So, holy crap, it feels like it’s been forever since I posted anything. I look at my blog stats and they are slowly but surely trailing off with each passing day that people come to visit and I still have not posted anything. No reason, really, except that I’ve felt no real food inspiration lately.
I like to post recipes and pictures but when I’m just making the same old crap that I’ve already posted about, then I have nothing to give you. Oh, plus, I can’t seem to access a lot of the pictures I downloaded last month…long story. It boils down to me being severely computer retarded. I do have a couple things to give you: a calzone and some muffins. In other words, carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Meh, whatareyougonnado?
Cherry Almond Muffins
Oven at 400. Spray muffin tin with no-stick spray.
2 cups ap flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup rice or soy milk
1 6oz container soy yogurt, plain or vanilla
2 tsp almond extract
1 cup sliced almonds
1 1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center then add oil, ‘milk,’ yogurt and extract. Use a wooden spoon to mix well until combined. Fold in 1/2 cup of the almonds and all of the cherries.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Press the remaining almond slices into the tops of the batter. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
The original recipe had you picking fresh and never-in-season-therefore-always-ridiculously-expensive bing cherries. Those would be delicious in this muffin but I’m a cheapskate so I bought dried and just added more to the recipe. It’s from Vegan With A Vengeance.
Next up, I made this fantastic calzone with some pizza dough that my Trader Joe’s carries. Add some sliced tomatoes, pizza sauce, cheeze, homemade pesto, herbs and spices, and I say old chap, you’ve got a bloody good dinner!
God, those pictures suck hard. Sorry. It really was delicious though. Oh, ps- my homemade pesto consists of basil, olive oil, garlic, and walnuts. Oh, snap! No pine nuts? Whaaaat? That’s right. I didn’t have pine nuts but i did have walnuts and they are a cheaper, totally acceptable substitution. So there.
As any of my friends can tell you, I am an absolute horror movie fiend. Not just a fanatic but a completely obsessed nerd with the most useless knowledge about directors, cinematographers and producers that you could possibly percieve. Imagine my utter delight when I came across the Val Lewton series of films from the 1940s! I was ecstatic. They were everything I could have dreamed of and then some. Netflix has this wonderful collection of movies at two to a disc with a little documentary of Lewton’s life on one of the pairs. I highly recommend them to you, as you will be totally astounded by what was considered a horror film back then. Today, we are bombarded with gross-out images of body parts, bloody viscera, and plotlines so convoluted and ridiculous that movie-makers have obviously noticed, otherwise they wouldn’t resort to remaking all the classics as they have recently been doing. Examples: My Bloody Valentine, Friday the 13th, Halloween…need i say more?
The picture is of my television with the opening screen image of one of the discs. I Walked With A Zombie is not what you think, trust me. And The Body Snatcher? Well, there is nary a pod person to be seen for miles.
Enjoy the food and the movies!