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Someone a while ago asked me what the use of powdered peanut butter was asides from making low fat peanut butter.

The two key features: 1) It's a dry powder. 2) it's water soluble, and dissolves quite easily.

1) is useful for adding dry coatings to stuff. I put peanut butter powder+flour+seasoning on some baked zuchinni the other day and it was very nice! Also if you have a slightly too damp or oily sandwich the powder can dry it out eg it makes for less mushy peanut butter and banana toasted sandwiches.

2) is useful for adding peanut butter flavour to things without that annoying dissolving-in-hot-liquid step. This is especially useful for cold things like cereal or salad dressing. I'll just sprinkle peanut butter powder and fish sauce on chopped cucumbers sometimes, and just had a very tasty bowl of mock honey nut cornflakes using butterscotch syrup. It's great mixed into chia seed pudding and other cold desserts, it has enough sugar and salt to create a nice flavour.

You can also use it as an odd sort of vegan milk powder, but I only did this on holiday because I had no other option. I think you could maybe use it as a seasoned high protein flour substitute in something like no-bake date and nut balls etc.

I'm not sure what I'll do when my current jar runs out since it's not sold in Australia. I'll have to see if there's somewhere I can import it from, or I'll be a little sad!
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
As you may guess from the title, this is neither nut free nor vegetarian. The original recipe I'm adapting, and made a LOT when I could still eat dairy and chocolate, is nut free. Here's something very similar, with a vegan alternative on the side bar. The cashew based Indian desserts Kaju Burfi and Kaju Katli are vegan and pretty great (I have no recipe since I just buy them from Indian supermarkets) Also this Dairy Free Fudge site has some promising looking recipes including ones that are vegan and nut free.

There is no healthy version of this recipe, since the basic structure of fudge is sugar and fat. MMmmm.
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Crossposted/edited from Facebook. I KNOW but that's where the majority of my local friends hang out.

Food adventure mark 1: Thanks to Tiki for suggesting I go to the Swansea markets. They were easy to get to by train, accessible (if poky) and had lots of delicious and interesting food I can eat! I've been there before, back before I got my chair, but didn't realise they were so close to a train station (Oat Street). Venison, chocolate free panforte, vegan caramel syrup, grass jelly, and some nice fruit and veg.

Food adventure mark 2: Golden Choice fruit and veg on Roberts Rd Subiaco a few doors down from the train station: great range, good quality, decent prices (mostly better than Swansea St).

Also went to Farmer Jack's supermarket up on Rockeby Rd, they have a wide range of fancy/unusual food including some fancy cashew "cheeses" I can eat. There were some almond milk icecreams but at $17 for 500mL I think I'll stick to small amounts of low fat icecream and mild indigestion.

The cheese: The "classic cheese" tastes more like french onion dip than cheese, but has a nice creamy texture. I may try replicating it with french onion mix and cashews. Delicious but less vegan in a smoked salmon and lettuce sandwich. $13 for a medium sized jar but it's quite strongly flavoured so you don't need much.

Plenty!

Jun. 24th, 2015 09:36 pm
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Went to The Little Shop of Plenty in Maylands today with [personal profile] lilysea and had quite a lovely time.

It's as expensive and pretentious as it looks but they HAD FOOD I COULD EAT and the staff were all very friendly and helpful, so I'd still rec it to anyone with dairy/soy/gluten/meat issues who's ok with most of the dishes containing raw vegetables or coconut (sigh) and drinking out of a jar.

I drank a blackberry smoothie made with their in house almond milk, which was SUPER creamy and quite nice once I added extra sugar (which Lily had thoughtfully brought with her, the provided sugar is all made from the nectar of coconut flowers) And at least the jar didn't have a handle. (WHAT'S WRONG WITH CUPS)

The only mains I could (mostly) eat was lupin tempeh with grilled mushrooms, quinoa, and cashew based creme fraiche. Would probably have been nicer with the mixed greens I had removed but was still pretty tasty once I added (pink) salt, and satisfyingly different from the usual things I eat out.

