I did some baking today. Zucchini muffins …
… and date bread.
Yum. I got the recipe for this completely scrumptious bread from the (now sadly on what seems to be permanent hiatus) podcast “The Knitting Cook.” I really need to get some cream cheese to have with this. Perfection. Faith warns her readers not to fill the pans too full, because they will spill over in the oven and make a big fat mess. This is true. Ask me how I know.
I’ve been trying on the weekends to do a bunch of cooking and baking in the preparation for the week. It can be hard to get all psyched up to cook after a long day of investment banking. And, much as it pains me to admit it, a beer is not dinner. Not even if it’s a stout.
Since roughly the beginning of summer, I’ve also significantly changed my diet. I used to be basically an omnivore and now I’m more of a ovo-lacto-pesco-vegetarian. I decided to do this largely after reading a pamphlet about the relationship between eating meat and global warming. It’s a small change that I’m making, and doesn’t contribute a whole lot on its own. But don’t try telling a knitter that lots of people making a small change can’t make a big difference together.
Also informing my new diet is something I read in a book by the Dalai Lama about contentment with food. Basically, he wrote that although Buddhist monks practice vegetarianism, mendicants must accept whatever is offered them, even if it’s meat. In this way, they are practicing contentment with what they have. I like this idea. So if I’m at a party, I’ll eat meat if that’s what is offered. Or, for example, if my dinner date says he really wants to get the sauteed chicken livers but won’t get them if he has to eat them by himself, I’ll be a good sport. (But only this once with the chicken livers!) I also read something about the Mediterranean diet, which described it as using meat sparingly for flavor. That’s another idea I like, mostly because it justifies my refusal to give up bacon.
Got any ideas for easy, make-ahead veggie recipes? Leave ’em in the comments. Naturally, anything incorporating bacon will be warmly received.