Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Location!

Hello anyone who still reads this! I must apologize for the 1 1/2 month blog hiatus. I've been busy... I am currently blogging from South Korea! The military finally approved our paperwork, so on the 25th of September, I flew from Washington DC to South Korea. We are living right off-post, in a beautiful apartment that would cost an obcene amount of money in the States. (Seriously, I have marble and hardwood floors, huge bay windows, and more closet space than anyone could ever need. Thank you Army!) I have yet to eat much of the local cuisine, as we've been super busy trying to get situated. I'll try to start posting more regularly now. Have a great day, all!

Monday, August 24, 2009

PB Surprise Cuppers

No food posts today sadly. There was going to be one, but all of my picture-worthy food got eaten before I could snap a shot! I'll just have to tell you about the most magical food ever...cupcakes. Friends of mine get together about once a month for game night and I always make something vegan and yummy. I made a cake last time and wanted to make something similar, as the cake was a hit. I decided to make cupcakes, but not just any cupcakes! I made peanut butter surprise cupcakes! The surprise is a vegan peanut butter cup baked into the middle! I just used the basic chocolate cuppers recipe from VCTOTW for the batter and placed a frozen peanut butter cup in the middle. (Yes, it has to be frozen, otherwise it melts before the cake sets. Also, don't push them down into the batter. They will sink down during cooking.) When they come out of the oven, they look like everyday, boring cupcakes, but then you bit in and there is a little peanut buttery surprise in the middle! I made some homemade vegan/pb icing for the top and crossed my fingers. They were a hit! Everyone raved about them, which is just further proof that vegan doesn't equal disgusting!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Food on a Food Blog

Hey look, an actual food post on my food blog! I've been cooking quite a bit lately, although it's pretty much the same thing... I have a veggie wrap for lunch most days, which is quick, easy, and quite tasty. The wrap is a vegan flaxseed/whole wheat wrap with a boca burger, hummus, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. YUM! Since it's summer and all the good fruits and veggies are in season, I eat as many as I can. Cucumber, celery, and carrots are on the side.
For dinner, I made a curry with mixed veg, chickpeas, and brown rice. I actually made my own curry powder blend with coriander, cumin, turmeric, fennel seed, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, and black pepper. It was SO good! I don't like a lot of heat in my food, so it was nice to be able to add more flavor without adding heat. The recipe made quite a bit, so I was able to eat this for two meals. It was even better reheated, because all the flavors had a chance to really infuse the rice, veg, and chickpeas. The photo is a little blurry, but... deal with it?No word yet about going to Korea. We're hoping to hear by the end of next week, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've been doing a lot of research on the different foods I'll be able to find over there and I am SO excited!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Uncertainty

Yes, I'm a bad little vegan. Life has been quite hectic here. Rob is serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. Without him here, I've not been cooking anything really interesting. I've been eating healthy, but I tend to choose salads, veggie burgers, or stir-fry over anything elaborate. I did make the broccoli-cashew stir-fry out of ED&BV the other day. It was spectacularly good, further proof that Dreena is a goddess in the kitchen!
Another reason for my lack of postings is that I'm trying to get over to Korea myself. The Army has programs that do spouses to go over. We've been going through all the required steps and should have an approval or denial in a few weeks. If I do get to go over, it's going to open a whole new culinary world! I've been trying to increase my tolerance for spicy foods, as Rob tells me everything is HOT over there! He's had to go back to being vegetarian instead of vegan while he's there, but is hoping that I get to go over so that he can get back to veganism. I miss cooking for two!
I will try to post here more often. It's been crazy with school, being an Army wife, and all the other household duties. Have a wonderful day all!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm a little bit angry...

I am really sick of seeing these STUPID high-fructose corn syrup commercials! Some well-meaning woman/man/child tries to stop another from eating a food containing HFCS, but when the other person rebuts the argument, this naive person can't come up with a single bad thing to say about this sticky substance. Gee, let's all live in Wonderland and not think about the evils of this crap!

Arguements:
  • "It's fine in moderation!"- Well that may be, however it is in EVERYTHING from bread to cereal to applesauce. It is nearly impossible to "enjoy it in moderation!" Pick out five products from your pantry. I am willing to bet that at least three of those products contain HFCS.
  • "HFCS is a way to lower food costs!"- I'd rather pay the 1 cent difference and get something that is sweetened with actual sugar, not some "franken-fructose."
  • HFCS is natural!- Sure, if you consider genetically-modified enzymes and chemicals "natural."
  • "HFCS doesn't make you fat!"- Really? Then why are there hundreds of studies that prove otherwise? Fructose does not release or stimulate insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps to metabolize our foods by pushing carbohydrates into our muscle cells to be used as energy, and allows carbohydrates to be stores in our liver for later use. It also stimulates production of another hormone, leptin, which helps to regulate our storage of body fat and increases our metabolism when needed. These two hormones keep our body fat regulated and tells us, for all intent purposes, when we are satisfied and sends the message to our brain to stop eating.
I'm thinking that Americans need to stop going blindly on what they see on tv and start doing some research into what they put into their mouths! DOWN WITH HFCS!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hello? Is there anybody out there?

Hello everyone! I doubt anyone still reads this, as it's been six months since my last post. I would make up an excuse like I've been busy, or something tragic happened, but it just got put on the back burner. I have no idea how often I'll post on here, but I thought I'd give an update.

Rob left for BCT on August 20th last year. He is a 63M- Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer. The long and short of it is that he fixes tanks. He went to Ft. Jackson, SC for BCT and Ft. Knox, KY for AIT.He got through Army BCT (Basic Combat Training) and AIT (Advanced Individualized Training) with flying colors. In fact, the boy even got Distinguish Honor Grad (like the valedictorian) of his AIT class, as well as an Excellence in Maintenance award. He's the best soldier ever! This is him at his AIT graduation... So cute!
This is us at his BCT graduation.
He was chosen for another program, H8- a four week training after AIT that will train him in recovery missions. This means that he gets to go into "the danger zone" and fix broken down tanks, if the need arises. I'm thankful for this extra training. I wouldn't want him going into an unsafe place without proper training. He will be done with this training at the end of the month. From Ft Knox he will fly 6000 miles to South Korea. He is quite excited about this! We have to wait until he gets over there to find out if I can accompany him. I am trying very hard not to get my hopes up. I would absolutely LOVE to live in South Korea for a few years! I'll keep everyone posted... if anyone still reads this...
I've been keeping busy in Maryland while Rob's away! I've taken up karate, which is so much fun and a great workout! I haven't done much excited things in the kitchen as it is very hard to cook for one person when you're used to cooking for two. I have made countless batches of cookies and sent them to Rob these past few months. I send enough for all the guys, I'm like the "Company Mom." I just took the next batch out of the oven; sugar cookies for Rob and chocolate chip for the company. They can't believe they are vegan! When I went for AIT graduation, all the guys grilled me on how I could make such kick-ass cookies without milk, egg, or butter. I just smile and tell them it's a secret...
I've also been working on my schooling again. I've changed back to my original major of psychology and should be getting my bachelors degree at this time next year. I'll start my masters right after and then decide whether or not to get my PhD. Since my school is stricly online, I will be able to finish regardless of whether I'm here or in Korea. It's challenging, but really interesting.
I will close by saying to everyone, from a proud Army wife- You may not support the war, but please support our troops!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Payne

Robert Howard Payne III and Samantha Mareah Farone would like to announce their marriage, this, the Eighteenth day of August in the year Two Thousand and Eight. They were wed in a simple ceremony at 2:30 this afternoon.