Lupin tempeh was less "a thing I can eat" and more "a thing I did not even realise was a food so let's give it a shot" and it tasted ok and didn't make me horribly ill but I think next time I'll ask them to replace it with an egg. I got the same "This tastes weird and will also probably make you sick" feeling I get from eating soy bean stuff, so congratulations on mimicking actual tempeh I guess? The creme fraiche, while satisfyingly creamy, was too sour for me to eat quite so much of.

I also had a free sample of the date and nut based peppermint fudge which was ok, but much like other date-and-nut based bars I've had. I think my main enjoyment was the peppermint, since I haven't been able to eat that in larger than free-sample level quantities for a few years. Looking at the site it has coconut oil in it because OF COURSE IT DOES.

All that cost $32. Right now I feel a little odd, but it was worth it to have a genuinely interesting and original meal. I don't get those very often. Lily can eat more of the menu and speaks well of all the mains she's tried.
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Bare Crush 100% fruit icy poles, had the mango today and it was quite nice.

Nutty Bruce almond milk, from Maylands IGA: The only almond milk I've found in Perth that doesn't contain vegetable gums. A little bitter but thick and great in cooking, I made the tastiest chicken curry with it as a replacement for coconut milk (which it is not as thick and tasty as, but it's still better than rice milk)

Dripping: Being 100% animal fat it is not exactly the kind of vegan health food one usually associates with "dairy free", but it doesn't set off my food issues and makes for a tasty butter/oil substitute on vegemite toast and roasted potatoes. Available from all supermarkets super cheap!

Microwave rice pudding (would also probably work with dairy), adapted from this stovetop recipe
Ingredients:

1 cup cold white cooked rice
enough "milk" to make it soupy, maybe a cup?
large pinch salt
1 egg
optional:
dash vanilla essence
1/2 cup tinned fruit or a mashed banana
pinch cinnamon
sweetener eg 1 tsp to 1/4 cup sugar


Method:

Mix everything but the egg in a wide-rimmed microwave safe ceramic bowl. Microwave for 4-5 minutes on high, checking to make sure it isn't boiling over especially if your bowl doesn't have a wide rim (it helps for some reason) THE MOMENT it's done crack in the egg and stir briskly so it forms a custard with some of the rice, then mix evenly into the rest. Leave to sit for a minute or two. Eat!

It's really important that the mixture be SUPER hot, if you get delayed after the microwave goes off microwave it again until it's bubbling. You still can't guarantee the egg is 100% cooked but microwaving it once it's mixed in ends badly and personally I am ok with slightly raw egg.
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Been feeling a bit down so let's think some happy thoughts! Like cuddly cats overcoming their misanthropy because the weather has turned cold.

I got THE BEST story for Spaceswap:
A Secret Garden She Hides (3646 words) by opalmatrix
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tisarwat, Piat, Administrator Celar, Athoek Station, Mercy of Kalr, Seivarden Vendaai
Additional Tags: Friendship, Bonding, Developing Friendships
Summary: When Tisarwat and Piat end up working together on the rebuilding of the Undergarden, Tisarwat finds out there's more to the Administrator's daughter than she had thought.

And I am all done working on things for exchanges for now! I just have to wait for Jukebox to open *twiddles thumbs*

I made chips from the purple sweet potato they sell at Coles and they were TASTY. Sweet and salty and chewy and crispy.

I know I already mentioned it but the new anime MY love STORY!!/Ore Monogatari!! is freaking adorable.
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I actually found this works a lot better in a high rimmed bowl, but you CAN use a mug if you insist :)

Dry ingredients, mixed in cooking bowl/mug:
2 Tablespoon plain flour
1 Tablespoon quick oats (or plain flour)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
large pinch cinnamon
pinch ginger

Wet ingredients, mixed in a different bowl:
1 mashed banana
1.5 Tablespoon chunky peanut butter
1 egg
dash vanilla essence

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, don't mix for too long.
Microwave about 2 minutes on high. Let sit for a minute if you can bear it and then eat. Nice with defrosted frozen blueberries added to the wet ingredients and/or sprinkled with sugar once cooked.



