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Comfort in Chaos (or, “When CAN’T Potatoes Fix the World?”)

In my pantry today:

  • 1 c cooked white beans
  • 1 medium baking potato
  • 1/2 c quinoa
  • 2 14.5 oz can vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp safflower oil
  • 1 tsp vegetable ghee
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp hot red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

I can’t find my camera. This is taken using a cell phone. Don’t you judge me.

There is a heckuvalot going on right now. The new floors make our entire downstairs feel like a new house into which we are moving fresh, and moving into anywhere requires a great deal of work. Meals have been consisting largely of prepackaged dinners from the Indian grocery, sweet potatoes roasted in advance, bananas and coffee. Lots of coffee. I’ve gone a week without any episodes (of my MS exacerbation) and I’ve gotten a new prescription called in for more Neurontin (eyeball seizures cannot prevent me from editing css style sheets!). So there, life. Suck on that.

Start this meal in your most favoritest way — mincing fresh garlic and onion. Put in pan heating to M with oil and ghee and let it come to and stay at full heat for  and seasonings; stir. 2-3m with vigorous spatula attention. Add 1/4″ slices of potato and all of your seasonings; stir. Let come to a boil on MH then reduce heat to M and walk away for 15m. Upon return, add another can of broth mixed with corn starch. Fold in cooked beans, bring everything back to a boil on M. Stir in 1/2 c quinoa then reduce heat to L and let simmer until eatin’ time. 5 spoons!

Discovering Quinoa

In my pantry today:

  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 c quinoa
  • 2 c vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 vegetable FlavorBoost® packet
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp asafoetida
  • 1.5 c water
  • 2 tsp parmasean-romano cheese

Put safflower oil and mustard seeds in the bottom of a stock pot and put on a burner warming to M. While that’s happening, dice your head of cabbage and set aside while rounding up your other whatnots. This should be about the right amount of time to let the mustard seeds warm and begin snapping to a rhythm only they can hear. Add cabbage, toss thoroughly. Shake on seasonings, glob out the FlavorBoost® and garlic paste, then pour in water and squirt your fake plastic lemon. Toss a bunch to make sure everything is distributed, then cover and let steam do it’s job. Cook quinoa in broth instead of water since it’s the first time you’ve ever dealt with that stuff and you don’t know how much help it might need. Marvel, then, at its surprising deliciousness: yes, that nutritious and that tasty. Top with a sprinkle of Parmasean and proceed to the NOM factor. 4 spoons.