Archive | October, 2010

Make me dinner

2 Oct

After having an average of 1 guest staying in my house every month for the past year I started thinking… It would be really nice for someone to make me dinner at their house.
And you might be thinking, why don’t you just go out or get take away – but I don’t think it’s the same.
To me, creating food for someone is like giving them a piece of your heart. It’s a direct demonstration of your love and appreciation for them and also a challenge for yourself to create what you want to create.
It’s wonderful.

It’s taken over 12 months but I’ve started to really miss going to friend’s houses to share some food.
The problem I’m seeing here is this:

My dietary needs have changed alot since I last visited adelaide and I’ve realised that people who aren’t used to cooking for me can’t think of what to make me!

So I thought I’d give you a quick guide just incase you find yourself inviting me to dinner (yes I’d like that)

Here’s a breakdown of the things I don’t eat:

Meat – that’s obvious
Dairy products – yoghurt, cream, icecream, butter, some margarine, cheese
Animal products – gelatine, red food colouring, lactose, rennet, animal fat
Yeast – bread, stock, gravy, beer, pizza, some sauces, some potato chips

So what is left to eat I hear you ask? Everything in the world that’s not on that list! And there’s lots of food out there. It doesn’t even have to be weird.

And what about eggs? Yeah so you probably noticed that I still eat eggs and they are an animal product. It’s true. I am very fussy about eggs and tend to only eat them at home. They need to be certified free-range before I’ll touch them and preferably organic.

You can probably see now why Bob and I make alot of our own food from scratch: bread, pasta, pastry, sauces, burger patties etc. But of course we don’t expect you to do that!

Here are some Nomi-friendly products that are easy to find and will make feeding me easier:

Oreos, Nutellex (margarine), Borg’s puff pastry (from Woolworths), Orgran gravy mix, Red Rock plain chips,
Weis Sorbet, Tofu (next to cream cheese at the supermarket)

If you go to a health food store and look for dairy free products you will find heaps more great stuff!

Now onto what sort of meals to make that will be ok for me and not leave you feeling like your missing out:

PASTA:

Most pasta and tomato based sauces are fine but it pays to check the label just in case. Add a few vegies to the sauce & you’re done!

RICE:

It can be used in so many different ways. Vegie stir fry, tomato risotto, stuffed capsicums & curries!

NOODLES:

Dried rice noodles simply need hydrating in hot water and dried wheat noodles are just prepared like pasta. Add some vegies (maybe some tofu), ginger, garlic & soy sauce OR green curry paste & coconut milk. Yum.

PIZZA:

If you don’t want to make your own yeast-free base then just buy some Mission brand pizza bases.
Cover with tomato paste, capsicum, mushroom, onion, tomato, herbs & whatever else you like.
Just make mine without the cheese.

PASTRY:

Get yourself some Borg’s puff pastry from woolworths.
Fill with cooked vegies of your choice and bake – so easy.

It doesn’t seem so bad now does it? If you’re after something more adventurous let me know as I’ve got some great recipe books and can make some good suggestions.

Thanks in advance for making me dinner. Love Nomi

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