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Tempeh!

Thanks for the feedback on my first post. I got a nearly unanimous “keep this name”, so SuperCraftiFragilistic this blog shall stay!

And today, if you haven’t tried it before, I shall show you a simple way to cook one of my favorite foods I discovered as a vegetarian: tempeh. It’s basically fermented soybeans stuck together, and it has a more hearty, complex flavor and solid texture than tofu. Even if you don’t like tofu, I recommend giving this a try, at least once!

The way I typically make it is by sauteing it and adding soy and/or teriyaki sauce – super simple. The other day I decided to make a quick meal by breaking out my brand new rice cooker and have tempeh and rice.

First, I stuck some brown rice into my rice cooker, added water to the line it told me to, stuck the lid on and watched it be cute and nifty for a while.

Then, I heated up about 3 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat, sliced my tempeh-cake into half inch slices, and placed it in there to start cooking.

Finally, I poured a bunch of soy sauce over them, at least a few drops to cover each one, to give it more flavor. It only needs to be cooked 2-3 minutes on each side, and then you’re done!

I added my brown rice (which I forgot actually needs more water than white rice, so the rice cooker lied to me, but it was edible) and ate it. Tempeh-ting! (heehee)

Tempeh is really versatile – I love it with a bit of mayo on sandwiches, with various dips and sauces, in a stir-fry, and I’ve even eaten it just on its own a few times.

And now we have… a poll about tempeh!

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Welcome to my blog!

In high school, I heard a quote in a documentary about Virginia Woolf that has stuck with me. She said, “Nothing has really happened until it has been described. So you must write many letters to your family and friends, and keep a diary.” This blog is a more modern take on that, my way of recording and sharing things, so that they have really happened. And maybe others will find this stuff interesting.

I’ve been into crafting lately, and sometimes I cook, so to start out I plan on centering my blog around my various projects. I’m a nerd, so many of them will probably be nerdy, and they lean towards relatively simple stuff that doesn’t require too many supplies.

To start off, I here are a few things I’ve made recently:

The TARDIS (from Doctor Who) made out of paper.

It’s currently hanging out on top of my stack of board games. You can find the template for it here¬†along with a ton of other amazing geeky papercrafts. This one was pretty easy – I just printed it out and used scissors and a utility knife to cut the slits for the tabs.

IUopoly game board turned into a box

I used this tutorial. This one was much more difficult and took me a whole afternoon, mainly because the cardboard was so thick and hard to cut with my measly tools. It was fun, though, and I like how it turned out. I keep some of my craft supplies in it now, but you can put pretty much anything in it.

And finally, a group of my friends and I get together once a month and have a Girls Knit In. Our first project was the Knit-a-Ninja from ThinkGeek. Here are a couple of shots of mine in action:

It’s funny how each one turns out a little differently. I’m happy with mine, it’s cute. I plan on posting a picture of all four ninjas together once our whole group is finished.

I will continue to post projects as a make them. Let me know if you’ve made any geeky crafts or know of one that you think I should make!

Also, I haven’t completely settled on my blog name. Let me know what you think about it in the poll below.