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Embracing constraints [Sep. 23rd, 2006|10:14 am]
Lindsey Kuper
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royhuggins, eliciel, jonatthebar and I have decided to start getting together regularly to cook for ourselves! Woohoo! That means constraints, though...lots of 'em. Add my reluctance to eat meat to the mix, and it really gets challenging.

I'm having fun coming up with ideas, though. Here are some of the main dishes that I think we can try (subject to approval, of course):

And then we can always do something like this, with some spices or something. I really want to do tamale pie, but I'm having trouble finding a nightshade-free recipe. Same goes for most zucchini/cheese combos -- they usually seem to involve tomatoes or onions. If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear 'em.

I think we're going to be just fine, though, Electra. Just don't develop an intolerance for, like, rice or olive oil, because damn.

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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2006-09-23 07:42 pm (UTC)
I think we're going to be just fine, though, Electra.
Oh, I know. I've never actually had problems finding meals to eat -- its just hard to think of them at first, and they take effort.
Just don't develop an intolerance for, like, rice or olive oil, because damn.
I'll bring up that concern with my Naturopath. And I'll discuss it with my gastrointestinal and immune systems as well, but they're a bit hard of hearing.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-23 08:40 pm (UTC)
And I'll discuss it with my gastrointestinal and immune systems as well, but they're a bit hard of hearing.

Wow, that sounds a lot like my metabolic system! They should hang out.
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From: ler
2006-09-23 11:28 pm (UTC)
Tom Kha is my favorite soup. Most people put chicken in it, but I don't. Also Green egg-n-lemon, which uses one or two eggs per 8-person pot. I can probably dig up the recipes I use if you're interested.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-24 04:03 am (UTC)
Hmm. I have a vegetarian tom kha recipe (which I've never tried), but it calls for chiles and shallots. I could skip those things and see how it turns out.

That's supposed to say Greek egg-n-lemon, right? That's a good idea, but we can't use chicken broth, and if we use veggie broth it can't have been made with onions or garlic. How do you make yours?
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From: ler
2006-10-02 06:23 pm (UTC)
erm, yes. Greek egg-n-lemon.

I make my broth with spinach and copious amounts of garlic, but you could leave out the garlic and substitute carrot for a brownish soup, or make a standard celery-carrot-greens-salt broth. Or! My favorite: ocean water, blanc mange, celery broth. You can simulate ocean water with salt, water, a bit of vinegar, and some kelp. If you use simulated ocean water, you should leave out the blanc mange and replace with more kelp. mmmm....Kelp!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-03 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the ideas! Wow, ocean water. I was going to say, "Oh, well, you can do that because you live by the coast", but then I realized that you don't necessarily live that much closer to the Maine coast than I do to the Oregon coast. Shame on me for not making it out there yet.
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From: ler
2006-10-27 04:40 pm (UTC)
Cleaning up my inbox, I found this...

We're about an 45 minutes from the coast in winter, and about 2 hours in summer.

You just missed leaf peeper season, but if you hurry, you might be able to get the tail end of it. The air has been alternately cool and rainy and delightfully crisp lately.

Alternately, there's April-May, after mud season but before tourist season. We have a couch, two fat cats, wireless, and a baby.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-10-29 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I'd love to visit you guys in April-May. Maybe if I get to make another work trip to New York (I just got back from one), I can take the following weekend and Amtrak it up to Bangor.
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From: ler
2006-10-30 12:39 am (UTC)
Amtrak will only take you as far north as Portland, but Greyhound will take you all the way. We're about 9h+traffic drive from New York.

I'm going to UMaine graduation in May, but I have no other weekend plans this spring
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[User Picture]From: meterbridge
2006-09-24 02:12 am (UTC)
No nightshade? Please.

Eat the nightshade...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-24 04:04 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm not making the rules here.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-25 06:13 pm (UTC)
No. We're just both groupies.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-09-25 07:21 pm (UTC)
Social Cooking is the Best.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-26 01:43 am (UTC)
Actually, it's a challenge for me. I have my own ways of doing things in the kitchen, and it's weird to see other people do it differently, you know? Also, if someone's a better cook than I am, I tend to just stand around and gape at them, and if they're a worse cook than I am, I tend to push them out of the way. I'm trying to get better, though.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2006-09-26 06:14 pm (UTC)
well, now that I think about it, I pretty much only cook with ideath, because she never gets freakedout that I don't know what I'm doing and have to have all of the verbs explained to me
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-09-26 10:24 pm (UTC)
I always worry that people are going to freak out over the way I manhandle the food and utensils and stuff when I'm by myself -- and then I overcompensate when other people are around and handle them way too timidly.
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