Since posting about food is the easiest, and since I'm convinced you all want to hear about the dinner I just made, I present:
Fasting Tuna Patties!
I would post on whatwecook , but I really don't know what I did exactly. Maybe I should anyway?
(Explanation of the the fasting thing: usually during Orthodox fasts, we cannot eat meat, dairy, eggs, or fish, and on stricter days, wine or oil. On feast days that fall within fasting periods, or on Wednesday or Friday, which are usually fast days, wine and oil are allowed, and sometimes fish. Today is a feast day (on the new calendar, the Entrance of the Mother of God in the Temple... if you don't already know, you probably don't want to), but also a fast day, being 1) on a Friday, and 2) part of the Advent fast. It is one of the Twelve Great Feasts, which means that fish is allowed. But not dairy or eggs, hence the quest for fasting tuna patties).
Anyone still with me?
So... these were really good. I recommend them apart from their Orthodox fasting attributes.
I took a can of tuna, and mixed it with hummus (mine was roasted garlic). I added some (a spoonful to start? another spoonful later?) vital wheat gluten. And some breadcrumbs. And more hummus to make it less dry. I ended up using several large spoonfuls of hummus for the can of tuna. And then added dried seasonings, chopped green onion, and chopped fresh dill. And more gluten... and just kind of kept putting those things in till they made patties that held together reasonably well. I heated canola oil in a pan, and fried them.
Yay! They held together well, and taste.good. I was going to put potato in them, but I was lazy.
I made them with something I'd been meaning to try for awhile--mushroom veggie orzo (yes I'm eating too many refined carbs recently). Basically, it was cabbage, cooked till soft, mushrooms, and grated carrots, with orzo mixed in. It's also very good.
And I'm eating broccoli, because steamed broccoli is the Best Thing Ever, and I had some leftover.
So there you have it: my dinner! I am pretty happy with it.