July 30, 2012

Delicious Eggplant Garlic Pasta

I always love serving people food that's not noticeably vegan. What do I mean? I mean food that would be vegan anyway, even if it was made by non-vegans.

It's always nice, when dealing with skeptics over food, to serve things that would be vegan anyway, like this sort of pasta dish, as it lulls them into a false sense of security that nothing is changing... and that's when you can snag them to change their minds on veganism!

As a note, I half did this at the wedding, which was completely vegan, and put half dishes that would have been vegan anyway (veggie samosas, veggie sushi, etc) and then put in things that were more out there, but still delicious (spicy marinated tofu satay, vegan cheese sauce on nachos, etc) And I had several comments to the tune of "If I ate like this all the time, I could be vegan too, I think." To whit I'd reply "I do, and I am!"

But onto the recipe!

Eggplant Garlic Pasta


3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped fine
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small eggplant, cubed
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 tomato, diced
2 spring onions, sliced
1 serving of cooked pasta of your choice (I used quinoa pasta!)
White wine, salt, pepper (to taste)
Baby spinach leaves, for garnish/serving with (optional)


Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add in the mushrooms, and continue to cook until they start to give off liquid. 
Add in the eggplant, frying until cooked through. Add a dash of white wine (optional, but so good!)
Add in the tomatoes and spring onions, cooking for about 1 minute to lose the raw taste. 
Finally, add in the pasta, tossing together, and add more white wine and the salt and pepper if desired. Cook until the wine liquid dissapates. 
Serve with baby spinach, or a salad, if you want (or are trying to impress someone!)

July 26, 2012

Mia Culpa

I know! I've been away for like... 3 weeks!

But I swear, I had a good reason! This summer has been craaaazzzyyyy!!!

My Reason?

I had a wedding :) Here are some pictures for you fine people... and as a warning, it was themed!

Terra the "best Man", Matthew, Me, and Robert, the "Maid of Honor"

The Bridal Party

Now Kiss!

With my Mum and My MomMom 

Yay! Married!

My brother Pete came as Darth Maul!

Fooling Around with Lightsabers

Our first dance was to "Geeks in Love" By Lemon Demon

My Mum and the sisters I grew up with (my other siblings were grown up when I got there!)

My sister Krista and my Neice Zoe dancing it up!

Dance Dance Dance

The Girl in the cute hat and the red shirt made all the jedi costumes!

Me and my old music partner Mike

My Brother and My boss, dancin!

My brother Pete Put on a fireworks show!
Regularly Scheduled Recipes to Resume Soon!

As an exciting note, Matthew has decided to convert to veganism now that we're married! Yay for Matthew!

July 2, 2012

First Meal in a New Home

So we have moved... And my goodness was it a ridiculous day!

The moving van never showed up at our old place, so we had to move everything in my Friend's Neon. The fact that she managed to fit everything in there seems to defy the laws of quantum physics, as things which should have never fit into a tiny little sedan seemed to alter in size to fit! It was amazing.

However, our new place is awesome, and worth the 6 hours and 15 car trips, because it's super great! (And bright! There's all sorts of light! I'm in heaven!)

So we've been eating mostly french fries and microwave dinners, as they are easy to obtain and cook without making a lot of mess, but I thought that today, we're finally moved in , and I have half unpacked the kitchen, so it was time to cook something. What to make for the first ever meal in our new place?

So I cooked something quick, easy, and delicious.

Easy Quick Teriyaki Rice

1/3 cup Teriyaki Cooking sauce
1 mushroom, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 bunch spinach, chopped
1 tsp oil
1/2 cup cooked Jasmine rice

Heat the oil in a wok on med-high. Add in the onions and mushrooms, and cook until the onions are a bit transluscent and the mushrooms have released water and browned.
Add in the spinach, and cook for about 30 seconds.
Pour in the teriyaki sauce, and cook for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce is a reduced and nice and thick.
Pour the contents of your wok over your rice.
Eat and Enjoy!

As an added bonus, a little picture tour of our new place! Keep in mind barely anything is unpacked, so it looks like we live in a very messy warehouse.