I was going to talk about comfort food, and I just might.I have a bit of a bold statement to make; Well, yet another bold statement, as I tend to make many of them.I am bold.Bold was going to be my middle name, but then my mother wisely reconsidered once she realized what a horrible and silly name that would be.
Oh, yeah , I nearly rambled on without actually stating my bold statement.Here is is folks: Comfort food makes me comfortable.
That was a lot for me to say, I mean I feel as though the weight of a mighty potato sack full of stones was just lifted off my chest.I mean, wow! I sure do feel better now.Really, for realz.
But yes, I like comfort food, and who does not? I am pretty sure even Hitler enjoyed comfort food.See, comfort food has that ability to, well, make us comfortable.
But, dear, sweet, readers, do not despair, it is all not all comfort here.Sometimes, I put a plaid shirt on, and do stuff.Today, I chopped some wood, and for once that was not masturbation slang.I actually chopped wood.I had to, sadly.So, again, it is not all about comfort.
Do not believe me? Fine, have some evidence, you fucking cynics.
But , really, wow, you had to have evidence of that?Where is our bond of trust, and why has it been abused? There is a bit of Morrissey being quoted there, but I am not now going to post that song.So, if that is what you were expecting, you are dead wrong.Dead wrong, again, as you clearly doubted I was out chopping wood.Wow, that is hurtful of you.
but, I will post this song from my youth, as it is indeed fitting, and perhaps you could listen to it while you made the food I was going to suggest for you, or not.
Oh, yes, I had a recipe for you.A recipe inspired by someone else, when they mentioned a recipe I may like.I was debating a link to that recipe, as it was the inspiration, though it is hardly all that close.Should I? I guess I will.Fine.
So, yeah, here is a recipe, and a song.
I probably should have talked about what the recipe is, and told you how it is cheezy, uses TVP, and pasta, and is kind of like hamburger helper, but I did not.I do not feel bad about that now, as again, you doubted me and my chopping wood skills.Whatever.
- 1 cup of TVP.Not the chunks, but the small stuff.
- 2 cups of vegetable stock.
- 1 tablespoon of Braggs Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce.
- 1 tablespoon of steak sauce.
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder.
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- A few dashes of salt.
- A few grinds of fresh pepper.Grinds? Yeah, I do not know , either.
- 1 tablespoon of gravy browner.
- One small can of tomato paste.
- 1/2 a cup of water.
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
- 1/2 cup of a combination of both Cheddar and Moz Daiya.
- 1 teaspoon of thyme.
- 1 teaspoon of oregano.
- 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.
- 1 cup of peas.I used frozen.
- Box of pasta, your choice, boiled and ready to go.
I suppose the bets place to start is to grab a good sized pot or skillet, I think I used a skilled, and fill it with the TVP and the two cups of vegetable stock.Then, add the Braggs, steak sauce, onion powder, and the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and the gravy browner.
Cook this over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally, till most of the liquid is gone.I cannot tell you how long this was, as I was not standing there timing it.I would hope you can just be alright and confident in yourself enough to tell when most of the liquid is gone.
Is it mainly gone? Okay, add the paste, water, nutritional yeast, thyme,oregano, and the Daiya.Stir in well, and let that cook for about 5 minutes, til the cheese is melty.You can also add some more salt and pepper, if you so desire.I probably did.Now add your balsamic vinegar, and the peas, and stir that in.See? Not a very complex recipe, is it?
We are not building the pyramids here, just some comfort food.Have I told you that I find comfort food , well, comforting?
I am sorry, I am rambling, as usual.I probably should not be sorry , as again you doubting my woodsman skills, but hey we all have to move on.
Toss in your cooked pasta, if the pasta has been sitting , and getting cold, let it warm up as you stir it in and let it sit there and cook through for a few minutes.Other wise, go ahead and pig out.
Enjoy your food, and enjoy getting comfortable.