Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Today after a soaking rain delay at the Phillies game I had a flash to what a monsoon in India may be like..... only there i think it will be 10 times worse maybe 100x. After leaving soaking wet without seeing a game but good fun tailgating I traveled to the art museum to see Rhythms of India: The Art of Nandalal Bose. An Indian artist during the revolution of India. Some really interesting work, with a deep look into the Indian devotional religious traditions. It is the first and only time on the East coast. You know its good when Ghandi likes you. Check it out before it leaves in September. AKA when i depart for india
Name this fruit.....
Ok so times up it a black apricot says trader joes. I bought it because i had never seen one before and i had to try it. Apparently its one of those hybrid fruit a cross of an apricot and a plum 2/3 apricot and 1/3 plum. I wouldnt want to see that in action. It is black like a plum out side but fuzzy like an apricot inside is juicy like a plum.... I thought it tasted more like an apricot then a plum. After investigation found them also to be called black velvets, not to be confused with pluots or apriums which are registered names they call them interspecifics--- i guess hybrid is weird.....
pick up some today
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
From Veganomicon very easy recipe. Quinoa is an ancient grain first cultivated by the Inca hundreds of years ago. It has highest amount of protein than any other gain and is a complete protein. It contains all 8 essential amino acids. The grains are round and after cooking the grem seperates and a pretty translucent ring forms around each one.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
4 cup veg broth
1.5 cups orzo
1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans drained
1.5 cups grape tomatoes halved - 1 dry pint
3/4 cup chopped red onion- 1 small
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup red wine vinegrette
salt and pepper
Bring broth to a boil then stir in orzo. Cover partially and cook about 7 min until orzo is tender but still firm to the bite stirring freq. Drain in a strainer. transfer to a wide bowl and toss until it cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
Toss orzo with beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint and enough vinegrette to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper
1/2 cup red wine vineger
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey(my non vegan indulgence- but you can use agave or sugar i'm sure)
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoons ground pepper
1 cup EVOO
Mix vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in blender. With running add oil to emulsify. Season with s&p to taste.
This makes about 1 3/4 cups. I used half for the salad!!!
I made Orzo salad for a shower at work today. I have to give props to my friend Jen who found the recipe and passed it along. I perfect BBQ food. BUT, i made it at work. Actually the bidal shower was for another friend Jen at work. You can see my desk in the background. Without intent I advertise physical therapy (on the post-it) its a hand which reads about "Healing Hands", a timer, and my desk calander.
It's such a quick easy recipe Orzo takes 7 min to cook. With tomatoes, basil, mint, red onion in a red wine vinegrette. Its a Giada recipe I had to veganize.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I bought a new camera- the Cannon powershot SD1100is if you were wondering. Check out the site Newegg.com. I got a great deal with a free 2Gb picture card. This is the view from my rooftop deck. Which is usually empty by thy way of the art museum on one side and center city on the other. Beautiful, Gorgeous, Wish you were here
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I am not a huge fan of trader joes but everyonce in a while if i am walking by i will stop in. This is the one on 22nd and Market. I like their dried fruit. It is usually pretty reasonable. ANd i like to try new things. This time i picked up some Dried Mangosteen and bananas actually called nothing but bananas flattened. I recommend both!
Mangosteen is not related to the mango but is an exotic fruit often called SUPERFRUIT presumed to have a combination of 1) appealing subjective characteristics, such as taste, fragrance and visual qualities, 2) nutrient richness, 3) antioxidant strength and 4) potential impact for lowering risk against human diseases. I was illegal to import but recent was legalized if you can find it and if you can affoard it at $45 a lb. IF I WAS A RICH GIRL.......
so i decided to opt for the $2.99 dried type.
The Bananas were true to the title just bananas flattened. I do not like the typical dried bananas which are deep fried and crispy. It is chewy like a fruit roll up with a pure banana flavor and at $1.29 makes a great snack. Pick some up
Monday, July 7, 2008
We were walking by in Old City. Made entirely from cheese. I know its not vegan but still really cool. I was not inclined to take a bite like others. It was sponsered by Cheese- it who do it every year. Once it its dedicated the center is donated to the needy hungry people of the city!
The thought kinda freaked me out with the faux eggs and all but i decided to be adventurous and attempt it. I ordered some black salt off the internet- Not knowing what it was. It is and indian spice that has a sulfur (eggy) smell.This was my inspiration--- I was so surprised and now it is my favorite breakfast food! So easy to make.
I used Isa's recipe from Vegan with a Vengence
1 T olive oil
1 onion cut into cubes
2 cups of mushrooms and any other veggies of choice
3 cloves of garlic
1 lb of tofu drained
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2t ground cumin
1 t dried thyme
1 t paprika
1/2 t tumeric
1 t salt
I added the black salt about 1 t
Saute veggies and garlic. Add the spice blend. Add water to the bottom of the pan if needed to deglaze it. Crumble in tofu and mix well- let it remain chunky. Let cook for 15 min adding water if needed. Mine was preety wet to begin with so i didnt need it. Add lemon juice. Add nutritional yeat and mix up.
