Well I ended up leaving work early for the doctor. Sinus infection plus checking on a burn that I inflected upon myself Dec. 23 crisping up ciabatta bread in the toaster oven. The good news is that the burn is not infected, just taking forever to heal up (yep, it was really that bad). Unfortunately I was told to keep taking Claritin D and given antibiotics. Ugh. Oh well, I suppose it could have gone much worse. He could have looked at my hand and said something like, "Holy shit!" Or, he could have told me I had bronchitis or something worse than a sinus infection. So I should count it as a good day!
I've been sitting in my sweats watching Food Network and scouring through the cookbooks I recently purchased. I am seriously overwhelmed at all the options. I have most ingredients on hand, but I keep missing one or two key flavor ingredients for some of these recipes. I had really wanted to take advantage of being home by trying something new again. How sad is it that I obsess and over-think what to make for dinner. I really do make it far more complicated than I should all in the name of trying new dishes.
I finally settled on The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine I picked Portobello Burritos and topped with Creamy Cilantro-Lime Sauce. Essentially the filling for the burritos is sauteed onions, bell peppers, onions, and portobellos mixed with rice (I used pearled barley) and black beans. These get baked with salsa. The "creamy" sauce is made with tofu, fresh cilantro and lime juice. It was a tasty dish. I enjoyed the flavors and it's one that would be super easy to make more or less spicy depending on your tastes. It's definitely one that I'll make again and would also be great to serve to guests (even meat-eaters).
Unfortunately, my camera messed up again and the pictures that I took were somehow erased when I put the card in the computer. This is the 2nd time this has happened and I'm not sure what the cause is. Anyone have this problem? It only deleted the photos taken tonight and no others. They were on the camera as I flipped through while taking pictures. Really annoyed and aggravated. Guess that means I'll have to make this again to show it off.