristen and I are going to a fancy spa by me. First we are having lunch at a vegan restaurant that makes Chinese/Japanese food with mock meats. She is getting a European facial and I am getting an hour full body massage and free half hour of reflexology. We are going to pamper ourselves...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Some pics From 2 weeks ago...

I have been trying to upload the pic of the seitan and peppers for almost two weeks. Blogger is so aggravating... It looks like it is finally working. Here it is- I know the colors kinda blend together. This tasted so good!
I grilled some tofu on my Cuisinart Griddler. It was a gift from my ex's parents right before we split up. I told him I wanted it as our parting gift. He would never use it and I was the one who wanted it. It was expensive, but I love it! Anyway, this griddler has 2 different sets of grill plates, one flat for pancakes, french toast, etc. and one set of grill plates. You can make panini if you close it, or you can open it up flat. I love this grill! I know friends who have the George Forman grill and it just isn't the same! This was the Chinese 5 spice tofu, which is kinda soft. I cut the block of tofu into 3 big pieces and sprayed it with some bragg's aminos. Look at the grill marks!
I had this with veggies and more rice noodles with sesame seeds. Last night I made the Punk Rock Chick Pea Gravy (fantastic!) and Mashed Potatoes from VwaV. I had it with some broccoli and heated up slices of Tofurky hickory smoked turkey. Such Comfort food!

I have been busy setting up my classroom, and doing lots of reading, getting my art history notes going for this school year. Summer is almost over, sigh... The worst is when I go back to school, everyone will be tan, talking about their summer and their vacations... Dating is annoying and depressing, but I don't want to give up yet. My ex is now back to dating the girl he was dating when he met me- must be nice to slide back into a familiar relationship. He lied to me for 2 months about it (we were trying to be friends). I can't believe the girl took him back. But I tell myself I am so lucky to not be in that relationship anymore.

On the positive side, I went clothes shopping for school, and I was able to buy a size smaller in pants. That made me feel good. I still go to the gym, but now I have been going only about 4 days a week. It is still better than nothing though. I am meeting Kris on Thursday for our birthdays (I am the 28th, she's the 29th) and Sunday with my parents- my mom's b-day is the 30th.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Movies, Movies, Movies...

I FINALLY saw "An Inconvenient Truth" Wednesday night with my friend from work and her husband. I guess the best way to describe it was "powerful." I think Al Gore is an excellent speaker, and I did feel scared after seeing it, and angry at our current idiot administration. I almost feel like I shouldn't have children after seeing this. Pics aren't uploading- how frustrating...

I rented Syrianna, Memoirs of a Geisha and Match Point, all pretty good movies. I had a gift card for Blockbuster for $10 that a coworker gave me just as a way to say thank you for help. I had some of my students do calligraphy for her friends wedding invitations and they got paid for it- YAY! The nice part was they had 3 movies for $9.99, so I just had to pay tax- good deal :)

Dinner was seitan with red peppers and onions cooked in cast iron and I made rice and black beans to eat it with. My omni brother tried it and said "this is pretty good- can I eat some for dinner" I took a picture of the leftovers, but blogger is not letting me post- for 2 days!!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006


So I met Kris for some shopping and sushi today. She gave me the 30 Seconds to Mars cd. Can I tell you how much I love it and Jared Leto! Does anyone remember My So Called Life- he was the clueless but beautiful Jordan Catalano? He is lead singer- yum...

We had edamame and fried tofu squares with some veggie sushi- avocado, asparagus and cucumber. And Trader Joes had organic avocados- a bag of 4 for $4!!! I usually pay more than that for nonorganic! I stocked up on tons of stuff and got some vegan multivitamins. I also got Sharon's sorbet in coconut- looking forward to trying that. And who doesn't love Newman-O's? (I really did buy more than tasty snacks- I swear!!!)

Here I am at home on a Sat night.... I could tell you stories of my dating hell that would curl your toes. I seem to find the ones who have issues of all types- big and small... It is very sad...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ginger and Hoisin Rice Noodles

Dori from the Bakehouse and her daughter Melissa reminded me that Dreena Burton's The Everday Vegan has a noodle recipe in it. I bought rice noodles at Trader Joes that I wanted to use before I go back there Saturday. I meet my friend Kris in Danbury, CT. every so often. We have a secret illness- bargains at Christmas Tree Shops. We shop, have veggie sushi and then get more bargains at TJ's. I have a silver insulated zipper bag to cart home the cold stuff in. She's been a vegetarian longer than I have. I've been one for 10 years, so she must be going on 15! We both make vegan food whenever we get together to cook dinner and dessert.

It was 100 degrees here in NY today. Too hot to take the doggies for a long walk. It was too hot to cook, but I wanted this. I made this yummy noodle dish for dinner tonight. I don't like celery (I know, I'm wierd) so I put in yellow squash instead. Between that, the orange carrots, green and red peppers and the scallions and mushrooms I added, it was so pretty... I also added sesame seeds. I can never follow a recipe perfectly. I do love hoisin sauce.

I have to give Jackie back to my parents tomm. and I will be sad to see her go. The 2 pups are getting along ok. Penny even let Jackie sleep near her, lol. Keep cool...