No doubt, the question on everyone's mind during that long period of time between August of 2011 and May of 2012 when I only posted once wasn't "Is Melissa OK?" or "Did Melissa give up Food and Loathing officially?" or "Who the heck is Melissa? I totally forgot about that blog," but "What has Melissa been cooking during her extended time away from the wonderful world of vegan blogging?"
Don't worry! Blogging every day during Vegan Mofo has given me the opportunity to revisit that dark time and answer this question that I have no doubt just burned at you.
One time, from Vegan Soul Kitchen, I made the Roasted Potato and Mixed Green Gratin along with Rosemary-Roasted Tofu Cubes.
What I do remember, though, was that I got so mad at this guy I was seeing at the time while I cooked it that it took everything I had to not start beating him with my long spoon. See, he was one of these people who really wanted to help in the kitchen despite not knowing anything about cooking. It's nice that some people want to help, but the truth is, I prefer them to just not help and sit and not be in my way, because the kitchen is small and I really can do it on my own. He badly wanted to help, though, so I gave him the greens to remove the thick stems and chop. There were two types of greens in the recipe, and because I was aware of how much space chopped greens use up, I gave him two bowls to put them into, as I didn't have one bowl that was large enough. His first mistake was that he chopped the thick stems into the mix. That was annoying, but oh well. Not spoon-beating bad. We picked them out.
The recipe calls for the greens to be boiled, and it took a while for the water to be vigorously boiling, but when it was, I told him to put the greens into the water. A minute or two later, I looked back and saw that he'd only put HALF the greens in -- just one of the bowls I'd given him. That was super-annoying, and made me think he was so incredibly dumb and I obviously couldn't keep seeing him. But it wasn't spoon-beating bad, not yet. When the half of the greens were done boiling, I strained them and put yet another huge pot of water on the stove to boil. Finally, the water was going, and I put the OTHER half of the greens into the water. Then I turned my back to do something else, and when I looked back, there this dumb guy was, adding the ALREADY COOKED GREENS INTO THE POT.
Honestly, still, thinking about it now, it makes me want to beat him with a spoon again even though I haven't talked to that guy in over a year. His having added the already-cooked greens proved that he actually didn't even understand why I had been angry about him only putting half the greens in in the first place. It was like, he accepted that I was angry, apologized, but learned nothing, and didn't care to understand why this had upset me. Whatever, I probably shouldn't rage about stuff here on my vegan food blog. The point is, I guess, that this recipe will always remind me of that stupidity, and I may not ever make it again, because I'm sort-of emotional like that.
Then I made Chai Latte Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World! See, I didn't stay loathing for long.