In which I eat horse food when I could be eating ice cream - Tactical Ninja
May. 17th, 2012
09:46 am - In which I eat horse food when I could be eating ice cream
Remember a few weeks ago I got my brother to spit in a test tube? Well, apparently the Ys in my ancestry came from R1b1b2a1a2d*. Which is a fancy way of saying Common-As-Muck European. This lot has the dubious honour of being the likely source of lactose tolerance in those with European ancestry, and seem to mostly hail from the Spain/France/Italy part of Europe. I haven't had a chance to research this stuff thoroughly yet and probably shouldn't go down that rabbit hole right now, eh? I've found people who are researching it more deeply and will contact them tonight. Meanwhile, I will run with the knowledge that my brother is 0.1% less neanderthal than me.
Not really, but it's I am enjoying the challenge of trying to make food that tastes nice without using any of the things that are excluded in this detox thing. My usual acid test for food is "Would it kill Happy or tieke?" If it is safe for both of them to eat then I reckon I've done pretty well. However, this detox diet is even more restrictive. It excludes sugar, wheat products, dairy, meat, eggs, alcohol, and anything with caffeine. Which leaves, essentially, a vegan diet sans wheat.
Last night's challenge: nessaneko's stuffed cannelloni, as described on Monday. Here's my pile of ingredients, which wouldn't kill anybody if I replaced the pine nuts with pumpkin/sunflower seeds, right?
This was the first time I've bought tofu and I've gotta say, if this was your main protein staple it'd get expensive pretty fast. Also, the range of choice at Chaffer's New World isn't exactly broad. That was the only firm stuff under $5 a packet. Also, I had to go to Commonsense Organics for nutritional yeast. O.o
Right then, red sauce in the making: tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper. I got this going first because I figured using raw ingredients it'd take a while.
Then there was the filling part, which involved wilted spinach, onions, more garlic, more herbs:
While those were cooking I whizzed up the tofu with the pine nuts (I added some sunflower seeds and almonds because pine nuts are MEGA EXPENSIVE), some yeast, salt and pepper, then mixed the two together:
Ta da! Stuffing! nessaneko suggested making white sauce but since flour is out and the oat flour has different properties, I made a crumble-type topping with it and some Olivani and yeast. But the fun bit was putting the
Anyway, a layer of red sauce, the stuffed cannellonis on top of that, then the last lumpy bits of the red sauce, then the crumble, then in the oven for 45 minutes, and Hello, Vegan Dinner!
Which tasted pretty good IMO. There were some flavours there which would take a bit of getting used to. I'm not convinced oat flour is a good replacement for wheat flour - oats seem sweeter and that's a bit weird. I'm at a bit of a loss for a good replacement there. Maybe rice flour? Cornflour? Millet?
If I were to do this again I'd experiment with the stuffing - maybe add some mushrooms and sundried tomatoes for a bit more savouriness - and perhaps try potatoes as a topping. Also, I'm pretty sure pasta has wheat in it, eh? Damn.
Oh yeah, and we topped it off with pears and various berries whizzed up in the whizzer. So we got to feel utterly virtuous while stuffing our faces with sweet stuff. <3 whizzer.
Tonight I have the challenge of concocting something out of leftover stuff in the fridge, which consists of last night's dinner and Tuesday's (which was rice and vegie stir fry). I'm tempted to just chuck the whole lot in a pan and stir it around with some fresh vegies to see what happens. Vegan Glop! It's what everyone has on Thursdays, right?
Meanwhile, the Youth of Today is off up north for a week this afternoon. Apparently his father has a job in forestry on the Coromandel and his one remaining grandparent is over from Australia for a visit, so he's being flown up. This may be the last chance he gets to see Paddy (who was my one ally in the whole mess that was my marriage and is one awesome lady), and he hasn't seen his other family for nearly 18 months, so I'm ok with him missing school for it. I just hope it doesn't end up being a disappointment for him. He's being very mature about the whole thing, but .. I'm his Mum and I feel for how these things have affected him in the past.
The sucky part of being a Mum is not being able to protect your kid from life, eh? I just hope the work we've done these last few years has made him better able to cope. *crosses everything*