Wednesday, February 6, 2013


One of my goals has been to branch out and try new things. I'm not so great at this but I am happy with how it's going. Lately, I've tried:

  • Daiya: the products are used in place of cheese. It adjustment. I don't love it and mostly don't like it. However, it did give a bland mac & cheese recipe a bit of flavour. And I think part of my problem is that I use cheese as a main ingredient to things instead of a garnish. I will try this again and be less liberal with it. Hopefully that helps.
  • Tahini: It's a sesame seed paste. It's kind of bitter and will take adjustment. It can be used in recipes and as a nut/seed butter.
  • Cast iron cookware: I decided to buy a cast iron frying pan. Unfortunately, the one I bought is too big so I may need to try something smaller. My non-existent upper body strength makes it hard to handle such a heavy pan. Also, the one I bought was pre-seasoned. A lot of online stuff said to season it anyway. Well, I didn't. But you really should.
I'm not sure what's next on my list. I know I really need to expand my recipe choices but I keep getting stuck because most recipes call for stuff I don't have or ingredients that aren't allowed in the house (like icky eggplant).


  1. almond butter is better then tahini - have you tried that?
    the mac & cheese recipe is not bland. it is yummy! (if it is the one I reccomended...)

  2. I didn't like almond butter. I think the jar is still floating around in the back of my fridge. This morning I spread tahini on a cinnamon raison flat bread thing and then added a teeny bit of maple syrup. So very good.