October 25, 2010 by type1vegan
For some reason, I made Spaghetti and Beanballs from Veganomicon.
I say “for some reason” because, for me, spaghetti and meatballs are not a comfort food I was ever accustomed to. My mother used to make a meat sauce, but the meat would be loose in the sauce, cooked along with onion — never shaped into balls. I guess I just decided to make it because I love Veganomicon and trust it thoroughly, and also because I had everything I needed without going to a grocery store. I still had homemade sauce in my freezer, about two months old (and still good!) but, to tell you the truth, I supplemented it with some Newman’s Own sauce — the tomato and basil kind. Also, I had some leftover shallots and a green bell pepper picked by my ever-generous friend Jenn, so I chopped them into tiny bits and cooked them into the sauce just to veggie the dish up some.
It was good but not great. I’m not really sure why I made it, actually. Sometimes when I’m hungry I just cook what I’ve got all the ingredients for without thinking. Kids, think before you cook! If you’re not really into beanball-type things, don’t make them! It just doesn’t make sense. Still, I’ve eaten worse things — usually made by professional chefs, who, in my opinion, must suck at life to serve bad food professionally.
|For the record, that is vegan imitation Parmesan cheese, folks.|
While we’re on the topic of fake nostalgia, I accidentally bought celery. “Whattayamean you ACCIDENTALLY bought celery?” I mean that I thought a recipe called for it, but it didn’t. So I decided to use it as the ultimate vegan childhood snack — ants on a log.
OK, but I’ve got to confess: I never ate ants on a log in my childhood. I don’t think my mom knew about putting raisins on the celery with peanut butter. We only ever ate it without raisins. I know, I totally had a deprived childhood. But now, in my adulthood, I would never dream of eating the logs without the ants. And the celery I didn’t enjoy in this manner, I put into my freezer for eventual usage in some veggie broth, for I find that, because I so rarely buy celery, I’m always lacking it when I go to make broth. And it is absolutely essential for veggie broth.
Today is the birthday of my previously-mentioned friend Jenn, and tonight we are having a campfire gathering to celebrate. I’ve made her some Individual Heart-Shaped Galettes from Veganomicon because she is such a love-bug, I know it will make her cheery vegan heart grow three sizes. Although I suspect that her chest would explode if that were true because she’s already got a huge heart. Man, I love my friends. As I’m sure we all do.