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Spicy Thai Stew and Another Pumpkin

I am totally embracing the fall weather that has made its way to Michigan. I made another soup last night. It looks similar to the chowder I posted yesterday but it tastes totally different. I made the Spicy Thai Stew from The Everyday Vegan Cookbook by Dreena Burton. It was absolutely delicious. I adjusted the spice level and added more of the Thai red chile peppers. I didn’t have Swiss Chard so I used the baby spinach substitution. I’m definitely going to make this recipe again soon. Rob rated it “9 thumbs up” which is a reference to the Simpsons episode when Homer becomes a food critic.

The Simpsons is one of my favorite shows. When I met Rob in 1995, he had never watched the Simpsons. Soon after, he became a huge fan of them too which is great. I was no longer met with blank stares when I made Simpsons references – Rob always got them.

You may notice this bowl’s pattens is a bit faded. I bought several of these bowls at one time and this one was always faded. It hasn’t changed in color since I got it. Maybe it was this dull when it was made? It figures I grabbed this bowl to photograph.

Spicy Thai Stew

Now onto the first pumpkin carving of the year. I just did a simple pattern to get back into the swing of things. The pumpkin was packed full of seeds – enough to fill a cookie sheet. We ate them last night as a snack. Roasted pumpkin seeds never last long enough to be photographed.


I was quite the spendthrift over the weekend and bought an LED pumpkin light for $3 πŸ˜€ It runs on three AAA batteries and changes colors. The reddish-orange color is quite dominant so it made it look like the light was flashing rather than moving between colors. Maybe it will work better with a pumpkin that doesn’t have a large mouth. I also bought some glowsticks because I prefer them over candles.

My mom wanted to see how the LED light looked so I am posting the MPEG link for her. Hi Mom! Feel free to view it if you want to see a pumpkin with an LED light flashing. Terribly fascinating, isn’t it? *SARCASTIC*

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  • Harmonia September 12, 2006, 10:08 am

    LOVE the pumpkin! Sorry it’s been so long since my last visit/comment. Hope all is well. LOVE the posts, LOVE them!

  • Bazu September 12, 2006, 4:37 pm

    Great pumpkin! I watched the mpeg and the LCD looks so cool. I love your foods from the last few posts too. Do you think Michigan and upstate New York are the only places in the country experiencing Fall weather already?… I’m not sure I’m ready!

  • pinknest September 12, 2006, 4:49 pm

    i love fall weather and i’m so glad you’ve already embraced the pumpkin! cheers

  • vegandiva September 12, 2006, 5:08 pm

    Thanks for the compliments Bazu πŸ™‚ We could be the only states…it’s kind of crazy how quickly the weather changed. I was literally wearing shorts and a t-shirt one weekend and the next weekend, it was jeans and a sweatshirt. It was quite chilly this past weekend, high 50’s/low 60’s. I’m looking forward to the trees changing colors but some are already changing a bit which is a little early for this area. I’m just happy pumpkins are becoming plentiful and there are apples and cider aplenty πŸ™‚ And not having to run the air conditioning is a plus too!!!

  • Vivacious Vegan September 12, 2006, 11:15 pm

    That video was really fascinating. I could watch it over and over and over again! Seriously, the LED light does seem pretty cool. Much better alternative to candles and even glow sticks. I just heard on the TV that the Simpsons is in it’s 17th season or something crazy like that. It’s got to be one of the longest running shows ever.

  • Dori September 12, 2006, 11:43 pm

    Mom probably thanks you for the pumpkin lcd light show and so do I … awesome, i’ve never seen such a thing before. I’ve been in a soup mood this past couple of days also. I’ll have to check out Dreena’s stew I still have chard in my garden.

  • vegandiva September 13, 2006, 8:50 am

    Harmonia – Thanks for stopping by again πŸ˜€ I’ve tried to post on your blog a few times lately but sometimes I get 404 errors or I end up at a blank page. Your smoothies sound really good.

    VV – yep, they’ve got to be one of the longest running shows. They just started their 18th season this past Sunday. I heard there is going to be a Simpsons movie out next summer. That will probably be the one of the only movies I’ll actually go to the theater to see.

    Dori – I’m jealous, I wish I had chard in my garden πŸ˜€

  • K September 13, 2006, 9:23 pm

    Emmy, what agreat pumpkin!! You are such a star. That is so adorable, Emmy. I can’t see the video of the flashing LED but i’ll use my imagination for sure! What do you do to the pumpkin seeds, just add salt? Do you ever spice them up with anything else? I love pumpkin seeds as well! So good! I wonder what their health benefits are, if any? I should look it up, ‘eh!?

    When i watched TV (such my annoying catchphrase!) i did on occasion watch “The Simpsons” and loved it. Matt Groening is such a genius! He used to do this cartoon strip called “Life In Hell,” which is a brilliant work of art and words. I bought all the books… “School Is Hell,” “Work Is Hell,” “Love Is Hell” and all the other incarnations. If you’re ever at a bookstore, do check ’em out. Not sure a library would have them…

    That stew loks STEWPENDOUS!! A treat for the eyes, even if the bowl was faded (which i didn’t even notice, just like its look!)! Bet the palate was sated something fierce. The weather is changing a wee bit here in SoCal, but i don’t need cool weather to enjoy something wonderful like what you made!!!