Nice with maple (flavoured) syrup. The spices and vanilla are optional. You can make it without baking powder but it's super dense. Ends up a little goopy in the middle, if you prefer a drier cake only use half a banana.

I get cravings for sugar, eggs and carbs sometimes and this fulfills that pretty well hurrah. Adapted from several other recipes, all of which either called for masses of fat and sugar or didn't fit my personal definiton of "cake" (I'm still not sure if I'm brave enough to try this recipe)
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
This turned out legitimately nice, not just "well if I ate real pasta sauce I'd be sick" nice.

Fry a tablespoon of onion, then add a cup of frozen peas and a little water/stock, simmer a few minutes until cooked.
Add a chopped avocado, a chopped bunch of coriander, salt and pepper, maybe extra liquid, whizz with hand blender. That's about 3 serves of your basic sauce.

Add:
Baked sweet potato (about 1.5 hours at 180C)
Chopped baked chicken (chicken breasts, salt and pepper, dash of soy sauce, parsley, baked covered at 180C and turned every half hour until cooked. Use the liquid as stock)
Boiled brocolli (chopped broccoli, lots of salt, a little water, simmered in a covered pot until cooked and then drained)

Serve on fresh pasta (the Coles brand fettucine is actually pretty nice)

This is the culmination of several nights worth of bulk cooking, I didn't do it all at once! The version without sweet potato looked much prettier but didn't taste quite as nice :)
alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Met with a friend then got around to trying Dessert Story on a rec from sister's vegan partner (HOORAY FOR VEGANS) and it has SO MANY THINGS I CAN EAT. Had a watermelon sago which was strange but nice, then napped, then had a lovely evening with [personal profile] lizbee at Chocolate Buddha: gluten free AND wheelchair friendly Japanese! Which was very nice! Got to watch the adorable local sparrows flitting around Federation Square, too.

Just before we parted I had a weird moment where I was sure I'd seen a massive billboard flash the single word BOOBS, I stared at it doggedly until it cycled to that ad again and I could prove to lizbee that I wasn't imagining things.

And then I went to a different Taiwanese dessert place (9 taiwanese dessert? On Swanston street, also accessible) and had hot grass jelly with lotus seeds and red beans and tapioca and then google searched "Taiwanese dessert perth" because OMG. TASTY HOT DESSERTS I CAN EAT. (Which are vegan afaict! Probably gluten free too? Or at least low gluten?)

And now to feed my dragons before the sugar wears off.
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Have been feeling under the weather, these things have made me feel better about it.

Flight rising: A dragon breeding/raising sim. Not super exciting since most things can only be done once a day (resetting at 3pm local time) but it's cute and I get the feeling will be increasingly more fun as I build resources.

Bounce Energy balls Ridiculously overpriced vegan fudgey nut things that are nowhere near as healthy as they claim but taste quite nice for something that doesn't set off my intolerances. The vegan ones are Cashew Pecan, Fudgie Walnut and Spirulina. Haven't tried the Spirulina yet.

Wysp Bills itself as an artist-centered (eg concrit and improvement rather than exhibition) gallery site, not sure I'll actually use it for that but the sketch practice is nicely set up. Assuming you want to sketch hands, dragons, or male anatomy.

(This Let's Play of) Hatoful Boyfriend It starts as a pigeon dating sim and gets weirder from there.

The Wa Gokoro Japanese restaurant in Morley. Wheelchair accessible, near the shopping centre/bus station, relatively cheap and quite nice.

And finally: making dreamwidth posts to procrastinate about answering my email... >.>
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I just made this two ingredient vegan banana and peanut butter icecream and WHOA is it nice for something so healthy, especially since it's not even made in an icecream maker. It was kind of a pain using the blender, and I'm curious to know what the texture would be like if I did use the icecream maker (and maybe added some vanilla essence, mmm)

Finished "Industrial magic" by Kelley Armstrong and I really liked it. It's the sequel to a paranormal romance and is basically just the main character and her boyfriend from the last book solving a murder mystery, but since I actually like the boyfriend (unlike 99% of romance "heroes") not to mention the many engaging and mostly female side characters, it was pretty fun. My only complaint was that it could stand to be shorter, the plot isn't complex enough to sustain the length and I ran out of momentum a few times.

