Saturday, August 30, 2008
these nachos weren't a disaster. this week's disaster was a dish titled "macaroni hates cheese" that i snatched off the ppk forum. it looked so awesome but tasted like vomit. it should have been called "jen hates macaroni hates cheese". it was pretty, i'll post the pic later. i don't like throwing food away, even food that tastes like yuk, so i dressed it up with some baked beans and shredded follow your heart nacho cheese and it was better.
my other (insert melodrama here) let down this week was losing in the farmer's market salsa contest. there were three categories: raw, cooked, and specialty. i entered in the raw category and knew i wouldn't win, but figured i might get second or third place. nothin'. i hate entering contests of any kind for that reason. i hate rejection, and like most people with struggling self-esteem i need some sort of prize winning validation to make me feel like i'm okay.
now that i've had some time to meditate upon this idea--that need for others to be pleased with me, i realize that attitude isn't very vegan. i'm supposed to care for all animals, including humans, and especially including myself. so it doesn't matter if i didn't win a friggin' salsa contest. i know my "ass of fire" raw salsa is awesome.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
there was a thread on PPK about posting pics of yer kitchen. i can't seem to post pics on the forum so i thought i'd dedicate an entry with a couple pics from my bitchen kitchen. i painted it to look like the kitchen in the Simpsons, but with way more crap on the walls. don't be fooled--these pics are from a very clean day in our home. normally it looks like a tornado hit it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
the food porn is from a recipe i found online for roasted yellow squash hummus pizza. as usual i improvised because i thought the recipe needed more color. i added green squash, roasted red peppers, and sun dried tomatoes. the pitas were packaged as "for kids" and snowman shaped. vin got 'em on clearance a while ago, so we froze 'em for future use.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
- quickie tempeh salad-from PPK
- macaroni hates cheese-from PPK
- i have some firecracker tapenade and i thought that would go good with some stir fry veggies and some sort of fake meat i could score at one of btown's great asian markets
- tofu scrambler with biscuits
- some sort of cookies
vin's gonna make some pasta sauce with some beautiful plum tomatoes that i'm planning to harvest from our ghetto garden, so we're covered for this week. do any of you veg heads have suggestions for fast cheap menu items? thanks in advance for the help.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
i'm not a recipe person. i mean i read them and sometimes follow them, but most of the time i look at cook books, figure out the gist of what's being done, and improvise. it's pretty risky of me, but i haven't had a disaster yet.
this dish is from a Bush's baked bean recipe. you're supposed to stuff poblano peppers with standard baked beans and cover it all in cheese. i veganized it by using vegetarian baked beans, adding garlic, cumin, bragg's, and pickled jalapenos. i stuffed a bell pepper and a poblano with the mixture, and baked for 40 minutes at 350. i topped the peppers with soy sour cream and my special "ass of fire" raw salsa. i don't really have a recipe for that either, i just puree a bunch of tomatoes, cilantro, olive oil, cinnamon-(YES, cinnamon), bragg's, lemon juice, peppers, onions, and some magic and it always turns out really yummy. this time i threw in a red chili pepper and it was SMOKIN' hot! seriously, my nose was running. i need to figure out an exact recipe because i'm entering a salsa contest at the end of the month.
Monday, August 18, 2008
we recently returned from a trip up north to kalamazoo. we were there to attend a couple of weddings, and i was slightly nervous about it because it was my first road trip as a vegan. thanks to the book "Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World" by Bob and Jenna Torres, i felt properly armed so i wouldn't feel like a victim. in the book, they list some handy tips to vegans to help them survive away from home. after all, no one wants to eat plain baked potatoes and spaghetti, right?
the most important point i appreciated is that MEEK VEGANS SUFFER. this means i can't be whiny about my choice nor expect/assume others in my life will cater to my eating habits, so it is MY RESPONSIBILITY to either make my needs known or make my own food. it is also important to thank people for being supportive and understanding if i visit them and they do have things for me to eat. i packed plenty of food for the weekend so i wouldn't be stuck without my comfort items. lucky for me, kzoo has an awesome lebaneese eatery called Shawarma King. the name is kind of cheezy, but there are many delectable vegan selections and the price is nice. i have never tasted hummus that was so smooth and light. some middle eastern places use egg with their falafel, and when i asked the waitress if they used egg in their recipe, she sorta stared at me like i had taken a dump on her shoe, then she smiled and said, "no. in fact, if someone uses egg making falafel, that isn't falafel."
i also believe in the vegan power of creativity. i enjoy the challenge of taking a traditional omni dish and veganizing it-(thanks Isa and Tofu n' Sprouts!). while at my father-in-law's house, i was watching an itallian cooking show on the food network. i'm very intrested in making eggplant timbale (supposed to be an italian word for drum). it is a delicious dish made with thin pieces of grilled eggplant that cover a wheel of yummy marinara, ziti, peas, cheese, and meat. i know i can make this vegan, and will try to do so in the very near future. the one she made on her show required the use of a spring form pan, which i don't have. i think i can improvise by making a rectangular one using a loaf pan, or making mini tambales using a muffin pan. cooking has become my new medium for making art.
then there are things that just can't (nor should be) made vegan. like haggis, foie de gras, chitterlings, or the dish made after the eggplant tambale that caused me wince and just shut the t.v. off: veal and lemon slices wrapped in prosciutto ham and fried. call me crazy, but i just wasn't interested in eating that.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
this piece of food porn was an experiment. i took a recipe for vegan s'more brownies, and improvised adding bananas to the batter instead of applesauce to make it moister. i know applesauce can be used as a vegan egg in baking, but i think it tends to make things dense and dry, and there's nothing worse than a dry brownie. instead of baking it in a pan, i made individual s'more brownie cupcakes. if things are in pan form i can easily eat an entire pan, but if i make small portions, vin and i tend to eat them slower. i know it doesn't make sense, but i don't make a whole lotta sense. anyway-- even though i used the bananas, i found the brownie/graham cracker crust combo to be a bit dry for my taste so i HAD to top the whole thing off with a generous scoop of chocolate soy delicious and some vegan marshmallow topping. i had a total foodgasm as i reminisced of sitting around a campfire.
i love me some food talk, but i kinda get highly irritated when i hear RR's sentiment of "yum-o!" c'mon, is that all you have? i don't like "yummers!" either. i need to invent my own food oreinted expletive i guess. my husband used to love her, but something happened and he became full of rage overnight, saying that she was too intense, blathering on how she sounded like a methed out chain smokin' lezzie gym teacher. i happen to be fond of lezzie gym teachers, but whatev.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
gosh, stop being such a baby and eat yer dang flesh!
note: 8th Continent soy milk technically isn't vegan
because the source of vitamin D comes from lanolin-YUK!
information from Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World
being vegan is expensive- i also used to buy into this lie. sure if you buy specialty pre-packaged food items all the time, it just doesn't pay to be vegan. however, if you read vegan cookbooks and make things from scratch, most items are fairly cheap. i learned this from Vegan with a Vengeance, How it all Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan. there are more cookbooks out there i want to get my mitts on, but i'll have to wait my turn. there are currently 9 people waiting to check out Veganomicon! most of the time i usually do a google search for a vegan recipe and almost always come across one i can use. veganism is all about DIY culture.
karyn's vegan pizza
from a Chicago Veggie Diner on Halstead
and yes, vegan cheesecake DOES exist!