Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I had a bad fall on Sunday morning.. I was taking my dog out to do her business and it was raining. I had flip flops on and fell down the outside stairs. I litereally could not get up.. but fortunately my lovely dog alerted my son and husband and they came and helped me. She's such a great dog. I have a huge bruise on my right bum... and yesterday actually thought I had cracked a rib, but it's much better today. I have not been able to sleep because of the pain.. but it does seem to be letting up just a bit today... so there is hope!

I've been managing to do some cooking.... because I can't stay comfortable in one position for long.. everytime I have to get up, I cook and clean the kitchen. I'm glad I had a stocked fridge though... it has made life easier. Sunday I did nothing, yesterday I made some great mock cream cheese, hummus, more bread, salad and shredded cabbage. I started some sprouts last night and soaked some soybeans for milk/yogurt/okara... This morning I made 3 batches of soymilk (pure soymilk this time) and turned 1 quart into yogurt, and have the rest chilling in the fridge... I saved the Okara to use for my first homemade batch of tempeh! That is in my oven right now. I have no idea if it will take or not.. I don't have a thermometer. I hope that it does take though because okara will be much easier to use for tempeh than the whole soybeans and the de-hulling process and all that. oy.. We'll know by Friday if it took. .. I fried up the okara bacon burgers.. they are so good. I love them. Oh.. and yesterday I made some pina coloda sorbet (made from homemade soymilk, frozen pineapple, cococnut extract, stevia, lemon juice and frozen bananas.. blended it in the vitamix then put it in the ice cream maker)..

back today.. I prepped 2 quarts of refrigerator pickles.. one with brussel sprouts, one wiht cukes. Both with lots of garlic, onions, spices and dried red pepper flakes. I am going to pickle some jalapenos next.
I also finally rehydrated some "chicken" tenders that have been sitting in my pantry forever.. I konw I won't like them, but my youngest son and husband did.. I marinated them and then fried them in cast iron and coated them in wing sauce, garlic powder, pepper and earth balance.. I decided to use the rest of the seitan that way too... hopefully, they'll eat it up.. I'll probably use some on a salad.. I could maybe stomach it that way. I am still not a fan of seitan or many fake meats. I like fake bacon.. and my homemade bean or tofu or nutburgers, but I just don't like the texture of meat.
I steamed 3 lbs of broccoli, 1 lb of green beans and 1 lb of snow peas and topped it with mustard vinaigrette.
Basically, I did all of this while watching TV... I had to rest a bit on the couch, but couldn't stay on my left side forever, so I'd get up and putter around for 20 minutes and when that got uncomfortable, I'd sit down.. I spent many hours like this...
I hope I feel better soon... and I really hope I can get some sleep tonight.

I went to see my cranial sacral lady today... and I know she has done some good.

My oldest son has been gone for a week and I'm really starting to miss him. He'll be home either Thursday or Friday. I can't wait to see him!


  1. Oh good grief! Glad to hear you’re healing up a bit. Funny thing is you are still 10 times more productive in the kitchen than I am even when you’re gimpy. lol

    Good luck with the tempeh, hope that works out. BTW, that habanero sauce sounds awesome! I might have to give that a try sometime, I love hot sauces

  2. Oh no! Has anyone offered to kiss your boo boo yet? Just kidding. Sending heal quick thoughts your way!

    I am looking forward to hearing of your tempeh results! This is something I have never tried.

  3. oh, melody! sorry to hear that -- please take care. also anticipating the tempeh!

  4. Melody, you are so funny! "Well, I fell down and couldn't get up, but I managed to cook a hundred things anyway." Tee-hee!
    As the kids I nanny for would say, that sounds like a "big ouch!"

  5. so sorry tohear about your fall. glad your doggie called for help & that you're on the mend.

  6. Wow, you're making your own tempeh?! That's ambitious. Your pina colada ice cream sounds good, too.

    Glad you didn't break anything. Must be your strong vegetarian bones. :)

  7. oh man
    that sounds bad! You're up and moving around already? Be careful!


  8. Sorry to hear about your fall. Even in pain, you're much more productive than I would ever be!

    Homemade mock cream cheese? That sounds interesting...

  9. Oh Melody! So glad it wasn't more serious than it was. Dogs are the greatest though, aren't they?
    And, for someone in pain, you're certainly doing a lot. Sit down and rest girl!

  10. You do more injured that most people do without falling down stairs and being bruised!!! How wonderful is your dog calling for help??? Everything sounds great, let us know how the tempeh works out...

  11. MELODY! Oy, oy, oy! i'm sorry about this happening to you! What a great dog ot come to your aid that way. I love yer pup!! Like Lassie from the old days...

    You are such a worker, doing your best to get back cooking and all that. Please take it easy on yourself, please.

    Hope you got a good night's sleep and that your recovery comes swift, full and with no complications!


  12. Oh no! That's terrible. I'm glad your wonderful dog was around to help, though. Get better soon!

  13. P.S. I'm so jealous that you're making tempeh from scratch. I can't wait for the post about it!

  14. I could use some Tempeh tips! And help with my sprouting!!!

    Hope your son has a safe trip back.

    Continue to heal up! The ladies at Veggin' are thinking of ya!

  15. Wow! Mel, you continue to amaze me. I want your energy and talent in the kitchen. Get well soon!

  16. Sorry to hear about your fall. That must be a bummer. Dang those flip flops!!

    I can't believe you have gotten so much done - great job! I'm interested in hearing how you do mock cream cheese. Also - what do you use for fake bacon?


  17. ohmygod!! i'm so sorry!! I hope you're okay...that sucks too. i hate falling...i look like a doof.

    thank God for your baby...xoxoxo

  18. ouch! that sounds horrid. And, talk about weird, I too had a freakish flip flop fall on Sunday! I was checking out a view and on my return to the car, had to navigate a tiny, dusty hill. I don't know how but I slid, twisted my ankle, and scrapped up my knee, my ankle, and my toes. My ankle is still fat and ugly and ...boy... did it ever hurt! I'm going to be much more sympathetic with the kids scrapes from now on.