(Vegan) Cooking Under The Influence

Do you get super productive or gain new abilities when you’re buzzed? It’s so nice to wake up to a sparkling bathroom you don’t remember cleaning. And my French is flawless after a few glasses bottle of wine.

I recently discovered margaritas give me the ability to cook, and without a recipe even!

margarita with salt, NY NY

After a few three frozen pomegranate margaritas with my ex-roomie (and fellow cat woman) Christina, 10:30pm seemed like a perfectly reasonable time to clean and cook the vegetables I’d picked up at the Farmers Market that morning.*

Imagine my excitement the next morning upon realizing I had a yummy, tasty, healthy vegan lunch to take to work!

It seems I’m not the only one whose culinary skills come out of the closet when drinking. “My Drunk Kitchen” is a series of webisodes featuring a funny and charming young woman cooking while getting progressively drunker. Here’s her video about cooking under the influence of margaritas tequila.

Do you do any unusual things when you’ve had a few (too many)?

Tamar’s Drunken Summer Vegetables

Note: This is a loose recipe given the conditions under which the dish was prepared


  • Squash of your choice (2 large or 4-5 small) I like the small and tender light green zucchini (also called Lebanese zucchini)
  • 2 – Carrots
  •  ½ Red Pepper
  • Few Tomatoes and/or canned tomatoes
  • Water or vege broth (particularly if using tomatoes and won’t have the juice from the tomatoes)
  • Fresh cilantro chopped
  • Can of garbanzo beans
  • Onion or garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Cilantro chutney (optional – I love the stuff it’s so versatile, I put it in black bean vege burgers too – it has a little kick!)
  • Salt


  • Heat up the oil and add garlic or onions
  • Chop up veges (not too small but not too big – maybe a little larger than 1/2 inch cubes?)
  • Add veges and tomatoes to the pan
  • Add approx 2/3 cup juice from tomatoes (if using can) or vege broth or even water
  • Let simmer with lid on
  • Check in on them periodically – will at least take 30 minutes

Pair with rice and voila!

*A special shout-out to Dorian (of Your Daily Cute) for seeing my plea on Facebook the night of my cooking adventure and calling me at 11:49pm from Florida so I could locate my Blackberry (which doubles as my alarm clock!). She’s ready to help cats and cat ladies regardless of geography!


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8 Responses to (Vegan) Cooking Under The Influence

  1. Sharon says:

    I always thought some of the best, inspired ideas come when one is buzzed. Lol

  2. Jmuhjacat says:

    I don’t use alcohol, so I wouldn’t know.  But the recipe looks very good!

  3. Dawn says:

    this sounds good!

  4. The crazy ragdoll cat lady says:

    I loved this post! I also get productive when buzzed. hahaha
    my french and my german get perfect as well, that might be the best part. though i may forget my mother tongue (portuguese) in the process sometimes. it is a trade i am willing to take once in a while. you cant have it all!

    i just cleaned my bathroom today, though i was sober. now i am buzzed and have nothing to clean. :/

  5. Debbie Schmidt says:

    Hahahaha loving this post. I too have flirted with a veggie lifestyle (failing on a minimum of three days each week). I enjoy your posts about the experience and I’m off work today so I believe I’ll try your ideas on this page. 😉