DO IT YOURSELF: Eggplant Curry (w/ A Celebrity Cameo)

It has been a little depressing getting into this whole vegan thing, because it feels like my eating world has been made a lot smaller. I mean, LA has a lot of vegan restaurants and everything, but the point of being vegan is to be healthy, not to go out and eat vegan versions of pizza and fried “chicken.” This is the story of the … Continue reading DO IT YOURSELF: Eggplant Curry (w/ A Celebrity Cameo)

DO IT YOURSELF: Lovely V-Day “Taste of SF” Meal (Feb 2014)

So the point of the previous SF post was to tee up this excellent Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s a tradition that Sam cooks up a wonderful meal with a surprise menu for V-Day, and this year I knew he had something major up his sleeve because for a WEEK ahead of the meal he retired to his next-door apartment almost every night to do secret … Continue reading DO IT YOURSELF: Lovely V-Day “Taste of SF” Meal (Feb 2014)

DO IT YOURSELF: Indoor Gardening

My dad has always kept a little edible garden in our backyard, and it’s been a fantasy of mine to have some food-bearing plants. (And also sweet peas, which are — surprisingly — not a food, but are very pretty flowers.) (Sometimes people find it weird that I use the word “fantasy” to refer to mostly food-related things. Platonic food-related things.) But I live in … Continue reading DO IT YOURSELF: Indoor Gardening

Do It Yourself: Mishap #3 — Overflowing Cauliflower Stew

Okay, I want to end this series of mishaps. Then I can move on to more important subjects. Like pizza. (And pizza mishaps.) Speaking of mishaps, I’m out of the ankle boot but still on orders to take it easy. The gastritis (I think) that the naproxen seemed to cause has cleared (I think), as has the cold/cough that hit me the day I got … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Mishap #3 — Overflowing Cauliflower Stew

Cookbooks for You & Yours

Well, today turned out to be unexpectedly shitty. (I feel that I must acknowledge this, lest I seem callous or clueless.) But I’ve been meaning to jot a quick blog about cookbooks, because they’re a great gift if you haven’t pulled together your gift list yet. And food/shopping for gifts is always a comforting distraction. Usually. I will openly admit that I tend to look … Continue reading Cookbooks for You & Yours

Do It Yourself: Mishap #2 — Sweet-Tooth Eggplant Sauce

Lately I’ve been trying to procure my favorite vegetables from weekend farmers markets, which leads to a lot of Sunday cooking. Sunday vegan cooking, more or less. Which is fine with me. I’ve also been a bit obsessed with eggplant and cauliflower. You’ll notice a bunch of dishes featuring those particular veggies. They’re a few of my classic favorites, but I’m also interested in the … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Mishap #2 — Sweet-Tooth Eggplant Sauce

Do It Yourself: Curry Roasted Cauliflower

I’m working from home today, and decided to attempt to make one of my favorite dishes from the commissary salad bar at work — curry roasted cauliflower. I had been planning on making this dish sometime this week, so luckily I had the ingredients all ready to go. Because I can’t drive, I’m in a walking boot, and it’s raining. The stuck-at-home trifecta. This wasn’t … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Curry Roasted Cauliflower