May. 1st, 2017 09:24 am
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Look at all these yummy dandelion roots I got while weeding the garden! Couldn't use the leaves because they were black with aphids, but roots are a good consolation prize.
Pic under the cut. )
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So I found recently - thanks to the food bank and then a trip to Winco earlier in the month - that chicken thighs are cheaper than breasts, and no more difficult than breasts to cut. Easier, in fact, because parts of them just kind of fall off when you push on them. They also taste better, too, IMHO. So I've been getting those instead.
fayanora: SK avatar (SK avatar)
Eating only what you can afford and/or get from food boxes when you're poor is sucky, but sometimes it has interesting results. The last few days, I've been enjoying something I tossed together. I made some rice with mushrooms and cut-up carrot tops from some organic carrots I got from the food boxes. Then I added some carrots and hamburger, and soy sauce. Simple, balanced, tasty.
fayanora: SK avatar (SK avatar)
At our apartment building, me and my friend Brooke have a garden plot. And since chemicals aren't allowed in the gardens, and the plots are separate from one another, the dandelions that grow wild there during the winter (yeah, winter in Portland is big on rain and not very big on ice or snow) are perfectly safe to eat. (Ah yes, dandelions, poor man's salad. But don't eat them if the soil they're in is chemically treated.) So dandelion leaves and sometimes roots in stews or the leaves in salads is something we do.

This year, the specific species/sub-species/mutation of dandelions growing there are a kind that grows DOZENS of leaves each, in this pattern where most of the leaves are fanned out along the ground like a green sun with myriad rays. I must have cut at least a couple dozen leaves off each one and didn't even get a third of the leaves growing on them! Salad and soups for days!

Also found out that not only are the leaves and roots edible, so are the flowers. I'm wondering if that includes the stems of the flowers, too? I wonder because when I was a kid, I had a habit of peeling apart dandelion flower stems and licking the bitter white fluid inside, and I never got sick from it. (Don't worry, we never lived anywhere with chemically treated lawns.)

There’s these other “weeds” called plantains that are edible too (as well as having medicinal properties), but I haven’t seen any of those in the garden plot yet this year.

Interestingly, you can buy seeds of a large plantain cultivar on Amazon: Here.
fayanora: Steph book (Steph book)
Got some spinach wrap thingies the other day, they’re like green tortillas. They're huge, and I got them because I figured they'd be lower in carbs. Which they are. One of them has 58 calories, and at first I was thinking "Wow, that's a lot." But one slice of my favorite bread, "Great Seed" bread, has 110 calories. So wow, I can have two wrap sandwiches for 1/4th the calories of a single sandwich using regular bread. Holy moley!


Oct. 2nd, 2016 01:53 pm
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
Got some ginger powder at Winco yesterday. I've been putting it in my soup. Chicken soup with ginger in it is AMAZING! Especially since ginger is the only really spicy spice I can have that doesn't bother my IBS. (I pretty much only use basil and oregano and ginger in stuff.)

Oh, and tried some shitake mushrooms. They're more expensive, because I only got like less than a dozen and that cost the same as three times as many crimini mushrooms, but shitake mushrooms might be good to get in small amounts in future. I like their taste, texture, and color better than crimini mushrooms. Also, they cook faster.
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
Apparently, malt vinegar soaked into bread makes a great cure for upset stomach. This is amazing news, because for years now, I've had to just suffer when I got upset stomach, because nothing would settle it, ever since Pepto Bismol stopped being able to do it. (Why my body doesn't respond to Pepto Bismol anymore, I dunno.)

