Saturday, January 3, 2009

Chowder and the YMCA

Our local Y has been remodeling lately and had their open house today. We went to "look around" and ended up staying for almost 2 hours! They have all new weight equipment, they got new cardio equipment, they now have a circuit room that takes a half hour for a full body work-out, and they have a kids room.
The kids room has a dance floor-type game where the kids can play games that are like dodge-ball, squash the bug, tennis, etc. It also has WII-type boxing and bowling. It has Marshall arts-type 'hit the target' game, and a sit-up basketball game. It is so cool. the kids were in there for about an hour and still not ready to leave.
Hubby and I did the circuit room and then he went and walked on a treadmill, while I did the grown-up's sit-up basketball thing and then rode the stationary bike. Their stationary bikes have computer screens and you choose your track and then ride on the track you choose. Or you can do a "chase the dragons"game on them. They were so cool. I almost enjoyed sweating.
Daughter took our guitar to her trumpet lesson this morning (this was before lunch and the Y--I'm just typing out of sequence.) Her teacher spent time with her to do some basic guitar stuff. that was really nice of him.
After the Y, we came home and I started dinner. We had Chowder--my own recipe. Here it is:
1 head cabbage-chopped
1 onion-diced
3 stalks celery-diced
garlic to taste-chopped
6 potatoes-cubed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp allspice
1 can corn
1/2 stick of vegan margarine
1/4-ish cup flour
2 cups soy milk
Saute the onion, celery and garlic for a few minutes in just a little olive oil. Add the cabbage and potatoes and just enough water to cover them and then boil until tender (25 minutes or so). Add the seasonings and the corn.
In a separate pan, melt the margarine and stir in the flour to make a stiff paste. On high heat, whisk in the soy milk to make a gravy. It will get thick fast so watch it. Put the gravy in the pan with the veggies and stir it in.
The water in with the veggies mixes with the thick gravy to make a nice creamy soup. I had to add more salt, but I didn't add it to the recipe above because not everyone likes things salty.
I don't have a picture, but it was really good. The recipe makes a lot, though. We have enough left over for another couple of meals. Daughter picked the potatoes out and dipped them in ketchup--go figure.
Then, just a little bit ago, I made vanilla almond ice cream and added a tablespoon of dark cocoa powder--yum yum. I could have eaten the whole batch by myself.
Well, I ought to go. It's getting on toward bedtime. Son should be home soon (they are doing a scouting fundraiser) and he'll want some of MY ice cream and then we can all crash.
Ciao for now.

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