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Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Treats than Tricks

In between bowls of kale and pumpkin or yogurt,

Pumpernickel bagel with tofu cream cheese. I asked for scallion tofu cream cheese, but whatever.

Liz Lovely triple chocolate mint cookie. Good but very sweet. Also, I didn't realize these were gluten-free til later. I'm also a fan of the Ginger Snapdragon flavor.

made baba ganoush with an eggplant I bought impulsively. Lots of lemon juice, garlic, and tahini. (They make the world go 'round.)


                                                       with raw broccoli for dinner
On a lazy morning off, I made pumpkin pancakes with a recipe on the back of the Pumpkin Spice So Delicious coconut milk.

Pretty tasty if not entirely pretty. Ate these two with maple syrup (not necessary, though) and one more plain. Froze about eight more for the week.
Also, months ago, I promised a few people I'd post the recipe for the DIY green tea toner I use. Totally forgot about it, but I made more on Monday, so:

For 12 oz. of toner (which will last you a long time - I store mine in the fridge) I brew a little less than 9 oz. double strength green tea and let it cool. Remove the tea bags and squeeze out extra liquid, discard bags. Then I add about 3 oz. apple cider vinegar and about 1 1/2 tsp. of tea tree oil. Shake before use, and dab on with a cotton ball. The kvass bottle is just what I store it in!
I'm not big on make-up which is why I especially love skin care products but I have sensitive skin so I have to be careful with what I use. Am replacing this Bare Bones cleanser soon also - I don't feel like DIYing with glycerin, for some reason. The BB toner also sounds nice but that I could probably make myself.
Soooooo what're everyone's Halloween plans??

Monday, October 27, 2014

Isa's Pumpkin Chimichurri Bowl

I love productive cooking projects. Actually, all cooking projects are productive in that they lead to a finished product, so, okay, I love cooking. But especially multi-step projects.

Step 1, get obsessed with a recipe you read in Bust, cut the recipe up for a collage by accident, wait for Isa Does It to fiiiiinnnnallly come out in book form
Step 2, forget about the recipe, but buy the book anyway because duh, it's Isa
Step 3, remember the recipe but have to wait until squash season
Step 4, a year later, soak beans before work
Step 5, run amok at the farmers market, haul kale and 6 lbs. of squash home (it was the smallest one I found!)
Step 6, put beans on, run to grocery store for the rest of the stuff you need, fret about the beans boiling over and yr apartment exploding in the 15 minutes you are out
Step 7, return home, run back and forth between bedroom (where the cookbook is) and kitchen (where the food is) checking on the recipe before you realize you should bring the cookbook into the kitchen
Step 8, finally make up yr mind to skip the party you were going to go to because SQUASH and also SOCIAL ANXIETY and it's too late anyway because you always do shit like this to psych yrself out
Step 9, text a friend to come over because you don't want to be entirely alone
Step 10, manically chop + roast squash, check on beans, wash, chop, and puree herbs
Step 11, remember a friend is coming over like SOON, put project on hold, shower, re-dress, clean kitchen, hide all evidence of ever eating food ever
Step 12, the next day, realize that a three-component recipe is NBD and does not have to be 15 steps if you calm down a little
Step 13, boil noodles, steam kale
Step 14, enjoy the fruits of yr labor
Step 15, wonder what the hell to do with the rest of a 6 lb. squash

                     "Is that, like, a really messed up pumpkin?" asked three people yesterday

                                     This is only half the squash. What do I do with the rest??

Awesome chimichurri sauce: parsley, cilantro, red wine vinegar, pepitas, garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, water

The final product with soba noodles, adzuki beans, and steamed kale underneath.
Isa's original recipe doesn't include kale, but we could always use more greens. She also calls for black beans, but I needed adzukis for another recipe and a bean is a bean is a bean. Not sure why I was so fixated on buying a red kuri squash, but I'm glad I did. I could swear when I saw the recipe in Bust magazine originally, that's what was called for but in Isa Does It, she just says "pumpkin."
In any case, another great dish from an awesome cookbook that is constantly proving itself. Now I won't have to take photos of lunch all week, because this will be it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Heavy on the Yogurt

I'm taking antibiotics (no, not for Ebola) and therefore making a conscious effort to eat food with probiotics to keep the balance. Luckily, WholeSoy & Co yogurts were on sale this week at a dollar/per.
Yogurt breakfast varities:

                                          blueberry with banana cut in, at my desk at work

                                                           peach with goji berries

                                                          raspberry with banana
It has also been rainy here lately, so a lot of my meals were ingested at my desk, rather than go out and get soaked under my busted umbrella through my busted boots. Booorrring.

                                                       Farmers market macoun apple

                                                        cashew-raisin mix, crotch shot

These carrots and hummus were lunch 3 days this week, along with Knudsen spicy veggie juice. I was also chugging other green juices and kombucha daily. (Well, half a bottle, to make them last 2 days. Health is expensive.)

                 spinach, avocado, tofu salad with cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar.
Also on sale this week were the seasonally released So Delicious coconut milks. Got one Nog flavor, hopefully to bake with later, and a Pumpkin Spice one - also purportedly to bake with, but I couldn't resist adding some to my morning coffee.


