Monday, April 09, 2007

1 year blog-iversary!

With a recent spate of blogging anniversaries around some of the blogs I read regularly, it made me think to check when I actually started blogging. Today's the day--one year ago I started this humble little blog. And it conveniently falls on the second public holiday of the Easter weekend--Easter Monday. So, I don't really feel bad about not doing work.

Though, I suppose that it's not really until tomorrow, or at least until later today, since it's still yesterday in North America, where I was when I started blogging. Anyways.

Let's commemorate the occasion with some more food from Easter Weekend....

All in all, it's been a very fat holiday weekend--especially Saturday. In my last post I posted a picture of the pancakes we had. When we got home from uni at 3 that same day, Andy and I mashed up a huge avocado with some garlic chives, salt, and pepper, and spread it onto multi-grain toast. Then, for dinner, I decided to try a recipe from an old VegNews, for Indonesian tempeh. I didn't follow the recipe very closely at all. If you want to see the original, you can try to find it on their archives or something, but this is what I did:

1 package of tempeh, cubed
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 or 3 T. fresh ginger, minced
1 chilli, minced
1 big tin of plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 red capsicum, chopped
1/2 green capsicum, chopped
1 handful greenbeans, chopped
1 handful baby spinach leaves, chopped
1 tin of coconut cream
juice from 1/2 a lemonade fruit (a slightly sweet, green lemon)
salt and pepper

Fry the tempeh and onion in some oil over medium heat, until they start to get brown. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilli, cook for a minute or so. Mix in the chopped veggies and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and lemonade juice, turn heat to low and simmer for a few minutes. Serve over jasmine rice.

This is what it looked like:
I thought the recipe itself was quite nice, if a bit heavy. But I am so disappointed with Australian tempeh. It's horrible! Instead of being nutty and full of texture, it's this uniform mushy brown cake of yuckiness. And, it's $4.50 for one package. The only reason we got this package is that we saw it for half-price at the grocery store. Gross.

Since I made dinner, Andy decided to make dessert. (Like we needed it after all that we ate on Saturday.) We got some So Good soy ice cream because there is a mail-in rebate offer going on this month. That, plus lots of hot cross buns, equals hot cross buns a la mode. I was expecting him to toast the buns and then just stick a scoop of ice cream on top. However, when Andy starts cooking, he tends to get super creative. First, he toasted the buns. Then, he put a teensy scoop of ice cream on each, and covered that with some dried mixed fruit and chopped peanuts. That all went back under the griller. When that ice cream was a bit melty, he took it all out and topped it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, some little dabs of chocolate, and then... a scoop of peanut butter.
When I was taking the photo of mine, he started eating his and realized that peanut butter does not go on ice cream so well. "It's for aesthetic reasons", he said, and told me to eat the peanut butter separately from everything else. What a unit.

Sunday morning, before heading out to the markets, we had a typical Aussie breakfast of tinned spaghetti on toast.Though most tinned spaghetti has cheese in the ingredients, the home brands from both Woolworth's and Cole's have 2 varieties--tomato, or tomato and cheese. This picture shows Cole's brand. We like it best, because it's super saucy and the spaghetti is cut up.

Sunday was finished up with some candy (one of the chocolate bunnies is now ear-less), some hot cross buns, and some veggie burgers with chippies.

Now, I think it's time I start eating less crap!


Vicki said...

HAPPY BLOG-IVERSARY!!! I really enjoy your blog & here's to another year and beyond. Andy's dessert looks like a decadent & creative way to celebrate. :o)

vko said...

Happy Happy Blogiversary to you!

Looking forward to another year of thoughtful & fun posts.

Emmie said...

Happy blogiversary! Keep it up for years to come :)

bazu said...

Happy blogiversary! I didn't realize your blog went that far back- I have some archive catchin' up to do... sorry to hear the tempeh in Australia is so nasty and expensive! I've never attempted making homemade tempeh before, but maybe it's an option? (I know, I'm always making these asinine suggestions to you, like you have time and patience to make your own tempeh-I'm a dork!)you're so (relatively) close to Indonesia, I'm surprised the tempeh isn't better...

KleoPatra said...

Heh. Peanut butter on ice cream. As a huge PB fan, i say "Go Andy!" Your blog never fails to bring a smile to my face, and i thank you for that. HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!! Here's hoping the prices and taste of the tempeh change for the better!

Amy said...

And many more! Theresa, I was remembering how one of my favorite parts of living in the tropics (Australia and Africa) was the fruit. Do you have access to a lot of fruit?

Theresa said...

Hey thanks everyone!

bazu--I have seriously considered trying to make my own tempeh. I spent the weekend googling how-to sites. There is an organic shop opening up in the area that will have bulk bins--if they sell soy beans, I'm all over that.

Amy--*heaps* of tropical fruit. I think you started reading after mango season was finished, but we had upwards of 30 mangos a week ripening on the counter top. And black sapotes, and bananas, and abius, and custard apples, and watermelon, and pineapple, and... heaps.