Veggie Numz

December 6, 2010   
It's been a pretty relaxing day for me.It's been SNOWING where I live and as much as I dreaded it and said I didn't want it to come... I secretly have been enjoying it all day! shh don't tell anyone though.

I have two paintings that I have to finish really soon and I can't wait until they are complete!
I took painting this semester and thought I'd hate it, but of course I love it now. I've been stressing myself out over this last project..but I think it's because I'm trying to hard. I just need to step back and breathe I think.

So speaking about my paintings, I've had this weird thing where I'm slightly scared to share my art on here... so mayyyybe I will get brave and post a section about it soon.. eeeek!

At last, I do want to share with you my delicious dinner for the night. I ordered Pad Thai. I know I should have made it myself...but the combination of the snow, the music I've been playing, and my relaxation mode just told me to indulge. And there is nothing wrong with a little food indulgence for the soul :)

It was Vegetarian Pad Chili with mixed vegetables & tofu. I know that may sound gross to some.. and believe me I never thought i'd see the day where i'd order tofu! But it was lightly pan fried on each side and is actually reallyyy tasty!

I've attached my own recipe for a Vegetarian Thai Stir Fry... not exactly Pad Thai.. but either way it's SO good and I always enjoy making this. I hope you enjoy it too and maybe it will be a nice break from meat! ;)

     Veggie Thai Stir-fry with Rice
  • 1 medium-size carrot, sliced
  • 1-2 cups baby bok choy,
  • 1 red pepper, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 5-6 shiitake mushrooms, sliced, or left in halves or quarters
  • 3 shallots, cut in thirds
  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup snow peas 
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced 
  • 1 thumb-size piece of or ginger sliced thinly (matchstick-like pieces)
  • 3 Tbsp. white wine
  • optional: handful dry-roasted unsalted cashews
  • optional: 2 cakes of hard tofu  
  • 1/3 cup good-tasting stock (vegetarian or chicken stock)
  • 2.5 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 4 Tbsp of water. (this is to thicken) or melt 1 TBS of butter mix 1 – 2 tbs of rice flour(or regular flour) to make a roux and add to sauce
  • 1 red chili, minced, OR 1 tsp. chili sauce, OR 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

  1. Start by making the stir-fry sauce. Place all ingredients - except garlic and cornstarch or flour mix- in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  1. When sauce begins to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low. Now add the minced garlic and cornstarch (dissolved in water) or flour mix. Stir until the sauce thickens slightly - about 30 seconds to 1 minute. TASTE and adjust to your liking… more sugar, more spice.. or even add lime juice for a ZING
  1. Take two cakes of hard tofu, and cut them in quarters, and keep cutting until you get bite sized pieces. Place a little peanut or coconut oil in a hot pan and stir fry the tofu pieces until they turn golden brown. Set aside.
*in the meantime cook rice as directed!

  1. Next sauté carrots, ginger, and mushrooms for a few minuted. De-glaze pan with a little wine.
  1. Add the remaining veggies and the sauce. Cook until tender. Add cashews now and tofu if using!

xo  Laura


Sonya Zombiee said...

It snowed here, too! But it didn't stay. It just kind of flurried all day, and that's about it. The boyfriend says they've got like two feet up in Berlin, though.
I am jealous.

I would LOVE if you shared some arts! I'm sure it's lovely. :)

Um. I'm even hungrier than I already was now, by the way. Haha. xD

Laura said...

In plymouth we got about 2 inches maybe.. 2.5? haha the side roads area really slippery! thats a lot up there!

I think I may get brave and show some soon :)

sorry about making you hungry hehe

lindsay said...

i think it would be absolutely wonderful if you shared your paintings with us...i love art so much especially paintings!

also that dinner looks amazing. i am a vegetarian and i love anything like this...i didn't think i would like tofu either, but it is fantastic :)

have a great night!

Jenna said...

it looks yummy i almost ordered something like that at a japanese lunch truck on campus yesterday! weird!

SHOW YOUR ART <3 good luck with finals and finishing up !

Laura said...

lindsay - I think i'm going to get brave and share some! and tofu is good for all the haters ;)

Jenna - I wish we had cool food trucks on campus.. sounds so good! nothing like that wayy up here :(

ashley said...

mm that sounds so good, a nice warm winter meal :)

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