Another treat this week was a handful or so of a Halloween bag full of Peanut Chews:


And here's a trick, a black magic babe who somehow appeared on the counter where she shouldn't be.


See you all hopefully sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Magic and Meals

Monday was a very productive day off.

                                           Woke up to some sneaky sun, did laundry early.

Recharged some emotionally overloaded crystals in salt water in the sun. Obsidian on the left heals grief, amethyst provides balance. Gripped both of these a lot in the last month and am finally feeling happier and more clear-headed. Wanted them to be energized for Halloween.

Breakfast was a smoothie, believe it or not. Spinach, almond milk, frozen banana, and marley coffee Raw Fit protein powder (on Raechel's recommendation - and please go check out her latest post. It's important.)
Then I went grocery shopping to make this week's lunch recipe...

                        Always Be Soaking!! (when you can afford to buy raw cashews, that is)
I made Isa's Cheddary Broccoli Soup from Isa Does It! (Are you surprised?) Looks like I am working my way through all the soups in that book.

Innnnncredible. Filling and tangy and warm and perfect. Do you like my little roasted broccoli topping?
Later I read and went into the city to meet with a co-worker to assemble a zine for work. Our store is in the middle of contract negotiations so we are trying to inspire solidarity, as well as get the word out to the employees what it is exactly that we're voting on. I think it came together pretty nicely:


Dinner was half of this Dandi Detox Rawpothecary drink, which I do NOT recommend. They add pineapple and coconut water in an attempt to cover the bitterness of dandelion greens and parsley. I expected the drink to be slightly bitter, but the flavors just didn't work together. There are also blended raspberries in the drink, which didn't quite blend. The drink needs to be strained or something because I actually choked on the texture. Rough going. There's got to be a better way to detox.


Til next time, eat those greens and try not to go wild on the Halloween candy. Or do, whatever. I'm heading out to watch baseball with a friend so who am I to tell people what to do?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Food, Fall Ride

Same food over and over, but the trees are always changing.
Coconut yogurt breakfasts with a variety of toppings:

                                  here, with dried white mulberries and canned pumpkin

                   and here with drizzled cashew butter, chopped dried figs, and wheat bran
Bought three sweet potatoes and chopped and roasted them up to have for lunches throughout the week. I ate this at least 4 times this week, and can't remember what the 5th day was:

                             spinach, tempeh, roasted sweet potato with hummus dressing.
Dinners have been the rest of Isa's Dilly Stew, getting less and less attractive as the days passed but tasty as ever:


All good, filling food for increasingly chilly bike rides. Most recently to my favorite forest.


Hope you all are well, and enjoying the fall.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Isa's Dilly Stew

Went grocery shopping this morning, although none of this stuff actually made it into what I cooked today.

Oh, wait, the beans did. Trader Joe's run: crackers, lite coconut milk, canned Northern beans, baby spinach, 2 CLIF bars, a Pure bar, tempeh, raw cashew pieces, roasted garlic hummus, dried black mission figs.
I biked to TJ's, which is cool because it's wayyy faster than the train, plus I get exercise, but also I can't overbuy! Only what fits in my backpack.
So okay, with the beans, I made the Dilly Stew with Rosemary Dumplings from Isa Does It. Here is her photo.


Haha, and here is mine:

Hahaha, I'm sorry. That was too disgusting looking not to post. Guess I should give up my hopes of becoming a food stylist. Luckily it tasted very good. Even more luckily, the recipe is online for you here.

Ladled out. Awesome comfort food for these cooler days, and nice and hearty for dinners for the week. Though it doesn't seem like the easiest thing to reheat. We'll find out.
Ate on the fire escape while spying on the neighbor's cat.


I tried to get Haxan to come out and join me but she wouldn't. I just want them to be friends!!! Cat friends.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beans n' Stuff

Not much cooking going on over here lately. A big pot of beans was the theme for the week.

Probably the last of the farmer's market tomatoes for me. Got a big bag for 2 dollars. Here with broccoli, white beans, olive oil, s+p.

                                       spinach, white beans, pumpkin, treeline nut cheese

a really pretty yellow and red farmar tomato, spinach, white beans, tahini and ACV dressing.

                                             Avocado, broccoli, tomatoes, scallion

Stirfry. Still trying to use up a huge head of cabbage. Carrot, rice, cabbage, mushroom, scallion, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, soy sauce.

                   a breakfast: coconut vanilla yogurt with cashew butter and goji berries.

a dinner: miso soup with spinach, mushroom, scallion, tofu, spices, seaweed and sesame oil

                                 some cool graffiti on a movie poster featuring, guess what

I went to a hear Dorothea Lasky read from her new book of poetry last week. I love her stuff and this book is maybe my favorite of hers. She is super super sweet and signed it for me. Orange is a recurring color/theme in the book, so it seemed appropriate to drink it alongside a Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer.
Til next time.