Day 6: In which the boyfriend gets me to cook something I normally wouldn’t.
Here’s the thing: I don’t eat a lot of potatoes. I’m not sure why, really, because I love them in every way they can be cooked. Tots, fries, mashed, salad, roasted, scalloped, baked, twice baked, boiled and buttered, hash browns, pancaked, etc etc etc. Yet, I rarely cook with them. I think maybe potatoes are one of those leftover ‘guilty’ foods from my omnivore days…back when I thought potatoes were going to make me ‘fat’. (I really wish I could go back and kick my former self sometimes, don’t you?)
So now I know better, but that residual feeling takes awhile to pass. I mean, it took me about a full year of veganism to really get comfortable cooking with olive oil. (Kicking former self again.) Anywho, and not to be sexist, but this is just true: I have yet to meet or date a man who does not
like love potatoes. Therefore, when the omnivore boyfriend asked if we could make the mashed potato stuffed mushrooms from 500 Vegan Recipes (that cookbook is really getting a workout from my kitchen this month), I was not surprised. At first, I balked a little. I suggested other things. But he seemed to really want that, and who am I to be a jerk about it when I told him to pick out the recipes in the first place? I’ll reserve my jerk moments for a later date.
You know what? These are really tasty. The potatoes are well seasoned. And since I was making this with the boyfriend, he mashed the potatoes, so I didn’t even have to do all that much work. The recipe uses new potatoes so that you don’t have to peel them (which I probably wouldn’t anyway). And that mushroom! Those giant portobellos soaked up all the cooking broth and were even better the second day.
He also picked out a side dish that I would never in a million years bother to make for just myself because I’d have to make seitan for it and I’m not the hugest fan of paying a million dollars for pine nuts, but…
This Greek stuffing (also from 500 Vegan Recipes) was a delight! We ended up buying seitan because I was being lazy…and honestly, after purchasing the groceries for this meal (pine nuts included), it was still less than for us to go on a dinner date at a restaurant (compare about $45 to go out to $25-30 in groceries). That is well worth it, besides all the fun time we get to spend together while cooking. More about the stuffing: it has raisins and cinnamon in it, which I thought I might hate, but didn’t hate one bit and ended up eating it for lunch all week long (next time, we shall cut the recipe in half). I can definitely see making this for a fall-themed potluck, though. In case you need any potluck ideas, that is.
Well, that’s all the Mofo stuff I had saved on my computer so far. Next time you guys get to see what I’ve actually been eating this past week. I can tell you’re excited!
Edit: I totally forgot (selfish me) to say what the omnivore boyfriend thought about this food he picked out! He really, really enjoyed it. Like, a lot. However, he was no help with the leftovers. Not a leftover man, apparently. I can’t wait to see what he picks out next time for us to make!