"Oh, I may be on the side of the angels...but don't think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock, The Reichenbach Fall

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vegetarian Pot Pie

Although I am not currently eating vegetarian, when I cook, I prefer to cook vegan.  It's simpler for me, and I don't worry as much about food going bad.  So, if I could cook at home all the time, I would definitely be vegan;  It is just getting to the point of cooking at home all the time.  But that is a post for another time.

Anyhow, it has been some time since I made a pot pie.  The recipes I used were Veggie Pot Pie and Classic Crisco Pie Crust

When the children were little, I used to make pot pie all the time, because I found it was a good way to get them to eat a variety of vegetables, without having to inspect them too closely!  Homemade pot pie is so much better than the store-bought stuff (and I always liked those!) - I can do a double crust the way I prefer.

First, the "innards" of the pie:  The filling turned out quite well.  I used the carrots, potatoes and frozen peas I had on hand, as well as onion. (If it doesn't have onion in it, I don't like it as well!)  Also when served, Brian added some Mrs. Dash to the servings - this was delicious, and did not add any extra sodium.  When I cooked the filling on top of the stove, I did have a little extra liquid, so I added an extra TBSP of cornstarch.  It still looked a bit too "liquid-y" but it turned out perfect! Oh, I did mince up the garlic, but I forgot to add it, and didn't realize this until it was in the oven. It tasted good without it.

Pie crust has always been problematic for me.  I can never quite get the consistency right.  It is either too wet and mushy or too dry.  Tonight, I erred on the dry side, and the raw crust simply did not want to hold together.  I think I need a pastry mixing tool, to do it up right (I seem to have lost mine, so I used a fork).  I will use this recipe again, and see if I can do a better job of the crust next time.

The good news is that Brian and Nicole liked the pot pie, and I have some left over for lunch tomorrow!  It's a win-win!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Some changes

I stopped being vegetarian for the time being.  I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.  I may try to be vegan again in the future.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Seitan pot pie

I got my cast iron skillet back and made a seitan veggie pot pie.  The crust is whole wheat, and on the whole, it is rather dry.  I think I will try a crust recipe with all purpose flour next time.  The filling was good, but there didn't seem to be quite enough of it.  Or the crust was too thick.  But it was still good.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels

<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25007056-the-day-i-met-jesus" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels" border="0" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1440096632m/25007056.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25007056-the-day-i-met-jesus">The Day I Met Jesus: The Revealing Diaries of Five Women from the Gospels</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/96732.Frank_Viola">Frank Viola</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1356717231">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This book fleshed out five women who personally, directly encountered Jesus. It looks at the Biblical events from the female point of view, particularly that of first century women. For all the progress we've made toward a more egalitarian relationship between the sexes, it is obvious that even in the most enlightened parts of the world, we have a long way to go. First and foremost, Jesus approached these women as human beings, created in G-D's image, and a delight to Him because of that. He also held the men who accused accountable for their actions, something pretty much unheard of in the first century CE. I think what stands out more than anything else is Jesus' love and his justice and mercy. Justice without mercy is brutality. Mercy without justice cannot exist. I felt I became closer to Jesus through these five accounts. Thank you to the authors for a wonderful read.
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Even if you are not Christian, this is a good read.  I think the one thing we sometimes forget is that, when we encounter Jesus, he offers forgiveness, but he also asks of us accountability for our actions.  We are called to be like him, and that scares most people.  Because it is personal.  It is not a political agenda, it isn't "those people" ruining society - we are called to PERSONAL ACCOUNT for what each of us does.  Jesus is, in fact, one scary dude.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chickpea and Broccoli Casserole

It has been a while since I posted.  I had gotten out of the habit of cooking at home, sad to say.  Well, I'm back with a vengeance... with Vegan With A Vengeance, that is.  Tonight's new recipe is Chickpea and Broccoli Casserole.  From what I can gather from the ingredients, it not only will taste great hot, but it will also make some great sandwiches.  So, anyway, I'm trying it.

Looks pretty good, I think.  I made the spicy version, adding onion powder, thyme and a  few red pepper flakes.  I think if I make it again, I will puree the chickpeas in my food processor.  I will also chop the broccoli a bit finer, as well.  That way, the consistency will hold moisture a bit better, and the final product will not be quite so dry.  I do like the taste of it, for sure.  I am thinking perhaps adding some water chestnuts, or perhaps a few chopped walnuts?  It is pretty filling, and I think one serving of this is pretty much a complete meal.