Blech. My head has been aching for three days straight and my nose has been alternately runny and stuffy and bloody for a few days. All I wanted to do was steam my face and sleep but my co-workers were on vacation and I couldn't leave early or take off. It was a busy week but now I got mine and I'm on vacation as of today until Friday! Now to find something to do. I sense a lot of cooking on the horizon.
Here's last night's dinner, Udon-Miso Soup, which was perfect sick food.
It was inspired by the Udon-Shitake-Kale soup from Veganomicon. This version was more brothy, and had baby bellas and spinach instead of shittakes and kale, but it was still good. I also threw some seaweed in for good measure. There was a small salad on the side, too.
And here's what you probably don't want to eat when you're sick (sugar apparently weakens your immune system):
Since G and I have greatly reduced our sugar intake I've been feeling pretty good but when I do eat something really sweet (like these cookies) I get bad headaches that don't go away, even after going to bed. They just have to "wear off." So, it's a good thing I didn't have to keep these around. These cookies were baked for a co-worker who's leaving, but wouldja believe it, he wasn't even at work yesterday! The rest of the folks at work seemed to enjoy them, though. They are Orange Chocolate-Chocolate Chip cookies from Veganomicon and which I saw on Jennifer's blog.
I pretty much agree exactly with her description; I thought there could be more orange flavor, but everyone else thought the amount was good. I have made these cookies (well, the original variation) a few times before and they always come out well: moist with just a good bit of crispness. She kindly posts the recipe for those (few) of you who don't have VEGANOMICON.
The second batch are a personal tweak on another V'con recipe for Fig-Smushed Almond Cookies. I made them Apricot-Almond cookies by using half almond flour-half WW pastry, adding cardamom and omitting anise extract, and mixing rehydrated chopped apricots into the dough.
Oh, I also used less baking powder but that was an accident because I ran out. Ha. These I didn't like so much. The flavor is okay but there was way too much oil in them and they were very greasy. They are also a little thinner than I would have liked, probably due to the amount of baking powder. Anyway, one person actually preferred these to the chocolate cookies, so what do I know? I may bake something else for the guy leaving on Monday because I HAVE 6 DAYS OFF AND NOTHING TO DO.