I don't actually like beer. I think that is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, beer is normally pretty cheap and easy to come by (although it takes way more beer than can fit in my belly to have any effect on me). On the other hand, it doesn't taste very good, and by avoiding it I am also avoiding pointless calorie use and involving myself directly in scenes like this:
Apparently, shortly before I arrived home from work, there was a huge Irish band across the street, complete with a bagpipe choir and a marching band drumline. Mister said the drums were making the apartment shake, which did not make our wee kitty happy. They started up again while I was cooking dinner. Mister started moaning but honestly, they weren't that bad - I kind of got a kick out them, as long as they kept it brief. They did.
I never had the traditional corned beef and cabbage before I stopped eating animals, mainly because my family is not Irish and we didn't eat cabbage. I don't even know what you do to beef to corn it, but it sounds kind of gross. Nevertheless, I did feel the need to do something Irish and cabbagey for dinner tonight, so I made my own version of vegan corned beef and cabbage (with a little help from my friends).
That's some pretty purple cabbage just steam-simmering away with some garlic and caraway seeds right there. While it was cooking, I reflected on a memory I might have made up, but I think I remember my mother telling me about the time my sister, as an adult, wanted to make some traditional German meal that involved cabbage and how it stunk up the whole house. As I inhaled the sweet scent of my cabbage, I wondered just what a person has to do to cabbage to make it smell as bad as other people think it does. I think the answer is: boil it. I think as long as you refrain from boiling it for hours, it is just fine.
In place of the corned beef, I sliced a package of Tofurky kielbasa on the bias and then did a quick saute in a bit of olive oil. Once it was lightly browned, I turned off the heat and finished cooking the cabbage. Finally, I artfully arranged the "beef" over a bed of Red Cabbage with Caraway Seeds from The Urban Vegan.
It was a delightful combination of sweet and savory, a little crunchy and a little chewy. We happily finished it all up while discussing how some famous people manage to have long, fruitful, and relevant careers (think Madonna, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Steven Tyler) while other celebs enjoyed a phenomenal career until the had some kind of major meltdown and never quite make it back to normal (for example, Mel Gibson, Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey).
I love Mister's and my dinner conversations.