Friday, October 31, 2014

Haystacks Pad Thai

First off, this recipe is "Pad Thai" only in the very loosest possible sense of the word.  Secondly, this recipe has been a LONG time in the making.  I started writing it back at the very beginning of the summer, maybe even late spring.

Up until a couple of years ago when my stepdaughter gave up gluten, I used to happily make the tofu pad thai recipe out of the Still Life with Menu by Mollie Katzen.  Of course, I doubled the amount of sauce and left out any ingredients I didn't like because...that's just how I cook.  Plus, it was super sweet and saucy, so the kids loved it.

With gluten being out of the picture, I needed something to soak up all that yummy sauce.  Rice seemed like the next best thing, and since there's not really a point to eating totally empty carbohydrates unless they happen to be covered in chocolate...brown rice won the prize.

But I was unhappy with my final outcome picture, where I showed my newly invented recipe in all it's delicious glory.

The problem was, it wasn't so very glorious.  But then the fantabulous food photographer Valerie Lamaree wrote a guest post for me and I figured out what I needed to know from my very own blog

And so now I have a picture of the final product that doesn't look like barf:

I've said it before & it's worth saying again - isn't Valerie THE BEST?!?!?!  

Here are all my ingredients, all gathered up and ready to go:

First up, three scrambled eggs.  You're supposed to cook them long enough to get them all dried out.  I don't know why.

I'm lazy about doing dishes, so I move the egg out of the pan and use that same one to cook the tofu which (you'll notice) I've already cut into cubes.  

Here's something even lazier: I like to slice the tofu while it's still in the box or little plastic tub.  Why dirty the cutting board and get tofu juice everywhere?

Normally I buy the extra firm, but Costco had a great deal on firm.  It's not as firm as the extra firm, but it did come in a box of six kajillion for the price of a tube of toothpaste.  And it's organic, so you can't beat that.  I added a little garlic after the tofu was mostly browned.

Did I forget to mention that brown rice takes forever and ever to cook?  It's not the kind of thing you can start five minutes before you want to eat, so...I started that first.  

The sauce is pretty easy: a quarter cup of brown sugar, a quarter cup of gluten free soy sauce, four tablespoons of peanut butter,  and a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar.

Mix the sauce in with the rice when it's done, and then put the eggs and tofu on top.  Of course, you can add in scallions or mung beans.  

We usually add red crushed pepper after it's already on the plate (so that The Boonga doesn't have to burn her tiny little mouth off).

And that's it - yum!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yay!!!! It's giveaway time AGAIN!!! Lola Granola's GLUTEN FREE, NO GMO, NO REFINED SUGARS and probably super yummy!!!!!!!!!

So I signed up for this giveaway so that all you wonderful people (all three of you) have a chance to win some Lola Granola bars!!!!  I was wondering when it would start, and it turns out that it  was...last night while I was asleep!!!!!

I'm so excited because this is something I would even let The Boonga eat, like on purpose and everything.  Sure, I'd give her a piece of fruit first, but these things have NO GMOs, NO refined sugars and NO hydrogenated fats.  Which means...they're practically health food.

In all honesty, I've never tried a Lola Granola bar, and I haven't inspected them ingredient by ingredient the way I would before I threw them in the grocery cart, but that's what their website says.

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Plus, Lola Granola has "Mother of Four Gets Off Food Stamps and Gets Her Product on the Supermarket Shelf" story on the HuffPost Good News to go with it, so you can feel awesome while you're feeling good!

Carly at the Puzzled Palate is the one kind enough to include me to help in the giveaway.  You can read her complete review (she's actually tried them!) right here!

Thank you Carly!!!!!!!

And also, the kid in the picture is just eating a RANDOM granola bar and is from Dollar Photo Club.  Because I didn't want to wait to take a picture of The Boonga eating a granola bar, especially considering the giveaway started in the night and I just now found out!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love 'Em or Hate 'Em, People are Wonderful. Or Morons. It can be really hard to tell sometimes.

Whether they're visiting a hospital with Ebola and no one bothers to check them for it, or labeling peanut butter with the warning "contains nuts" just gotta love people.  They're the best.

I particularly love whoever put up these friendly Halloween decorations a block from an elementary school.

"What's the matter kids?  Standardized testing for five year olds not scary enough?!?  How about a guy with a knife through his head?  Have a nice day at school!"

On the other side of the house, the Zombies have out a barbecue grill and are roasting some kind of human body parts.

The Boonga's two year old take on all the festivities?

Her - "Dassa baaguy" (That's a bad guy)
Me - "Is it scary?"
Her - "Yes"
Me - "Well...some people like to decorate scary for Halloween.  Some people like to decorate scary and some people like to decorate friendly."
Her - "Oh."
Her (sighing) - "Da Happns" (That happens.).

Hope everyone is enjoying that time of year when it is (apparently) socially acceptable to hang bloody people with severed limbs in your yard!!!!!

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