Posts Tagged ‘bbq’

Opposites, Old & New

March 18, 2011 5 comments

This week has been mostly leftovers… which is AWESOME because the weather has decided to be amazing 🙂

These two recipes are, just as the title says, opposites of each and one is a new-to-me recipe and one is a usual one. An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.

I found this recipe on The Food Network’s website, not on purpose though. We recently bought one of those really heavy dutch oven type pots and since we’ve only used it once so far I figured it was high time that we took it for another drive.

I found this by Googling “dutch oven recipes” and this looked like the best one. I was actually surprised at the number of recipes for breads!

It took a while to prepare this and the beef actually had to marinate over night. I was wary of the marinade since it was AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF RED WINE with just some crushed garlic. The beef was purple! Actually very yummy and you could only taste a tiny tiny bit of the wine after it was cooked.

I consider this to be a staple dish on my menu planning since I don’t need to look at any directions (or it could just be simple… that too!). BBQ Tofu (original recipe from the Veganomicon), steamed broccoli, and Israeli couscous flavored with curry powder.

I’ve finished up a whole bottle of this barbecue sauce just from making this! We can’t grill at our apartment complex because we have a charcoal grill (boo) so this is the closest I get to “barbecue.” I bet someone in the South is dying when I say that.

So there you have it! An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.


Hawaiian Sunday, Snow Monday

January 25, 2011 2 comments

After a full day of skiing on Saturday at Crystal Mountain (we actually had powder and got to use our sweet Groupons) the Sunday is usually filled with all of the errands that we weren’t able to get done before.

Sunday started off with breakfast at Northside Grill, where, apparently, it was Hawaiian Sunday. You could get some special things like pineapple juice and pancakes with pineapple, but I stuck with something a bit less Hawaiian.

Spinach Omelette, Hash Browns, & Toast

We spent Sunday by visiting my uncle in the hospital after breakfast. He’s been in the hospital for almost 14 months now and they think he should be able to go home finally in about 6-8 weeks. It was amazing to even see him sitting upright in a wheelchair.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with laundry, grocery shopping, the gym (!!!), and dinner.

Sunday dinner was BBQ tofu and Israeli couscous with zucchini and carrot.

Israeli Couscous with Zucchini & Carrots

makes about 3 servings

1 cup Israeli couscous, dry
2 cups water
1 zucchini, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat olive in a small pot over medium high heat and add in carrot and zucchini. Stir fry for a while then add in dry couscous. Incorporate well. Add water, bring to a boil, then back down to simmering.

Cook until all of the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir every so often so that it doesn’t stick. I added in some spices as well – granulate onion, red pepper flakes, and a bit of Lawry’s seasoning salt.


On the exercise front, I actually made it to the gym on Sunday to go running, which was my goal. I ran two miles, with speeds from 5.2 up to 5.7mph, then stopped to do some other stuff. I did crunches with the ten pound weight, dips, and pikes on the pilates ball and knee tucks. I finished up with another mile, making it three total miles. I am doing about 11:30 minute miles. Not terribly great, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a very speedy runner. I’d rather go for distance.

How is your week going so far? Are you managing to keep up with everything you’ve had planned for the week? I’ve got a Slow Food Huron Valley meet-up tonight at Silvio’s that I am super pumped about. They’ll also be talking about their trip to Terra Madre in Italy! Have a good Tuesday!

Proof of my Knowledge

January 3, 2011 2 comments

Tonight we (read: Tim) finally put the new battery into the Satillac (my sweet portmanteau of Saturn and Cadillac). however, I had some delusions of grandeur about what changing the battery would actually accomplish. Let me preface this with saying that I work in the automotive industry and at least my company does not manufacture car batteries. Below is proof of my knowledge of cars and how they happen to work.

Me: So, does this mean my car will heat up faster?
Tim: No, that’s not what the battery does.
Me: Oh, well does it mean that I won’t have to put it in neutral before it goes into drive or reverse?
Tim: Also not what the battery does.
Me: Does it at least mean I won’t have to be five feet away for the key fob to work?
Tim: ….(pause)….

dreams crushed

Anyways, today was a bit less productive than I had planned.
-go to the gym CHECK!
-finish laundry, fold & put away clothes IN PROGRESS
-clean up apartment JUST THE KITCHEN
-eat lunch at home CHECK!
-make a haircut appointment HALF CHECK

Apparently the Aveda teaching school has classes all day on Monday and only appointments from 5-9pm and I was not up for an 8:30pm haircut. I got one scheduled for tomorrow after work. I will not complain about $16 haircuts at all.

I’ve had to get back into the cooking feel of things since real life is starting again. Holiday shutdown is a totally different world. How often does one get eleven days of vacation?

Sunday night dinner was curry quinoa and roasted cauliflower. A pretty normal staple here in this house.

Today I was much too lazy to really cook for lunch. My normal lunches are work are leftovers and since most of last night’s dinner was eaten, I had to improvise.

Leftover quinoa, steamed broccoli, fried egg with red pepper flakes, tangelo (??), and cherry fruit leather strip. Very colorful!

Tonight were two recipes from the Veganomicon— BBQ Tofu and Stir-fried Greens. I had made BBQ Tofu many times before I got the book, but the recipe from the book always comes out better than my attempts. I also used up two potatoes that had been hanging around for a while to make some potato wedges. This is work lunch for tomorrow as well.

On a different note, as with most people my age, I have a lot of friends that I am not in contact with as much as I would like. I do always have my phone on me, which gives me access to my email, Facebook, and Twitter, but it is nice to receive letters and packages, especially when you are not expecting them.

That’s why I’m going to take part in the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters challenge from Katy at The Non-Consumer Advocate. I’ve got a couple of people picked out already 🙂

Not-so-lazy Sunday

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I don’t really do “lazy” days.

Today started off with breakfast at Northside Grill.

Two egg breakfast: scrambled eggs, hash browns, wheat toast.

Toast: a strawberry jam delivery device.

Came home, watched some Battlestar Galactica. Put in laundry, hung up laundry. Finished off the last of the pasta leftovers for lunch. Tim and I went to Wheels in Motion and to talk to the guys there about rebuilding the fork on my mountain bike.

Dinner was some more new things out of the Veganomicon. BBQ tofu, stir-fried bok choy & rainbow chard, corn.

The Ingredients

All Done

A Bit Closer