So Kevin and I went to see "Black Watch" again this evening -- it was my third time and Kevin's fourth. Yes, it's THAT GOOD.
When the play ended, and the actors had gotten three rounds of applause (yes, it's THAT GOOD), we stood up and Kevin said "did you see who was sitting across from us?" I said no... I was too focused on the show. "Liam Neeson." I asked if he was gone yet, and Kevin said he was. And then, as we were leaving Kevin nudged me and whispered "to your left!" We were ten feet away from him! We saw him play Joe in Samuel Beckett's "Eh Joe" a few months ago. It was amazing. Much like "Black Watch."
If I had to name three things, right this very second, on demand, of which I am not a big fan, I would choose the Coca-Cola company, stevia, and the FDA.
Coca-Cola is a giant conglomerate that is poisoning unsuspecting Americans with HFCS (they use real sugar in their sodas made in other countries. shocking. who knew sugar could be used to sweeten soda???). Plus, they own Odwalla, who killed Fresh Samantha. I've been holding that grudge for years. But that's another story for another day. Not that you even care.
Stevia, if you haven't heard of it, is a "dietary supplement." It's an herb that is something like 200 times sweeter than sugar, but is not approved by the FDA as a "safe food." Only as a "supplement." I hate stevia -- it tastes like sweet sticks to me -- but it's been used in other countries for decades as a sugar substitute. I think the FDA probably found one article online that said stevia carries some health risks, and panicked. Never mind that whole Serevent thing. I took that stuff for several years. I wonder if there's someone I should sue?
And the FDA? Really, I said about all I want to say about the FDA in the previous paragraph. Or I could rant for hours. But I'll take the shorter option for now.
I'm not as articulate as I generally like to be this evening. I blame the weather. It was 64 degrees here this afternoon. On December 15th. In the northeast. I am so confused. And if I were watching "Top Journalist," if such a show existed, I would yell at me for admitting that I'm doing something wrong instead of totally owning it. Plus, it's past my bedtime. Maybe I won't even post this. Or maybe I will. I should probably go to bed now.
That's my opinion. I welcome yours (bonus points to anyone who can identify that line!).
Above is my first vegan Thanksgiving dinner. Would you have guessed from the picture that this meal was cruelty-free? Ha! Didn't think so! Soy milk and Earth Balance are your friends, people. =) Everything is made from scratch (even the stuffing!) except for the "roast."
Now, I dont want to seem immodest, but I am a good cook. I'm OK with saying that for all the world to read. I'm just not a neat cook. Fortunately there was no blood today. There were, however, sweat and tears. Incidents and accidents. Probably even some hints and allegations. But I digress. Below, please find today's menu, complete with anecdotes:
Celebration Roast The instructions were to heat the roast in the oven for 15 minutes at 325F. After about 20 minutes, the outside was barely warm. I removed the roast, sliced it, and nuked it for a couple minutes (no, I haven't gotten rid of the microwave yet). It was quite good!
Cranberry Sauce Boiled over. Red spatters all over white stove. There may also be a raw cranberry under the couch. Unless Torby found it and chased it into the bedroom. In which case it will never be seen again.
Simple Green Salad I put Kevin in charge of the salad. He forgot. In his defense, he had to work today. He is forgiven. We'll have leafy greens another day.
Mashed Potatoes Peeled with a too-dull vegetable peeler, resulting in one broken nail (don't ask). Boiled over potatoes. Turned off burner to let water calm down. Burner wouldn't turn back on. Finally got potatoes cooked on the only burner that would work (memo to self: check later to see if all burners are back in working order. very old stove may have just been very tired by 4pm. if not, call landlord. yay.). Put potatoes through ricer, resulting in projectile splattering of said potatoes all over a six-inch radius of pot.
Roasted Buttercup Squash Resulted in the breaking of my favorite casserole dish. Cried over casserole dish. Finished squash in microwave. Better not hear any "I-told-you-sos" re: microwave from brother.
Herb Stuffing with Dried Cranberries Best dish of the day, especially considering I totally winged it. Wung it? Did wing it? Anyway -- it was awesome. No incidents, no accidents. Yay!
Creamed Pearl Onions ("AKA Eyeballs in Sauce") Should have listened to friend T and used unsweetened, rather than plain, soy milk. Quite good, but had a distinct vanilla flavor. Nutritional yeast helped to mask vanilla-ness.
Spelt Spice Rolls with Cranberry Butter Forgot to make cranberry butter. Spread the rolls with Earth Balance and cranberry sauce instead. Yum.
Assorted olives and tiny pickles A very Hanson thing. I realized the other day, though, that I don't have fancy cut crystal condiment dishes like my mom and aunts have. Served them in cute little Japanese rice bowls instead (memo to self: try to remember to steal a fancy cut crystal condiment dish from Mom when home in January).
Cranberry-Apple Pie Had some trouble putting on top crust. Finally won that battle. Used a fancy, handy-dandy aluminum crust shield instead of foil around edges to prevent burning. Result: too-dark-for-my-taste edges and one very burned spot. Still the best pie ever. See Thanksgiving 2005 for more information.
Good Karma Organic Rice Divine (Vanilla) The best non-dairy ice cream I've had. Not nauseatingly oversweetened. If I didn't tell you it was dairy free, you'd probably never know it. Nearly broke cookie scoop trying to make cute little ice cream balls. Flung ice cream all over kitchen instead.
See how easy it is to have such an amazing meal without using animals or their by-products? Kevin and I were talking about how many "traditional" Thanksgiving dishes are naturally vegetarian, except for the turkey, and how easy it is to veganize everything. I think even my dad and my brother would have been pretty happy with this meal. Or at least close to it.
Oh! Are you wondering what I'm thankful for? All the usual stuff, like food and a job and people who love me. And for the new Harry Connick Jr. Christmas CD. And for my dishwasher. Probably mostly for my dishwasher right now. And definitely pie.
And Sara, this one is for you: I'm not thankful for the fact that I was stupid enough to break my favorite casserole dish!!! It was totally my own stupid fault.
Happy Thanksgiving, especially to all the animals who didn't die for my food this year!