Mittwoch, 30. Januar 2008

Roasted Vegetables and a huge clove of garlic

After Jennifers post reminded me of what I had wanted to do for a very long time, I piled together the leftover vegetables sitting in my fridge, sprinkled them with olive oil, a chopped onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, salt & pepper and a mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds along with pine nuts and popped them in the oven (20 minutes on 350°F). They are almost done and my apartment smells so fucking good! I swear I could eat the air!!!


I was rather surprised when this abnormal big clove of garlic fell into my hands. I've never seen one this big.

Next to the regular size it's like a baby clove of garlic chasing his mama. ("Look it's like a baby caterpillar chasing it's mama!" - Chandler on Joeys mismatching eyebrows). As you probably don't know yet I am seriously Friends obsessed. Well, you do now! ;)


Jennifer hat gesagt…

Roasted veggies are awesome. Not only are they super simple, they make your apartment smell SO GOOD. I felt that I could eat the air the other day as well, and will be roasting veggies again very soon. What a wonderful way to eat veggies in the winter. I'll still roast veggies in the summer, but not as much, as the Farmer's Market will be back and have a huge variety of fresh produce in abundance which taste fine all on their own and having the oven on in the summer kind of sucks.

That garlic is a bit scary! Think it's genetically modified? Haha! Brett got a bell pepper at the store awhile back that was conventionally grown and it was the biggest pepper I had ever seen. I was actually a bit scared to eat it, and thought for a second about getting rid of it. Something about its size and uniformity didn't sit right with me. So organic bell peppers it is until our lovely Farmer's Market opens back up.

A Friends fan, eh? That was, perhaps, one of the only American sitcoms wortha shit, you know, that was actually funny. We have The Office now, which I suppose to some people is funny, but we stole that from Britain. American style TV now consists of reality and really bad game shows. I don't have much use for TV, except to watch the occasional football game. And yes, I am a vegan peacenik, and I do like football. A contradiction I know, but it makes me interesting I guess. I'm also a health nut who smokes, so go figure.....

Jennifer hat gesagt…

Oh, and I love that you have a 'currently reading' element on your page. I love to read, and think I'm just gonna have to steal your idea and put a currently reading section on my blog as well.


Lizzy hat gesagt…

Oh, I hope not! But seriously, I held this in my hand staring at it, "What the HELL is this?" ha ha.

Oh yay, you should do that =)
I always love to see what people are reading.

My TV is broken and I really don't give a crap. But like you said: either there's nothing airing but trashy TV Shows/reality shows or the news and they can be so damn depressing. The only thing I enjoy every once in a while is documentaries. But most of the time they are about Hitler& the war and I've honestly seen more than enough of those.
All I do is watch my Friends/The Nanny/Scrubs DVDs back and forth =p
Ohhh I feel so much better now. I smoke, too ;)
But ever since I started a vegan diet my craving for cigarettes seemed to have vanished a bit. Who knows, maybe I'll give it up after all.

Jennifer hat gesagt…

Ha! I love documentaries as well, and generally download them from the internet and just watch them on the computer.

Do you think all the Hitler documentaries have something to do with your living in Germany? I wonder this, 'cause I remember the History Channel (when I still had cable many moons ago) seemed to have a pretty big Hitler/WWII obsession as well. Can't we let this shit go? There is plenty of bad stuff going on now we can focus on, and just remember history for what it is TRULY useful for, which is to look at so as to not repeat the same mistakes again - though this is never really how history is viewed. We just think its quaint.

Nice to meet a fellow smoking vegan. I too hope to quit someday. Wasn't it Mark Twain (he is famous here in the States, but I assume he is known of worldwide) who said something along the lines of "I can quit smoking, I've done it a million time"? Haha, I understand that one.

ChocolateCoveredVegan hat gesagt…

Oh wow, I would LOVE the recipe! That would be sooooo wonderfully sweet of you :o). I give out recipes from cookbooks too from time to time—if the recipient of the recipe makes the recipe and likes it, he/she oftentimes goes out and buys the cookbook! Also, I recently read in Vegnews magazine that it’s perfectly ok to give out cookbook recipes as long as you aren’t doing it for profit.

Speaking of recipes, here’s the mashed cauliflower recipe in case you ever want to try it:

1 head cauliflower or 1 bag frozen cauliflower
1 veggie bouillion cube
Salt and pepper to taste
1 or more cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Dash of chopped parsley (can be dried parsley)

1. Cook the cauliflower until it’s fork-tender and drain well (or, if it’s frozen, just defrost and then drain).
2. Place all ingredients in a food proessor (crush bouillion cube first). Run on high until consistency of mashed potatoes. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl a couple times to prevent lumps.

I would think that a vegan diet would be great for helping alleviate symptoms of Diabetes because it’s such a healthy diet. But I hope your boyfriend’s results come back negative! My best friend’s ex-boyfriend had Type-2 Diabetes, and he ate a very healthy diet to try and improve his symptoms (he wasn’t a vegetarian or anything, but he still ate lots of veggies and not many sweets or processed foods—definitely no ice cream!).

Your roast veggies look so comforting. Guess what I am having for dinner… ROAST VEGGIES! Hehe I love them so much!

PS-- I used to be OBSESSED with Friends! I could quote every line hehe. So it's great to know another Friends-afficionado :o)

Cookiemouse hat gesagt…

That sure looks good. I also love roasted veggies and can never get enough garlic so that big clove would be just right for me.

ChocolateCoveredVegan hat gesagt…

Oh thank God about your boyfriend! That's such good news! I didn't want to scare you yesterday, but my friend's ex-boyfriend has had a really hard life since he developed Diabetes. And one day he had a seizure at my friend's parents' house and her dad had to give him CPR! So I'm soooo glad your bf doesn't have to go through any of that!

I'm looking forward to seeing which cupcakes you've chosen to make first. Isn't it hard to choose?!

Yes, you can go ahead and send the recipe to my profile email :o). And if you ever want a recipe for anything from any of the cookbooks I have feel free to ask!