Waiting on photos. See beginning of this blog in last update below.
Pizza omelet. Two eggs shaken with about 2 tbsp flour, a little oil, a little milk and put into a smoking hot pan (not nonstick or teflon) and cooked until cooked on top but not turned or browned. Tomato paste, salsa with a little water to form a spreadable mix and then cheese, and because it is a pizza oregano and, for good measure, thyme. Covered and cooked on low flame until the cheese melts.
Fruit Quarter-Cookies. Cut out with the cap of a plastic orange juice bottle after mixing the cookie dough made of cake flour, water, salt (or not), jam (blackberry or any other fruit jam), sugar, oil, more flour, and more flour until it was dry enough to hold together for rolling with the vinegar bottle. ‘Baked” on top of the stove with oil in the frying pan. Did not cover. Cooked very fast on low flame.
Tempeh Roll. Tempeh (fermented tofu). “Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins compared to tofu, as well as firmer texture and stronger flavor. Tofu, however, is thought to be more versatile in dishes. Because of its nutritional value, tempeh is used worldwide in vegetarian cuisine; some consider it to be a meat analogue.” “…The soy protein in tempeh becomes more digestible as a result of the fermentation process.” See the full Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh With the addition of a slice of cheese, catsup and chili sauce on a hotdog roll, it was very tasty. These are not supposed to be ideal meals – just what I suddenly feel I need and haven’t been getting. Like my putting off going to the store for a full week after I should have gone. Like apple and banana (vitamin B6, C, potassium) in the salad, and with olive oil in the garbanzo bean hummus (high in molybdenum, manganese, folate and dietary fiber with trypotophan, protein, copper, phosphorus and iron to boot.
Breakfast plus Lunch Combination. The breakfast together with lunch provides a good basis for a healthy day. The lunch: A large green salad, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, in a sweet potato and pea mix stir fry again with Tempeh. The breakfast: An egg, 2 slices of whole wheat toast with raspberry and citrus jams, a lassi (a popular Indian drink made with yogurt according to Wikipedia) when I returned from the store, and orange juice to wash down a Brewer’s yeast tablet with B12 added. I figure I’m well taken care of. If anyone wants to add that up and tell me what I’m lacking, I would be very happy to hear.
Hot dish. And I mean hot. Put enough chili sauce, hot paprika and pepper in there to totally finish me off. Two small canisters of tomato paste, canned crushed boiled tomatoes, onion, eggplant all boiled together before adding the tomato paste and ‘crushed’. Drained well. If you were sleeping, this will wake you up. Accompanied by a green salad, of course. With what else? Russian dressing, which was put into the thousand islands jar by mistake. You wonder what else they put in there by mistake.
Breakfast number 26347. This is just to display the art in cooking as opposed to the ‘of’. Also to show the source of so many of the needed vitamins and minerals we sometimes do not get. Aside from the egg and cheese of course, there are the sunflower seeds giving vitamin E 90.5% Daily Value, vitamin B1 (thiamin) 54.7, manganese 36.5, magnesium 31.9, copper 31.5, tryptophan 31.3, selenium 30.6, phosphorus 25.4, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 24.3, folate 20.5, plus the banana slices for B6, C, potassium, manganese(only 10% of daily value). Most of these things only give partially what you need on a daily basis and with small servings, even less. But it’s a start. Got the whole day ahead of me, and some of these vitamins and minerals I won’t see again, so anything is good. But the sunflower seeds should not be underestimated for 1/4 of a cup gives all of the above.
Reality. Thought I would show you reality. Theses were so good that I didn’t even taste the bottom, or is it that I am used to charcoal after all my cooking. Anyway, these are etrog (citron or marmalade) walnut cookies made with buttermilk pancake mix (any cake flour will do). No water, just a little oil, and the marmalade and mixed in until have a dough which can be picked up but not fall apart. Rolled into a ball in dry flour and then the walnut put down on top. Baked until the bottom is burned, or not if you can help it. Really doesn’t ruin the taste and who knows, charcoal might do you a world of good. I would have to eat all of the cookies to get my walnut delivered Omega-3 for the day. So I just had some walnuts on the side. Was great with a cup of coffee.
Banana Peet. For those who never can get their pancakes really done, or for those fresh out of propane and/or electricity, or just in a hurry. This is the breakfast for you. Take a pita. You know that it is fully baked. Put it in a bowl or the frying pan and pour boiling hot water on, covering it for about 12 seconds. Pour off the water and mash the pita adding half a banana, some trailmix or such (optional), raisins (optional), a little bit of cinnamon and sugar. With syrup, it’s quite good. Or, flattened out and fried is an option. But remember, banana does not fry well without some oil added to the mix and plenty in the pan. The best way around this is to flatten it and put it in dry flour to coat it, before frying.
Success Salad. Emphasize your best qualities. Everyone has eaten apples, nuts, banana in a salad before. But when you have color, layout and texture which attract, and the presentation of things which go together in the mind and palate even when they are not together to obliterate the landscape, then you have success. Success is allowing people to draw the lines without drawing them yourself.
Cherry Tomato Tempeh Stir. Ninety nine percent of the population have never heard of, much less seen, Tempeh. Well, there it is fried to a golden toast, together with cherry tomatoes and spices. With a slightly sweet chili sauce and a glass of wine, this is a winner. Tempeh by the way is a full protein, much easier to digest than soy because it has been fermented, and has all of the aminos due to the fermentation process. It is eaten throughout Asia as a substitute for meat. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=126 The world’s Healthiest Foods site gives a complete rundown on it.
Also, there is also an excellent site giving history, health, technical info, books and FAQ also has over 100 recipes (meals, soup and drinks, salads and spreads, snacks, and Indonesian). These are full recipes and not like mine. You can actually make them http://www.tempeh.info/. I guess with my recipes, you really have to be able to ‘wing it’ to really have any success. Plus, it is necessary to have the ability to eat burned, unbalanced, indeterminate, but colorful although questionable combinations, and still really enjoy it.