11/21/12 Booby Traps


I was so hoping that Monday was my final day painting the new place (was there ’til almost 11:00), but I went back the next morning to pull off the painter’s tape around the built-in shelves. Lo and behold. My guess is that this one “wall,” which was a different color, was the only thing in the room which was oil paint — because the acrylic paint we put on top of it came up like it was nothing (EVERYthing else was totally fine, phew!). So, Wednesday I’m back to the tedious hell. Wheee.

To relieve some stress, I went to the drop-in drawing studio again. Some nice work came out of it. Still exploring, figuring out a good new comic style for whatever is next.

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope it is a warm and wonderful one for you. It has always been my favorite holiday in that it isn’t about gifts, just about people, food, and love. And more food. Preferably penuche fudge and apple pie.

I grew up vegetarian, and so we always had veggie lasagna as our main course, one of my favorite dishes. These days I don’t eat eggs or dairy either, and so it is an even more creative endeavor. But I thrive on creativity (and my mom, who will be doing most of the cooking due to us driving so long to get there, is so awesome about being accepting and accommodating — love you, mom!). The food and company will be lovely. Hope the same for all of you.


  1. zb

    Because I’m feeling extra-nitpicky today–

    “Luunock, I hardly think this is the time or place…”

    Time, certainly not. But place? They’re in their own home– they’ve probably done it on every interior square shazbot of that stack.

  2. Christopher

    @zb, I think in that expression, “place” is somewhat interchangeable with “situation.” For instance, the kitchen table is an excellent place, but with family visiting on Thanksgiving day, it is not such an excellent place.

    Oh, and 5 hours later, the painting is FINALLY (crossing fingers) complete (for now).

  3. Grizzly

    Okay, here goes. Ingredients embedded. This was obtained from a 7th Day Adventist (or was it 1st Church of Christ Electrician?) cookbook and adapted by missus Grizz and I. There are two major components, the veggie sauce and the faux cheese.

    Veggie Sauce:
    Sauté in 1 tbsp oil in a large pot:
    2 large onions – chopped
    2 cloves garlic – minced
    6 large stalks celery – chopped fine
    6 large carrots – quarterd and chopped fine
    basil and oregano to taste

    After simmering for 1/2 hour, add 3 crumbled (fine) veggie burgers and 4 cans of DICED tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a loooong time on low heat. (Actually the sauce is always better the next day!).

    The “Cheese” Sauce
    Put the following into a food processor:
    3 bags (100 grams each) of raw cashews
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 tsp. salt
    Process until it becomes a completely smooth cream.

    Add 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with pulp
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    3 tbsps nutritional yeast flakes
    3 packages (200 grams) soft tofu.
    Process again until completely smooth.

    Tired yet? This is worth it. Truly.

    Boil 1 package of whole wheat lasagna noodles for 15 mins. Drain, pat dry with linen towel.

    Layer noodles, veg sauce, cheese sauce x 3. We find that it fits in a 12×17 dish or a 12×12 one…
    You can freeze this without baking for future use or bake in a 350 oven for 1/2 hour to 45 mins.

    Unfortunately I have discovered a sensitivity to both tomatoes and wheat so this is something I no longer partake of, but do still make for the fambly.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my Merkun trawler mates!

  4. Muzhik

    @Main Tenant, I beg to differ: there’s no reason why you can’t test booby traps. You just need to test them on someone else. There are dozens of places out there filled with people who won’t be missed: tax collectors, lawyers who trawl for liability clients, people who tell other people what happened in Vegas, etc. Booby-trapping THEIR places can lead to HOURS of amusement, not to mention allowing you to de-bug (de-booby?) your creations and fine-tuning them to the peak of irony.

  5. Muzhik

    Speaking of vegetarian dishes, you REALLY have to see “Wreck-It Ralph”. There is a food joke in there that it’s taken me 2 days to realize why I thought it was so funny. In the scene where Ralph is in the Bad Guys Support Group, he’s sitting next to a “demon”, shall we say. Listen to how the demon corrects Ralph on how to pronounce his name, and think of a yummy vegan meat substitute (or is it a tofu substitute?) made from wheat gluten.

    I can’t believe they went there! Someone REALLY doesn’t like vegetarian cooking!

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