“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” — Voltaire
So…we went to Pizza Ranch yesterday (why is that so embarrassing to admit?). There’s been a longstanding rumor that Pizza Ranch has the best fried chicken in Minnesota. Even though we’re not exactly known for our fine Southern cuisine here, I’ve been pretty disappointed at the lack of good fried chicken. I won’t delve into the details of our mediocre dining experience but I’m now definitely very motivated and determined to make a fried chicken post very, very soon (even though I feel kinda gross). After a deep fried dinner, I always go on a 24 hour health kick because the grease just sticks and I end up feeling and looking languid. That’s why I made a quinoa salad with tomato, corn, mozzarella and lime juice for lunch.
Citrusy quinoa salads have always been my favorite lunch dish to eat after a night of deep-fried and greasy foods because there’s something about the acid, lime juice in this case, makes me feel invigorated (or something like that). The fact that it’s called a salad also makes me feel mentally and physically better and healthier as if I had made amends with my body for eating all those greasy/deliciously horrible things.
I’ve been MIA (what else is new). I’ve had some life changes and blogging unfortunately took a back seat. But I have so much material that I need to post, including yummy pics from my trip to Spain! I”m sure that I’m pretty much talking to an empty room at this point (HA!) but I appreciate those of you that take the time to read. Let’s celebrate food and life!
So the picture I took basically sucks so I deleted it…I don’t need to be showing up on Twitters list of struggle plates. But the meal was great! I used the “beef” that I bought from the health food store, veggies, and Trader Joe’s Red Thai Curry sauce. I seasoned the veggies and “beef” with thyme, bay leaves, spike (a vegetarian/vegan seasoning), and red cayenne pepper. So easy……so quick! Now, I’m not gonna lie and say “mmhmmm it tastes JUST LIKE beef” because it doesn’t. But it’s still good! It gives you a beef “essence” (HAHAHAHAH) and is a great alternative to tofu. I can’t wait to try the “chicken”!
10 years ago, food writers with staff jobs were able to earn $80,000 to $150,000 a year, and freelancers were regularly paid $2 a word; today, these jobs barely exist… Online, $35,000 to $60,000 a year and $.25 to $.75 a word is more like it… And the real problem with these figures is that they’re static – you don’t start at $40,000 and work your way up to $80,000. You either happily stay at $40,000, or leave and let the next young, bright writer take your spot. This $40,000 also comes with many fewer perks – no expense accounts and little travel budget. In 1998, the New York Times sent me to France for two weeks to find some stories. Today, this would be unimaginable.
A tale of over-supply, if there ever was one.
BLT with Tempeh bacon, arugula, tomato and veganise on whole wheat pita
I know, I know…GASP! TEMPEH BACON?! YUCK! But this really was a great sandwich and a healthy alternative to your regular SUPER fattening BLT. Again, I never lie and say that soy meats taste JUST like real meat…they don’t. But that’s ok they are still flavorful and a yummy addition to any meal. The tempeh gives the sandwich just a enough bacon flavor and the arugula is a lot more interesting than regular lettuce. I’ve been using arugula in a lot of things lately….eggs, salads, pasta, sandwiches…..gives everything a more sophisticated flavor.
So let’s talk about this veganaise. Now, unlike faux meat, I think that veganaise actually tastes exactly like mayonaise. I looked at the ingredients and it’s really only missing the egg other than that it’s the same thing….same flavor. I mean I guess you could tell the difference if you took a spoonful of each and compared….but who’s doing that? So, for the purposes of a sandwich or wrap, it works just fine in my opinion.
Try it out! You just might like it! :)
WAIT! That’s not meat!!!!!
I bought this “beef” and “chicken” from a health food store near my place, Watkins Health Foods. They have everything for your vegan and vegetarian needs! Anyway, my old roomate, who is vegan used to bring these veg chunks back from Jamaica and they were delish so I thought these might be similar. I used the “beef” in my dinner tonight. Pic and description to follow!