I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite moments occurs when I pull up to my house and I see that Amazon box sitting outside my doorstep. Every other plan for the evening flies out the window because I am now going to do nothing but sit on the couch and peruse my new purchases. Well, last week I received several of my new vegan cookbooks. One of them was The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. The first recipe in the Soup chapter is Corn Chowder. I love corn. I don’t care if it exits looking much the same way it did on my plate before I ate it, I love it. I was very upset to learn it’s not technically considered a vegetable. I’m excited to make it! I break out my “Mealboard” grocery store app on my iPhone and record the recipes, create my shopping list and off to Whole Foods I go.
Ingredients that made me struggle:
Vidalia onions (say what? I spent FOR-ever in the produce aisle looking for these blasted special onions and could find them nowhere! So, naturally I phone a friend, my one and only lifeline, my mother and I ask her what the heck a Vidalia onion is and where I might find it. After reassuring me that I was indeed looking in the right place and that maybe it wasn’t the season for them (onions have seasons?), she told me I could substitute with a short squatty purple one, so I did)
A dried chipotle pepper (this looked like a giant prune and I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t want to touch it and it did make me gag a little)
Cut vegetables into 1/4-inch dice (I eyeballed the dice, no way was I breaking out the ruler)
De-rib a bell pepper? bell peppers have ribs? Oh good grief…
Don’t EVER confuse “organic” chicken stock with “faux” chicken stock. I had all the ingredients diced, sliced and prepped and I was ready to get a-cookin’ when I pulled out what was supposed to be the “faux” chicken stock and instead discovered that somehow when reading the label I mistook the Organic to mean Fake or Vegan. Whole foods isn’t close enough to my house to run out and get the correct stock, so I briefly entertained the idea of just using the chicken stock, but you won’t believe the guilt I felt. I know if you aren’t vegan, you’ll probably think I’m being stupid and silly, but if just felt like a give-up or a failure, so I ran to Wal-Mart to see what I could find. Of course, they didn’t care fake chicken stock, so again I “phone a friend”.
“Mooooooooooooooooooooooooom” I whine. I had to explain my dilemma many times. I think I was so flustered and upset by my quest to quickly find fake chicken stock that my explanations came out disjointed and incoherent. Naturally, it was her fault, I mean she did birth me, why couldn’t she read my mind!!!!!!! Anyway, she assured me that vegetable broth would work just as well. Whew, crisis averted.
I get back home and now I’m ready to make the magic happen. Would you like to see a picture of the finished product? Okay, okay you twisted my arm. Voila! Here it is:
It does look yummy don’t you think? It was delicious, and even better the second day! This might be my favorite recipe so far.
Here is a pic of my son about to try it…. That’s not excitement on his face, that’s him begging for PB&J instead. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.
Now I must leave…I am on a new mission to find yellow Miso paste!