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So What? I’m Still a Rock Star

January 12, 2012

Amy and I got a hall pass for the night.

We haven’t been out together without Monkeybutt in months.  It sucks to ask someone to babysit in the evenings.  Jane goes to bed at 6:30.  So, basically, we are asking someone to come over and sit in our house while the baby sleeps.  And we don’t even have cable.

But tonight, a friend launched his magazine The Local Dirt.  We decided to go out and support his endeavors to raise awareness about local and sustainable foods in the Tampa area.  Amy’s folks came over to sit in our house, not play with Jane and not watch cable.  And Amy and I headed out to party it up in Ybor City.

Okay, okay.  Partying it up for me means seeing a few old friends, drinking some icy ice water and taste testing the salsa from our friend’s new salsa company.  By the way, the Mango Habanero had a lovely smoky and spicy taste.  Definitely my favorite of his offerings.

Anyway, after the par-tay, I was starving.  Just like old times leaving Ybor, except I wasn’t drunk, I wasn’t climbing into a cab, and I still remembered my home address.  But I was hungry, so we headed for the Taco Bus.  I am embarrassed to say that, after 8 years of living in Tampa, this was my first trip to the Taco Bus.  How could I have waited so long?!  It is a BUS, out of which they serve TACOS!  Brilliant!  And so very delicious.  They offer multiple vegetarian options… and they had vegan steak strips!  I ordered the tacos (flour) with vegan steak strips and all the taco veggies.  I got two.  I would happily have put back four; they were that good.  And the green salsa on the table, go for it!  It is hot, but so very tasty.

Thank goodness Amy and I got out tonight.  Turns out we both remember how to socialize a bit.  And we both still know how to scarf down food at the end of the night.  We are rock stars!   (Not really at all)



Butternut Squash & Kale Tacos

November 15, 2011

One of the most frustrating parts of spending almost a week at my parents’ house was lack of access to my kitchen.  Sure, I could cook in their kitchen… but they don’t cook the same way I do (they eat meat at every meal; I am a vegan), so they don’t have the same ingredients or utensils.  It was easier just to work with easily prepared foods (pasta & sauce in a jar) than to really cook.  Consequently, I didn’t get nearly enough fruits and veggies into my diet, unless sweet potato tater tots count as a veggie.  They do, right?

Tonight, I kicked the veggies into high gear.  We started out with a salad (just basic stuff–baby romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumber & mushrooms) before we put the munchkin to bed.  Then came the headliner–butternut squash & kale tacos!  Even Amy, who believes kale to be her sworn enemy, liked them.  And they are super simple to make:

Buy a package of frozen butternut squash.  It comes pureed, so you don’t have to do anything to it except heat it in a pan with a little cardamom and cinnamon.  Once it has thawed, add a can of cannellini beans (rinsed).  The beans give the butternut squash mix some texture and some protein.

Break the kale up into smallish pieces.  I heated a little bit of olive oil in a wok on high heat.  I threw the kale in for a few minutes, until it was bright green and getting crispy on the edges.

I am really into wheat & corn hybrid tortillas right now, so I used those in soft taco size. Squash first, then kale, and top it off with sliced jalepeños*.  Tasty.

*Disclaimer:  We use the jar kind. If you light yourself on fire using fresh jalepeños, it is totally not my fault.