I’m watching the 3rd Presidential Debate and it’s just awful. In other news, I saw How to Survive a Plague tonight and it is absolutely amazing.
As far as my own personal plague is concerned, I still have the damn shingles and these fuckers hurt. It’s actually, literally unreasonable. By the time Saturday rolled in my body was over it. I got up and went to the gym and then had to take a two-hour rest. I managed to get out of the house again to get my haircut and then took another two-hour rest. And the anti-viral drugs are destroying my stomach. Since I didn’t feel up to doing anything Saturday night, I bribed my roommate to watch The X-files and drink wine with me by cooking an awesome dinner.
That’s about 1/3 of a red onion, a zucchini and two carrots, sauteed with a little olive oil, garlic, dried basil and rosemary. Once the vegetables were tender I added a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and let the whole thing simmer together. I was going for a ratatouille effect but less labor intensive. Before I started the veggies, I put on some polenta, so by the time the sauce was finished, the polenta was nearly set.
I love Bob’s Red Mill products. Love. And his basic polenta recipe is almost perfect. I usually cook it with vegetable bullion instead of plain water and stir in Earth Balance at the end instead of butter. I am totally unashamed that I tweeted this photo at my roommate to convince him to come hang out with me. Quarantine does weird things to your brain.
On Sunday, I was feeling stubborn. It was so gorgeous out and I went out to run a couple errands and saw pie pumpkins on display outside the Whole Foods on P St. I normally won’t go near that damn Whole Foods on a Sunday…but it was a perfect day for vegan pumpkin chili. So I texted the roommate and proposed a chili and pumpkin carving party. Two trips to Whole Foods and one Safeway run later, we had a homemade apple pie, an amazing pot of chili, three pumpkins and a crockpot full of mulled wine. And I was so exhausted I had to sit in my room and cry for twenty minutes. But I pulled it together and actually had a lot of fun carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories and watching episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? I made it until 11 pm and then I had to go lie down and promptly fell asleep.
I spent all day today in a contraception strategy meeting (it’s just about as exciting as it sounds) where I couldn’t eat anything but fruit. I knew it was going to be a rough day – I woke up with a full-on IBS episode, so I was already running late, and I didn’t really have any packable food on hand. I threw a packet of oatmeal and a couple rice cakes into my bag on the way out the door. I didn’t have access to hot water, so the oatmeal was a waste, but the rice cakes were genius – I transferred the contents of a vegan sandwich (cucumber, carrot, a slice of tomato and a little hummus) onto the rice cakes so lunch was less disappointing than it might have been. It still wasn’t much, so by 4:45 pm I booked it out of the meeting to grab food and make it back to the office for my 5:15 call. Roti is right next door to my office and has a couple gluten-free items; I can usually eat their falafel, too, although it’s not officially gf.
A couple people have requested the vegan pumpkin chili recipe, so I will type that up for tomorrow. In the meantime, this is the ridiculously adorable pumpkin that gave his life so we could celebrate the season. I actually made Matt cut him in half because I had grown so attached in the two hours he’d been sitting there on the stove. But he was delicious.