Oh my, I have entered into the big 3-0 birthday week, and what doesn’t that have one thinking about? I did get a stunning set of fancy French skillets from my younger sister as an early gift, which of course, gets me thinking that my little sister is older than I am, but I digress (as I type with The Muppet Show’s first season playing on dvd). As usual, I have multiple google docs open whenever I sit down at my laptop. There’s the long scroll down the now-70-something-days-in 100 Days list, Heartichoke cocktails and whatnot, Portlanding visits, travel plans, VVC tasks, Vegan MoFo brainstorming and a couple of other projects if I type out will never ever happen. Oh, how sweet (not having a soul sucking day job) it is.
About those days….they continue to delight, even with the last spurts of my college-era rice cooker, cracking of my teapot and sheer breaking of my not-so-glorious food processor within a few days’ span. I decided on one of the three replacements already and it arrived early today! Maturity?
Let’s get with it.
I’m not ashamed to say that on a very busy day , the following was the only homemade dish:
I finally picked up a classic Bundt pan from a thrift store over this past weekend – another mature decision, right? Sure.
I adore trying every variety of choi I can get my hands on from farmers markets and Asian grocery stores.
Test kitchen, test kitchen
The versatility of grits really brought them into my quick-meal repertoire during this project.
It was really devastating to see that rice cooker die of old age. It happened in the middle of the above dinner and I had to rescue the rice and finish it in, get this – a pot on the stove. How…liberating? My dear friend had given the little rice cooker to me as a gift when I was just learning to cook for myself – in the step above ramen noodles way – during our first summer after college. We had both graduated early and were living in Boston; me in cockroach infested apartment in East Cambridge and her in the Fens, and the rice cooker would somehow be one of the very few things that made it across the country on my move a few months later.
The following two dishes are from the Vida Vegan HQ test kitchen.
The next day was the first day of the International Food Blogging Conference, which ironically, stole my time, and fortunately, had vegan options now and then.
Speaking of Departure, some friends and I stopped by for their uniquely vegan-friendly happy hour the other day, and photos and thoughts will follow soon.
IFBC afternoon break!
I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THOSE LITTLE PEPPERS.
More updates in store! As always, follow along with @jdfunks on Instagram.
I will admit, I did goof with jumping into this project, as I’ll be heading to Seattle tomorrow with my girlfriend and then on a I-must-leave-the-country-for-my-birthday trip with its own loose planning, so things are going to get wild. To be continued!
Catch up on the 100 Days on Get Sconed! with: