Tuesday, March 25, 2008

John Cooks

I took a night off in the kitchen! Chris, from Eat Air, proposed that we get the guys to cook for a night. So that's exactly what we did. Now that I've uploaded the photos... I'm handing the keyboard over to John to tell you about his first food blogging experience.

OK, so the cooking part I gladly agreed to, but I definitely got sucked into the whole blogging thing. I still don't understand what the difference between a blog and a website is, but I'll leave that alone for now. So, I rarely to never cook anymore, but have done quite a bit of it in the past.
A generation ago (and a few before that), my family made a living by cooking. When I first met Amanda, her speciality was a bowl of cold cereal. I can't claim credit for teaching her everything she knows though, she just started obsessing about it soon after her proclamation to "give this vegan thing a try". Just made some cabbage and mushroom curry tonight. I used to make it when I was single and had run out of fish to eat, usually in the winter. It's low calorie, easy, and lasts for a few days. Definitely made a fancier version than in the past (cabbage, mushroom, curry powder and tomatoes). That's about it but the recipe, which was very adlib, started with browning some mustard seed and onion in peanut oil, added garlic, ginger, serrano peppers, curry powder (hot), and garam masala. Then dumped in criminis and portabellos. Finally added cabbage for a while, then fire roasted tomatoes and let simmer for while. Poured that over basmati rice and served with roasted chickpeas (that Amanda made). Margaritas helped tame the heat of the serranos. Have to admit, it turned out a lot better than my solo attempts. So that's my post. No dessert with this one, better get another margarita.

32 comments:

vegan addict said...

hey john-nice work with the curry! and, i only recently learned what a blog was. i just enjoyed looking at all the lovely recipes everybody was posting that i decided to take part!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Tell John his first blog post was awesome! Now I really need some curry - I can't get enough of it lately!

Romina said...

Wow - John is a fantastic cook!! I would love to see more posts. =)

springsandwells said...

Right on John! I think Matt's just going to make me spaghetti with canned sauce. How fun to have a guest blogger!

ps. all blogs are websites, but not all websites are blogs. Just like how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.

Chris said...

Nicely done!

Jenny said...

John, your dinner looks delicious! Maybe you will need to make regular guest appearances on Amanda's blog!

Animal-Friendly said...

John- great job on the curry! and congratulations on your first blog post (which is just a type of website, I think)!

Jennifer said...

Haha! Awesome for cooking for your lovely lady and extra points for blogging about it too! That meal looks fantastic! You can come cook for me whenever you want.

Urban Vegan said...

Way to go, John!

Binx said...

i got my man to cook last night, too! his first time making seitan, it was great.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

John, what a terrific post... AND a terrific-looking dinner! Amanda, you have a multi-talented husband ;o).

About your question on my blog-- yes, the last photo was done with Photoshop. I think it's safe to say I have an obsession with Photoshop. It is the most amazing product ever (and my mom is sooo glad she got it for me for Christmas one year because I can use it to take out wrinkles, sans botox lol).

Hannah said...

What a great post! I have to say though, I'm rather jealous... I wish I had a man who cooked- Or just a man, for that matter!

VeggieGirl said...

John, you're great in the kitchen, for sure!! Such a delicious meal you cooked!!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Congrat John, it looks great! Thanks for showing them that men can cook.

aTxVegn said...

Nice job, John! Can't go wrong with a spicy Indian dish. You and Amanda must make quite a team in the kitchen!

Ricki said...

That looks great, John--how lovely to see you in the kitchen (and the blog!). Um, could you give my guy a few pointers--??

Vegan Girl said...

John, you're an excellent blogger! Coincidently my husband John is making me a vegan dinner as we type!

Theresa said...

It looks like John should be cooking (and blogging) more often! I love when Andy cooks for me. There's something about sitting with my feet up and watching him freak out that the potatoes will be done way before the gravy that I just find so enjoyable.... is that evil?

Anonymous said...

John, I enjoyed your post. Food looked yummy! Linda

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

kudos to john!

any recipe that starts out with sauteeing mustard seeds and ends in curry is fabulous in my book. looks delicious!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

some of the BEST cooks I know are men. good job John!

Vegan*asm said...

Great dinner, John. Very inspirational, as I have a head of cabbage that I wasn't quite sure what to do with. Problem solved!

jd said...

Great post - the food looks delish!

And, I must say, there's nothing sexier than a man who knows his way around the kitchen. My bf, CH, can definitely attest to my feelings on that :)

laura jesser said...

Wow, John--this looks fabulous!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, it sounds great! I wish Ryan had time to participate, maybe next time!

stonielove said...

fantastic, john!

LizzyQ ~ Vegan Mother said...

I love men who can cook! Great blogging John!

shellyfish said...

Right on! I need to get my male counterpart on this cooking bandwagon! Great job!

Mihl said...

That dinner looks delicious, John and I enjoyed reading your post. You should come and cook something for us more often.

bazu said...

That meal looks so lovely!

Vegyogini said...

Sounds like it's time for you to come to L.A. for a visit! Everything in this post looks fabulous, BTW. :)

monkeybaker said...

that looks so yummy!