Thursday, September 30, 2010

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (Vegan)

I found this recipe in the Vegan Lunch box book. We had all the ingredients on hand (except for the nutritional yeast) and we were able to whip this up with very little work. This soup warms the soul and its hearty and filling. Eat with Ezekiel bread. YUM! This only makes 6 cups. So you may want to double the recipe like we do.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

This warm, golden cauliflower soup gets just a hint of cheesiness from nutritional yeast. The soup is filled with potatoes, carrots, and cauliflower -- a great way to eat your vegetables!
makes 6 cups

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 6 cups)
1 TB olive oil
½ a small onion, diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 ½ cups potato, peeled and chopped
1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1 ¼ tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper, or more to taste
1 TB nutritional yeast flakes

Place the cauliflower florets in a steamer basket and steam until tender.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the potatoes, carrots, and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Simmer, covered, until the potatoes and carrots are completely tender (the potatoes should be falling-apart tender so the blended soup does not become gluey).

When the cauliflower is tender, measure out 2 cups of the florets and set aside. Add the rest of the cauliflower to the potato mixture.[We mixed all of the cauliflower into the potato mixture]

Remove from heat and purée until smooth [We used the immersion blender. Just be careful not to let it splatter]. Add the cauliflower florets, salt, white pepper, and nutritional yeast flakes. Cook on low-medium heat, stirring, until warmed through. Taste for salt and adjust as needed. Serve as is or sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The journey begins

I have decided to expand this blog to include more then just my crafts.
Although I have been living a somewhat idle life in San Diego, CA, our journey is about to begin. DH will be graduating from SDSU this December 2010 with a degree in Arts and the hopes of being a video game designer. We are not sure where we settle down and although strong roots are very important; we too must embrace and enjoy the process to fully appreciate our future home.

This is where I will write about the journey.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Damn Dog (3)

Notice anything wrong with this picture? Well, other then Tiana's lack of dress. ;)

That's right Damn dog ate her namesake's arm. She now looks like a pirate. Thankfully the 4.5 year old doesn't really mind. Cinderella narrowly escaped the jaws of death.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Damn Dog (2)

Damn dog ate my slipper. Thats right singular. She only eats the ONE slipper.

I've forgotten my slippers out on a few occasions, and each time she eats it when we leave the house. But why does she only ruin one?! Now my left foot is in heaven and my right feels like the ugly stepsister.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Damn dog (1)

She looks cute and innocent, but damn is she a pain in the rear. Her mom was a poodle/maltese and her dad was a yorkie/something. She is hypoallergenic so thats a big plus; I'm allergic to dogs. We got her in April and she was only 6 weeks old.
Since then, she has eaten so many dolls, princesses, toys, shoes etc. Really anything she could get her grubby little paws on. Yesterday we went out for 10 minutes, to get DD1's soccer uniform, and the dog got into the trash and enjoyed a poopy diaper. Thankfully dad made it home before I did and he cleaned it up. ;)
Some times I just got to laugh at the ridiculousness of the things she ruins. I'm going to now start documenting it.
I should have started this series a long time ago...