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Boom Boom wrote:

I love veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs - I used to have them when I visited a friend who is a Seventh Day Adventist - I think (but am not 100% sure) they do not eat meat at all. If I could get them here, I'd never eat meat dogs and burgers ever again.

Yeah, if they are strict 7th Days they are vegan (I have also known 7th days who aren't as strict and are just vegetarian or eat meat, though).

When I became vegetarian about 15 years ago there was no calcium fortified OJ (I believe it was actually illegal!). Where I lived no grocery stores carried soya or meat substitutes at all but lucky for me there was a 7th day community near where I lived and they had a (really small) variety/grocery store which carried those things (not OJ but other stuff) so it made it so much easier to become vegetarian.


Oh, I'm so glad this thread was at the top of TAT!  Because I've got a nice clean kitchen and I'm in the mood to cook - but I'm missing an ingredient for just about everything I think of!  And I'm too lazy to go to the store right now. :)

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Yea, and it's raining too. How about some stone soup?


The only kind of hot dogs I can eat are veggie dogs.  Hangover from my vegan days - I can't bear the thought of what's in the meat kind, and I don't mind the taste of veggie dogs.
I know a guy who used to make fun of tofu weiners because they weren't as good a "real" weiners. It's pretty hard to argue with someone who loves animal lips and rat feces.


Anyway, I noticed nobody blinked at the concept of "gourmet" weiners.


OK, does anyone buy "gourmet" pet food?


That would be for the pet's consumption, of course.

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C'mon, this was at least half a blink:

I'm not sure what qualifies as a 'gourmet' dog.


I ended up going to the store on Sunday (got over my own laziness and my son's by promising him a treat if he came with me to the store - ah, bribery, the parenting tool of the year) and getting a few veggies and some coconut milk that I need for Jamaican rice and peas (which I meant to make last night and didn't).

Anyhow, so I made these salmon cakes yesterday for lunch, and they turned out really well - my son LOVED them (thank goodness).  I just ate some of the leftovers for lunch now - couldn't wait until noon!  And they're even better reheated the next day!

P.S. I changed the recipe a bit - I omitted the cilantro (because I didn't have any on hand), changed the oil to extra virgin olive oil, and I also lightly dredged the patties in breadcrumbs mixed with dried dill before throwing them on the skillet.  I might not bother next time, as I think the breadcrumbs soak up more oil than I would have used without them.  But they were goooood.

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If you are worried about fat content and cholesterol, Michelle, you should use canola or rapeseed oil instead of olive oil. Extra-Virgin olive oil is not normally supposed to be used in cooking, since it has a very low smoke point--not to mention Canola is healthier and much less pricey! Added bonuses are its local to Canada and a good source omega fatty acids. The only ethical problem is that most of Canada's Canola is Monsanto and GM. Boo.


Well, I AM kind of concerned about the health aspects of oil, but the truth is, I just really love the taste of olive oil and I use it for pretty much everything. :)  I didn't know that canola is healthier though!


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If you are worried about fat content and cholesterol, Michelle, you should use canola or rapeseed oil instead of olive oil.


We used to grow rape (and we were nowhere near Tisdale), and it's always bugged me that when they were looking for a new name for rapeseed they passed over the existing French word "colza," and instead chose the made-up "canola."

We blew a chance at boosting national harmony there.


This is food-like. so I thought I'd post it.

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I like the premise behind this restaruant.  Get it all out in the open:



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Homemade "neo citran" that takes only slightly longer to make and tastes better:


  • A hunk of ginger, enough to make a good 10 or 15 thin slices around an inch in diameter
  • A few lemons
  • Liquid honey
  • A cooking pot full of water

Fill a cooking pot with water - make it a nice big one.

Peel the hunk of ginger and thinly slice it. 

Throw the ginger into the water, bring it to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes covered.

Turn off the heat, ladle the broth into a cup, add honey to taste, cut a lemon in half and squeeze some into the cup (enough to give you a good lemon flavour, but I find you don't even need to use all of the juice from the half lemon - use the rest of it in the next cup).

Keep drinking it from that pot all weekend, putting the lemon and honey in your cup (not the pot) as you drink it, heating up when you need to, adding a bit more water when needed, keeping it covered when not cooking or using, and leaving the pieces of ginger in to steep.  It's really great the next day after the ginger has been soaking in the water for a long time.

Probably neo citran has stuff in it that makes you fall asleep or something.  So, what the heck, add some rum into your cup before bedtime. :) But I'm a big fan of Nyquil before bed when I have a cold, and I don't have a homemade version of that stuff!


A friend taught me a couple of weeks ago how to make a shrimp curry, using her approximate spice blend (no measurements, and she just throws in what spices she feels like and has on hand).

So, because I was looking for some Thai and Indian curry recipes, I found this great site that has curry powder recipes!  Instead of buying curry powders at the store, you can mix your own and they taste different depending on the various combinations.

The Jamaican curry blend at the very bottom looks amazing - I need to try that!  Maybe I'll make chicken with it some night.

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What a great resource, Michelle! I've made Garam Masala from scratch before, and it worked pretty good. But there's a bunch of interesting blends that look worth trying.

Canada Day in our household has been traditionally used to make strawberry jam -- but since we're travelling, we can't do it right now. I'm hoping when we're home next week there will still be some berries left on the West coast!


Strawberry season is pretty much over, isn't it?  I would have thought that your strawberry season would be over even sooner than ours, since your warm weather starts earlier.

I went to St. Lawrence Market here in Toronto on Saturday, and there were lots of strawberries, but the vendors told me this would probably be the last weekend I could get them.  I was sad, because I haven't been doing much in the way of going to farmers' markets lately, and so I've almost missed strawberry season.  So I bought two quarts, washed and cut them up and put them in a container in the fridge, and have been enjoying them all weekend, knowing that these are the last strawberries I'll get until next spring/early summer.  I don't do strawberries except in May and June, because they taste like crap when they're shipped from California during the rest of the year.  Well, not quite true - I do buy the frozen ones to make smoothies with.  But fresh ones - forget it unless they're Ontario strawberries during strawberry season.

Our raspberry bush is in the middle of bearing beautiful fruit right now, and I'm greedily picking every other day or so.  I'm not really all that crazy about raspberries, but rr loves them, so I've been bringing them to him as a gift while he's sick.  And I've actually liked eating them off the bush too - there's something delicious about that, even though it's not my favourite berry.  Gave some to the neighbours as well.

I also came up with the evil combination of making up some whipped cream (with a touch of vanilla and splenda - yes, I don't normally use sugar substitute but I didn't think it would matter so much with whipped cream), putting a nice dollop of it on a cheap arrowroot-type cookie, and topping with raspberries from the garden.  It's just wrong, but oh so delicious, and a good way to use up these cheap-ass cookies that rr was tempted to buy because they were 99 cents per package of three sleeves. :D  They're such a nice base that I might be tempted to buy them again for the same thing.  Way cheaper than buying those strawberry shortcake cakes in the package.

Anyhow, I'm glad you liked that site.  I liked it too!  I probably won't follow their measurements to the letter, but I look forward to trying that Jamaican curry powder recipe with the star anise, allspice, and cinnamon included.