Thursday, January 24, 2013

100,000 Page Views

I think it reset somewhere during the last year and a half, but still.

I officially have over 100,000 page views here. Which isn't bad at all for a food blog with no new food blogging.

I'll try to get back into some kind of posting schedule. I might even try to do a step-by-step of how (I think) to make pupusas. Which are cheap, if you use the right ingredients, and healthy if you add the right stuff on top.

In the mean time, seriously, that's a lot of views. Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Still Not Dead

There have been earthquakes and food poisonings and (someone suggested) some Parvo, but I'm still not dead. I'm just not eating or cooking much.

Looks like Vegan MoFo was a total fail. And I'm stuck with pretty boring food at the moment, trying to get back to a healthy stomach--since it was food poisoning, or maybe parasites. Or perhaps parvo.... So no food here for a while.

I hope all of you are having fun all over the world, eating good cheap food, and staying warm and safe (in cold areas) and cool and safe (in warm ones).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Kitchen Of Doooooooom

So, the last "real" kitchen I had was... pretty scary. It was dirty, and infested with mice and smelly gamer boys, and all sorts of fun stuff like that. It was also that orange-y-yellow of 60's/70's decorating.

This new kitchen, paid for with $65 each from my roommate and I, is somehow both better and worse. Better because there are (to my knowledge) no mice. And because it can be moved into our spare room. Worse because it is both forever dirty, and because it rains inside when it rains.
Wood stove cooking was a fail.

It looks like it should be easy, right? Just make a fire and cook stuff on top of it. Unfortunately, I seem to fail at that first  bit.

After two hours of trying, a bunch of swearing, and the sacrifice of a candle (to get/ keep things going) I got something hot enough to almost cook onions, while warming water. Then it went out. See my magic fire in the rotting side of the stove. Local ladies really only use these if they can't afford gas, or for tortillas.

Yep, that's my kitchen. The floor isn't dirt, it's really old concrete, moss, and some dirt.

More kitchen. That's the sink on the right. It's just a big concrete basin with a drain hole (and pipe, to the yard...) in the bottom.

Even moar kitchen, complete with roommate's psychotic kitten.

And here is the stove, and the gas tank. Those things are cheaper right now.

Turns out the local gas companies are fighting, so prices dropped from a low of 130 to 65Q. Yep, big tank of propane for less than $10. You know you want to live someplace with kitchens and propane prices like this. Ignore the bit where my kitchen would be better on a sailboat, or where they regularly short people on tank weights.

You love it, right? Anyone wanna trade?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

No Cooking--Out Of Gas

A day or three ago I was all excited. I'd been to the market, spent about $5 and dragged home all sorts of tasty foods.

Tasty foods that need to be cooked over heat. Like dry beans and potatoes and onions and curry powder and rice.

I had soaked some chickpeas ($1.70-ish/lb) over night and was dreaming of Channa Masala. Dreaming, I tell you. I could taste it. In my brain was a wonderful world of curry-flavored, tender chickpeas in tomato-y onion-y sauce.

Got home, swapped out the soaking water for fresh (from the bottle, not the tap--heavy metals and all that), and popped it on the stove-thingy. Turned the gas on and whoosh, it lit and burned sooo bright.

By the time I'd put away the shopping stuff, taken the trash out of the kitchen, and turned on my computer, the flames were dimming. A minute later, they were out.

No gas.

Now, pretty much everything that gets cooked here is heated in one of two ways (some people have and use microwaves, but it isn't common). Either they are cooked over gas flame (with or without a large, flat metal surface) or over wood fire.

No electric, no coal, no whatever. Just gas of some sort--propane, maybe?

It comes in these 20lb or something cylinders. They are heavy. And ugly. And tough to judge when it comes to fullness. So you never know quite when you're going to run out. I ran out at about 6pm on a Tuesday. After paying tabs (which always happens for me on Tuesdays, for some strange reason...), I had just enough for a cheap week of eating in and maybe a soda or beer somewhere once a day.

A new bottle of gas costs about, oh... $20? Less or more depending on the company. And they deliver, so that's not so bad. But they don't deliver at 6pm. Or to people who don't have cash.

So I gave upon that for the day and had leftover beans and fresh tomato and onion with some hot sauce. Then some bread and butter and tomato and onion. And then I really gave up and went to sleep.

Yesterday, though, I was determined to salvage the beans. There's a wood stove in the yard (and a wood oven, but I haven't even really looked at that yet). There's wood in the yard, and dried leaves, and stuff.

Tried making a fire. After two hours I had something that would warm water or soften (barely) some chopped onions. Both of which I did. Then I gave up again, put the onions and a tomato on some more random, cheap bread from the tienda, and gave up again.

Today I've decided. No more trying to cook until I get gas. It just isn't working for me.

Photos of the kitchen, wood stove, and random other stuff... when I get to it. Tomorrow, maybe?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Feeling Pukey

So sorry, not cooking today. Also seeing sparkly lights and been fighting off a headache all day. These are not good signs. I may be going home to bed early.

Also, it's cold.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Not yesterday, sadly. I was pushing to get some articles done for this morning.

Besides, I haven't got a refrigerator, and I have to finish up some cheese and butter before it goes off. So today will probably be just as fail-full. But I'll get some fine photos so you can see what kind of kitchen I'm working with.

And after this month I never want to hear "but I can't cook anything like that, I haven't got a nice kitchen like you do" ever, ever again.

Also, did I mention my house has a wood-fired oven? Beehive type. Which is going to be... interesting.... to experiment with. So prepare for lots of half-cooked, half-burned baked goods. If I can figure out who to buy wood from. 'Cause I'm sure as hell not chopping my own.

As for what I ate yesterday?

A yummy sammich of fresh cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and basil with a side of melon.
An order of quesadillas with amazing guac.
And two diet sodas (in cans) plus one regular Coke, full sugar, in a tasty glass bottle.

Hopefully today will be better. I've got beans and bread at home.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Vegan MoFo 2012

I don't know how many people are still reading here. Or if anyone is still reading here. I've been a total blog-slacker.

October is the "Vegan Month of Food", which means yummy vegan food all over the internets. I think this year I'll try to play. Most food will show up the day after (internet at mi casa is... sketchy at best).

There won't be much fancy stuff--it simply isn't available here. Mostly beans and rice and corn and veggies, with maybe a bit of fun imported food thrown in to make life exciting. But that just means it'll be cheap for me, and cheap (ish) for those of you playing at home to try and make.

Because I'm still all about the cheap food, even if I *do* eat out just about once a day....

Anyone else playing?