As promised on yesterday's blog post, I spent last night cooking, baking, and dying my hair. Just FYI, I dyed my hair the same color I always dye it: black. I've been dying it black ever since Kerry lost that election. I'm still not over it, as Bush did so much harm to our country and world, so my hair is a constant reminder. Some mourning never ends, you know what I mean? I'm not a violent person, but I'm not going to lie. I'd still love to kick George W. Bush in the face. Hear that, secret service? Hear that? Don't arrest me -- I can't even kick that high! It's a totally inactive wish, like wishing to win the lottery when you're not even buying tickets.
It was going to be one of my casual listening-to-the-This-American-Life-podcast-while-cleaning/cooking evenings, but my sister, Rachel, who lives a town away with my father, was bemoaning her feeling of being stuck in the house with nothing to do and, she claimed, nothing to eat. So I offered to come pick her up, as long as she didn't mind a Futurama-watching homebody kind of night (Futurama instead of This American Life because Rachie don't dig NPR the way I do). She thought that sounded fun, so I ventured out into the outrageous cold to get her ass, because I love her.
Actually, it was nice to have her there, and, in all seriousness, I hope that eventually she'll become my roommate. She was nervous about what I would be making, I think, because she cannot help but not take it easy. It's not that she's actually a picky eater, she's just got to stress about everything. And, truth be told, I was making something kind of weird -- Supermarket Vegan's Chutney Peanut Pita Pizzas with Broccoli.
The last time I made a pita pizza, I was in college and just starting to cook, and lacking in truly excellent cookbooks, and I thought it was super-gross. But this wasn't gross at all! It was super-good!
Onto dessert. From The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, I made the Chewy Banana-Banana Cookie -- so named because it's not banana-oatmeal or banana-walnut, but plain old banana. And also cuz they're chewy. I LOVE banana baked goods, and I also had one super-ripe banana, so I went for it.
Terrific! Despite having three types of sugar (cane, brown, and powdered), they're not overly sweet. I actually forgot to put in the vanilla extract because I'm an idiot, and still, very good! The only thing was that the dough didn't stay together. It kinda crumbled apart. I ended up adding quite a bit more oil to make it into a cohesive dough. Also, Kelly Peloza, I know, is part of the internet generation who are likely to be functionally illiterate, but I have to say, her direction-giving has some issues. I did fine because I bake all the time, and I know how these things go, but there were a few things I thought required some editing. For instance, she probably should have simply instructed the users to combine the sugar and the wet ingredients together in a large bowl, then combine the remaining dry ingredients in a smaller bowl, then add the dry to the wet. I mean, that's standard. But instead, she lists every ingredient and it makes the recipe seem more complicated than it is. It's a super-simple recipe, and that's what I like about it! And then she wants you to take about two teaspoons of dough for each cookie. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't think in two teaspoon amounts. In my opinion, she should say a half a tablespoon, or walnut-sized, or something like that. And a lot of the wording in her directions is pretty awkward. I'd quote some to you if I had the book with me here, but I don't, so I won't. Not everyone is going to be a former copy-editor, though, so I guess it's OK.