Thursday, May 15, 2008

Just a quick update...

Hello everyone!

First, my profuse apologies for not having posted for a while... I recently found out I am having back surgery on June 4 - a cervical laminectomy - and I've been running myself ragged trying to get my 4th book finished, wrap up copywriting projects, and finish a few household things I've been putting off. I'll be basically useless for a while after the surgery, so I'm running in high gear now.

Second, I've managed to create a few culinary disasters in the little time I've had to devote to cooking. Most notably, I made a vegetable korma that managed to be insanely hot and depressingly bland at the same time. I'm still puzzling over that one.

Then there were these lentil cakes - I was so excited about these babies - that somehow turned to a skillet full of tasteless goo with crunchy bits on the outside. Bah!

But hey, it happens. That's the thing about being willing to experiment - sometimes, you'll have raucous successes, and sometimes you'll have monumental failures. It all evens out.

Fortunately, my wife has been extremely supportive (and tolerant), and has refused to let me through away the figurative apron, no matter how badly my creations suck. Gotta love that - thanks Carla!

Anyway... since I have no deliciousness of my own to offer you, I'll take this opportunity to pimp another blog. Fat Free Vegan Kitchen posted a wonderful grilled asparagus and spinach salad recipe, which I tried last night. This recipe uses smoked paprika dressing, but I wasn't in the mood to drive halfway across Columbus to get white miso paste, so I just sprinkled paprika on the salad and doused it with seasoned rice wine. Oh, and I used chickpeas instead of walnuts.

Rest assured that I will be back very soon with something inspired and yummy. My cooking curse is about to lift, I can just feel it.


VeggieGirl said...

Yikes, best of luck throughout your back surgery!!

No worries - kitchen mishaps happen to everyone; but luckily you definitely have more successes than messes!! :0)

Hang in there, Veggie Guy, and post when you can.

jd said...

Wow! It sounds like you have a lot going on right now...

I just hope that your back is okay - I'm sending good thoughts your way re: your surgery.

Also, don't worry about your kitchen disasters, I think they're what make us better cooks. (I've actually had quite a few, myself, lately!) It sucks, but it does force you to re-work a recipe, or at the very least, spring for some yummy veggie takeout! Haha...

Anyway, good luck on your book - getting published is such an amazing accomplishment. Congrats!

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