Only down side to this is I kinda have to have something to cleanse my palate between bites, because malt vinegar soaked in bread is intensely strong, if you have several in a row.
fayanora: Steph bouncy (Steph bouncy)
Over the years I've come to know why kids hate bread crusts. Sure, I still find some bread crusts delicious, but others are dry and gross. But now I have malt vinegar to make them moist and delicious. Peel off the crusts, dip em in malt vinegar, NOM!
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
I got this Shittake mushroom dressing because it was one of the few dressings I can actually eat without getting the napalm shits, and I am SO glad I did. Just had a salad with it, and it's so very yummy that I had to use some bread to mop up the remainder at the bottom of the bowl. Yummy! I will indeed be getting this again in future!
fayanora: Elle tongue (Elle tongue)
My roommate found, in one of Portland's many free boxes, a working food processor. After cleaning it up a little (more a precaution), I used it. Made IBS friendly guacamole last night (avocado, salt, lemon juice), and IBS friendly hummus this morning. (garbanzo beans, lemon juice, salt, a little water.) It's amazing stuff, I love it. Already thinking, though, of alternate versions, like adding spinach to it, or olives, or tomatoes.
fayanora: disguised as an adult (disguised as an adult)
I tell ya, going to the Asian market for rice noodles is a lot more difficult than I'd anticipated. Fucktons of options for size, consistency, etc of noodles. One of the two kinds I got was these rice sticks that looked like normal noodles but became like two or three times fatter than spaghetti when cooked. Not getting that kind again.


Feb. 3rd, 2015 11:23 pm
fayanora: Steph fuck yeah (Steph fuck yeah)
I discovered that Campbell's brand beef broth and Campbell's brand Beef Consomme soup do not have any onion or garlic or anything else in them that I cannot have, due to my IBS. It will make for a good occasional treat to get myself, since I generally rely on Better Than Bouillon for my soups. Today I got some stew beef and the consomme and made a delicious soup with potatos, carrots, and celery; and spinach noodles. Cooked the stew beef in the otherwise empty soup pan first, then added the consomme, boiled a while more just to be on the safe side, then made the rest of the soup. Delicious!


Dec. 2nd, 2014 12:48 am
fayanora: Hit Girl (Hit Girl)
My new favorite kind of noodles is now the homestyle egg noodles, ever since I got some from the food bank. So when I went grocery shopping earlier, I got a whole bunch of them from the bulk aisle. Awesome!
fayanora: Icky (Icky)
It's the end of the month, and I am tired of soup.* I am tired of my crappy food options. Come the first, I am gonna see about expanding my options.

One way I'm doing that is finally giving in to Molly Elizabeth's requests for cereal. Now, when she wants cereal, she wants sugary, brightly colored kids cereal. And almost always I argue with her, saying things like "That's not good for us" and convince her to give up or compromise with something like frosted mini wheats. Well, I always regret doing this because cereals for adults tend to suck. Frosted Mini-Wheats suck. I thought the chocolate flavored ones would be an improvement, but I put some in my almond milk (which tastes better than regular milk, BTW) and they tasted NASTY. They're only edible when dry, and then just barely. I have had similar experiences with raisin bran and other fibery cereals.

So, this month, gonna let Molly get at least one cereal of her own choice without me arguing about it. Then I think I'll put the mini-wheats out in the place where we put free stuff for if people want it, because the thought of eating those things fills me with disgust.

* = Technically, I was tired of soup before we even started eating any this year. It was one of those things where, given how the weather was going, we knew we'd be eating a lot of soup soon, and even though our soup is delicious, it gets tiresome eating it all the damn time, so we were getting pre-emptively tired of it.
fayanora: Icky (Icky)
Bought some stuff at the store called "Better Than Boullion," to try it. Just picked up one, thank goddess, one of the beef ones. It sounded good, since it uses real beef fat and processed beef muscle. Tried it in some ramen today, though... BLECH! I had to add a bunch of salt to it to make it taste good; apparently it doesn't have the kind of salt content boullion does, and it's only good with added salt. I shall bear that in mind next time I use it, add the salt in the pot before adding the noodles.
fayanora: Rinmarugames (Rinmarugames)
Fay's IBS-friendly salsa:

1 - 2 stalks celery, diced (fiber!)
1 carrot, diced
1/2 cup or more diced eggplant
2 - 4 brown mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup or more tomato sauce
Basil and/or oregano to taste (optional)

Fry, microwave, or steam cook the celery and carrots first. When those are soft enough, add mushroom and eggplant, cook some more. Then add tomato sauce in pan, or in separate container to reheat. Then add the basil/oregano.

