See, I figured my circadian rhythm is all off anyway between the time changes and the red eye flights, so I don't think I'll have much trouble getting back to sleep tonight. After being more or less awake for 24 hours, I didn't really care about sabotaging "bedtime." After a long wake-up, I took a shower and put together a short menu from The Vegan Table (and one bonus from The Urban Vegan):
1. Saffron-Spiked Moroccan Stew, although there will be a spicy twist this time around, since we discovered the first time that we aren't big fans of crocus stamen. Also because of a neat souvenir I brought home from San Francisco... I could tell you, but I'd rather make you come back to find out!
2. Red Lentil Artichoke Stew - I did, at this point in my shortened menu-planning, wonder if I was going a little stew-heavy for the end of July, but then I realized they were the middle-eastern version of stew, not the Irish version.
3. Aloo Gobi because it's not a stew and because the only things that make Mister happier than a curry of potatoes and cauliflower is a giant pot of pasta.
4. Sloppy Joes from The Urban Vegan. Except that I forgot to get TVP, so it looks like that one will wait until I can drop into Whole Foods on my way home from work. Considering Angst hasn't quite decided whether he believes I'm the lady who lives here, I figured I couldn't go wrong making one of his favorites to remind him who is mommy is. It's amazing what a long weekend away will do - he hid from me when I came in the door!
Anyway, after a refreshing shower and a fresh coat of paint, I headed out to Whole Foods and Superfresh (who have apparently learned that people will find alternatives, since they dropped the price on chickpeas from $1.19 to $0.59!), with a quick stop into the wine store for my Apothic Red (still love it, though I had some very nice wines, ummm, an hour from wine country....imagine that!).
Tonight, I made Red Lentil Artichoke Stew as my inaugural dish back home. It felt so much like home to see this:
Red lentils, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and a bay leaf just spending a little time together in a hot pot, simmering and allowing their flavors to meld. Looks like home to me!
It was a delightfully tasty way to remember I know how to cook! It's been a little while, you know.