Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Corn Chowder

12/14/10 Trader Joe's total: $42.67

12/16/10 Fresh & Easy cash total $16.82
Jamba Juice cash total: $7

Colder weather calls for warmer food. Like I said earlier this month, I'm all about soup. The Lentil soup I made went quick. It was a clear broth based soup. But now I'm wanting something a bit more substantial.

When I started into making a corn based soup, I had a real reason. I like corn chips, but for some reason I tend to abandon a bag with about 1/5 remaining. Maybe its the effort to getting through the broken chips and crumbs, but I just don't finish the bag. I hate that waste, so I figured I'd make a corn soup and add the chips to it, kind of like chili and saltines. The more I went on mixing this chowder, the more I realized it was going to be a big meal!

Corn Chowder
**If using fresh corn, I'd recommend 10-15 stalks shucked. 1/3 should be creamed (water, corn starch and blend in a blender) and the rest set aside.

1lb frozen corn
2 cans whole corn
2-3 cans creamed corn

2lb potatoes cut into cubes
1lb yellow split peas
2 bricks silken tofu
1 cup corn meal

salt and pepper to taste

Wash and drain yellow split peas and start to cook in 6 quart pot 1/3 filled with water.
Cut and wash potatoes and when peas half cooked, add potatoes and 2 tsp salt. Allow to cook until potatoes are tender.
Add frozen corn. Add more water if needed. Cook for 20 min before adding canned corn. If you are using fresh corn, add non creamed corn in 2 parts and allow 20min of cook time between additions.

(Chowder before creamed tofu.)

Take creamed corn and tofu and blend in blender.
Add corn meal to pot and cook for 10 min.
Add blended tofu and creamed corn to pot. Add 2tsp salt and dust with pepper.
Allow to simmer until corn meal thickens chowder and potatoes become grainy.

This turned out so well and I made it on the fly!
The bad news is it tastes terrible with the corn chips, but aw well.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Month of Soup

This Month's Allotment: $200
12/2/10 Food 4 Less total: $24.47

12/4/10 Trader Joe's total: $49.94

12/6/10 Fresh & Easy total: $37.20

12/8/10 Trader Joe's total: $18.33

12/10/10 Food 4 Less total: $23.59

This months I'm all about soup. So far I've made three soups: Lentil mushroom, corn chowder, and split pea.

Lentil Mushroom Soup

1lb of lintels
1lb of split peas
1lb frozen peas
1lb hominy
2 stalks celery
1 chopped onion
1lb spinach(frozen)
chopped portabella mushrooms
2 packages of extra firm tofu
salt and pepper to taste

Rinse the dry grains and fill a 6 quart basin 1/3 full of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and cook grains until half done. Fill with water 1/2 to 3/4th full. Bring to a simmer. Add chopped onion and let cook for about 30 min.
At this time add the spinach and let simmer until beans are tender.
Chop and drain tofu and add to soup. Chop celery and add. Allow to cook for another 30 min.

Chop mushrooms in bowl and pour soup over. The soup will cook the mushrooms just enough. Salt and pepper to taste.

Its awesome!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

November Food

Food Stamp total: $200
11/2/10 Fresh & East total: $71.68

11/2/10 Trader Joe's total: $40.00

11/3/10 Trader Joe's cash total: $12.58

11/3/10 Food 4 Less total: $12.35

11/13/10 Trader Joe's total: $43.72

11/23/10 Trader Joe's cash total: $30.02

11/24/10 Food 4 Less total: $13.26

11/16/10 Food 4 Less cash total: $17.41

11/30/10 Gelson's Market cash total: $11.48

It's been a rather uneventful food month for me. Thanksgiving, you'd think would be a feast, right? Naw. I got invited to a dinner, a friend's family, but I didn't feel like going. One reason was I just was not in the mood to socialize, the other being I'd have to bring all my own food. What's the point in that? I can eat in the comfort of my own apartment and still be in pajamas.

I chose that option. Don't get me wrong, the sentiment was lovely, but I get so sick of the , "You can't eat this?" "You can have that, there is only butter in it, no meat." conversations that I would rather simply forgo.

