What with the rain, school work and job-related stresses among other things, the past few days have been less than enthralling, to say the least. Let me just vent a little, just a bit. Distant Worlds, the elaborate concert world-tour featuring music from the Final Fantasy series is a magical, MAGICAL thing, and it's seriously been a life dream of mine to see it. Well, it's coming to the Meyerhoff Symphony hall here in Baltimore, which is a VERY big deal. Only problem is that it just HAS to be July 30th, which is the Saturday of Otakon. If you know me, you know that this is both the best and worst thing that could possibly happen.
It's good because it ties perfectly into 'kon, ESPECIALLY if I bust out the Aerith Gainsborough cosplay again (yes, I am that type of loser). But Saturday night is one of the best parts of the entire convention. Yes, I would probably only miss about five hours of the weekend if I attended Distant Worlds (the Meyerhoff is only about a mile away from the convention center), but that could potentially be a very important few hours. I really don't think I can pass up this opportunity, though. I'm pretty sure I can make it work. It would be TORTURE knowing that show was going on so close with me not at it, especially under the nerdy circumstances. Hmm..
So, there's my nerdy problem. Back to food. Let me first just share with you a few of my favorite things, and some of the things helping to keep me sane these days:
Anyway, a few nights ago I went ahead and put together some more impromptu dahl. It was pretty good, and it looked like this:
I can't remember what day this was, but this sandwich was friggin' good. I tried, for the first time, both smoked tofu (SoyBoy) and Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 bread, which comes frozen and is rather pricey, probably the reason I haven't yet tried it. I got the sesame variety, and it's really tasty. I might have to start grabbing this stuff more often. Anyway, in between two toasted pieces of the yummy bread went some of the tofu (grilled), avocado, fresh dill and some goddess dressing, which I skimped on so much that it was more or less undetectable. I've been craving the sandwich ever since.
And I guess that brings us to yesterday. There's a recipe in my "I Heart Trader Joe's" cookbook for Mushroom Hazelnut Rice that I'd wanted to try since I got it for Christmas. There's no photo in the book, but I had this imagine in my head of this fluffy, not-too-wet, bright bowl of rice with beautiful bits of earthy mushrooms and hazelnuts, all brightened up with lemon zest. These, you see, are the ingredients. It sounded and looked irresistible in my hungry imagination.
Well, I finally got to Wegmans (where I could buy a small amount of hazelnuts and white rice just for this recipe without breaking the bank, because, ya know, those things are so expensive, right?), and thus got around to trying out this dreamy recipe.
My first mistake might have been cooking the white rice (I always cook with brown, but chose white for the bright color) in mushroom broth, which I'd never used before. (