vegan picadillo

I am very aware that picadilllo is a meat hash.  But when you feeding someone with food allergies, you figure it out.  

Vegan Picadillo

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 potato, chopped into chunks

1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks

1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

1/2 to 1 cup raisons

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

In a large skillet, over medium heat, pour the oil.

Dump in the potatoes and sweet potatoes.  Add in the raisons.  I usually let this brown up a bit and give it a good stir and cover.  I check back in ten minutes to see how everything is going and then add in the frozen vegetables if the potatoes seem about half way done.  I cover again.  In ten minutes or so, I add the spices.  Stir REALLY well.  Cover and let meld for a few minutes.

I serve this with flour or corn tortillas.

This is a kitchen sink recipe.  Sometimes I add onion and garlic. Sometimes there are no mixed vegetables.  Sometimes it is every vegetable in the refrigerator that needs to be used.  Just no meats.


under the weather

I have been under the weather.  It is due to allergies but it makes it difficult.  Especially since there is always so much to do.

I have been cleaning out beds and putting in winter vegetables.  This is the back bed and I got lettuce, kale, cabbage, chard, broccoli, rosemary, and lavender in.

The front bed has gotten broccoli, kale, and cabbage.  I need to clean out more weeds and sweet potatoes because I have broccoli to put in.  One step at a time.  I enjoy this greatly but it does not help my breathing at all!

There was the day I made four loaves of bread because Russell had a store potluck.  I baked for my work's end of year potluck.

I am taking every chance I can to spin.  I am making hats for Christmas and I really wish to use the yarn that I have spun.  It is very peaceful and centering.  

Russell has been working on the roof.  It is hard to see in any of the pictures but there is cob half way around to the roof.  This is such a lovely space.  I thought about sitting in here this afternoon but there were too many tasks and I was feeling like poo.  Maybe this weekend.


gift from Russell

It has been a long day and I am tired but I wanted to share this with you.  Finally!  I know I am slow.  Russell forged this blade and made me this knife.  It works like a dream in the kitchen.  I like how the handle feels.  He tweaked it until he got it just right because I did not like the original handle.  The blade comes from the first blade workshop he took.  It slice horizontally through on onion like a dream.  In many ways, that is my litmus test.  All my knives are sharp enough to cut tomatoes well but do they cut onions horizontally?  This one does.

Another reason to smile.  Maybe I will be feeling more creative tomorrow.


mended apron

My daughters puppy jumped on me and tore my favorite apron.  So I decided to mend it instead of remaking it into something else.

I found some lovely lace to use.  I also decided that I wanted to do a bit of embroidery.

I have been feeling of the need of all the protection I can get every time I step out of the house so I decided to go with a Native American style bear.  I seem to be drawn to them and I have been gotten told that I am protective as a mother bear.

I decided to make a six inch muslin square.  I was thinking about making it brown linen but decided not to.

After lots of stitches, I know have a mended bear apron.  It is beautiful.  Yes, I know it will get dirty but I that is okay.  Using a lovely thing is pretty fabulous.


baked sweet potato fries

One of our favorite meals is bean burgers with sweet potato fries.  It is easy and yummy.  Especially if you have bbq sauce for the fries.

So here are the fries.  I will do the bean burgers tomorrow.

Sweet Potato Fries

1/2 to 1 sweet potato per person (this will depend on the size of the sweet potato)

olive oil



Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice in fry shape.  For crispy fries, you will want thin.  For none crispy, you will wish to make them thick.  Put on a baking dish, cookie sheet, oven proof skillet, or pizza pan.  One of my pizza pans is cast iron and it works superb with this.

Drizzle with olive oil.  Toss around.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Just a little at this stage.

Put in the oven for ten minutes.  Stir.  Put in the oven for ten more minutes.  Stir again.  Back in the oven for at least ten more minutes.  If they are as crispy as you wish, pull them out.  If not, stir and back in to the oven they go until as crispy as you like.

Taste one and see if they need anymore salt or pepper.  This is all about your taste.  Serve and enjoy.  Like I said, bbq sauce goes really well with them.  And those are bean burgers in the picture.