Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I know that I seem to have fallen off of the face of the planet – but I just moved from San Francisco, California to Reno, Nevada…but there’s a lot of work surrounding it. I won’t be “settled” until February 15th, so I won’t be updating for a while. I plan to keep this blog going with frugal updates, etc.

In the meantime, see my other blogs!


Cheapskate Veg

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mission Street Food

Last night, Mission Street Food did a special veg-only night, and half of the proceeds went to Food Not Bombs, so I felt obligated. I went, but the sky-high prices left my stomach still empty and my wallet all "WHAT!?"

Basically, I paid $6 for one tapa. That's what it boils down to.

We went to Bender's afterward. I love Bender's because they have 2$ PBR for the cheapskate in ya. (Luckily, I had a friend to cover my second drink. Because he likes booze. And his friends.)

  • Coffee: $0.60
  • Apple: $0.75
  • Mission Street Food: $6.00
  • PBR: $2.00
  • TOTAL: $9.35

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Laundry Day

Yesterday, I didn't cook anything. I didn't eat leftovers, either. So, yesterday was a lot of "to-go" food.

I've been busy packing and preparing to move on Saturday to a town four hours away, so cooking was at the end of my list last night. Also, the cafe downstairs makes a KILLER Spicy Lentil Dahl, so I had to have it one last time.

I also had laundry to tend to.

  • Coffee: $0.60
  • Dahl: $4.00
  • Laundry: $3.00
  • Taco: $2.28
  • TOTAL: $9.88

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An Experiment Gone Wrong

I decided to eat outside-of-the-box last night, but it was met with nothing more than a mess that was a little too garlicky, a little too basily, and a little too runny.

But, I tried. I wanted something new, and I tried.

The attempt was stuffed manicotti. I've addressed the over-spice, but I couldn't get the tofu to blend with the spinach like I wanted, so I added some water to the mix.

I added too much water.

What I wound up with was edible, and I stuffed it into my mouth...but the adventure did not have a happy ending.

I couldn't get the taste of garlic out of my mouth, no matter how much I brushed.

So, no, this recipe will not be shared.

Also, I had two cups of coffee yesterday. I was hurting for some caffeine.

  • Coffee: $1.20
  • Apple: $0.75
  • Safeway: $5.54
  • TOTAL: $7.49

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sushi Happy Hour

Since I had enough soup to last me a few lunches at work, I suggested a sushi happy hour night to a few friends and we went to it last night.

There's a place here in San Francisco called "Sushi Delight." They have a pretty good happy hour: $2 rolls, buy-one-get-one-free hot sake, and $1 oysters. I just opt to not drink and buy two $2 rolls and voila, $5 dinner ($1 for a tip).

Other than that, life was typical.

  • Coffee: $0.60
  • Apple: $0.75
  • Sushi: $5.00
  • Knee-High Hose (for work): $0.59
  • TOTAL: $6.94

Monday, January 26, 2009


The day after my birthday, I felt that hangover sting that only a Scorpion bowl can provide. I woke up starving, but all I really had for breakfast were some rolled oats that I promptly made into delicious oatmeal. After some french-pressed coffee, I felt ten times better.

Lunch was actually eaten out-of-home. Mac was in town and he has a love for Ali Baba's in Lower Haight that can't be ignored when he's here, so we went for falafel at lunch. We walked to the library to return a book, then went to Amoeba to look around. Let me say this: walking into a record store like that and walking out empty-handed is a hard one for me. Especially since I'm moving to a city without a record store. Vinyl will be available only online for me very soon.

For dinner, I just ran to the produce market at Page and Divisadero and loaded up on enough veggies to make my Ginger Peanut Stew again. (My roommates discovered that rice added to the stew makes it super-thick and soaks up a lot of the spice - perfect dish!)

The same produce market also has bags of $0.75 "iffy" produce out front, and there was a bag of banged-up and bruised apples for $0.75 that Nate got me on Saturday, so I opted to make a super-simple apple crisp out of them. The crisp was gone when I woke up this morning, so I think it's a winner.