Avocado and spaghetti, my favorite comfort food. Delicious.

But there is one thing I have discovered again, soup!
Oh! how I have missed you fair food!

I'm going to be making a lot of soup this month, get ready for it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

End of last month's food.

10/10 Whole Foods cast total: $22
I'm not too sure how much I spent her, I paid cash and can't find the receipt.

10/12/10 Food for Less total: $29.70

10/15/10 Trader Joe's total: $23.02

10/19/10 Food for Less total: $17.93

10/22/10 Trader Joe's cash total: $31.63

10/27/10 Truly Vegan totay: $25.24

10/27/10 Gelsons: Cash total $12.28

10/28/10 99¢ Store & Ralphs: Cash total $22
The Jamba Juice was $4

10/29/10 Ralphs cash total: $22.05
Jamba Juice was $4

I had a craving for 'beans & franks' for a while. Great comfort food.

Other fun spending this month:
10/15/10 Pete's Cafe $20.76

10/14/10 Edison bar $24.
Friends came into town. Had to say hi to them.

10/31/10 Drinks at Cicada Club: $60
It was halloween, what do you want from me?!

I know I've been a bit lax with posts. It's because I had a job. Well, I should say 'job' because it ended in 10 days. It was freelance, but it was supposed to go on for three weeks, but you know clients. So the past month of recreational spending has sunk me this month. Man, move some cash from rent to fun and all hell drops out under you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pizza Pizza Pizza!

This month's food stamp allotment $210. About $18 of that is roll over from last month.

10/1/10 Trader Joe's total: $15.53

10/2/10 Trader Joe's total: $40.28

10/2/10 Ralphs total: $42.23

10/5/10 99¢ Store total: $22.40

10/5/10 Food 4 Less total: $14.50

10/8/10 Food 4 Less total: $7.98

I'm all about pizza this month.

I got a lot of veggies, and some apples. I plan on making some fried apples later this month. I whipped up some pizza dough based on a recipe I got from veggie web.

Easy, Yummy and Quick Pizza Crust *(my alterations)

*1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + *2 tbls lukewarm water
1 tablespoon + *2 tsp yeast
*3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat oven 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water until the yeast is dissolved. Let it stand for a couple minutes. Add the salt and vegetable oil/melted margarine. Mix. Add the flour, and mix. Roll out the dough. Put it in the oven for 5 minutes. Take it out and rub olive oil over it. Add toppings, and cook for 10-15 more minutes.

Makes: 1 serving, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

At first I made veggie pizza.

It was so lovely on the fresh dough. I coated the crust with fresh crushed garlic before I added the tomato sauce (tomato juice and tomato paste). Made a seasoned blend of veggies.

I polished off the pizza in one night.

The next pizza I just wanted spinach.

I LOVE the texture and taste of crisp spinach. Its so delightful. I did throw on some avocado and it was delish.

Then the next one was even more bland. Just sauce and garlic.

So more like garlic bread, really. Its good comfort food. Not as great as spaghetti and avocados, which I love, but good none the less.

I think later in the week I'm going to make some bread. I have some yeast on order.
Its a long story.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Last Food of the Month

It's been a while since I've updated. This past month has been total shit. From having my unemployment benefits nearly taken away, and being without them for 5 weeks, to my beloved dog dying in my hands, I have not been up to much.

But things are looking on the up and up. I might have some freelance work, I got my bennies back (although they will run out soon) and I passed my terrible in triplicate food stamp renewal application process. I was surprised, my awards letter said that I was going to get $60, but I got $200, which I was happy about.

9/17/10 Food 4 Less total: $20.44

9/23/10 Fresh & Easy total: $18.30

9/29/10 Ralph's total $18.50

10/1/10 Trader Joe's total: $15.53

My month without soy was kind of a bust. I thought I'd feel different, or my skin would clear or I'd have more energy. None of the above. I did however notice the taste change when I switched coffee because the almond milk didn't taste good with the Italian roast I love. But that was a small thing. This next month I think I'll live on pancakes and pizza.