I've been doing a fun little 30 day art improvement meme, will post the first few results and my Ladystuck works when I feel up to wrangling html.
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Glitch is closing :( :( :( It's so melancholy there now, though the developers have thrown out all the stops by lowering times/costs of things and releasing a bunch of content they'd been saving for later, there's a sort of doggedly festive end of the world vibe.

I haven't found an alternative but did get around to checking out StoryNexus, a game making and playing website from the creators of Echo Bazaar. I had a brief go making a game, which was fun, and also really enjoyed [personal profile] yhlee's game WinterStrike, even if I did end up constructing a maze of frozen corpses and wondering where I went wrong.

Today I FINALLY got around to using the Jackson's voucher I got for my birthday last year. Since it was about to expire I was open to large purchases...and left with a SEVENTY DOLLAR box of pencils. They are very nice pencils though (Faber Castell Polychromos) The Subiaco store isn't SUPER accessible but I could get in and park and the staff were very helpful. They also recognised the Firefly "I can kill you with my brain" shirt I was wearing :D (Which got me a number of confused frowns from passer's by as I went past in my wheelchair, as well as a look of EXTREME CONCERN from a little girl I shared a lift with)

After that I explored a bit and checked out Farmer Jack's supermarket in an arcade just off Rokeby road. They have CHESTNUT PASTE (soooo nice with almond butter) and ALMOND MILK ICECREAM. I sat staring sadly at the latter since (a) It was full of chocolate and (b)I was way too far from home to buy anything frozen. I think I will have to return with Cam and the car and buy it anyway, even if it is $14 for four tiny icecreams. They have a much wider range of coconut milk based icecreams if any of you dairy free peeps are into that.

Two unexpected signs of my impending BNFdom: I just had someone ask to translate one of my fics for a russian language interfandom battle (GO ATLA), and I have also apparently been chosen as a "featured user" on delicious. Either they have a lot of featured users or they are really desperate, I hope anyone who gets sent my way likes fanfic...

But speaking of delicious they have suddenly started showing people's real names! (Or at least what they think are our real names) Check your account, people!

I went to the Swancon programming meeting last week, it was lots of fun, and I only volunteered for one panel! I'm doing Interactive Fiction, which StoryNexus is nicely relevant to. On that note I shall preserve this interesting discussion from tumblr and bid you all adieu.
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
First: There is a very nice gluten free bakery in the Coventy Markets in Morley. I don't know if the food is nice, apart from the hazelnut macaroons (which are lovely) but the store is nice because when I squeed about them selling ACTUAL BISCUITS I CAN EAT the lady gave me an extra one for free :D

Second:

Back in the late 80s, when I was around 9, I got my first computer, an Amstrad. The manual included instructions on how to use BASIC, and while I didn't understand the more complicated aspects I figured out enough to write very simple programs and do some sprite editing. There was also an example game in the back of the manual, several pages of text that apparently produced a game called something like "Ping", but despite trying to type it in several times I could never get it to work.

It was not until much later that I realised that it was a bootleg version of the 70s arcade game Pong.

And now, more than 20 years later, thanks to the Interactive Programming course I'm doing on Coursera... I have produced a working version of Pong. Aww yes.

This makes me happier than it probably should, what with the fact that i have a degree in computer science and have produced many much more complex programs in my time. And it's pretty crappy, I did the bare minimum required for the assignment. But I don't care, my inner 9 year old is still super proud :)

(nb on further thought I should probably hold off on posting a link until after grading. TRY TO BE PATIENT, PONG LOVERS)
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
So it finally occured to me that if I put my garden chair in the shade and used an extension cord, I could surf the web outdoors. Brilliant! (I do sometimes sit happily in the garden WITHOUT a computer, but I get bored eventually) The cat is happily exploring the garden and I am getting some fresh air.

