Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Gosh- I can't believe I didn't post anything all weekend! I guess that just goes along with the cleaning, laundry, and baking that I didn't get around to...
And here's a better look at all the canned goodies. I had to make some jam-print cookies last night after I realized just how many jars of jam I had. It might be a bit excessive.
And here's the yellow paint in my hair.
It feels great to have this project done. Now it's time to do that baking I didn't do this weekend.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I want to tweek the recipe just slightly before sharing, but I'll post it someday.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sometime when I anticipate something for a while I end up being disappointed when I actually experience it...This was not the case with the burger. It was everything I wanted it to be. And more, because I didn't know how rockin' my hot n spicy pickles would be.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Since this summer my kitchen has been cluttered with canning jars filled with peaches, pickles, tomato sauce and jalapenos. It's a delicious problem, but a problem nevertheless!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I went to a rejuvenating yoga/nutrition class today with Mary Sage and Jesse at One Yoga in Mineapolis. It's a really beautiful studio and it was great to do nothing but focus on my self for a little while. I haven't been feeling tip top lately- I've had a nasty headache that's lasted about 2 1/2 weeks. I've had my ears and sinuses checked out, been drinking lots of water, and taking it a bit easy, but the darn headache keeps coming back every day. During the yoga class, though, my head didn't hurt one bit.
I think that just goes to show that there is a difference between relaxing while watching TV/knitting/doing laundry and relaxing in supta baddha konasana in a peaceful room with a eye pillow draped over my eyes. I think I need more of the latter.
The focus of the class was on cleansing and rejuvenating the body, specifically the digestive system. We did some vinyasa style yoga, twists, inversions, abdominal self massage, restorative poses, and then talked about eating habits. Fun! When I got home I remembered a recipe I did for a Yoga Dinner Pary * a while back. It fit perfectly with the theme of the day.
Shiitake Dashi for Agni
A dashi is a thin broth usually made with sea vegetables and mushrooms. This dashi has ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper to stimulate digestive fire, or agni.
4 cups water or broth
1 vegan bouillon cube, no salt added (omit if using broth)
1-2 inch piece ginger, peeled and minced
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
1 cup frozen or fresh shiitake mushroom slices
1/4 cup kelp/kombu , torn into small pieces
1 Tbsp. tamari
1 dash cayenne pepper
2 oz. soba noodles (GF folks: look for Eden brand- they make a 100% buckwheat version)
Simmer water, bouillon cube, garlic, and ginger until bouillon dissolves, about 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until soba noodles are tender, about 6 minutes. Season as needed with additional tamari and cayenne pepper. Variation: Spinach, tofu, and green onions are all delicious additions to this soup. More soba noodles may be added to make a more filling soup.
*A Yoga Dinner Party is an event where I come to your house, lead you and your friends through a yoga class designed to stimulate digestion, and feed you an amazing meal in accordance with yogic teachings about sattvic foods. Just email me if you want one- It makes a great gift for friends when you're sick of buying "stuff" and would rather give an experience. If you live outside the Twin Cities, just buy me some plane tickets and I'll bring the party to you. Especially if you live in Dallas or Vancouver.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Of course there were mashed potatoes with onion gravy, green beans with a parsley, almond, and lemon gremoulade, cranberry-ginger relish (Martha Stewart Living Nov 08), and my gluten free cornbread stuffing, too. Someday I'll post a recipe of it, but I never measure anything for it so I couldn't give you a recipe right now. The cornbread I used was a double recipe of Mary Frances' Southern Style GF Cornbread. It's my fave.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- Polenta with a chopped garlic clove to season it. Somehow this was totally delicious. Maybe just lightly browning the garlic in oil before adding the polenta and water did the trick? And lots of salt.
- Tomato and pepper sauce with leftover taco TVP, indoor ripened cherry tomatoes, damaged red and green bell peppers, garlic simmered forever on the stovetop. I also did the classic money-saving technique of adding water to the little bit of leftover ketchup in the bottle and adding that to the sauce. Plus, a splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Chocolate chip, pecan, and shredded coconut cookies made with that "discovered" rice flour
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thanks for everyone's encouragement! Who knew folks would get excited about not grocery shopping!?
Friday, November 21, 2008
I have no pictures of it, but we thoroughly enjoyed Karina's gluten free vegan banana bread- with chocolate chips. Now I'm using the last of the rice flour to make some sparkled ginger cookies. Totally worth it.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Yesterday I cleaned for about 4 hours, making up for not cleaning in a few weeks. I think today I made up for any lack of cooking in the past few days. I was a cooking machine!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I put some homegrown carrot chunks in a baking dish with some maple syrup, Earth Balance, ground coriander, celery seed, and salt and pepper. I baked these with a lid on until they were tender and fragrant. One boy scarfed these up without any "Oh, I don't like carrots that much" complaint. The other boy needed some extra onion and sage gravy before consenting to eat them.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
So I chopped up the most tender part of the stalks in the food processor and then packed it into ice cube trays. I poured water over the lemony bits and froze them. I'm hoping this will make a great addition to soups, sauces, and such.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Well, this is it- My 31st Vegan MoFo posting. While I did miss a day or two, I made sure to post extra on a couple of days to make up for it. Yay! I did better than last year!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This is me trying to get my mouth around the giant sandwich I ordered!
We started the meal off with Blue Sky sodas on tap (I had Dr. Becker) and chips and guacamole. This was the first of the many guacamoles I've had on this visit.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It's been a long time since I've shopped in a conventional grocery store. And like visiting a foreign country, I had a bit of culture shock.
You know I'm a food snob and my colors really shined today as my dad and I wandered through the aisles at Tom Thumb (a chain owned by Safeway). All those packages of sugar, artificial flavors, and fat in various forms just grossed me out. These big chains talk a lot about all the great natural foods they carry, but there were pretty slim pickin's and everything was super expensive! If our little co-op can afford to pass on good deals to customers, you'd think Safeway could charge less than $4.99 per pound for organic apples!
I was lucky enough to find a few good items, though. I found organic avocados, organic peanut butter, whole wheat/sunflower seed bread, kidney bean curry, and some organic potato soup. I usually don't go for those Morningstar products, as they don't use organic soy. But, what the hey, I'm letting loose a little while I'm on vacation and I picked up some fake chicken strips.
I couldn't get any canned goods, because my dad's super fancy new house doesn't have a can opener. He has granite countertops and timer-controlled pool cleaning system, but no can opener. My new stepmom will be moving in after their wedding (this weekend) and honeymoon and she has a can opener...so my dad's frugality doesn't allow him to purchase one now.
Today I'm visiting the Spiral Diner- I can't wait!