I am full of excuses. For one thing, our fridge has been broken for almost a week now. Some food was lost, but some we were able to salvage and stuff into a little fridge we have in the basement (luckily!). A repair person is expected to arrive tomorrow morning, and hopefully fix that problem. Needless to say, we haven't been cooking very much. But we did scrape up a nice meal on Sunday night, on the one and only snowy day Georgia will probably see this year.
Mmm, seitan and dumplings.
I took the base of this dish from volume 2 of Don't Eat Off the Sidewalk, the Vegetable Stew with Herbed Dumplings recipe. This zine is no longer in print, but Herbivore still has some copies. Anyway, we didn't feel like braving the grocery store, since Georgians freak-the-fuck-out and buy tons of food when it snows. So I made a variation of this stew with seitan, potatoes, corn, and onions. It was good, but the dumplings made this really supreme. I mean, big globs of cooked bread floating around in stew? How could that be bad? If I had planned ahead for this dish, it certainly would have included some greens. But still, a nice, warm bowl of stuff for a cold night.
I've been trying not to bake very often either, as I am attempting to bring my weight down a bit. But I baked last night, after a long hiatus.
These are the Brownie Cookies from Cozy Inside, sandwiched with a vegan buttercream style filling. Ken and I liked these a lot, but I would probably add just a bit more cocoa to the cookies next time.
Okay! Now, I'm going to share with you some recent thrift finds that made me feel all happy inside.
Desserts Men Like, 1956
There are some grody recipes in that one. Despite the cheesecake and excited men on the cover.
This one has some better looking recipes in it, although too many of them call for ingredients such as "whole sponge cake" and "lady fingers". I didn't realize semi-homemade was so popular in 1941!