Comfort food for a different palate

Hello dear readers,  I am back. It has been a very topsy turvy few months and things aren’t settling down quite yet. I’ve decided to return to cooking. How often you will get a posting remains to be seen, but I do hope it is more than once in six months.

So. Comfort food. I’ve been turning to a lot of that lately. The ultimate comfort food for me is macaroni and cheese. However, I love the kind made from scratch. The KD kind will do in a pinch. The first of my two recipes is vegan.

If you’ve followed any of my previous entries, you will know I have a soft spot for avocados. So. Take two ripe avocados and mash them coarsely. Some pieces are good,  but you also want a creamy texture. To this add a half tsp of salt, a tsp of sugar, a tbsp lemon juice,  and a half tsp of chili pepper flakes. Once you mix this all together,  toss it with some pasta And olive oil. Enjoy warm. I promise it tastes delicious!

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The second recipe takes one package of ready made kraft dinner. To it, add some meat or faux meat of your choice,  vegetables,  and are you ready: a can of your favourite baked beans. A friend made this at one point and since then it has been my go to dish whenever I want comfort,  satisfaction,  and something cheap and quick to make.

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Egg salad with a twist

Today’s recipe comes from my love for egg salad. This recipe is a sure contender to the traditional egg salad Since all the ingredients in this are pulsed into a spread,you really could add anything.

Ingredients

1 chick’n breast or tofu crumbled
1 ripe avocado
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
I tbsp mustard

Put all of the above into a food processor and pulse till you have a desired consistency. You can eat.this with crackers, on toast, anything. You could add roasted mushrooms to this, anything really, that will pulse easily. You can also have some fun with flavours. I got a pair of flavoured mustards for the holidays as well, so I used pineapple mustard in this.

So, what flavours and combinations did you use? Leave them here!

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Avocado yuminess

Hello again!

Alright, so it’s been a week, and no post… sadness abound, I know…. Anyway, what would you say, if I told you I have 3 fabulous recipes for you… AND what would you say, if I said they could be tailored as vegetarian, vegan, or non-vegetarian? What if I added that you could probably make this stuff using whatever was in your fridge? Alright, now stop cheering (which I so know that you are), and sit down. Pay attention; this is important…

Recipe 1: Guacamole

Guac is a pretty simple recipe that all types of eaters like… it is easy to make, doesn’t have too many ingredients and it tastes pretty damn good with anything… This recipe will probably serve 2 as a snack or light meal (stay tuned for ideas on how to use it). This recipe is also, vegetarian, vegan AND raw! Eeep, sounds fun! Can you feel my bouncy excitement???

Ingredients

2 avocados

1/2 lemon – get a teaspoon of rind, and the juice – that’s what you’ll be using

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

Salt to taste

Directions

Chop the onion and tomato however large you like… they can be chunks, fine, whatever… If you’re like me, and onions make you cry, go for the chunky guac. Just as tasty. Now, just a quick note on avocados. You NEED ripe ones. Like seriously, you do… I’m going to reblog two blog entries that I have found on avocados that will help with determining ripeness and showing you how to scoop out the flesh of an avocado. I cannot stress this enough… unripe = yucky guac…

Other than that, use a food processor for all your ingredients. If you are lazy (like me), get a fork and go to town. Once your avocado is to the right consistency, add the other ingredients to the bowl. MIX! I know, so difficult…

So, now, your guacamole is done – that was mind boggling, wasn’t it… But, now, comes the fun part… how do you eat it? Well, use a spoon. Yeah, totally, it tastes fine on its own. Eat with chips… if it’s chunky, use your spoon to scoop it on, or if it’s smooth, dip it. Use it as a spread – amazing in wraps, or if it’s chunky, it can actually make the filling for a wrap…  Have it on toast for breakfast. Throw it into an omelette or on a pizza…

Now, what did I learn from this posting? I learned that you do not spell avocado as avacado…

Enjoy!

Make it and eat it in the same bowl… amazing!

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