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August 11, 2005 - 1:38 pm

i just took a bath and left the bathroom door open. snoopy didn't leave the doorway at all. normally, the kitchen window is open and looks right into the bathroom, but today the curtains were drawn, so i just left the door open and snoopy seemed genuinely curious as to what all the splashing around was about (not that there was excessive splashing...)

tonight me and c are heading to the foundation to meet with friends who need a new band website. although i love eating at the vegan restaurant, i'm really craving meat. i haven't eaten meat since eating a midnight steak sandwich in vegas (deliciously medium rare) and lately, it's all i've been thinking about. recently (due to financial distress) i've been making a lot of food from the very vegan ppk which certainly isn't meeting my carniverous desires.

last night i made a yam/couscous salad that i stole and modified greatly from some random vegetarian blog. it was so awesome that i'm sharing my recipe here.

1 - 2 reasonably large sweet potatos (or yams), cut into reasonable small chunks
2 carrots, chopped into chunks
1 green pepper
1/2 of red onion
1 cup couscous
1 lemon
olive oil
ground cumin
maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 450. layer the sweet potatoes & carrots on a cookie sheet and smoosh around with some oil. sprinkle salt and pepper over top and bake until soft on the outside, crisp on the outside -- around 30 minutes or so.
meanwhile, chop the green pepper into small pieces and dice the onion finely. Cook one cup of couscous according to the instructions on the pack. i used veggie broth instead of water.

When the vegetables are out of the oven, make the dressing. Squeeze lemon into a small bottle, add some olive oil, a teaspoon of cumin powder, and a bit of maple syrup and shake the mixture until well combined. The amounts in the dressing depend very much on personal taste - this is quite lemony, and you may want to increase the cumin, maple syrup and the oil.

In a large bowl, combine the couscous, roasted vegies and capsicum with your hands. Pour the dressing over, and stir in with a fork. eat up.

next time i might add some raisins and walnuts into the bowl just cuz i like salads with raisins and nuts. if i was feeling flush, i might also add some crumbled feta over top, but that would be just like showing off.

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