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Rube April 13, 2009

Posted by tuimeltje in dessert, food.

You know what? You’re going to get a proper food post, pictures and all.

This weekend we celebrated my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary, and after the get-together at the party centre my parents, one of my siblings and I stopped by my grandparents’ house to drop off some stuff.
They have a lovely garden and while they’re no longer able to maintain it themselves, they take much pride in it still so I love to ask them about it and get the tour whenever I visit. For as long as I can remember, and probably a long time before that, my grandparents have grown edible things in their garden. Their old garden had a little greenhouse, fruit trees and bushes, and a few beehives. Their new garden doesn’t have quite as much as the old one, and currently doesn’t have quite as much as it once had due to changed dietary habits, but it still has some fruit trees and bushes and a few rhubarb plants.
When my grandma was giving me the tour, I noticed the rhubarb plants. Not being 100% sure they were rhubarb, I asked my grandma for confirmation, which lead to her telling me to yank out a good few stalks to take home, and make sure to take the nice and thick ones.

I’m not sure I’ve quite got the hang of the new image gallery feature here, but you should be able to see the loot on one of the pictures. There’s another picture of the chopped up rhubarb in the pot, which just looked so pretty! Reminded me of some kind of sweet, with it’s slight shine.

There’s also a picture of the rhubarb greens. I considered making something with them, but then I read that they’re supposed to be poisonous so I gave it a miss. Now I’m just sorry I don’t have some kind of compost heap I can chuck them at.

I boiled it down, which was quite quick and made the flat smell lovely. As you can see on one of the pictures, I let it boil a little too much. It looks pretty, though. With all those stalks, I had expected a fair bit of rhubarb mush but it ended up being just two of those little containers. I don’t have time to eat any of it now, so I stuck it in the freezer for later use. What I did do was pour a bit of the juice/syrup in the smoothie I was making siince I didn’t have any other juice or notmilk. Though I only put in a little bit, I could taste it quite well.

This whole rhubarb adventure made me a lot happier than I expected and makes me wish I had a garden of my own. Those things are probably very easy to grow.


Not That Nice July 31, 2008

Posted by tuimeltje in administrative, dessert, non-food veganness.
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Today, I decided to have dessert before dinner. Or just have dessert. I’ve not actually made dinner yet, since I’ve not actually done the dishes yet. It’s possible, even likely, that this won’t happen at all today.

A while back, when my boyfriend was over here, we had some basic vanilla soya ice cream with crumbled chocolate country cookies (cheap oaty-biscuits with little chocolate pips). While I’m not too crazy about either food on it’s own, mixed up they’re actually quite nice and I’ve been thinking of making it again. So after work today I stopped by the supermarket. The organic one, not the general one Dice and I went to before. The one which doesn’t have those chocolate country cookies but does have small containers of ice cream rather than the .5l ones. But no longer the vanilla flavour, apparently. Since I didn’t want to try strawberry-chocolate not-country cookie, I went for chocolate instead.

Molten and crumbled, all mixed:

While it wasn’t that bad, it wasn’t as nice as the version Dice and I had earlier. Not sure why, really. The biscuit was the sort without beet or cane sugar, but I’m not that much into sweet foods so that should make it better, not worse. And I didn’t expect the different flavour ice cream to make that big a difference, either.
To be honest, though, the earlier version was only tasty for a bite or two, three at best. After that, it was just cold sweet stuff with biscuit bits. I noticed that with sorbet as well, not too long ago. Someone very kindly got me some recently, and while it tasted lovely at first, it soon stopped tasting like anything beyond “sweet”.

Completely switching gears here, I would like to mention a new little project of mine,
Fandom Veganism. It’s only just starting, but I hope it’ll grow a bit. It’s a blog about pop culture things and veganism.
I’d been thinking of starting something like that since TV often makes me vegan-ranty the way certain aspects of veg*ism are portrayed or the way characters display all kinds of ethics which, if displayed consistently, should give us a vegan character but rarely, if ever, actually do. While I occasionally rant about this for a bit, it never ends up a nice, interactive discussion so I figured this might be a way to get that.

Colours April 28, 2008

Posted by tuimeltje in dessert, dinner.
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Yesterday I did my dishes, which enabled me to actually properly cook again. Which was nice, since the veg I’d bought earlier was starting to get a little iffy.

The veg:
Pretty mangy, as usual.

I didn’t really know what to do with the lone beet, since I wanted my food to be very, very green. Adding that one beet would ruin that completely, so I had to think of something seperate to prepare with that. In the end I simply added the frozen aduki beans I still had left and made a little red mash for when I’d finished the green mash, which I made using the green ingredients.

Green mash:

Red mash:

While it was cooking, I occasionally tasted the red mash, and it didn’t really taste all that great. However, once it was done and I’d added some blobs of yofu, it was quite tasty. Yay!

The green mash tasted yum all on it’s own, but I ate it with some pumpernickel. Just to make it a little more filling and less intimidating (it was very green. Which shouldn’t be scary, but still).

I actually made me some dessert, too, something I very rarely do. I’d bought me some silken tofu and agave syrup a while back, with the intent of making me some chocolate pudding. It took me a while, but I finally did it. It’s very easy to make, though next time I’ll probably chuck in some more cocoa. It tasted slightly watery.
Or maybe I should just drain it better. That might help.

To make it look even better, I added some of the berries I’d bought on the market the day before for practically nothing.
It was good.

Brown, blue, and red:

I made good use of my immersion blender yesterday. Such a simple tool, yet so useful.


Last Saturday I got to leave work earlier because it was way quiet and I’d already worked a lot that week, so I went for a bike ride. I took some foodie pictures and tried to film spring animals (including licky bovines), but I still have to organise the pictures and edit the video bits (anyone know of a good .MOV editor for XP? Gotta see if I can get my camera to store videos in another format…) so it’ll probably take some time before you get more details about that food.

Chocolate cake November 24, 2007

Posted by tuimeltje in dessert.
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How to bake a chocolate cake in several easy steps.
Now with illustrations (i.e. picture heavy).
Simply because I thought my first post here should be of something tasty.

The official recipe.
Because my parents didn’t have anything vanilla, not even the sucky vanilla-flavoured sugar which probably hasn’t seen a vanilla pod in it’s entire life and is the only vanilla-like thing you can get here without finding a foodie speciality shop, I used cinnamon. Which is very tasty as well, and everyone liked the cake so I don’t believe that bit is too essential.
The rest is, though.