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Hodgepodge

For some reason when I woke up this morning I had a flash back to a cooking class I attended in my pregan days. We made hodgepodge with the chef (my friend and I where the only two there).

Having recently bought some local organic soymilk I decided to give it a go, veganised and improvises I give you Iron hodgepodge.

To start with you will need a large pot with salted water on medium high, as the water heats shop 4-5 medium potatoes, two carrots and a hand full of kale (reserve the tougher stalks ends to make broth on the weekends).
One water is boiling add potatoes and cook for around 10 minutes, then add the carrots. Watch for starch build up! As you wait for them to cook chop an onion and one or two bulbs of fresh garlic, you may also want to grease/prep your cast iron with olive oil. Another ten minutes and test the vegetables with a fork. If they are soft add kale and cook until everything is done. Set aside with cover on pot to cool.

As veggies cool heat the skillet then turn down the heat and add your onions and garlic. As they saute chop some oyster mushrooms (I am going to be honest, I bought some odd looking mushrooms from the market, I have no idea what they actually are but they remind me of oyster mushrooms. Any white mushroom will work). Chop them into larger pieces (I just sliced mine in half as they were thin. If you use button or “meatier” mushrooms try quarters [STEMS TOO!!]). Fry mushrooms with your sauted onions. Add pepper, nooch, paprika and rosemerry. cook until mushrooms have a little bit of texture.

Now start spooning your boil vegetables into the pan. No need to drain as your going to be using some of this broth to thin your soymilk (if using non-fat soymilk you can probably skip this part, but reserve the broth for a later use it’s salty and has some of the nutrients lost from the boiling).
continue to cook the veggies until some of the potatoes begin to flake apart. Re-spice to liking as you cook. Then add in your soymilk enough to cover the bottom of the veggies and you can add more as you. As everything cooks together add some of your cooking liquid from the pot to thin the soymilk. Add whichever ratio you prefer of the soymilk and cooking broth until you reach about an inch below the top of the skillet.

Continue to cook again adding more spices as you see fit. If you have them fake bacon bits are great in this. Once heated through your ready to serve and enjoy! Serves around two I’d say.
And you’re done!

Hodgepodge is originally made with whichever veggies you have lying around and particularly good with turnips. For fancier looking presentation you can peel your veggies but I like them unadulterated and this way is better for you anyways. Add more pepper, nooch and bacon bits to the top when serving. Croutons might be nice too.

Oh! Another oddity, I know this is a savory dish but it helps with the iron absorption and I like the flavour. Before you eat your bowl, squeeze a lemon wedge over the bowl. Either way it’s sure to please. enjoy!
More photos, sorry about the slow quality my camera has no power:

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Iron A-hoy!

Breakfast Rich in Iron. Potatoes and Kale!

As some may know, that year in res killed my iron supplies. So they are low (not anemic or dangerous or unhealthy in any way). However, despite the goodness of my health, I like having an iron supply should i ever be forced to go without decent human vegan food again.

Cue farmers market and a big old batch of kale (mmm kale).

So with my bounty and no recipes I set out to make myself this breakfast, and I think it went quite well.
Kale For Breakfast (or any other meal)
*Feeds one small small person, double as needed

what you will need:

  • A handful of kale (you may want to chop/tear it more than I did, these huge leaves were not bite size)
  • 4 potatoes
  • One large garlic clove
  • Half a large onion
  • Paprika
  • Pepper

Spiced salt
Room mate’s lemon juice (shhh)

Directions:
First wash and then chop all your potatoes into small cubes and toss in boiling salted water.

Take out your kale and rinse well (make sure no dirt is hiding in the folds, or don’t because what do I care it’s your digestive tract). Tear or chop kale to desired sizes and place inside a shifter/mesh basket on top of potatoes to steam a little.

While the kale is softening and the potatoes boil away (keep an eye that they don’t boil over). Dice your onion and preheat a cast iron skillet (more iron!). As you chop and the skillet heats consider something nice you can do for someone today or some other happy thought. Toss some EB (earth Balance) into the skillet (oil also works, olive is preferred) heat and move until pan is coated. Add in onions and toss around.

Now use your knife to crush the garlic (place garlic on board and knife horizontal/on its side atop your monster clove and push down with your hand (Mind the blade! but I am sure you knew this). Once properly crushed chop garlic and add to onions which should now be translucent and fragrant.

As onions and garlic fry toss in pepper and paprika (as much as desired, for me this is a lot).

check the kale, if its softish you can take it off the potato pot and dumb into your pan which should be frying blissfully away.

Fry kale and re-season as you like (except spiced salt, save this for serving time). Continue to fry as potatoes boil.

Check your taters with a fork after 20ish minutes, they should be soft. If not leave until they are, then drain and add to skillet.

Fry everything until good and cooked. If simply heated is your thing then eat away, I like a bit of crunch/char on my taters/veggies. So I leave it on for a little longer. Once you have reached your desired cooked status take a few squirts of someone else’s lemon juice and cook some more.
Now your ready to toss onto a plater and season with spiced salt (and more pepper). Enjoy!

What does a lazy Uni Vegan eat?

I’ll tell you what they should eat, anything and everything from Joanna’s lovely new Book Yellow Rose Recipes!

That is what I more or less did today.

Breakfast was boring cereal because I am lazy/sleepy.

But I just finished an amazing rendition of the glorious sauce I previously made during testing for this lovely book, and wow.

I thought my poor little vegan heart would break when I was out of tomatoes/sauce, but Joanna saved the day!

So I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, but damn was this good. I chopped garlic, onions and tore myself some spinach and went to town!

I even shredded up some vegan moza, now let me be the first to tell you, I am a marinara kinda girl. I like my pasta coated in tomatoes and never much cared for the cream sauce.This sauce has changed my views, no more are the unstomachable cream sauces you stuck your nose up at as a child. This my friends, is damn tasty.

I added some paprika and spices, and black pepper so while the sauce isn’t as pretty as she could be I was in heaven.

Oh and I did I mention the few, simple, readily available, if the world ended you could make this sauce throughout the famine?

Cheap, good, easy, and oh-so-yummy. Everyone can afford and needs to make this dish.

Basically Joanna rules, her book is great, I am full and happy, go out and buy it from Josh @ Herbivore. The End.

Moved once more

Ok, so here it is all moved into the new place.
New Phone number 902.344.0291

I believe this too be correct…
1435 Seymour St
Halifax, NS
B3H 3M6
902.494.2075 (a house phone? maybe?)

Proper Mailing Address:

B.A.D. Dickie or Amanda Dickie
Room # 204
1435 Seymour St.
Halifax, NS
B3H 3J8

And yeah, I have a kitchen and 8 other house mates (Presumably all omnis, and so far all males)
Here it is!