EAT and ENJOY
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.
Here is how some cultures celebrate it:
Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations in the northern areas have for centuries celebrated the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as Midsummer (see Shakespeare), the Christian St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.
The Celts & Slavs celebrated with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.
Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.
Today, the day is still celebrated around the world - most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands still gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.
Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups gather to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.
For me and alot of Americans it means Hotter weather, Going to the beach, and barbeques...with teh good weather forecast for today it means I am off to they beach---------HAPPY SUMMER!!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Maybe i should have started my blog with this:
Vegan (pronounced vē'-gan):
A person who is against needlessly killing or harming living, feeling beings;
and who therefore does not use (ie. eat, buy, cook) meat, eggs or dairy products.
Vegans also avoid using other animal products as much as possible.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Once a month Club veg of philadelphia has a cooking class held at Wholefoods both in Callowhill and on South street. Convientently I live 1 block from the Callowhill store and as a member it is free. Check out www.clubveg.org/philly and join to support our community in the philadelphia region. There are quite a few other events they hold including potlucks, dinners in the area, and other exhibits. As I said the classes are free as a member with a new topic every month and free dinner. Tonight we made Vietnamese Rolls aka Summer Rolls or Spring Rolls or Goi Cuon. Made with rice paper- filled with lettuce, bean sprouts, tofu, cucumber, mint and cilantro.
We also had 3 dipping sauces- 1 with Hoisen, Nuoc Cham, and Vinegar Sauce. I would reccomend the Hoisen one with peanuts and sesame oil.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Holy Crepes! I made crepes for the first time on tuesday for dessert with Amy. They turned out amazing. I used Veganomicon's recipe with the whole wheat version. I let the batter sit overnight. It was the perfect consistency and they browned just right in a heavy duty nonstick pan. Folded with some strawberries.
I got some figs at the produce store. To me figs are very exotic- ripe they are just the right amount of sweetness. They have to be slightly soft. I decided to carmelize mine with a little Succanat and stuck them under the broiler for a few minutes. I made sme banana ice cream to go with it. My favorite dessert- which is just frozen bananas blended to a smooth consistency.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The potluck inspired me to do some Vegan Indian cooking so i created a Chana Masala( spicey chickpeas) with Spinach and Gobhi (cauliflower) Curry. Both turned out great. But i especially loved the masala with the Gram Masala spice- my new favorite. There was other great food- 2 dals, tofu cakes, naan, rice, carrot salad, chickpea snacks. This was my plate. The food was great. Jill gave us some great travel tips when traveling to India- the Highlights- get a faux wedding ring, wear dark sunglasses, cover up, bring toys or pennies for the kids, remember the 5 Ps when eating. I am so excited.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I usually don't indulge in too many sweets but......Well I think i deserve this treat after a quite aweful week. Homemade caramel ice cream from the ice cream make with a caramel sauce that was just delicious. This is it in my bowl ready to be eaten. And boy was it delicious YUM! It brought a little smile to my face.
Here is the recipe for the Caramel Sauce
3/4 cup soy milk, rice milk, or other non-dairy milk of choice3/4 cup Sucanat1/3 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup1 T. water1 T. arrowroot2 T. vegan margarine 1 t. vanilla
In a small saucepan, place the soy milk, Sucanat, and maple syrup, and whisk well to combine. Cook over medium heat, while whisking occasionally, for 3 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and arrowroot, and then whisk the mixture into the saucepan. Cook the mixture, while whisking constantly, an additional 2-3 minutes or until it thickens. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Serve warm as a topping for cakes, desserts, non-dairy ice cream or sorbet, or as a dipping sauce for fruit. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, and reheat as needed.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
I left out the margarine to make it FAT FREE!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Saturday, May 24, 2008
Kale chips recipe
Place 1 bunch of kale in a bowl add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper
placed on a greased baking sheet- spray kale on sheet.
Bake 10 minutes or until slightly browned with a crunch
Tabbouleh Salad Recipe
1 cup bugur wheat
2 cups boiling water
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion chopped
4 scallions, minced
2 cups flat leaf parsley minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh mint minced
Salt and pepper
--In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, add bulgur, cover with tight fitting lid and let stand for 20-30 min. Drain excess water.
---Add remaining ingredients to bulgur
Makes about 3-4 cups!!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
It was hard to choose but I had the Sesame Mediallions- Seitan in an Asian BBq sauce with steamed broc, red and brown rice and 2 spring rolls with a ginger soy dipping sauce. The BEST seitan meal I have ever had.
Friday, April 25, 2008
2 cups water
3/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
4 teaspoons vanilla
3-1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup strawberry- or grape whole fruit jam if you prefer
1/2 cup jam with equiv. of egg replacement
Here was the delish screw up orange glazed cake- Same cake as above without the PB and J with whole wheat flour- tasted more like a bread.
Glaze was OJ with confectioners sugar poured over top.