It’s getting cold in here.

October 10, 2009

You know what’s awesome? Waking up in a 50 degree room on a 30 degree morning with a 20-something degree wind chill.

In early October.

I’ve got major respect for the farmers who were still out there in the freezing cold at 8am to sell their produce. And I’m not even going to think about what two hard freezes in a row might mean for the rest of the farmer’s market season. But, once again, the weather didn’t ask me for permission to get ridiculous.

Anyway, there were some heat issues in our apartment. Namely, that the heat wasn’t on. We don’t control our own heat, so there are always a lot of really good times when it gets cold. While that was being dealt with, I took my mom’s advice and made a lot of use of the oven.

Tonight’s dinner was pretty awesome, and, as a bonus, heated up the kitchen pretty nicely.

lentil burgers with roasted purple fingerling potatoes and green beans

lentil burgers with roasted purple fingerling potatoes and green beans

I made these burgers with some leftover lentils and brown rice from earlier this week, along with some cumin, salt, pepper, and an egg. I based it on Bittman’s recipe (bean burgers are at the bottom), but with no oats because I had plenty of rice. I’ll definitely use some dry oats next time, though, for body and to absorb some of the moisture. Still, solid and super easy bean burger recipe. Crazy cheap, too. I’m intrigued by the nut-based burger recipe in that post, too.

I really love homemade veggie burgers, and these turned out way better than last time I tried a similar Bittman recipe. I’m still trying to replicate the elusive and delicious veggie burger at Local Burger in Lawrence.

On the side, I roasted purple fingerling potatoes and green beans at 400* for about 20 minutes. Before roasting (I let the oven preheat for a good long time), I tossed them with a few good swigs of olive oil, 3 cloves worth of minced garlic, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. This was my first experience with fingerling potatoes and I pretty much want to go out and buy some more right now. For one thing, they were bright purple. For another, they had the perfect skin to meat ratio.

To heat the kitchen up earlier today, I made some cookies from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan.

fig jam-print cookies

fig jam-print cookies

These have barley flour, oat flour, other good stuff, and the jam of your choice. I went for fig jam for that homemade fig newton effect.

I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’m going to go clean up the kitchen. For warmth.


Grillmaster

September 1, 2008

We ate the same thing that we always eat on holidays that generally involve cookouts: turkey burgers and sweet potato fries. Actually, sometimes we have veggie burgers instead of turkey burgers. But tonight, it was turkey all the way.

I really like these Ezekiel buns, but they severely limit my ability to finish a meal. I know you can’t actually even see the turkey burger, as it is dwarfed by 1) giant bun and 2) slice of giant tomato. The farmer’s market tomatoes have been so good these past few weeks. See how pretty and red?

I didn’t even bother making an additional vegetable, as I knew I didn’t really need more volume in this meal. I still managed to polish off the better part of a sweet potato, the burger and veggies, and maybe 2/3 of the bun. I basically feel like I’m going to explode, but I doubt that will stop me from eating this:

Homemade ginger/coconut/oatmeal cookies, courtesy of Donna. These are so good. I already had one and a half as a snack earlier. I got a lot of nice baking stuff as wedding gifts, and I think I need to start using them. Especially if it might mean cookies like these.

In the background is our newly clean desk. Or card table propped up by comic book boxes that serves as a desk. Whatever you want to call it. Matt cleaned it for me on Friday. Now I have a place to blog and eat cookies. Perfect.


I also ate dinner

May 24, 2008

I got so involved in sharing interesting things about myself that I almost forgot to post dinner:

Whole wheat fettucine topped with diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, spinach, mushrooms, and shrimp. With some roasted tomato and basil bread from the farmers’ market on the side:

Then I decided that I wanted cookies. So I made some of these.

They look huge here! I wish they were that big. Anyway, I had to cut way down on the chocolate chips because I was almost out. So I added a little unsweetened coconut to make up for it. Mmm. Cookies.


Tulips and stuff

April 19, 2008

The tulip festival in Wamego was awesome because I came home with:

  • coffee
  • tea
  • a giant box of cookies
  • the most expensive piece of jewelry I’ve ever purchased for myself

I took a picture of it, but it also captured my shadow and my pants, and I’m just not sure if I’m ready to take that step here. But it’s made out of typewriter keys.

On the way back, we stopped by our storage unit to get spring clothes and to frantically search for my spring and summer shoes, which I was sure were in there… somewhere. Matt looked through about 894 boxes and couldn’t find them and I was sad (read: secretly excited to have an excuse to buy all new shoes). Then we got home and I immediately found them in the closet. Oops.

There was more cheeseless pizza for lunch, and maybe a cookie or three. They’re big, too. I’m ashamed. Then, my mom and I ran errands and I tricked Matt into walking three and a half miles with me so that I could buy earrings.

Then I made this totally American dinner:

Turkey burger on one of those square bagel things I love so dearly, sweet potato fries, baby brussels sprouts. Also, another piece of cake for dessert.

Now, I need to go entertain my mom before she reorganizes the whole apartment.