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January 31, 2010 in condiments, vegan, vegetarian5 comments

how to make horseradish, plus a horseradish giveaway

half-pint jar of horseradish. mmm.

That funny looking thing that looked like a cross between a post-nuclear-holocaust carrot and an anime tentacle monster?

cleaned horseradish in pail

Horseradish. It grows in the front of my yard near the ditch, and in Mom and Dad’s in a little “patch” near the field. All I know is it grows on its own and it’s nearly impossible to kill.

horseradish plant

Photo credit: Ruslan V. Albitsky via Wiki Commons. Because someone dug up all the horseradish around here.

Every year before Christmas, Dad digs up the horseradish roots and makes the condiment we call horseradish. Not to be confused with the plant itself. Except for the whole sharing-a-name thing.

two clumps of horseradish

It starts out like this, a pile of gnarled, muddy roots.

muddy horseradish roots, just dug up

Dad puts them on the low screened table I use to cure onions.

the power washer

Then, hook up the power washer! Read more on how to make horseradish, plus a horseradish giveaway…

January 30, 2010 in rude tauntingno comments yet

guess the mystery food

mystery food closeup

My dad prepared this mystery food just before Christmas. Some of it wound up as gifts.

you're not getting a hint here! muahaha

Tomorrow I’ll be offering up one of those gifts to you, dear reader, in the first ever Shiny Cooking Giveaway Extravaganza™.

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daring bakers: nanaimo bars

nanaimo bars stacked

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca. Recipes for whole wheat graham crackers and Nanaimo bars at the end of the post.

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January 24, 2010 in 24x24, appetizers, desserts, vegan, vegetarian5 comments

We love seaweed, yes we do

This was maybe 1/3 of the sushi we made

We love seaweed, how about you?

People were confused when I told them my aunt Linda and I would be making sushi for January’s 24, 24, 24 event. “Isn’t that raw fish?” they asked, knowing I’m not a huge fan of animal foods. Technically, sushi is rice that’s been specially prepared with vinegar and a little sugar, and topped with or rolled with…something.

nigiri sushi of brown rice with carrot on top, and pickled beet

It could be a shaped piece of rice with a slice of lightly steamed bias-cut carrot on top, tied with a scallion. This is nigiri sushi.

futo maki (big roll) of brown rice sushi with crab, scallion, tamago, and cucumber

It could be a fat roll of rice bound in nori (seaweed) and filled with imitation crab strips, tamago (japanese omelet), scallion, and cucumber. This is futo maki.

inside-out brown rice sushi with avocado, imitation crab, and pickled beets

It could be an inside out roll, with the rice outside the seaweed, all enveloping imitation crab, avocado, and pickled beets. This is uramaki. But everyone calls it inside out roll. ;-)

sweet nigiri sushi with kiwi and candied ginger

It could even be dessert.

Other forms of sushi include battleship roll (gunkan), which we didn’t make, temaki, which we didn’t make, and hosomaki, or thin rolls, which we did make, but I didn’t get any closeups of. Thin rolls use half a sheet of nori and are filled with only one or two ingredients besides the sushi rice.

what’s in this post, and what isn’t

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January 6, 2010 in main course, soup / chili, vegan, vegetarian3 comments

winter soup of carrots, lentils, apple, and sweet potato

How about a nice bowl of cheery orange-colored soup to warm your tummy on a cold winter night? I only recently began to appreciate soup, having been too lazy to properly appreciate it in the past — soup isn’t often stick-to-your-ribs fare and I’m pretty side-dish impaired, as far as getting out bread or making a salad to go with the soup. Read more on winter soup of carrots, lentils, apple, and sweet potato…