Collard, banana, molasses, tahini, spirulina, protein powder smoothie and coffee. I no longer know if this is a Rising Sun smoothie or not.
Trader Joe's trip:
raw almonds, unsulphered dried apricots, almond butter, apricot preserves, tofu, tempeh, canned tomatoes, soy milk, Israeli couscous, dark chocolate covered cherries, baby spinach, and GF Brown rice bread. $42.61. Am curious as to how much other people's hauls usually comes to. I stuck pretty much to my list this time but it was still more than I hoped to spend. I think the nuts and almond butter were the most expensive items.
Quick lunch salad: baby spinach, raw cabbage, red bell pepper, avocado, millet, and turmeric-tahini dressing.
Snack. For Lent I gave up unnecessary snack items (more processed stuff, just boredom food, food I buy even though I have other food to eat) so this may be the last one for a while.
Haxan was agitated the other morning and pawed her water bowl over and then tore through the house leaving wet paw prints on the floor.
Haven't yet had dinner but I'm willing to bet it's the Ethiopian stew.
You all know G's family knows how to throw a party. We all got together on Sunday afternoon to celebrate G's father's birthday. Andy and Maritza, G's brother and sister-in-law, made the meal. They are usually Chloe Coscarelli devotees but recently received Isa Does It and, well, we all know how awesome that book is. So Isa meals it was:
This soup was amazing. Everyone liked it. So flavorful and really smooth. Also I'm glad they made it because now I don't have to.
followed by Chicky Tuna Salad sandwiches (and lopsided smile face) with sauteed kale on the side. The sandwiches were much more legit than my sad attempt and included toppings.
Dessert was Chloe. These are her prize winning Creme-filled Chocolate Orange cupcakes.
Kudos to Andy and Maritza for always making such delicious food. Thanks to the rest of the fam for always letting me hang. It was fun.
Another bonus of visiting G's brother's family is the store nearby with lots of Eastern European goods for super cheap. I bought some figs from the bulk bins and this container of saffron. Does anyone want me to mail them some saffron?? There's no way I'll be able to use up the amount in here. At least send me some recipe recommendations!
Happy Birthday Ken.
Well, I didn't explore the vegan options up around Barnard like I thought I might because it was cold walking around, I spent more time than I'd thought at the event, and there's not a ton up there but...as it turns out, I'd rather spend my dough on rad zines instead.
Some shots from the day:
one of the few (I seriously held back) zines I got - this is VANITAS, a poetry zine, with a HAG patch.
But anyway, I thought I'd keep the zine love flowing this week anyway and make a couple recipes from the food zines I have. Claryn at Hell Yeah it's Vegan! sent me a zine package back in October, I've won some of Amey's, and picked a couple others up here and there.
Anyway, today I made two dishes from The Frugal Vegan's Harvest & Holiday Survival Guide II: Ethiopian Vegetable Stew:
It's primarily composed of cabbage, onion, potatoes, carrots with some spices. The directions are kinda rough, but the recipe makes a ton. I haven't made all that many Ethiopian dishes but this seemed a little underspiced to me. I really only sampled the stew - maybe it'll get better overnight (and over the week+ it'll take to finish!) In any case, it's definitely frugal-friendly, easy, and totally adaptable to taste/what you have on hand.
I also baked Cinnamon Bread, a sweet loaf in the zine:
Standard simple loaf with ingredients most vegans already have in their pantry. It smelled great while cooking. I haven't tried it yet but am excited to.
I also made a recipe from Amey's Christmas 2010 zine. She puts one together every year from favorite recipes she's made and includes sweet little cartoons.
This is Israeli Couscous Salad:
Undressed: Israeli couscous, tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, nuts, dried apricots, and fresh herbs.
And dressed with a tahini dressing
I'm so happy to be using these food zines. Slick vegan cookbooks are obviously beautiful and introduce us to inventive meals and flavors, and I love them as much as anyone else. But zines speak to my punk rock DIY heart, which I think is one of the things really at the true core of veganism. They are also so much more personable. From a self-interested perspective, I love to see other people's food zines and compare and contrast them with my own.
Speaking of, oh yeah! I make a vegan food zine, Marmalade Umlaut :) You can find a link to buy some on the right side bar; I also do trades! But anyway, thanks to Barnard and the organizers and tablers at the feminist zinefest. It was awesome and inspiring to see everyone. I'm currently working on a new issue of my zine... I'll keep ya posted for when it's out.
What's a punk/vegan/ziney/feminist post without a photo of a cat?
Foam art in coffee. I call this The Scream. Waiting for the hipster coffee shops to call me.
An LPQ matcha muffin. Shen was right. They good.
