Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vegan MoFo 2010 - Mushroom and Chickpea Stroganoff

Yesterday saw me trying a stroganoff for the first time since becoming vegan. I was a little excited about this and skeptical that the homemade sour cream would do the trick. I needn't have worried.

Verdict: I'd make this again too! I've been having great successes with 'Passion For Pulses' and I'm really impressed. Next time I'd watch the last 10 minutes cooking time more closely (when the sour cream gets added) or add more than 1C of sour cream so it would be a little bit more thinner than it was.

Mushroom and Chickpea Stroganoff adapted from Passion For Pulses compiled by Nancy Longnecker

2C cooked chickpeas
2T oil
2 onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2t paprika
2C mushrooms, chopped
1T tomato paste
1 large tomato, chopped
1C sour cream (vegan homemade recipe to follow)
1t dry mustard
1t dried dill
1T chives, chopped
1/4C parsley, chopped
1t honey (I used agave)
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions and garlic and oil. add paprika; cook for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, cook for a few more minutes. Add tomato paste with the remaining ingredients, including chickpeas. SImmer gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Serve with brown rice or wholemeal noodles.

Almost Sour Cream (p. 10) from Hot Damn and Hell Yeah 

1 1/2C silken tofu, squeezed and drained
1T canola oil
2t cider vinegar
1/2t salt
1t sugar
2t lemon juice

Blend until smooth and thickened up. Refrigerate.

On another totally non-related, non-food note, I want to share what has been happening in my life for the past few weeks. I found out I was pregnant about 4 weeks ago. Things were going well until I woke up last Thursday and found that ALL of my pregnancy symptoms had completely stopped. Concerned, but telling myself it was all in my head, I waited until my Saturday appointment to see the Dr. After the pregnancy formalities, I expressed my concern to the Dr, who took some bloods and instructed me to come back the following Tuesday for follow up test. The blood tests were to check my hormone levels, which are supposed to at least double every couple of days. Yesterday I went for the results and my hormone levels had actually dropped. I was sent for an ultrasound today and my suspicions were confirmed when the radiologist could not find a heart beat and declared the baby was about a week younger than my actual dates. This is called a missed miscarriage, or a missed abortion. I think the next step is to go to the hospital for a D & C to remove the foetus. We will find out for sure tomorrow.
As sad as I am, I believe these things happen for a reason and maybe the timing wasn't right. I already have 3 gorgeous children and I am eternally grateful for them.
Why am I sharing so publicly on my blog? Because it's my bloody blog and I'll write whatever the bloody hell I want! But also, I find it a real shame that these sort of topics are taboo. It's bad enough that pregnant women fear telling ANYONE they are pregnant until at least 12 weeks, but women lose babies all the time and it seems that once this happens, they are left to deal with it themselves. I want this out in the open. I want this pregnancy remembered, and the baby, barely out of cell dividing stage but my baby nonetheless, to be discussed openly especially within my family. My children know about the baby (we've given it a new name each week, relating to the size of it - this week it was 'Prune') but have yet to be told about the loss (this will probably happen tomorrow when we find out what the next step is). They have been so helpful to me while I was stuck in bed with morning sickness. They are the best children in the world - regardless of what members of my extended family believe.

Goodbye angel baby, may we meet in another life.



Vegun Chef said...

Kudos on this post, it is inspiring. I am sorry for your loss. Your words are so true, and I hope others read this and think for a moment about what we have been 'told' about pregnancy protocol. And, the dish looks great, I am going to make it!

Jen Treehugger said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Vicki said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about your baby. I agree that it is such a shame that miscarriages aren't spoken about openly even though, sadly, they do happen all too often.

Hannah said...

This is (I think) my first visit to your blog, so I hope it's okay for me to come out and say that I'm so proud of you for telling the world about this - I believe you're absolutely right that having this topic "taboo" only makes it worse for everyone who has to go through it. Hugs being sent your way, and my thoughts are with you and your family, who seem to be so brave about this. xo

Johanna GGG said...

great recipe - I started to bookmark it and then read the rest of the post so I feel a bit frivolous telling you how good it looks but it does

and I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage - I agree it is a shame we aren't more open about such things because we miss the opportunity to acknowledge just how cherished children are, even before they are born. I am sure you will remember this little one and I think it is great if your family can too.

Have you see anything about the Japanese god Jizo - it is interesting to see how other cultures approach such issues -

Tahn said...

Thanks so much for that link, Johanna! I love the idea of Jizo. We are planning on getting a plant to remember baby (more in a post later) and I'd really love a small statue of the god Jizo to sit in the pot! I wonder where I could get one from?
Thanks everyone for your wishes. I did not write the post hoping for sympathy, but it is very much heartfelt.


Miss T said...

Thank you so much for your post Tahn - I am so sorry for your loss but glad that you have shared so openly and allowed us all to help remember your baby.

Bliss Doubt said...

Oh Tahn, I'm sorry. You seem to have a very balanced attitude.

"Goodbye angel baby, may we meet again in another life."

That made me weep. So sweet.

You do have gorgeous children, at least the ones we see on your blog.