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You know why? Some fool on the floor below my apartment foolishly left something on the stove and then wandered off. Obviously it got way burned and way on fire and the whole building STINKS. I’m pretty sure this is the same man who is stealing our Sunday newspaper because on my way home tonight I saw him fleeing the scene (ie our building) like a guilty man and it was the same dude who I saw with our newspaper months ago.

Today was productive! I dropped off about 10 rolls of film at some place in San Francisco, but I won’t name drop unless they do a good job. I am going to name drop about some new tasty fake meat products, however! Quorn products are so far the best. I’ve tried their stir fry style “chick’n” and most recently their version of chicken nuggets. They didn’t really taste like chicken, but the seasoning and breading were quite tasty. There’s also no fear of undercooking the little guys because they’re not a dead animal! Fabulous. I picked up some seitan also, apparently, in stir fry style. I cooked it up with some vegetables and noodles and here’s my conclusion: SEITAN = WEIRD.

Yesterday I made my own dumplings. My boyfriend tried too but ended up just making a burrito out of his ground beef (he completed three, though, and managed to fry them to perfection). Mine had green cabbage, cilantro, green onion, and mushrooms sauteed with garlic. I added soy sauce and ginger to the mix, too. Boasting isn’t my thing, but they were effing tasty. I steamed most of them and basically failed at frying them. I’ll do better next time and I highly recommend you make your own dumplings chez vous because it’s very rewarding.

So I’m stuck at home (like I go out much anyway) waiting for the cable guy. We’ve already had our internet hooked up and our man for the job showed up within 30 minutes of the early side of the time “window” we were given. Today it’s been 2 1/2 hours and I’m wondering if Comcast, like my mobile phone company, emphasize subscription rather than existing customer care. Kind of like cigarettes! Whatever, as long as the dude gets here. I’ve been missing out on too much Law & Order. Yesterday I tried my culinary hand at vegetable stew, although it came out more soup-like. I didn’t do anything fancy or overly complicated like cooking the vegetables before tossing them in the water like some recipes I found online suggested. That’s what the hot water is for, right? Anyway, my recipe:

  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 3/4 cups small red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, quatered
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • Water
  • Vegetable broth/stock
  • Salt & pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Olive oil
So I cooked the lentils for about an hour in 4 cups of water, then I added all the veggies, garlic, and basil with another 2 cups of water and 1 3/4 of vegetable broth. An hour later this proved to be too much water so I drained a lot of the broth (3 cups maybe?) and added some more vegetable broth (about a cup), salt, pepper, olive oil, and soy sauce. After another hour or so the veggies were almost entirely tender and it tasted pretty good! 
 
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