Friday, November 25, 2011

NaBloPoMo Day 25: Curry-Style Veggies and No Black Friday

Lately I've been trying to clear out the pantry. We have lots of boxes of Japanese curry roux cubes (and for hashed beef and cream stew and others) because my mom gets a lot from her work. It's way too much for two people, particularly since I've been staying away from these heavily processed foods. But I suppose I have to use them at some point.

I saw a recipe that used some milk instead of just water for the curry, so since I had some milk to use up, I tried that. I put in eggplant, mushrooms, potateos and carrots. Oh man, this was great. The eggplant and mushrooms soaked up the curry sauce, and they were so flavorful and chewy, that I didn't miss not having any meat in this at all. The milk gave it some more creaminess than usual, also because I didn't use as much liquid.

I recently mistakenly bought some rice vermicelli (long story) so I've been trying to use it up. In an attempt at a relatively healthy, complete meal, I boiled the vermicelli with kale, and after draining, topped it with the curry. Pretty darned good, I must say. I wouldn't mind doing this again.

Today's Black Friday
I had no intention of going shopping today or last night. Honestly, I can't think of anything I even remotely want or need that would be worth waiting in line outside the store in the dead of night or working through hordes of shoppers. I was out on Thursday morning and saw people camped out outside a Best Buy. I hate the commercialism and marketing that forces people into thinking they must do this.

I did, however, go grocery shopping. And wow, it was great. I think I'm going to have to aim to do this every post-Thanksgiving. I had to buy lots of large quantities of stuff for some baking, and not only were the stores not crowded, Smart & Final had a sale on most of the items I needed. Score! More on what I bought and what I'll do with it all, later.

Short entry today because I don't have the heart to look at the economic news and think about it, and also as I'll be going out shortly and probably not getting home in time to post anything longer tonight.

Go Bruins!

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