Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Das Abendessen

This week has been packed full of culinary adventures, with more tasty curries served up to friends, now I'm getting into the swing of having people round for dinner. But cooking for others is nowhere near as fun as combining our cooking skills and helping to make dinner together. It then becomes more of a social activity, rather than an essential part of eating, and is exactly what we did on Monday.

We set off to make two meals, but in the end, the first one was enough for us - wild mushrooms in a cream sauce, with cous cous. This is the first time I've ever used soya cream in cooking, and I've got to say I was impressed! It deserved a photo, but I'm still without my camera. I would've also liked to post the recipe, but it came out of a German cookbook, and I only got a rough translation! It went something like this:

Roast some cashew nuts
Fry wild mushrooms in oil
In a separate pan, fry some garlic
Make a basil paste with fresh basil, olive oil and water, then add this to the garlic
Add the cooked mushrooms to the basil
Add a carton of soya cream and 1 tbsp english mustard, and simmer till reduced
Season, and serve on cous cous, topped with cashews

It was delicious! Hopefully later this week we'll have a go at the main meal that we were going to do, and this time I'll try and get a proper translation, and some pics.

Okay, here's five things you probably never knew about me:

1. I make computer games for the Xbox 360 and PS3, which is a long way away from where I started out programming, on a graphical calculator in my maths lessons.

2. I have always wanted to move to Japan - their culture fascinates me, although their food does not.

3. I've never been to a hairdresser. (This might change soon though - it really is getting too long).

4. Broccoli and aubergine are amongst my favourite vegetables; okra and bitter melon are my worst.

5. Me and my sister once made experimental ice cubes with milk, marmite and black pepper. They were pretty gross, but apparently not quite bad enough to chuck in the bin - we had to have them in our tea...!

Thanks to DJ (The Skint Vegan) for the tag.


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Umm yikes, those ice cubes sound awful LOL. When I was little, my sister and I once made a curdled milkshake with broccoli... I think it consisted of milk, broccoli, lemon, and vinegar. We made it for my dad, who had told us we were being too picky and that HE would eat anything! So we made the shake to test him.

And Japan is an AWESOME place; I lived there for more than 4 years!

DJ said...

Those ice cubes sound disgusting - what possessed you???
I'm a bit obsessed with Japanese culture too - bento boxes, tea, momji dolls, horror films and udon, they're all great!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

LOL make the milkshake at your own risk! I don't know why you'd want to torture yourself like that, especially since you seem to be such a great cook. I'd go for one of your curries in a flash!

I was just a little girl when I lived in Japan-- definitely not vegan, or even vegetarian. But I went back to visit a few years ago, and it's surprisingly not so hard to be a vegan there (fish stock and bonito flakes aside). Inarisushi is my favorite, and it's vegan, and Japan even has some vegetarian restaurants and health food stores cropping up!

Of course, it's much easier if you know the language and can therefore ask for fish broth to be left out of things. I can speak the language ok, but reading it? Forget it!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

So, it is extremely awesome that you make computer games. I actually used to be quite the video gamer when I was younger! And your collaborative dinner sounds like it was fun and tasty - the only collaborative experience I've had in the kitchen was making some accidentally vegan banana bread (the other bakers didn't realize the recipe was vegan, haha, but I did!). Cooking with other people is ever so fun!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Oh yes, my family and I definitely had our fair share of rides at both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios! Unfortunately, I got sick of the rides after a while because I've been to Disney 16+ times before - just never as a vegetarian or a vegan. I think the mountain with the yeti you referred to was the Expedition Everest rollercoaster ride, which I did go on. It was a pretty awesome little coaster, but I think it would have been a bit more enjoyable if I hadn't eaten a snack right before I got on - I kind of nauseous while I was on it, hehe. We also did went on a little safari through the animal reserve in the park and my favorite part of that was seeing the gorgeous little gazelles. Another ride I love there is Dinosaur (there's one part where the voice on the ride says, "Thank goodness this dino is a vegetarian," as in, it isn't going to be eating any humans during the ride!). And there's a new Finding Nemo 45-minute musical at Animal Kingdom, too - I'm really into theatre so I liked that!

It seems like you're familiar with Disney World - have you been there before?

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Haha I love lounging in the sunshine too... of course it's raining here right now :o/

But going for a walk in the rain can be quite enjoyable as well!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

lol, you eat sandwiches with chopsticks?! I just use my fingers for those ;o).

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