Note: You could easily use various squashes in this, too, such as yellow squash or zucchini.
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A couple days ago I got some olive tapenade hummus even though it has garlic in it, thinking "Why not? It's not like I've been having normal BMs lately anyway, no matter how hard I've tried." I got it to eat with chicken veggie stuff I love. Used to make it with taco seasoning or other spices, now though, I make it with poultry seasoning and fresh basil and oregano. Good stuff. Cooked in peanut oil because peanut oil has a lower smoke point than olive oil. Amy also says olive oil makes stuff taste bitter, but she could smell an ant fart from a mile away, so I'm sure that affects how things taste for her. This batch of the chicken veggie thing, I used up a fuckton of the garden zucchini, also it has celery (for added fiber) and mushrooms. Spread some hummus in a tortilla or other flatbread, put the chicken veggie mixture in there, and make a sort of burrito out of it, yummy stuff!

Anyway, despite the hummus having garlic in it... either I was wrong about not being able to have garlic, or something in the hummus counteracts the garlic, because well... the last few days, the end results of my food have been the most normal they've been in ages. TMI ) So... maybe that means I should eat more hummus? I'm going to continue to do so for a while, to test the theory. So today I got more olive tapenade hummus, and also some more celery, in case it's the celery doing good things. Or in case it's the combo of the two.

Anyway, good to know that I seem to be able to have hummus. That was one thing I would have missed a lot.
fayanora: moonphase anger (moonphase anger)
I feel like depression has changed eating from something enjoyable into a fucking onerous chore, so that whenever I get ready to eat, it's like "So what am I going to cram in my throat-hole this time? *sigh*" And now my IBS makes it so I can't have dairy, spicy food, or anything in the onion or garlic family, so the few foods I still kinda liked are pretty much stolen from me.

What's worse, all this is happening to me in the summertime, when the oppressive heat already makes eating a chore, and makes cooking anything something to be avoided at all costs, because the oven adds so much extra heat to the air.

I'm looking forward to the winter, like seriously it can't come fast enough for my taste. At least in the winter, I can cook stuff without dying of heat stroke. And winter means soup season! Soup is basically my favorite food, it's so easy. Heat some water, boil some noodles, throw some ingredients together, and BLAM, soup's on. This coming winter is going to be a little more annoying, since all my ramen packets have onion and garlic in them, so I can only use the noodles, but whatever.

Then too, I make sandwiches, but sandwiches without cheese kind of suck. And I get damned tired of sandwiches anyway. At night when it's cooler, I sometimes make chicken for a cold chicken salad, but that's a shitton of work, and so often - between the depression and the fucking daystar's hideous heat - I just don't have the spoons to eat anything that takes more than 5 minutes to make. Which normally would mean stocking my freezer full of microwavable dinners, but hey, EVERY GODDAMN ONE of those fucking things has either dairy or onion in it, so eating those would mean more fucking diarrhea.

Yeah, I don't blame my roommate for consuming pretty much nothing but smoothies this summer. I would do the same, but I need protein, and plant protein doesn't do diddly squat for me. Also, smoothies have like, zero staying power; I drink one and I'm just hungry again a half hour or hour later.

I would really love to find a grocery store that caters specifically to people with food allergies/sensitivities, with like a whole aisle or two devoted to zero-dairy, zero onion-family, zero hot pepper foods. Because every trip to the grocery store this month has been me wandering around the store looking at stuff, getting more and more frustrated as I go along at all the stuff I can't eat. I can't even make a grocery list anymore because I no longer know what the fuck to even get.

I'm getting more and more tempted to just go "Fuck it" and eat whatever the fuck I feel like eating, and damn the consequences. Chase every fucking meal with an anti-diarrhea pill or something.
fayanora: Steph Death Glare (Steph Death Glare)
So I am apparently so sensitive to onion now that I had an IBS incident from em-effing BEEF BROTH that had onion and garlic in it. Which makes grocery shopping extremely hard now, because you know what has onions in it? Lots and lots of things. Do you know how many salad dressings have onion in them? EVERY SINGLE MOTHERFUCKING ONE OF THEM. Even the mother-fucking vinaigrettes! Either that or dairy, which I also seem to be sensitive to. I even looked into the weird ones like Green Goddess, but nope, every damned last one of the motherfuckers has onion and/or garlic in it.

