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Close to three years ago, karnythia hosted an LJ post where she asked people to leave a comment if they had something they wanted or needed, or if they had something they were willing to give or offer.

I got two things: yarn and friends.

This is how I met rosefox, who has since become one of the people in my life whom I value most.

So I've been thinking a lot lately about that and what a big impact it had on my life over the past three years. And it made me want to do it for other people.

Quoting karnythia's post from all those years ago:

What do you want?
What do you need?
What do you have?

Feel free to answer any or all of them. They do not need to be realistic things (I put world peace on mine last time) If you don't have a LiveJournal, or would prefer to answer anonymously, give us a way to contact you.



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What do you want?
1- Easy and yummy vegetarian recipes that are fast enough to make when I'm tired from work at the end of the day

2- A direction. I feel like I'm nearing a junction of two incredibly divergent life paths, and I wish I knew which one was going to win out.

3- Some more pals.


What do you need?
1- To lose weight. This one is hard for me because I'm lazy, and because until I was in my 20s, I weighed 100 lbs or less (I'm petite, so I wasn't anorexic or anything). My parents used to try to fatten me up by feeding me peanut butter, and when I was a child, I would only eat vegetables (my parents weren't vegetarians). So I still feel like a thin person, but I'm about 40 lbs overweight. It really hits me when I see photos of myself, and I'm shocked.

2- To stop drinking soda. This goes hand-in-hand with #1.

What do you have?
1- A current addiction to sending/receiving postcards, fueled through postcrossing.com

2- Way too many cats. I had 2 and my partner had 2 when we met, and when we moved in together, we became insta-crazy cat ladies. Then we took in our friend's cat when she moved, and now we have 5. And a dog. I feel like I live in a zoo.



So, by vegetarian recipes, do you mean vegan, or is some lacto and/or ovo OK?

Just no meat :) I eat dairy and eggs. Vegan is fine too (for dinner tonight I had stewed zucchini, tomatoes, and onions over rice and it was delish), so don't think it *has* to not be vegan.

I love collecting recipes, so I have plenty - what sort of foods do you like, how many people are you generally cooking for, and do you have any food allergies or restrictions other than vegetarian?

Also, have you seen Tastespotting? It's where I get at least half my recipes right now, and you can search the archives by any keyword you can think of....

Thank you for replying :D Tastespotting is new to me, so that's awesome! I am kind of dipping my toes into meatlessness, so I want new things to try. No food allergies whatsoever. I HATE oregano, am not fond of olives or brussels sprouts or anything bready. Love pasta and soups, love "saucy" foods like Indian, bright flavors like savory lemon sauces, cilantro, dill. Love garlic, onions, mushrooms, pretty much any vegetable. My favorite ethnic cuisines are Thai, Vietnamese, authentic Mexican (not stuff like enchiladas glopped with a ton of cheese). Not too into baking or sweet foods, would mostly prefer something that wouldn't take me more than 30 minutes prep. Cooking for 1-2.

This is exciting!

Do you like quiche? It takes more than 30 min, but I used to make a couple of quiches on a Sunday and then have super easy food (ie, zero prep) for the next 3-4 days. My favorite flavor combination was feta-muenster with onion, spinach, mushroom, and sometimes artichoke.

Might be able to help you with some vegetarian recipes...

If you could tell me any foods that you really dislike and some foods/styles of food that you really like it would help give me a starting place.

Thanks so much, Des!

I HATE oregano, am not fond of olives or brussels sprouts or anything bready. Not really into desserts or sweet foods. More into savory things than fruit.

Love pasta and soups, love "saucy" foods like Indian, bright flavors like savory lemon sauces, cilantro, dill. Love garlic, onions, mushrooms, pretty much any vegetable. My favorite ethnic cuisines are Thai, Vietnamese, authentic Mexican.

One thing I made recently and loved was orzo w/ fried tofu, feta, tomatoes, lemon, and basil. Nom nom. I used to LOVE the Thai tom kha soup w/chicken (coconut, lemongrass, lime juice, etc).


i succeeded in switching to soda-water (got a sodastream, or fizzy from the store works fine too) with a few drops of bitters in it -- i especially like lime and peach bitters, though ymmv! just a thought....

I actually have a sodastream that's gathering dust in the pantry. I should bring that back out. . .

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