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Day 24-27

I started a garden!  I had tried gardening once before, but it didn’t work out well for me.  I was about seven years old.  I was growing a pea plant – this was also around the first time I heard of Gregor Mendel, and I remember feeling like I was doing serious science.  So I had my pea plant in a little pot in the backyard, and one day I saw that it had grown a pod.  Score!  I noticed a small tear at one end of the pod, and I was disappointed because I figured I probably shouldn’t eat it.  So I started to tear the sucker open, and there was a big black spider inside.  In retrospect, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a spider to just be hanging out inside a pea pod, for all I know it could’ve been a caterpillar or something, the point is it was a creature with legs and it was traumatizing and it ruined my gardening experience.

So about two months ago, I got baby zucchini and aristocrat squash plants from the market.  The zucchini plant (pictured) gets bigger every time I look at it, and there are about three zucchinis that are almost ready.  The aristocrat squash is on suicide watch – it’s roughly the same size it was when I bought it, and it can’t seem to decide whether it wants to live.  It’s gone from green to yellow and back again, grown mushrooms at least three times, and attracted pests.  It’s finally grown two blossoms, but I can’t imagine that it’s big enough to support any fruit.  I really don’t know anything about gardening, so I just give it sympathetic looks and hope that it will be okay.

Day 24 – Monday, May 24
Morning:  Blueberry flax muffin.

Afternoon:  Scrambled tofu and potatoes, and a pear.

Evening:  Sliced cucumber with Russian dressing.  Top Ramen with sliced portabella mushroom.

Day 25 – Tuesday, May 25
Morning:  Oatmeal.

Afternoon:  Fried rice with tofu and green onion.  Also, I ate the mudpie.  (See previous post.)  I was in super serious study mode over my political science exam, and I was kinda freaking out.  I didn’t know what to do, so I ate the mudpie.  It happens.

Evening:  I had a blueberry flax muffin before class, and a tortilla with salsa after.

Day 26 – Wednesday, May 26
Morning:  Scrambled tofu and potatoes.

Afternoon:  Leftover fried rice, and blueberry flax muffin.

Evening:  Beans and rice, and a packet of mixed nuts from Whole Foods (almonds, walnuts, dried blueberries and cranberries, dark chocolate).

Day 27 – Thursday, May 27
Morning:  Oatmeal.

Afternoon:  Beans and rice.

Evening:  I made a blueberry banana smoothie after work around 4pm.  For dinner, I made a packet of Ramen with tofu (crumbled with a little curry powder) and green onion, and threw a small amount of leftover white rice I had from yesterday.  I wanted to use the other half of my portabella mushroom, but it was going a little nasty.  I also wanted to use one of my zucchinis, but by the time I remembered that it was too late.  I added a little soy sauce and Sriracha, and reduced the broth almost completely.  It was pretty tasty, and I have leftovers for work tomorrow.


May 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

Day 9 & 10

I was boiling potatoes for potato salad last night, and all but one came out overcooked.  I wanted to mash them, but I needed soy milk.  I figured I’d just mention it here and subtract it from next week’s $21, but I decided instead to put myself on a monthly budget of $84.  That had been my plan originally, and I don’t know what made me change my mind, but I’m changing it back.  Some readers had commented as well that this would make it easier for me to buy things in larger quantities that will last me for weeks.  This will also allow me to get healthier snacks, like nuts and hummus, because lately I’ve only been able to afford to snack on cheap carbs and fruit.  I’ll adjust my totals next post, because I need to check the cost of the sliced almonds I had in my freezer.  I also need to add the soy milk ($2.79), and a half package of Gardein ($2.50).

Day 9 – Sunday, May 9
Morning:  On Sunday morning, I made scrambled tofu for the first time.  I took some of my cubed tofu, squeezed out the moisture with my fingers, and crumbled it in a dish.  I sprinkled it with tumeric and a few drops of soy sauce, and added it to a pan with olive oil.  At this point I realized I had gotten so excited about the tofu — complicated by the fact that it was 6am — that I didn’t realize that wouldn’t make a meal on it’s own, so when the tofu was done I made home fries with onions and mushrooms.  I packed everything up and took it to work, and although the tofu came out a little dry, it was perfect mixed in with the potatoes.  This was my favorite meal of the project so far.. but it ended up tying with lunch.

Afternoon:  I had beans and rice for lunch at work on day 8, and honestly I’d be happy eating beans and rice almost every day, but they definitely taste better fresh out of the pan.  Also, I scored some free salsa from my parents’ Poquito Mas takeout.  I have turned down all free food so far, but I think free condiments are acceptable.

Evening:  I tried adding the same type of scrambled tofu to my fried rice, and while the tumeric did add a slightly different flavor, it mainly just turned everything yellow.  In this batch I added (in order):  carrots, onions, tofu, mushrooms, cooked white rice, soy sauce, and a few spoonsfuls of canned peas at the very end.

Day 10 – Monday, May 10
Morning:  I made another batch of muffins from How it All Vegan, with shredded carrots in place of blueberries, cinnamon, and topped with sliced almonds.  The recipe also includes a mashed banana, and a tablespoon of flax seed meal.

Afternoon:  I had one of the Gardein Chik’n Scallopinis I had in my freezer, topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions.  Potato salad on the side.

Evening:  For dinner tonight, I kept it simple with leftover fried rice.

May 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment


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