10.06.2008

computer = fixed!


sadie says hello.

so my computer is fixed, and now i can catch my avid readers up on what i've been doing the past few weeks.

dad came to visit. we saw muir woods,


the golden gate,


sausalito (not pictured and with good reason),

my work,


chinatown,


cable cars,


coit tower,


and more.


yes, mom, more pictures are coming by e-mail soon!
corey drove us around everywhere. i also hailed my first taxi and ate like crap this weekend because we were eating out all the time. seafood and eggs benedict restaurants are not the norm for me. it wreaked havoc on my digestion.
which is also what happened this weekend. corey and i went to missouri, and i ate and drank so much CRAP that i don't think i would have survived another day there. don't even OFFER me anything like cookies, chips and salsa, or dots - i will make a fool of myself and regret it later!
i also didn't work out while away, opening a loophole for the insomnia to come back in full force last night.
i ate at two restaurants i used to love, but they both disappointed me. formosa has turned into some kind of "cajun/chinese" place, and their hot and sour soup did not do me any favors. nor did main squeeze, which used to have a gigantic menu with tons of breakfast items and such. their menu has shrunk considerably, so i couldn't get the scrambled tofu/soysage plate i used to get sometimes. next time i hope we can go to the indian buffet!

BUT we got to do some cool stuff. i got to see my friends.



we got to see the infamous roy c.



we got up-close and personal with buddy guy.


we got to see corey's family.



it was fun, but i am drained. so this week i just need to get back in my groove. on the menu this week are veggie sushi and miso soup along with the famous broccoli/white bean/cheezy soup. it's very easy. i make it a little different each time, but the basic recipe is at the end of this post.

this week, i am just trying to rest and recover. I NEED A BIKE. i hope we can go to target on wednesday so that i can get one. i thought about ordering one, but you have to assemble it, and i don't trust us with that really. plus shipping is through the roof.

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faux-cream of broccoli soup:

1 lb white beans (navy, great northern, whatever)
4 crowns broccoli, chopped into tiny pieces (i don't usually use much of the stems, just the florets)
2 quarts vegetable broth
0.5 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
marjoram, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper to taste (i just keep shaking them all in there until i like how it tastes)
0.25 cup nutritional yeast (or shredded cheese if you're not like me)

soak and cook beans. this takes about a day. set aside.
in large soup pot, heat oil on about medium (try not to let it burn). add onions, and sweat for about five minutes. then add garlic, and stir for a minute or so. add broccoli and spices, and stir for a couple minutes. add broth, stir, cover, and bring to a boil. once it is boiling, turn heat to low, and simmer until broccoli is very, very soft. stir in cooked beans and yeast/cheese. voila!
but then you need to puree it somehow. a hand blender is great if you have one because then you can just puree it right in the pot and eat it right away. otherwise, you have to let it cool and then put it in a blender or food processor or whatever. you don't want to puree all of it because the chunky bits are nice. just some.
before i've added diced carrots and celery, soy milk for extra creaminess, potato, and probably other things i can't remember. it's a great basic. corey loves it, and you will, too.

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