Posts Tagged ‘millet’

Vinegar and Tofu Don’t Match.

July 25, 2009

After millet failed to impress me the other day as a hot breakfast, I decided to give it a chance to redeem itself. This was after I’d found that the clip had come off the packet and about a quarter of the bag had spilt into the cereal cupboard. Millet really wasn’t in my good books, untill now.

Saturdays, weather permitting, is barbecue day. If we’re at my grandparent’s, we have it for lunch, if we’re home, we have it for dinner. I decided to try my hand at marinating some tofu and making some veggie kebabs, to be placed on a bed of millet. I thought it might make a good sub for couscous. It was moreĀ  soggy than couscous, obviously, but other than it fared well. Instead of making it up with soyamilk, as I did the other day, I made 35g of it up with 250ml water, but mixed in half a kallo low salt stock cube once the water had come to a boil. The result was a yummy millet dish, which could easily replace rice or sililar things as a side dish.

milletThis prvoided a half decent bed for my kebabs.

veggie kebabsThe veggies were so yummy. Roasted veg always are. There’s aubergine, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and tofu on there. However, the tofu was ick. Yuckidy yuckidy yuck. I couldn’t eat it. My marinade sucked. I marnated the tofu overnight in a base of vinegar, mixed with a bit of vegan worcester sauce and some sugar. But the tofu just tasted so much like vinegar, it was euh. Next time, I’m going to find a marinade recipe, rather than making my own up. Don’t get me wrong, vinegar on chips is the best, but vinegar flavoured tofu? No, just no. Does anyone have any good suggestions for a tofu marinade?

Spot the Cat

July 23, 2009

Nothing here!My cat loves to hide in our veggie patch, especially between the sprouting broccoli. She isn’t very photogenic though, and abruptly ran away after I snapped her. Usually it’s very hard to spot her as she’s normally finds a better hiding place than this.

She’s either hiding in the veggie patch, or eating it. Both of our cats have a strange fetish for onion and garlic tops, and we often spot them chewing on them. And my other cat likes to sit on the garlic we already picked and put on the windowsill. Silly cats.

I decided to go on a new route this morning for my bike ride, and I enjoyed it untill I started going down a steep hill, as I knew a down hill one way means an uphill on the way back. I don’t think I’ll be doing the route i took today again though, because it didn’t go anywhere! I was hoping to come out at a small village, with maybe a small village store to buy a drink at, or a bench to rest on. but no, I had to turn round after a while because I wasn’t going anywhere.

At Poppy’s Pantry yesterday, I got some millet. My mother enjoys telling me how I am eating bird food, she doth mock me a little bit now that I bought some millet. I’ve never had millet before, and thought I’d try it as a hot breakfast cereal.

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I didn’t cook it for as long as the packet suggested, as I kinda like my grains slightly al dente and chewy. However, I think next time I will cook it for the full 20 minutes, as apparently it goes like mashed potato when you cook it for longer, and that kinda appeals to me. Taste wise, it’s a bit bland even though I made it with soy milk. I suppose I need to add something to it. It reminded of the coarse cornmeal I occassioanlly have for breakfast.

I think millet might make a better grain to use as a side dish rather than for breakfast. Some experimenting is required.