Monday, November 30, 2009
Ben Snakepit is a comic artist who draws a three panel strip every day of his life and publishes collections of the strips every year or so. Most of his comics are about taking drugs, playing in bands, and feeling ill. So, I'm pretty sure that Mr. Snakepit and I wouldn't have a whole lot in common (except for the fact that our first books were published by the same publisher) if we ever were to hang out. However, reading his comics is kind of like reading the diary of someone prone to disaster, and we all know how entertaining that kind of thing is. So I keep reading.
Recently the Man of Science was working his way through my collection of Snakepit books and he brought up something that hadn't really occurred to me.
"Reading those comics really makes me want Mexican food."
It's true. Most of the comics take place in Austin, Texas where Mexican food is plentiful and probably delicious. And in a lot of the strips, Ben is eating at Mexican restaurants and proclaiming his love of various dishes. The most common dish he talks about is something called "migas" which I had never heard of before.
(comic from My Life In A Jugular Vein: Three More Years of Snakepit Comics by Ben Snakepit)
When I was visiting Nicole, Alex, and baby Jake last week, I was thumbing through a cookbook of theirs and saw a very non-vegan recipe for migas. It helped me understand what the dish was, so I scrawled out a few notes on how I might make a vegan version without all the eggs, milk, butter, and cheese.
I must say, I was delighted with these results. This was a new take on the usual tofu scramble, and it was quick and easy to make. I added avocado instead of cheese on the top to give it the same kind of fatty goodness. All in all, a resounding success.
3 corn tortillas, cut into strips
1 tbsp vegan margarine (or olive oil in a pinch)
1 pound of tofu, mashed
1 onion, diced
1 tomato roughly chopped
2 tbsp unflavoured, unsweetened soy milk
1 tsp chipotle hot sauce
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
1 avocado, diced
Melt margarine over medium heat and add tortilla strips. Fry until they are browned and slightly crispy.
Remove strips from the pan and set aside.
Keeping pan over medium heat, add onions and cook, stirring until they are tender.
Add tofu, tomatoes, soy milk, hot sauce, and turmeric.
Reduce heat to med-low and stir mixture occasionally as it cooks until tomatoes have softened, about seven minutes.
Add fried tortilla pieces and stir them in with the tofu.
Season with salt and pepper and serve with avocado slices on top.
Feeds two hungry people, or four less hungry people (especially if served with a side of spicy breakfast potatoes.)
Some (long!) Notes:
- We had a real scare with our dog, Catie, this last week. The week before she'd been listless and barfy, but the vet said that she probably had a stomach bug and gave her antibiotics. The medicine didn't do anything, and she got worse and worse, refusing to eat and only drinking water occasionally. She was so weak she couldn't get off the couch and barely opened her eyes when we called her name. The Man of Science ended up taking her to a different vet who suspected that she had what is called "Addison's Disease". She had to stay at the emergency vet clinic overnight for two nights while they fed her intravenously and monitored her condition. She is doing much better now, and she will be fine as long as she takes medicine for the rest of her life. As the vet said, the disease is deadly if it's not treated, but if treated, dogs can live a perfectly normal life.
-Happy Belated Thanksgiving to all my American readers! Up here in Canada we're all "been there done that", but I certainly loved hearing about the great feasts that were prepared south of the border. And holy! Martha Stewart even got on the veggie Thanksgiving bandwagon. I sort of love her.
-I'm not really a fan of PETA because they often end up being mean, offensive, and sexist just to get publicity. However, I gave them a tiny bit of my heard earned money this week and ordered this t-shirt which shouts out in big black letters exactly how I feel about people buying animals from breeders. I imagine that there will be a lot of backlash on this count this week, given the horrid conditions that have been discovered at the Toronto Humane Society, so I just want to remind people that there are lots of reputable shelters and rescue organizations out there where you can adopt an animal in need even if you want to avoid the Human Society. The two dogs I've adopted in my life came from the Aylmer SPCA and BARK Rescue and I had positive experiences with both organizations.