Sunday, December 02, 2007

Comfort food

I like to cook some of my kids favorite foods so they can easily re-heat them when I'm not there. We are supposed to get a big storm tomorrow and what goes better with a snow day than comfort foods? The Good Stir Fry. Their all time favorite food. I've posted many pics of this dish on this blog, I'm sure. It is more of a stew than a stir fry, but it was given that name years ago by my kids, so the name stays. Spicy coconut/ginger/garlic broth with potatoes, tofu and green beans pairs perfectly with brown rice, lime and cilantro... and of course, Siracha. I made a huge batch with 2 containers of tofu, 2 lbs of green beans and 3 potatoes. They will probably kill it off in 3 days.
Vegan alphabet soup. Again, you've seen this many times... and the recipes for this soup and the stir fry are in the blog.. just do a search if you're interested in them. When I was a girl, the canned version of this was a huge junk food splurge for my mom and was an all time fav. I like my version better.
Tofu and veggies in a mushroom/nutritional yeast gravy. Topped with potatoes.
Unfortunately, I didn't make quite enough potatoes to cover the dish as I would have liked, but it will still be good.
Pressure cooked Chili Beans... They can be mashed and turned into refried beans or eaten as is over rice. I also made a big pot of brown rice. I took a quarter of the beans home with me. They are delicious.
Huggies. Perfect Huggies
I have a day off from work tomorrow because of the storm. I still may go into the lab if the weather permits. Last night, I photographed a Semi-Formal dance at a high school. It was a lot of fun. It was amazing to see how grown up the girls looked compared to the boys.

15 comments:

  1. I'm drooling over the chili beans. I find beans, in a big bowl, maybe a bit spicy, to be so comforting!

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  2. I hope you are enjoying your day off! I have been reading backwards to find out what has been happening in your life. Food looks good, and the beach apartment sounds pretty awesome. Sometimes transition can be hard, I wish you tons of great food and relaxation to ease the change. Hugs to you.

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  3. Wow, talk about the perfect comfort food!! That Good Stir Fry, Alphabet Soup, Tofu-Vegetable-Potato dish, and the Chili Beans look delicious!! And that photograph of your son and Jorda is so lovely/heart-warming :0)

    How fun that you got to take pictures at the semi-formal dance - haha, yeah, the guys always look younger than the girls, in high school :0)

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  4. Hey Melody! you may be missing your window, but your pictures are still awesome! (And the food looks great, especially the "stir-fry"...

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  5. I've said it before and I'll say it again: you have lucky kids.

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  6. Those chili beans look fab! So does the soup & stir fry.

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  7. Oh, I could use all that comfort food right now--and a hug from Jorda. (Love her sweater)

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  8. COmfort food is definitely the best kind. Has the snow ended for yall up there yet?
    Wow, a high school dance, I'll bet that was pretty amusing :-)

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  9. Hi Melody!

    Love to see that comfort food- love your alphabet soup- yummy as always.
    Also love your babies there- pic of son & pups is adorable.

    Glad to hear you are doing well- hope you are getting a bit of relaxation time in...

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  10. everything looks so good! your pictures are fantastic. what a cute dog, too!

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  11. All this looks great, I've been eating lots of soup lately. We got slammed with a ton of snow and there is more on the way tonight and Saturday :( At least it's Chanukah and we can light candles and eat fried things, makes things a little better.

    Love that picture of your son and Jorda!

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  12. Anonymous2:05 PM

    That stir fry soup looks so delish!!! All of the dishes look good. I really like cilantro and should use it more in my recipes.

    Traci Lynn

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  13. All of that food looks delicious, especially the chili beans! Mmmmm.

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  14. Aw, that last photo is so adorable. All your food looks awesome, Melody. I could go for some good stir-fry right now...

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  15. I was just reading about your marriage break up. That is so tough. I find it interesting to see how everyone else is doing things (with their kids and living situtaions) as my parents have recently decided to get a divorce. My mom just moved into her new apartment today and is cooking for 1 too. My mom wanted to stay with all of us, but I think it upset my dad too much. I am moving in with her tomorrow. Things seem to change everyday!

    Well anyway, your food looks delicious. I will have to make a special trip to go to your resturant when it is opened. I always am amazed that I can find new vegan food blogs and cookbooks, there is so many!!!

    Also, I wish I knew 16 year old boys so excited by tofu scramble. That would make me a very happy little vegan :)

    herbivious.blogspot.com

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