Here's Kira sticking her nose out from underneath a black umbrella I was using to shade the screen for a while:
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I did my Quantum Computation exam today, after literally no study because I couldn't be bothered and wanted to get it done. I got 75% which seems pretty good unless you know the pass mark is 80%...still, I think I'll pass overall given my marks on the assignments. I'm definitely not up to solidly concentrating for hours any more, luckily the questions divided pretty neatly by subject so I could take breaks, especially since we got 6 hours to do it in. All those years working in the maths learning centre gave me REALLY good skills at quickly scanning through notes (or in this case, lecture videos) to find the relevant equation and answer a question without thinking too hard. It was a fun course, anyway, I may have a go at explaining some of the simpler quantum algorithm wierdnesses at some point since they're pretty cool.

I made this banana baked porridge/oatmeal and snacked on it during the exam. It was pretty nice, like a cross between porridge and banana oat nut muffins. And that's using quick oats and mixed nuts because it's what I had to hand. I think using almond milk added to the flavour. Will definitely cook again, one of the variants looks like a good way to make a low fat alkaline version of fruit crumble/crisp with my leftover frozen boysenberries. Probably veganisable?
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
I went exploring around Bassendean and found a butcher who sells rabbit, which I'd never eaten before let along cooked with. After looking up some recipes I created a quite tasty Sophie-friendly stew. As always a lot of my choices are dictated by diet so I don't know how helpful this is for people with different/no issues. Still, it was pretty nice :) Rabbit really does taste rather like chicken, but with a more solidity to it. Lots of teeny hard bones to pick out.

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Very dodgy "what I have in the house because I forgot today was a public holiday and also have a bazillion intolerances but it is TOO HOT FOR HOT FOOD" recipe. Wasn't terrible, will happily eat for lunch tomorrow (we go shopping tomorrow night). Hopefully the raw garlic won't make me miserable.
Mostly for my own reference )
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A while ago [personal profile] lilysea very kindly gave my list of food intolerances to to a raw, vegan, gluten free etc cafe in Freo to see if there was anything they could do with it. They offered three things: caramelised buckwheat cereal, which was not my sort of thing but nice enough, some sodium alginate noodles which my brain refused to believe were food, and a very nice herb-and-spice avocado soup which I discovered made an excellent pasta sauce.

So, today I tried to recreate it, with mixed success. I doubt this is of much use to other people (it's definitely not vegan!) but you never know.
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Making a cake mix with all the wet ingredients replaced by soft drink is easy but a bit sticky. But Green's Vanilla Cake mix with two eggs and half a bottle (170mL) of Bundaberg Peachee brewed peach softdrink is AMAZING. I usually don't make icing but it does add to the tastiness (and my reflux…)

I already ate too much and feel a bit sick but it was SO TASTY. *tries to forget that there is still quite a bit left in the fridge*
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Replacing the breadcrumbs/cornflakes in a generic baked chicken tenders recipe with crushed slightly stale corn thins (which is all I had to hand) was surprisingly nice. Not necessarily nicer than breadcrumbs or cornflakes, but Cam happily stole some despite me making it with spices he doesn't like and with his own Sophie-unfriendly dinner not long to go.

Specific technique in case google fails me in future but it really is pretty generic:
preheat fanforced oven to 190C
Crush about 6 corn thins (less if you do a less crap job of crushing)
Coat 1 packet chicken tenders with garlic powder, onion power, tumeric, sesame seeds, salt, pepper(*).
Mix with plain flour.
Coat in beaten egg (I mixed this in the container the chicken came in since spicy floury chickeny egg is a nasty mess) then the crushed corn thins.
Bake for about 12 minutes.

Not sure how nice the soggy leftovers will be tomorrow though (which is why I encouraged Cam to steal some :)).

(*)Seasoning the flour in advance makes it harder to judge how much spice gets onto the actual chicken.

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