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I don't know whether to put this in food_porn or failed_recipe, so I'll just put it here.

For various reasons, we decided we wanted vegan tonight. First, it's traditional to eat non-meat on Thursday so you should be hungrier for meat on Friday night. Second, we'd been eating a fair bit of meat this week, and 3rd, the fish stores were closed or questionable today. 4th is that I didn't want to bother changing the kitchen two days in a row. Changing the kitchen means washing up whatever is in the sink, putting it all away, then switching dishdrainers and sink ranks. Even with a clean sink and dishdrainer, it's a pain. It's easier to just make vegan on my meat utensils.

Some people do keep their kitchens dairy as default. I keep mine meat. And others have two separate sinks so it's just not a problem either way.

My dream kitchen has two separate sinks. :)
I need a better vegan repetoire. At this point, it's variations on stir fries with tofu or on curries. Last time, I made tofu (very yummy, btw - using julienned carrots and portobello mushrooms.) So, this time I planned on a curry. To that end, I purchased an onion, a can of chickpeas, a package of frozen peas and a fresh cauliflower.

It wasn't until I started cooking that I realized I'd gotten a head of lettuce instead. *Rolls eyes.*

So I had a pot of onions saute'ing in vegetable oil (I've been doing some of my cooking with vegetable oil instead of olive oil. I'm finding it makes some dishes taste brighter.) with what I thought was too much curry powder dumped in. This particular one is made by a friend of mine and is not available in stores. It's more sweet than hot, but it does have a nice amount of heat.

And I have no main vegetable, and I really don't want to run to the store or send my husband out for a cauliflower. And I don't even want to think about iceberg lettuce curry.

So I go to my freezer. And there are two bags opened bags of frozen broccoli and a third of a bag of frozen spinach. So. I dump them in with the onions and curry powder, and then I add the drained chick peas. I keep the peas in the freezer. I also cook up some brown rice in my rice cooker.

I love my rice cooker.

As soon as the veggies are hot, I turn off the heat. I turn up briefly to reheat them just before dinner. My husband? Eats thirds.


My current favorite cookbook is Vegan Planet. Everything in there is tasty and no more complicated than it needs to be. For Christmas, jacquez got me this one, which looks really good, though I haven't tried cooking from it yet.

I just bought Zen Temple Cooking. Simple, elegant recipes, and the cuisine is completely vegan. What I like best is it's separated by season, so I can pick fresh foods and immediately go to a recipe. Also, there is a "year-round" chapter on things like rice and pickles. I really love this book, and I'm planning on ordering several copies for friends.

more pareve options

Sounds like a success for me!

If cooking with the pareve cheese works (I've never tried), you could also try tofu-and-black-bean enchiladas. This works well for me as a dairy dish, and it's something that isn't stir-fry. :-)

Fried rice, with veggies and scrambled egg (tofu optional), also works well. (Pareve but not vegan, of course.)

I also sometimes make shakshuka as either dairy or pareve. Chop onions and soften in oil, then add chopped red (bell) pepper, then chopped tomatoes w/salt & pepper, then (optionally) a little shredded cheese (I use cheddar), let cook down, then poach eggs in this.

I'm not a huge curry fan,as I generally survive on rice, pasta, fruits veg and cheese. But .. your icon makes me want to eat it everytime I see it. It remeinds me of back when the Fort Howard VA hospital was still operational and there were ALWAYS nurses who picked a whole bunch of blackberrries on their break and then packed us off with half the bowl when we dropped the patient off.