Monday, January 22, 2007

100! Look ma, one pot!

AC stealing a macaroni noodle. And the shot.

My 100th post - fun :D

I've been spending most of my time at the Y or on the net, leaving little time for much else. Things like having a decent conversation with AC, changing out of my gym clothes, working or cooking a decent meal have just not occurred to me.

Leave it to JUST REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE! semi-soft bell peppers to get my attention while at the market yesterday.

They weren't organic, but the freegan in me had to purchase six tri-color bell peppers for, get this, two dollars and sixty two cents.

Because of their impending compost-worthy fate, I had to act quick - so I started cooking as soon as we got home tonight. I also had a couple packages of needing-to-be-consumed tempeh in the fridge, and a half-box of whole wheat fettuccine that has been in the pantry for several months.

I used Crystal and Ryan's roasted veggie sauce recipe, modified to use canned tomatoes and feature only roasted bell peppers and onion; I also ended up not needing the tomato paste. To add to the sauce, I made Vegan with a Vengeance tempeh sausage crumbles (page 22), minus the fennel seed. Given the extraordinary amount of peppers and two packages of tempeh, I doubled the recipes, BUT I managed to keep it to one pot :) I topped off the plate with some vegan grated topping.

Yeah, I know. It's macaroni and sauce.

But it took forever to make - I worked real hard!

We didn't eat until 8:30!

And, it tasted really good!

Of course, by the time it was finally ready to eat, I had already filled myself with sneaky "tastes" of the sauce and tempeh, stolen saltines from the pantry and leftover carrot sticks from AC's lunch. But, whatev. I had a few bites of the final dish.

You know, as I post these photographs, I keep thinking about Susan V. She posted a little while back about the "truly awful" photographs she took in her early days of food blogging: (about a third of the way down). Dang... if those are awful, I hope she never sees my pictures! ;) I'm currently saving money for a "real" camera, and with that will come motivation to learn how to use it really, really well, and maybe even a photography class. I can only hope that one day, my pics turn out half as incredible as hers - even her truly awful ones :)


wheresmymind said...

Should employ the kids to make some fresh pasta!

Anonymous said...

Dude, that looks so good... don't even talk to me about how crappy the picture is.

Of course, it *is* lunchtime. And I haven't eaten.

Nyahm nyahm.

James said...

[calling you picture lady from now on :)]

If you take any pics other than digital *spooky voice* like with film....lemme know...I have some cool "how to" books you can flip through

Dori said...

Hey, I found you. I have been wondering why you havev't been posting lately, but now I know. I've linked the "new" you now. The new blog is looking good.

Nikki said...

I love it when I can find a good produce bargain.

It looks like a wicked yummy meal. You can never go wrong with pasta!

Urban Vegan said...

Great photo of AC...and that concotion looks fab. I really love a bargain, too. Red peppers in the winter are hard to resist.

Emmy said...

Congrats on reaching 100 posts!!! Wow, what a deal on the peppers. And the dinner you made sounds delish :)

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Ok, I totally always get full before dinner too because I can't keep my hands off the prepped food. Need to stop now!!!


Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

PS - Yay on using our sauce recipe. Glad we could inspire.