Blogger is a total pain lately... oy..
First, sad news.. My cat, Lea is probably dead. She's been missing for a week and we've found out that 4 cats in our neighborhood have disappeared. I feel so sad and guilty... for several reasons... We got her and her brother out of a free litter. Luke was hit by a car a couple years ago and died. When we got them, we allowed them to go outside because we lived in a very safe neighborhood for cats.... so they got used to that. When we moved to our current town, 6 years ago, they were totally used to coming and going. Every time the door opened, they would bolt out... but would always come home. One night, Luke was killed... it was horrible for all of us... we tried to hard to keep Lea in, ,but she NEEDED to be outside.. if that makes sense... so we had a family meeting. We decided that we would allow her to go outside, but realized that her life would potentially end early if we did so.... and now we are paying for that decision. The only reason we allowed it, was because she HATED being inside all the time... we chose quality or quantity of life for her... and she died.... she was 9 years old. I am sad.. and as I said, I feel guilty.. but when I think hard of her and her sweet and curious personality, I think it was the right thing for her... but man, do I miss her. My computer is not set up due to the work being done in my room, but when I get it back, I will post her picture.
Rest In Peace, sweet Lea..... we sure loved you and will miss you so much.
I love my marinara sauces.. I make several versions... this one had tons of garlic, rosemary, oregano and dried red peppers.. infused with extra virgin olive oil... I did this over low heat for around 30 mins.. then added onions, shredded carrots, zukes, yelllow squash and around 4 cups of basil.. oh and 6 lbs of canned tomatoes.. and a splash of balsamic vinegar... We love this sauce.
I put together this quick eggplant casserole using the sauce... this is before it has been baked. It will probably sit for a day before I bake it. Basically, it is sauted eggplant, basil tofu "ricotta" and the sauce.. I will bake it for 45 mins or so and top it with some shredded cashew cheez from the freezer.
For breakfast, I had a baby spinach salad with pumpkin seeds, red bell pepper, tomato, avocado, tempeh bacon, sprouts, shredded carrots and homemade "Goddess" dressing.. it's funny, because I've been making a sesame based dressing for a while now and it tastes so much like the commercial "Goddess" dressing.. I use toasted sesame seeds instead of the tahini.... and it's sooo good!