Yearly Archives: 2011

Vegan Meatballs

We continue the struggle to get enough protein with a primarily vegetarian diet.

I found a recipe here for lentil meatballs and modified it a bit. It’s not very different from falafel except the tomato paste and yeast give it a meatier taste.

Part A
1 clove garlic
1 small onion
1 1/2 cups cooked lentils
3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
2 Tbsp bread flour
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp water
1 egg (this and the cheese make it non-vegan)
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Part B
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup flax meal

(Without thinking, I measured 1 1/2 cup dried lentils and now we have enough cooked lentils for a week.)

Chop and dump everything … Read the rest

Infusion pt III

I made 4 more infusions, cilantro, fenugreek, nutmeg, and dill. None would have been my first choice, but I’m getting to the back of the spice cabinet, and thought there might be some surprises.

– Attractive yellowish grass green color
– Unidentifiable smell – definitely not the smell of cilantro, but if anything it smelled like chicken soup – very odd
– Almost flavorless
– Ethanol flavor very present
* Not a contender

– Had to use ground
– Pale yellow color
– Strong maple smell. Adding water brought out a smokiness. It really smelled like breakfast at a diner
– Mild smoky taste. Not bad but not interesting
– Mild ethanol harshness
* Also not a contender, but both of these give me … Read the rest

Infused Ethanol pt II

In the continuing effort to create my own amaro/bitters/digestive (in the style of Fernet or Campari or Gin or Angostura Bitters) I’ve been infusing various herbs in alcohol to help me decide which to add to my master mixture.

I bottled a few 2 weeks ago and tried them yesterday and today.

HerbRosemaryTarragonThymeBay Laurel
ColorLovely chartreuse colorBeautiful deep green color, nearly teal when concentratedDeep green colorPale straw color almost unappealingly brown when concentrated
AromaFlowery aroma with only a hint of RosemaryPleasant vaguely sweet aroma, Not recognizably tarragonStrong thyme smellVery clean aroma almost like a pleasant household cleaner or shoe polish. It could make a good cologne or scent for shampoo
Flavor Adding water clouded
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Evolution Lucky 7 Porter

Evolution is one of the other craft breweries in Delaware. They have some decent beer, but my favorite is their porter. Cooler autumn weather always makes me want a nice porter or stout, just like I suddenly start craving heavy foods such as stews and mashed potatoes.

Some porters are indistinguishable from lighter ales or heavier stouts, or are overly heavy and malty or smoky. Lucky 7 is the right balance of all those qualities.… Read the rest

Infused ethanol

I’ve made beer about ten times. Only one of the batches was what I would call good. And unlike years ago, there is so much good craft beer available now, it’s no longer practical for me to homebrew. Besides, I don’t need the calories.

I made wine once (once on purpose, a few times by accident) and it wasn’t good. Not bad, but not good.

The next step is to home distill, which I’ve done successfully once. The contraption was quite a sight, as well as a quite a fire hazard. After weeks of prep and hours of work, I got about an ounce of rather harsh, but genuine moonshine.

Thinking of the cheapest and easiest way of doing some kind of DIY booze, I decided … Read the rest


We’ve been doing a lot of family breakfasts at home lately and I’ve had a chance to perfect my pancake recipe. The oats make them very tender (I tried once using mostly oats and the pancakes were tender to the point of falling apart) and this recipe uses more baking powder and egg than most other pancake recipes I’ve seen. The powder make the pancakes lighter and the extra eggs help hold the oats together.
These are also sweeter than other pancakes.

1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt

3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp oil
2 eggs

whisk and fry in 1/4 cup dollops. Makes about 10 light, smallish pancakes, enough for 2 adults.

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(latest revision: 2010/12/20)

This was entered into the 9th Casual Gameplay Design Competition where it lost the 3rd-place slot by something like 1/100 of a point.

The engine is the ChoiceScript engine, which is essentially a set of JavaScript libraries and is intended for the creation of interactive naratives, somewaht similar to the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories from the 1980s.

There are no graphics, but there is no typing either, as there was in Zork and those other classic Infocom games. Instead, every few paragraphs the reader is presented with a multiple choice about how the plot should unfold. It’s a fascinating and unique genre.

The prior examples of ChoiceScript games I had seen were quite dramatic, so I wanted to do something more whimsical. With the 1980s … Read the rest