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Monday, November 24, 2014

Date with IKEA

Just kidding!!! I can't stand IKEA, but I can't hold off on Pavement references. Sunday I took myself on a lunch date! It was a gorgeous day and I spent a lot of it biking around. I biked out to my folks' house (to help clean for Thanksgiving - didn't get any cat photos, but I will on Thursday) and back. When I got home my roommate and her dude had been cooking and were in the living room, so I kinda wanted to stay out of their hair as well as eat some food without making too much noise in the kitchen. So back out on the bike it was.
I remembered having passed/heard good things about Co Co Lin on Fresh Pond Road in my neighborhood, and it was in the direction I was bike-wandering anyway.

It seemed they were doing fairly brisk take-out/pick up business, but there is also ample seating inside.

As soon as I sat down, the waitress brought me some warm green tea, which was awesome! It was a little after 4 at this point and cooling down. I was considering ordering some green tea anyway, but free is even better.
After briefing looking over the menu, I went with the spicy Ma Po Tofu, which came with a side of brown rice (unpictured.) Usually I like something with more vegetables, but after not eating all day, and all that cleaning and biking, I was huuuuungry. Spicy, warm, and high in protein won out. It was weird seeing meat items listed on the menu before I realized that everything in the restaurant really is vegetarian (and probably mostly vegan seeing as how so little dairy is used in Asian cooking.)

This was really good. A huge serving, too. Soft tofu, nice and saucy - plenty to cover the rice on the side as well. I got a refill of the green tea and really enjoyed just sitting and reading (Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay) and taking my time. I so rarely eat out alone - I rarely dine out in general - but this was a chill atmosphere. The dish was 8 dollars and could easily have been spread into two meals, so it's not all that expensive either. Definitely will be returning.

Co Co Lin
64-19 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood, NY 11385
11am - 10:30pm (most days)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fruits of my Labor

A pretty morning moon, before the repetitiveness of the week, and every week pretty much:

Breakfast and snack:

I baked two loaves of spiced pumpkin bread using the recipe in Joni Marie Newman's Vegan Food Gifts, which ended up having a lot of substitutions including for the ummm...pumpkin.

                         Alternate breakfast - GF toast, avocado, black salt, cayenne pepper.

Lunch - spinach, roasted squash, parsnip, raw sunflower seeds with tahini, black pepper, and Braggs.

Alternate lunch: Isa's marinated kale salad with roasted butternut squash and lentils. Love it. The kale marinade has garlic and ginger alongside the usual suspects. I've topped it with cayenne or nooch.

Dinner: Lemon-rice soup, with spinach added, as well as a spoonful of tahini to thicken. Fresh black pepper on top.
What more could anyone want? Variety, maybe. Tomorrow night I should be cooking up some more things.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prep ---> Soup

Monday was a super productive prep day. Actually, a pretty productive day in general - laundry, cleaning, mucho prep, reading, finished a movie (The Master - have you guys seen it? I know I'm years late.)

                                  DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? It's satsuma time!!!!

Second breakfast, my favorite leisurely meal. GF toast with cashew butter, banana and cinnamon. Coffee.
Ventured into the rain for groceries.

                            parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, lentils, lemons, Justin's cups

                                  2 bunches of kale, beets, avocado, olive oil. Total: $25.35

                                                              Rainy day pants-splash

Prep center. On the left is Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World by Allyson Kramer. The right is Isa Does It. At one point, I had three cookbooks open.

I'll show you the Isa meal later. That night, that cold rainy night, was all about Lemon-Rice Soup from Allyson Kramer.

I've been obsessed with trying this Greek(ish) avgolemono(ish) soup since seeing Gena's adaptation two years ago. I like that Gena's includes tahini but this version was thickened with chickpea flour! Like magic.
Talk to yehs soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Here's some more random meals from the last week.

                           Avocado toast on GF bread, with black salt and cayenne pepper

                                            carrot, avocado, rice rolls with sriracha

                                    raw collard, sweet potato, chickpea salad with nooch

 miso soup a lot this week - mushroom, carrot, rice, seaweed, onion, ginger, red pepper flakes

                            raw collards, spaghetti squash, chickpeas, chimmichurri sauce

sesame bagel with tofu cream cheese and coffee from Think for when I'm feeling lazy in the mornings.
Hopefully I'll get into some good cooking projects this weekend. Hope you all had a good week. See you soon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Punk Prep Party

Yesterday was another Monday prep day, with high hopes for the week.

Breakfast first - overnight oats with pumpkin, mulberries, maca, protein powder. While cooking rice. Finally finished a 5? 10? lb. bag from last year.
Then I went out and bought groceries:

      broccoli, collard greens, spaghetti squash, 2 persimmons, 2 avocados, a Justin's pack.

                                        yams, bananas, lemons, a lime, and mushrooms.

                                    Finally made raw collard salad again! I love it so much!
I like to prep to music, usually it's punk, just because that's almost all I listen to, but it also gets me in a productive zone. This week it was the Ramones and I got caught up in it and started playing air guitar on a collard leaf while making the salad. Typical vegan punks, right? I took a photo of the collard guitar and realized I was even wearing a Ramones shirt (Joey Ramone, as drawn by Derf Backderf.)

Other prep was cooking the spaghetti squash and the yams. Also set out some chickpeas to soak.

Here is today's lunch: raw collards, baked yam, rice, and pepitas. Topped off with nooch.
This (or something similar) will probably happen a lot this week. Here's some Ramones for you, too, unless you prefer to cook to something else?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

All Kinds

Here's some, like, food n stuff from the last week.

overnight oatmeal breakfast - oats, golden (grey) mulberries, protein powder, maca, almond milk

roasted cauliflower, soba noodles, chard - topped off post-photo with a miso-tahini sauce. Really filling and delicious, if slightly overcooked noodles. Had leftovers the next day for lunch, and the wind kept blowing my chard off the fork and the cauliflower dropped everywhere and it was cold and I was angry.

Lemony baby kale, quinoa with golden raisins, harissa chickpeas. Perfection from Paradis.

A co-worker made vegan chocolate chip cookies, even though she's not vegan, just nice. When she wants to be.

 I was a responsible person and finished my green juice first before eating the cookie though.

                  Sorta sad looking chard wrap as a quick dinner one night. It's been forevarrr.

Stuffed with Treeline cashew cheese, pumpkin puree, chili sauce, and carrot ribbons. I'm low on everything.

One or two more days left of the sweet potato curry. Yea yo.
Hope you guys are doing well. Talk to yahs soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekend Eats

Leisurely breakfast:

                                  pumpkin pancakes with cashew butter and maple syrup

 Another Isa Does It recipe: Sweet potato and Red Curry Soup. Thickened by a mashed sweet potato and coconut milk base, with red bell pepper, cauliflower, green beans, and adzuki beans.

                                                                  doled out, bowled up

                                                                       apple snack

stir fry with cabbage, carrot, onions, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes over soba noodles with a tahini and soy sauce dressing.
Not nearly enough greens for my liking, but I'm working on that. See you later.