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Aloo Chole, Scallion Pancakes, and Thrifty Finds

This past week just flew by! Things have been busy around here so I’ve been making a lot of repeats. However, I did try two new recipes.  I made some Aloo Chole which was really yummy.  I think I’ll make it spicier next time though. It’s definitely a make-again meal. Rob ate it the next day for lunch and said it reheated well.

Aloo Chole

The scallion pancakes were good but I’m going to have to make some adjustments next time. They were tasty but they were thicker than I expected. The soy sauce-based dipping sauce  looked pretty in my Glasbake custard cups. The cups are wide enough so you can easily dip your fork with the pancake piece into it.

Scallion Pancakes

Thanks to a test drive offer Rob participated in last year, we got a $50 prepaid debit gift card in the mail.  We decided to spend it at Amazon where we bought the Simpsons Season 9 DVD set and a case of 12 Newman’s Own Organic Spelt Pretzels. After using the card, our total out of pocket cost was $1.48. Cheap!!! We are seriously addicted to those pretzels. They are fantastic.  I’ve got my parents hooked on them now too.

Only cost me $1.48

Now for some thrifty finds. I spent a whopping $2 on two vintage books. The book on the left is The Good Housekeeping – Housekeeping Book. It was published in 1947. It’s a rather interesting book with information that is still relevant today. It’s all about, as you expected, housekeeping. There were some neat items tucked inside the book too – recipe clippings, an old pamphlet about Wisk laundry detergent, and a 1940’s postcard from a hotel where the room rates were between $2.50 and $4.50 a night. LOL

The book on the right is the The Canning and Freezing Book which was published in 1975 by the Culinary Arts Institute. The book is chock full of information and recipes.  I know I will learn a lot of useful information from this book.


Mad props to Rob for spotting this awesome retro clock. It was never used and works fine. It even came with the original box too! The woman running the sale told me how the owner had tons of stuff that was never used and still in the original boxes. I even saw some Pyrex that was new in the box! Of course, the prices on the Pyrex were at a premium because of it. Too expensive for me! I’m thrilled with this nifty clock.

Vintage Clock

My Chia Herb Garden is doing good however the plants needed more light. I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of it but Rob built a grow light for me. He made a frame out of pvc pipes. It came out really good and works like a champ.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!  😀

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  • pinknest January 26, 2007, 5:14 pm

    oooh! aloo chole! what could be better than potato and chickpeas! i love your indian inspired dishes.

  • veganruthie January 26, 2007, 8:57 pm

    Neat clock, Emmy! And way to go on those books and gift certificate!! Russell is trying to get me into the Simpsons. I have never seen a whole episode. We’re planning to rent a season this weekend — for $1! Gotta love Movie Gallery.

  • Dori January 26, 2007, 10:11 pm

    Indian food – yum. I remember a day when my son turned three and I was 9 months pregnant, expecting my daughter within two days… I spent six hours baking and decorating a Bart Simpson cake.

    No trips planned to chicago soon, but I just discovered that the closet Trader Joes to me is Chicago. I am trying to convince my DH to vacation near a Trader Joe’s at least every six months so I can shop and take advantage of the bargains.

  • Vivacious Vegan January 26, 2007, 10:37 pm

    The Aloo Chloe looks wonderful. I can almost smell the curry over here. I haven’t tried those pretzels yet but I’ll keep my eye out for them. Marty loves pretzels too.

    Great bargains! I really wish I had a gal pal who would go bargain hunting with me. Marty’s no fun. He hates it and pouts the whole time.

  • midwestvegan January 27, 2007, 7:39 am

    Yum – I love Indian food but, sadly, there are no restaurants in the area and my daughter/mom won’t eat Indian food.

    You got some great deals — it looks like you’re having fun checking out the sales in your new town.

  • Twisted Cinderella January 27, 2007, 7:57 am

    You sound like a girl after my own heart. I love a good thrifty find. I love love love old books and the cool stuff you find inside. I am definitely going to try those pretzles!

  • bazu January 27, 2007, 1:40 pm

    What a yummy post! The clock is fantastic, I give mad props to Rob, too! And I can’t decide which I like better, the simpsons or the newman’s own pretzels. Probably eating the pretzels while watching the Simpsons- ha ha.
    And the food is delish as usual- I would love to make my own scallion pancakes- where’d you find the recipe?

    I am glad you’re posting again, and hope all is well with you. =)

  • Candi January 27, 2007, 8:26 pm

    Potatoes and chickpeas…. a perfect combo! Lol! The dish looks great, as do those pancakes!

    I had to say that my daughter is addicted to those spelt pretzels!! I need to by them by the case too!

  • vegandiva January 28, 2007, 7:19 am

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone 😀

    Ruthie, when I met Rob, he had never seen an episode of the Simpsons! Then he started watching it and became just as crazy about the show as I am. I hope you enjoy it if you rent it. I think you will 🙂

    VV, it’s a shame you don’t live closer as I’d gladly go bargain hunting with you 🙂 Rob actually enjoys going to garage/estate sales. He likes to look at the records, tools, and garage stuff.

    Hi Twisted Cinderella, thanks for stopping by 🙂 Always fun to “meet” another person who loves old books !!!

    Bazu, I told Rob you seconded my mad props. He thought that was great 😀 Eating pretzels while watching the Simpsons is exactly what we did! LOL I got the Scallion Pancake Recipe from a post by Chef Deb at Vegsource. To make them thinner, leave out the baking powder and I added more soymilk than the recipe calls for. I’ve still got to play around with the recipe to get them the way I like them.

  • Nupur January 28, 2007, 8:16 am

    The aloo chana looks delicious! It is one of those dishes that almost tastes better the next day when the flavors really get into the chickpeas 🙂 I love scallion pancakes but have never tried making them…yours look so good!

  • johanna3 January 29, 2007, 8:55 pm

    You really know who to strech the $$ and where to find good deals lucky you!

    the food looks very good!

  • mikaela January 30, 2007, 10:16 pm

    Scallion pancakes sound simply savory 🙂