Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Thrown together weeknight dinner

Not much flying for me although there were a few ASAP calls, uniforms thrown on, bags grabbed to drag, and parking spaces given up.  (In Manhattan, New York, NY, a parking space is a special precious commodity. 4 times a week there is No Parking for 90 minutes on one side of the street or the other so that the street sweeper can drive by unobstructed.  This means that if you sit in your car for an hour and a half after the sweeper drives by you have laid claim to a free spot with no meters for either 3 or 4 days in which you don't have to move your car.  Unless you oversleep or forget in which case you are awarded a bright orange piece of paper with an envelope into which you are invited to insert your $65 check.  Even so, it's $30/per night to garage a car so this isn't too bad if you get 6 days out of it.)  None the less each ASAP call was un-called and no flights were flown by me.

But I know you thirst for more than, "The Saga of the Parking Pilot," so here is a bit of culinary adventure.

I only had to fend for myself so figured a bit of the Seitan Sausage from Everyday Dish TV
( and some greens with some veggies over a starch.

I started the water boiling and took a few handfuls of frozen veggies and tossed them in.  Collard Greens, (which come apart and make a mess actually), peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and whatever else I had in the back of the freezer that had frozen, thawed and refrozen into solid blocks of ice.   I sauteed up some onions, garlic, peppers, and celery until soft, then threw in the chopped up seitan sausage, a sliced seitan cutlet from a few days ago, a bit of frozen chinese mock meats from May Wah, (, and some tofu that had been pressed using my Tofu Press, (see review), frozen, thawed, repressed and marinated.  I had some leftover cooked carrots that went in as well.

After the veggies were thawed I strained them out with a spider and tossed in the whole wheat fusilli, right into the veggie water.  I threw some broth into the pan to deglaze it and after it reduced I tossed some tomato sauce and crushed peppers into the fray.  In went the pasta, mixed it all around and finally 2 handfuls of mixed greens and voila, a no brainer 2 pot dinner.


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