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Moms do everything better

Tonight I tried to recreate this thing that my mom used to make all the time when I was little involving rice, tofu and mushrooms.  It didn’t work, but what I ended up with was okay, anyway:

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It looks kind of risottoy, but that’s through no talent of my own.  I just over cooked the rice because I was talking on the phone when I did the measurements.  I can hardly figure out the measurements for rice when I’m giving it my full attention and I have a calculator in my hand, so doing it while on the phone was a bad idea.  Anyway, here’s the recipe I made up.  Watch that rice.

  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • vegetable stock
  • 8 to 9 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 block tofu
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Couple sprigs of thyme
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • Salt, pepper

Cook the rice using the package directions, substituting stock for the water.  Cut the tofu into eight long slices, and then cut each slice into fourths.  Salt and pepper it and bake it in a 450 oven for 30 minutes or so, flipping halfway though.  Slice the mushrooms and chop the garlic/onion.  Cook the onion until soft, then add the rice, the garlic and the mushrooms.  When the mushrooms are cooked, add the tofu, thyme, soy sauce and more salt and pepper.

I think I realized halfway through the meal why it didn’t taste the same as I remembered it:

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Damn those seasoning packets.

Anyway, earlier I had THE blueberry Z Bar:

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Pretty good.  Better than other fruit bars that always taste fake.  It still tasted a little fake to me, though.  Maybe I’m sensitive.

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I just had grilled vegetables for dinner because I hadn’t had any yet today and Chris wasn’t home so I didn’t feel like making anything extravagant. Not that I ever make anything extravagant but you know what I mean.

And one of these:

I think I’m getting somewhere with this camera. I’m embarrassed to say that I never knew that you were supposed to focus the shot by first holding the shutter-release button (that’s the technical term, in case you didn’t know) down halfway. Once I learned that, things were smooth sailing. Check out this baby:

Of course, before that, there was this:

That’s my “why the hell is this thing making that funny noise maybe I should take a look shit I just took a picture” face.

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