Saturday, November 21, 2009

Vegetarian days

I really can’t come up with a title. Oh well.


Nothing particularly exciting about yesterday; it was Friday and I was glad. I was feeling tired and ready for the weekend.

First Breakfast:


Second Breakfast:


Husband seemed quite shocked when I ordered a scone. Looked at me like I’d grown a second head or something. True, I’ve never ordered one before, but yesterday I wanted one. It was quite good too.



Sorry for the blur – apparently I can’t hold a camera (iPhone) still. Rockin’ Moroccan Stew. It’s not a large amount of food, but it’s quite filling. Mainly chickpeas and sweet potato.

Went out for my afternoon walk, hit the City Market and the book store. Got caught in the rain coming back, but it was pretty light. And my snack was worth it:


Mmmm! Pomegranate!

I was sooo tired and would have loved for it to have been one of those days where Husband was ready to leave early, but it was around 5:30 when he finally messaged me.

The usual Friday dinner:


Pad Thai with Tofu and extra veggies.


I thought about doing my interval workout, because Saturdays are always so busy, but I was just too tired.




Had some couch potato time, was in bed by 11 pm. Was dead to the world until 9? 9:30? this morning.


Only one breakfast today:


Watched some TV while eating breakfast and finishing my grocery list. Then I ran out to do the shopping because Husband was going out for the evening and he needed the car. I think I headed out somewhere between 11 – 11:30 and got home around 2.

I had a protein drink:


While I put the groceries away. Then I took Frankie out for a walk.


While Frank nibbled on some grass, I worked on my balance – each foot on a different rock; he will pick the most awkward places to stop.

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He’s awful purty though, so I let him get away with a lot.

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Zappa was [im]patiently waiting in the yard.


When I took Frank in, there was a deer standing on a lawn across the street. Cars kept slowing down to look at it.


I brought Zappa out…


…and when we turned to go up the hill,we saw the deer had crossed to our side of the street.



It kept an eye on us, but did not seem particularly concerned. Zappa was quite interested in sniffing around where it had been though.



The deer moseyed it’s way up the hill…


…and Zappa and I went back to the house and out into the yard.

Still a couple of brave little flowers showing their colors.



Zappa decided to attack the tree. Poor tree.


Then he went to chew on some catnip.


Frank was just taking in the ambiance.

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When I went in Husband was ready to leave for the evening and I decided it was time to tackle my kitchen project of the day. I grabbed a LaraBar because I didn’t want to take the time to eat – this tends to happen on the weekends, I get busy and I put off eating. I never plan on it, it just happens.


Anyway, I made a pot of Marinara sauce and I made the Bean Balls from Veganomicon. The recipe calls for a 20 oz can of Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed, and says it should be about 3 cups.

All I ever see are 19 oz cans, and when I measured, it was two cups. So I scaled back the other ingredients a bit.

The recipe says to make the Bean Balls walnut sized, and that it should produce 12 – 15 Bean Balls.

I don’t know what kind of weird vegan math they are doing, but with my reduced recipe I got 27 bean balls.



By this time I was getting hungry. No wonder, since it was 5:30 and I hadn’t eaten a real lunch. I may have eaten a handful of Jelly Tots during my cooking…


But that was it. I decided to quickly get in my interval workout and then have supper.

I did 35 minutes on the treadmill, went back to the kitchen and threw some broccoli in the oven to roast. Had a shower, came back to the kitchen and took the broccoli out of the oven – it cooked faster than I thought it would.

Not being vegan, I would have had no problem putting cheese on my spaghetti & bean balls. However, I happened to find Nutritional Yeast while I was shopping today, and I’ve been curious about this whole “Cheeze” sauce stuff, so I decided to make that as well.

Sure seems like I worked hard for my supper today, but I finally had everything ready. Bean Balls with Marinara Sauce on Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Roasted Broccoli, and Cheezy Sauce. I made myself a little “mocktail” to drink as well.




I sat down to enjoy dinner with this little present that I bought myself today:


The verdict – I liked the Bean Balls. You would not fool anyone into thinking they are real meat balls, but if you like beans – which I do – they are quite tasty. The Cheezy Sauce I am not so sure about. It does have a vaguely cheese-y flavor. And that seems to be all I can think of to say about it.

So basically, I’m quite happy to replace my meat with beans, but don’t mess with the cheese. Please.



Pretty tasty little cookies. I had two and was quite content.

Enjoyed my movie, dinner and dessert. Then I had to do the dishes. That would be the down side of kitchen experiments – they do tend to make a mess.

Now it’s way past my bedtime. Good night all, hope you have a great Sunday!


"The" Merry said...

Frankly tee hee I agree with Zappa -- that tree was asking for it.

I couldn't quite see what the ST item was that you bought -- is the movie out on DVD already? Just in time for (the USian) Thanksgiving shopping :)

carla said...

LOVE how great you are now about the food pics.
Im totally gonna (TRY AND) emulate you on our thanksgiving with my new handheld.

and see if I can post from my handheld as well.

I know.
I think it shall be a dizzzaster too :)

solarity said...

Thank you for the virtual kitty walk. I enjoy them all, but this one was extra good. And Frank knows how nice he looks on a rock.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

JavaChick said...

Merry - Yes, that's the new movie. Came out last week. Long movie - good plan for a long weekend!

Miz - It's amazing how quickly the food blogging thing becomes a habit. Husband still shakes his head at me though; he seems to think I'm nuts.

Mary Anne - Glad you enjoyed the walk. And yes, Frank is very good at posing for the camera.

Sonya said...

I really love your photo essays. And I laughed a bit at your comment re: "Crazy vegan math", and strangely, didn't take offense.:-)

Your blog post has made me huuuungry!

JavaChick said...

Sonya - glad you weren't upset by my vegan math comment because I certainly didn't mean to give offense! I was just surprised by how different the actual yield was compared to what the recipe said to expect.