And something I rarely do anymore: almost a full day's worth of eats. Banana and blackberries for breakfast and snack.
Orange juice, apple cider vinegar, lime selzer, and goji berries.
Lunch was whatever I could find in the fridge. Black beans, olives, chopped tomato and zucchini, millet (a new to me food!) With hot sauce.
Had a doctor's appointment (apparently I'm low on Vitamin D but otherwise a healthy vegan), went to buy groceries, lost my wallet, ran back to the doctor's office, found the wallet, and ran back to the grocery store. I should have shown the haul, but almost all of it made its way into this stir-fry for dinner:
garlic, ginger, onion, cabbage, tofu, millet, carrots, bell pepper, and bok choy with red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and ume plum vinegar.
That was ALMOST everything I ate - I also had a couple handfuls of roasted. salted almonds and too many dark chocolate & oats granola cookies.
If you are in NYC, tomorrow is the NYC Feminist Zine Fest! I hope to get some cool zines and maybe explore the vegan food scene up near Barnard. Laterrrr.
This weekend in New York was so beautiful, but the chill and snow and gray will be coming back. These foods might fight that force for you:
Still more Choosing Raw spirulina barley with tahini-turmeric dressing, this time with steamed broccoli and carrots (roasted in olive oil with salt and more turmeric.)
Still with the spirulina theme:
and yet more turmeric in this tofu scramble - part of a complete breakfast! (or brunch)
G's plate - toasted pumpernickel bagel with Tofutti cream cheese, mango, salsa, scramble, black beans, avocado.
And mine. With mucho delicious coffee.
Besides spirulina and turmeric doing good for yr insides, they are also very good for yr outsides. I've said before that this winter was really rough on my skin and I got super dried out. Two face masks I've made recently that really helped moisturize and brighten my skin are:
-avocado, agave, and turmeric mashed into a paste, and
-spirulina, agave, and apple cider vinegar.
Spirulina and turmeric help even out skin tone and nourish the cells, agave and avocado are moisturizing, and apple cider vinegar is an antibacterial. Two people commented on my skin looking better after both of these! And, being completely natural they are mild enough to use more frequently than other masks. (I also use a green tea/tea tree oil/apple cider vinegar toner most days.)
Though of course, I'd rather just eat the food...
Due to not ever wanting to leave the house and go out into the icy air, I finished my poetry book and put it together. Just glad that's done with.
A grabbed breakfast one morning. Apple, CLIF bar, coffee.
my mom threw a post-Valentine's day dinner party! Sauteed kale with chickpeas and roasted potato, brown rice, orange gingered carrots, salad. Everything was delicious, everyone was nice to talk to and see again.
Lunch today got a lot of those "what freakish vegan thing is that freakish vegan eating?" But I don't pay no mind. Served over raw kale.
G and I went to Bliss on Grand again. Here is my lentil beet burger (with special sauce, not melted cheese). Pickles, onion, tomato, and lettuce to top, coleslaw and fries on the side.
He got BBQ seitan wraps with coleslaw and fries.
Aaaaand we shared a brownie topped with coconut ice cream (and raspberry coulis.) It was not my favorite brownie - a little too cakey rather than dense and fudgey and overwhelmed by the kind of icey ice cream BUT enjoyable company. And a good burger.
Take the way-back machine with me: Vans waffles on sale. Smothered with raspberry jam and Tofutti cream cheese.
When I ran out of waffles (it happened sooner than I thought it would...) I was forced to resort to gluten free toast with cream cheese and apricot jam.
Haxan took a couple sniffs but ultimately was not all that interested in eating any.
Blurry but quick. G-F toast with olive hummus, sauteed kale and mushrooms.
I'm so sad this photo didn't come out well because the meal was delicious. G and I went to Bliss on Grand before going to see the Lego movie (recommended!) He got seitan parmesan with a side of greens. I got a vegetable plate that came with lentils, sauteed chard, steamed zucchini and pumpkin, grilled polenta, quinoa, and balsamic portabellas. It was all really nicely flavored and comforting on a cold, snowy night. Lemony miso tahini dressing on the side.
Post-Superbowl not-nachos. There are tortilla chips somewhere under there but these are a pretty loose interpretation of nachos. Chips, raw zucchini, mushroom, and cabbage, avocado, black beans, olives, and scallion. Topped with a scoop of salsa after the photo.
Bought this chocolate bar for myself on Valentine's day.
Also treated myself to some radical Russian poetry despite having TOO MANY BOOKS. Alongside some PRETTY INTENSE coffee this morning. I'm writing in CAPITAL LETTERS because the coffee is so INTENSE.