That batch of stew provided enough food for me to eat like a king at lunch three days in a row this week!

  • Falafel: $5.96
  • Produce: $1.76
  • Bus: $1.50
  • TOTAL: $9.22

Mom's Oatmeal

-1 cup rolled oats

-2 cups water

-1 tablespoon margarine (Smart Balance is good!)

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-2 tablespoons sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small pot over the stove on medium-high heat. Stir constantly until oats are thick enough for your liking.

Easy Apple Crisp


-4 cups chopped apples

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-2 tablespoons brown sugar

-2 tablespoons flour


-1 cup rolled oats

-1/4 cup sugar

-1/4 cup margarine

-1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Oil an 8x8-inch baking pan.

Mix the filling ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Pour into greased pan.

Mix the other ingredients in a large bowl, then spread evenly over the filling mix in the pan. Sprinkle with a small amount of brown sugar, if desired.

Bake at 350 for about one hour.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Birthday Binge + Hella Recipes

I have to make up for the small updates over the past few days. I'll be posting several recipes at the bottom of this entry.

Yesterday was my 23rd birthday. I wound up spending absolutely nothing, but I did get dinner and drinks for free...since it was my birthday and my friends are hella rad. Dinner was at Khan Toke Thai House (soooo good; rad atmosphere; affordable) and drinks were had at the shameful, bad-news-bears Trad'r Sam. Both are located in the Richmond District of San Francisco. Both led to a night of debauchery and sheer hangover hell today. ($14 BOWLS of rum punch at Trad'r Sam....between four of us, there were five bowls involved.

Prior to all of the nighttime activity, however, I did bake myself a birthday cake and I made lunch soup for several people around the house. Both are stuffed with super-cheap ingredients and both owned the mouth.

  • TOTAL: $0.00

Spicy Ginger Peanut Stew

-1 1/2 cup chopped broccoli
-1 1/2 cup chopped carrot
-1 medium chopped yellow onion
-1 tablespoon minced ginger
-4 cloves minced garlic
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon pepper
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-3 cups vegetable stock (or water)
-1 large chopped tomato
-5 tablespoons peanut butter

In a large pot, saute onions in oil until soft. Add ginger and garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add vegetables and spices. Cook until vegetables are tender. In a small bowl, mix peanut butter with half of the stock until peanut butter is thinned-out. Add peanut butter and all of the stock to the vegetables in the pot. Reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes.

Cold Sesame Noodles w/ Tempeh

-1 8 oz. package tempeh
-2 tablespoons peanut oil
-8 oz. spaghetti
-1/2 cup shelled edamame
-1/4 cup tamari
-1 tablespoon sesame oil
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-juice from one lime
-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, sliced
-3 green onions
-1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Cut tempeh into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat peanut oil in skillet over medium-high heat and cook tempeh and bell pepper until tempeh is golden-brown and pepper is soft. Remove and set aside. While tempeh cooks, prepare spaghetti according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and set aside. At same time, bring another small pot of water to boil. Add edamame and simmer until tender. Drain, rinse under cold water and set aside.
In small bowl, whisk together tamari, sesame oil, olive oil, lime juice & red pepper flakes.
In large bowl, combine noodles, tempeh, bell pepper, edamame, green onions and cilantro. Add dressing and toss to coat.

Wacky Vegan Cake

-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
-1 1/2 cup flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 teaspoon vinegar
-5 tablespoons vegetable oil or margarine, melted
-1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Sift together cocoa, flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. In seperate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients until well-mixed. Add dry mix to wet mix slowly, stirrying constantly. Stir all ingredients together until JUST MIXED (don't over-mix) and pour into a greased 8x8 baking pan.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

**This cake is a favorite in my house. Roommates gush about how moist it is, and the best part is that the ingredients are those that most houses have on hand. It's an old recipe from the war days, when rationing was common.

Easy-as-Sin Sinful Chocolate Icing

-10 oz. silken soft tofu
-3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Put ingredients in a blender and puree until completely mixed. Pour into airtight container and let cool completely before using. (It thickens as it cools.)