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About whitfim200106

Trying to live cheaply, but creatively and well, is a passion of mine. This blog is for family and friends to read, at least initially, until I learn how to create an interesting, interactive forum for experimenting with ideas. I'll be looking for willing participants to experiment with some of the ideas I'm trying to see if they work well. So, hopefully, we will all be in this together!

Vegan, gluten-free and as beloved as a cheeseburger

Fabulous and cheap!

Addendum:  It’s now several weeks later and I realize I made a boo boo.  I don’t know why I posted this on my Home page, but don’t know how to move it to the Recipes page.  If you will go to the Recipes page, you’ll read what happened while making this recipe!

Ottawa Citizen

Hugh Forte, the photographer half of The Sprouted Kitchen blog, says this is his favourite bowl of the more than 70 in wife Sara Forte’s new book, The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon. “His other favourite food is cheeseburgers, so that’s enough for me,” writes Sara.

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but putting it in the same class as a cheeseburger is not so odd: it’s filling, immensely satisfying and offers a classic combination, in this case, warm grains, hot greens, spicy protein, cool creamy toppings and crunchy seeds.

It’s easy to make, but has lots of parts. You can, however, make the versatile dressing as much as two weeks in advance, the spicy seeds a couple of days ahead, and start marinating the tofu cubes a few hours ahead.

And don’t fuss about getting all the exact ingredients. I used the maple sugar I had on hand in place of muscovado sugar on the…

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Indoor Garden Update!

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We are now in month two and things are coming along nicely!  I am already eating snippets of all the plants.  I feel so smug as I clip off my organic basil leaves for salads and stir fries when it’s selling for $2.99 for a small bundle in grocery stores.  I have been getting all my lettuce leaves for sandwiches from the seedlings for a couple of weeks now.

I just saw instructions for growing carrots in a jar, so am going to try those next.  This growing your own veggies indoors is such a great idea.  Unfortunately I went a little bit mad and spent nearly $60 on seeds last week.  Obviously not all can be sown in my indoor seedling trays.  Nothing breeds hubris like success!

Indoor garden

The seedlings I planted in January are coming along nicely now.  I’ve repotted them–here’s a picture of some lettuce and a basil plant.

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As you can see the plants are leaning a bit.  That’s because I didn’t rotate the pot today and we had bright sun.  The clocks go forward this coming Sunday, so the plants in the south facing windows will lose some morning sunlight.  I may have to make some lighting adjustments.

Something about me

I started this blog simply to enjoy myself writing bits and pieces of life, especially the cheap bits.  And no, not in that way!  At one time in my life, I was raising kids on about $100 a week and spent every Christmas browsing through the Sally Ann for gifts.  It was a dream to figure out how to feed us all well and nutritiously on practically nothing.  One way is to do volunteer work at your local organic grocery store–something I didn’t really enjoy, but I got a 10% discount of food for doing it.  Anyway, I had to find food they’d eat and that was also cheap.  One day, I thought, I’ll write a book about how to do this.  And here I am.  This is a modern book.

Here’s a picture of one of my “kids” that survived that era.  He’s the big male.  The smaller one is my very great friend, Damian, a gold nugget in my arsenal of precious gems.  The lovely lady is Philip’s wife and inspiration:  Trudy.  Oh yes, the big male’s name is Philip.  Looks like he got enough to eat back in the day!???????????????????????????????

Here are pictures of the other two who “suffered” through a vegetarian youth. Stephanie and Robin.  These three are the jewels in my crown!Stephanie off to IstanbulRobin and me

Seedling three weeks on

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Well, we’re still alive here, but definitely looking straggly.  I’m thinking now that I’ll re-pot them into individual pots and start putting them in sunny windows during the day and turning them 1/4 turn every day.  At night I’ll put them under a couple of full spectrum lights.  The basil is looking OK, I think.  Even if the crop fails, I think I have enough leaves there to make a salad.  For fairies.