I haven’t been blogging much lately. Actually there were quite few changes in my life that kept me away from my social networking. During the past month we closed my husband’s store. The economy here is so bad that we couldn’t afford to run our own business anymore. We also got a cat. A second cat. We named him Almond.
Almond was found homeless in our entrance. We fed him and we thought to foster him until we find him a good home. Almond is the best cat ever. Seriously. He always wants to be petted, he is quite, never cranky, always playful. The ideal cat.
Thought he was the perfect company for Peanut. But unfortunately Almond is sick. Almond has FIV which is actually the cat’s Aids, so he will never be able to play with Peanut as I am too scared that he might bite him or scratch him.
I live with Peanut for 15 years now. He is my beloved one and he has already suffered a lot from his ear infections during the past. So for now we keep them separate. We got Almond fixed yesterday in order to limit the possibilities to attack to another cat. Almond is not a kitty. He is already 8 years old and being sick and old makes it hard to give him for adoption. So yeah… we get to keep him. Poor Sean and his allergies. Struggling living in the city center with two furry cats.
We also changed our home’s layout. Moved all furniture to different spots. We emptied much space from our living room so now we can actually exercise and do our yoga series easier. We ended up with a city office in our living room too. PCs, laptops, Servers etc… all laying around. We are very professional :P
On top of everything last week we hosted a party. A birthday party. For my birthday.
Man, I am already 31. So my goals for the next year is to pay more attention to my family, be more productive at work, have fun with my kitties, spend time with my friends and laugh a lot. And to drink more wine more often. Thank Santor for the best vegan wines ever.
Oh wait… don’t leave me yet! I do have a recipe to share. I promise I will be blogging more about recipes from now on. So here is one of my favorite stews. A stew full of lemony flavor with leeks, potatoes, carrots and smoked tofu bites.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
5 leeks, cut into big chunks
2 medium potatoes, cut into big chunks
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup smoked tofu, cubed
juice from two lemons (about 1/4-1/3 cup)
1 Tbsp corn starch
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Saute the onion for 1 minute. Add the leeks and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the carrots and potatoes and saute for a couple more minutes. Add the vegetable broth, bring to a boil, lower heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until most of the liquid absorbs. Mix the corn starch with the lemon juice and add it to the stew. Add the smoked tofu, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 5 more minutes.