Thus, I decided to make my own salad dressing, an oil/vinegar dressing. Two parts oil to one part vinegar. And, going by something the website I found said, I went to the store to see if they had raspberry vinegar, and sure enough, they did! And so I made my own salad dressing using fresh oregano, fresh basil, peanut oil, and raspberry vinegar. I *was* going to use olive oil, but my roommate told me olive oil would turn it bitter or something. And either because that's true or whatever, the stuff is very yummy. Oh, also it has table pepper in it, because so far as I know, I'm not sensitive that *that* yet. Anyway, put everything in the blender and liquefied it, and now I have a yummy dressing. Also added a little water, which I won't do next time; it's a tad too thin now. Still yummy though. Just made an experimental amount this time around, but once I run out I will make a lot more.

The salad I made is mixed greens with sliced olives, diced zucchini, chopped tomatoes, and diced ham.

I also made a chicken salad for tomorrow. Started out last night by making a whole bunch of chicken legs in the oven, because I had two huge packages of chicken legs from the food boxes place. While the eggs for the egg/chicken salad were boiling tonight, I peeled the meat off the bones and shredded it by hand. Had to rest a couple times because of hand cramps, but whatever. Then the hard boiled egg yolks get mixed with vinegar (apple cider vinegar) and mayo, then the chopped egg whites get mixed into the sauce, then the chicken and other ingredients. Aside from the egg and chicken, it also has diced zucchini, diced cucumber, peas, and chopped mushrooms.

All in all, spent 2 and a half hours cooking, and that was just tonight. Last night it took 40 minutes to cook the chicken legs. (They had been in the fridge overnight, but were still mostly frozen. Oh well, I'm used to cooking chicken from frozen.)

Lastly, do you have any idea how fucking frustrating it is trying to shop for foods my IBS won't bitch about, when so many damned things have completely useless, vague-ass shit like "spices" listed on the ingredients? Like, okay, sure, "spices," but what KIND of spices! How is it legal to not specify what kind of spices are actually in a thing?
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I have IBS, and it seems to be made worse by spicy food and anything in the onion family, much to my dismay, because I love spicy food and onions. I used to boggle the minds of the other kids in Pizza Hut pizza parties by putting so much ground hot pepper on the pizza that you couldn't see the cheese anymore for all the peppers (because I was so stuffed up all the time as a kid that spicy peppers were one of the few things I could actually taste). And onions have always been my favorite vegetable, along with broccoli.

Anyway, Brooke and I have been growing zucchini, and we harvested our first one, which was so huge we split it in half and each got half. I wanted to make my long time favorite chicken veggie stuff with hummus, but in the past I always used taco seasoning, or African Piri-Piri mix if I had it, to give the chicken veggie mix flavor. Or, barring that, paprika or cayenne. But couldn't do that this time. So what to flavor it with?

Well what I ended up doing was stir-frying the veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, and broccoli) and chicken in olive oil and adding basil and oregano, then when it was done cooking, mixing in the whole package of crumbled feta cheese into it and shaking it up to mix it.

And oh my goodness, that stuff is AWESOME! Sooooo delicious! Especially eaten using tortillas spread with olive tapenade hummus, which is this hummus with diced olives of several varieties in the center, and olive oil. I had been on a long hiatus from my chicken veggie stuff and hummus, actually, until then. And now I think I'm off that hiatus for a while.

Oh yeah, and while I was walking to Sandy earlier because I didn't want to wait 30 minutes for the Line 71 bus, there was this one house (in an area where the people seem to all be upper middle class) that had a free-box FULL of zucchinis. (Not sure if every town has free-boxes; they're boxes people put out with handwritten signs saying "Free" on them.) I took the three largest ones, and left the rest. Not only did I not want to be greedy, I'm also unsure if I can use what I took fast enough to be worth it. But I hope I do.

Also, earlier at the Grocery Outlet store I found a Digiorno's "Design A Pizza Kit" for $4. I decided to try it. It's got the cheese and tomato sauce pre-done on the crust, with the other ingredients in separate packages. One had pepperoni, one had chicken, one had a mix of bell peppers and onions (which I may give to Brooke since my IBS doesn't like it), another had spices (basil/oregano mix), and the last had extra cheese. Well, I put on everything except the onion/pepper mix, and also added sliced black olives, fresh mushrooms, and extra cheese.

OMG I've just eaten some and it is MANA FROM HEAVEN! An olivegasm in my mouth!


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