InstaPundit is passing out recipes, so I suppose I should deign to catblog and recipeblog for at least one entry.
Sushi the cat is leaving us today. We stuck up some signs at vets and pet stores around the neighborhood and some woman who lives right here on the Plaza del Norte saw one and wants him. So it's going to be a little more peaceful around here, though we'll miss him. He's a good cat.
Here's how to stock up on decent vegetarian food.
MUSHROOM VEGGIE RICE
Slice up about half a pound of mushrooms. Cut up a leek. Add all the broccoli florets off a broccoli stalk. Saute the lot in olive oil. Add salt, pepper, 1 clove garlic, 1 cup dry rice. Saute another minute or two and then add 2 1/2 cups water and soy sauce to taste. I like a couple of spoonfuls but that's just me. Heat to boiling and then cover, turn down heat, and simmer about 20 minutes or until rice is done.
CREAM OF VEGETABLE SOUP
Take the broccoli stem(s) that you cut the florets off for the rice. Slice it up. Peel and slice up two or three potatoes, a carrot or two, and a leek or two. Feel free to add zucchini, cauliflower, green beans, etc. if you want. Saute the lot of veggies lightly in olive oil, just a minute or two, and then heat them to boiling in a pot with about one liter of water so the veggies are, like, half steamed and half boiled. Give 'em at least ten minutes over low bubbling heat. Add salt, pepper, and a half-liter of milk. Or less, depending on how thick you like your soup. If you like it really really thick, add another potato. Add a shot of brandy or sherry if you want, and then liquefy in the blender or with the "minipimer". Then let it simmer for a few minutes longer over low heat. The longer it simmers, the thicker it will be. Can be served hot or cold, like vichyssoise.
This ought to do you for a couple of days and will provide leftovers for another couple of days.