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i produced a stunning chili last night. [09 Sep 2009|08:18am]
it was my first.

i adapted a recipe from veggie news or vegetarian times or somewhere like that.

poblano, yukon gold, yellow onion, red bell pepper, carrots, cannellini beans, red kidney beans, quinoa, cumin, oregano, paprika, sugar, garlic (i roasted it myself!), black pepper, chipotle powder, and... chocolate. i was hesitant about that last one ever since i made a super large batch of spaghetti sauce years ago in order to use up the infinite number of yellow squashes i had purchased from the farmers market and decided to put chocolate in there (i'm sure i had read this in a recipe). it was unfavorable and a killer eating all that sauce.

the recipe also called for strongly brewed coffee, but i couldn't go that far.

brian initially exhibited hesitancy over the chocolate and i told him i could make it without. then he had this meltdown that i should use one of the countless other chili recipes out there because leaving out an ingredient could make the chili explode and i did my best to soothe him.

then, i secretly put in one quarter of the amount called for and tasted as i went to see if it was approaching making me want to throw up. then i proudly announced to brian that there was chocolate in the chili and he had a meltdown that tasting chocolate in chili was really really going to upset him and i explained that there's chocolate in mole, people do this all the time and he said he's had chicken mole in mexico and it was disgusting and so, in order to soothe him, i lied and told him i had lied about chocolate in the chili and i secretly went into the kitchen and put the remaining chocolate and grater in the drawer and don't let me forget to take that back out of there so that i don't find it in a year and think that ttyki pooped in my utensil drawer.

then brian ate a couple of bites and i proudly told him there was chocolate in the chili and he STILL got upset even after telling me he liked the chili, because now he was going to be doing his best to taste the chocolate and i threw my hands way up in the air and sent some with him for lunch to see if he'll have to hold farts in at his desk all afternoon.

why is everyone foiling my seitan-making plans this week? central market was out of wheat gluten and it seems that whole foods has decided to stop carrying it. what on earth is happening to all the hippies around here?

i have to go buy a tie today. for a toddler. of all things. i must be spinning in my grave right now.
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today's agenda. [09 Sep 2009|04:57pm]
i thought you might like to know that today, i made the world's best batch of mushroom stroganoff with carrots and red bell pepper. i would say it is to die for, but it's vegetarian. no death necessary. it is being served with pasta shells and has a lovely kick of black pepper right in your face.

i had another of those salads after lunch. but this time, it had HOMEMADE SPROUTS on top. i simply cannot believe that i have managed to grow a plant. and can even eat it. i suppose i should eat them all before i have a chance to kill them. next up, i'll be seeing if the raw peanuts from the bulk bins are sprout worthy.

on the way home from school today, oliver told me he had gone down the slide forty times. and then, after seeing my starbucks bag containing a chocolate chocolate chip cookie, he told me he wanted some of my pound cake. forty? pound cake? who has this child been talking to to learn such crazy words? probably the same person who's got him pinching again.

i'm starting to feel like my life is nothing but a pile of unfinished projects. because it is. you should see this place. except, you shouldn't, because it's one big pile of unfinished projects. i can't even put the baby in her crib because it is currently being used as a receptacle for other things. we are a mess of a family, i tell you what. a mess.

brian wants us to party down tonight with beers and obama's congressional speech about healthcare reform. this is what my good times have become. do you remember the me of four and more years ago? i wonder if she's going out tonight.
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