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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014, Day 2: Kaye's Salad

This is a recipe from my friend Kaye. We met a long time ago, I can't even remember when really. 2005, maybe? All I know is that we were friends on MySpace, so a LONG time ago, haha. We met through a friend, dated briefly, and kind of lost touch but re-connected through social media a while back.
She lives upstate now so I don't really see her but she posts green living links on facebook (along with the photos of her two beautiful daughters,) so I knew she'd have something delicious to share.

This is a fennel and radish salad with kalamata olives and orange segments. Dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Served on top of arugula for extra peppery-ness!
I love these flavors together, and a crunchy salad is a nice textural change from what I normally make. It's also perfect for the season - fall fennel, springy arugula and radishes, and the upcoming citrus season. I ended up adding some agave to the dressing - another orange would have worked too, but I didn't have one. I would also add sliced red onion next time I make it, but otherwise, this was great.
Thank you, Kaye. I have a feeling I'll be asking her for more recipes soon.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014, Day 1: Food Friends!!!!

Hiiiiii and happy MoFo alla y'alls.
My theme this year is making September a month of eating and cooking with and for friends. Previous Food Friends posts have always been my favorite. I have a lot of social anxiety, and so don't see people enough as I'd like to. But being around other people gets me out of my own weird head, and helps me share and listen and learn and growww. I'm going to try to actually make the effort to host and cook either at my apartment, or their places if they prefer, or just grab some vegan food to eat together. Maybe there will be picnics, maybe there will be food field trips. I will also try to get some recipes from faraway friends to create, and they can be involved that way.
Also my brother (from CA!) and sister (from Spain!) are visiting this month and I plan on strong-arming them into a dinner party chez moi (roo
mmate to be consulted!!) so, like, maybe there will be that.
I am lucky enough to have a good amount of compassionate vegan friends to share food with, but there is also the idea that sharing delicious vegan food with non-vegan people is a good way to win some points for the team.
Other Food Friends posts here, here, here, and here.

Vegan penpal friends mail is the best mail:

 Lunch with G (my best friend always, forever) at Bite recently:

Mediterranean Salad: Israeli salad, greens, hummus, eggplant, spicy roasted red pepper sauce, almonds.
We biked into the city to go to the Tompkins Square Park farmers market on Sunday, with his friend John.
                        A Sarna apple from Red Jacket. Bike barely visible in the background.

Let's see how totally overwhelmed I am at the end of this month, haha. As an introvert I cherish ALONE time, but this is a challenge. And it could be good. Also, if you are a vegan blogger from NYC and want to try to meet up with a neurotic stranger this MoFo, feel free to get in touch.
See you later...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Post before MoFo

 Choosing Raw cookbook raw museli with oats, chia seeds, goji berries, mulberries, almonds

Greens-less desserty smoothie: frozen banana, cacao powder, protein powder, coffee, maca, almond milk. Tres enjoyable.

     baby heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market. Haxan's inquisitive nose sniffin em out.

    arugula, chickpeas, tomatoes, raw corn (on the bottom,) scallions, miso-tahini dressing

                          Back to Nature peanut butter cookies and a glass of almond milk

broccoli, carrot, mushroom, carrot, bell pepper stir fry with soba noodles. Tossed with agave, rice vinegar and soy sauce.

Newly addicted to this green turmeric drink.The coconut nectar makes it just slightly sweet. Love the turmeric/ginger/cayenne spice mix.

Here's Haxan flipping out on some 'nip. A freak just like her momma.
Sorry posts have been spotty. Tomorrow begins Vegan MoFo, though. Hope I can keep up through the next month.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sundays are for Smorging

Hiii. G and I had another weekend bike adventure today, though not as far as we've gone before, or as strenuous a ride but it was a nice, leisurely day.
We decided to go to Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront. Even though we intended to eat there, Dunwell was on the way and I'd never been there, so we stopped in.

                              I got a toasted coconut doughnut. Light and fluffy and so good.

G picked vanilla with sprinkles aka ants ate my doughnut. He liked his a lot too. The shop is cute. I hope to go back very, very soon.
We biked to Smorgasburg but there were wayy fewer food vendors than when we first went. I really wanted to try Chickpea & Olive but there is now a second Smorg location in Brooklyn Heights, which is where they are on Sundays. Bummer. Not a total loss, though - I bought a $5 dress and G got a really colorful windbreaker. Then we hightailed it outta the crowded mess and found some real food. B.A.D. Burger on Grand had a tofu scramble.
Also nice to see:

We both got the scramble. With home fries here:

And G's with apple slaw:

This was interesting. Like a sweet pickled slaw. Actually, the home fries and the tofu scramble were both spiced really uniquely too. I like a little more texture to my scram but it was cool that it was simple and not too salty.

Also appreciated that at (okay maybe a little past) prime brunch hour, the place was basically ours. Props to G for stopping at a new place on a whim. B.A.D. was good.
And on Friday night I made a second salad from Salad Samurai, the Plums Love Arugula salad. This is arugula, ginger-beer tofu, chopped plum, and (spiced) almonds topped with a garlicky-gingery tahini dressing.

I actually was lazy about the almonds, and it sounded like a sticky mess so I didn't cook or spice them. Everything else I followed directions on! And it was great. The sauce was a little thin because of the tahini I used, but it was nice with the chewy baked tofu and the sweet plum.
So anyway I had leftovers for dinner tonight - with white beans instead of tofu.

And that was today. Tomorrow will be tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Raw and Less Raw

mostly raw breakfasts lately:

                                                oatmeal with banana and blueberries

                        Spinach, blueberry, banana, almond milk, protein powder smoothie

                            mocha-maca chia pudding with blueberries and coconut flakes

Less raw lunches:
          WF salad bar greens, grilled eggplant and roasted pepper, hummus, and falafel

     cooked white beans, avocado, scallion, blueberries, raw bell pepper, lime juice, and salt

 G's family was in the city today so they stopped by the store and we all went to lunch at Peacefood. I got the Asian greens salad: Seasonal baby Asian vegetables, mixed sprouts, shredded carrots, tomatoes, carrots, marinated and baked tempeh in a garlic, ginger, cilantro, ponsu, peanut and sesame dressing. Enjoyable but pricey seemed to be the vote all around.

                                                 One of our cute dining companions
  Back to raw dinner:
Couldn't be bothered to cook at all. Spinach, banana, peanut butter, protein powder, almond milk smoothie. Yes, for dinner. That's why the light looks so weird.

Carrot and zucchini noodles with a lime-peanut-soy sauce-agave dressing. Kinda like the laziest pad thai you could make.

Not raw at all but a very delicious dessert.
That's all, Folks.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Couple from Actual Cookbooks!!

Remember when I used to cook out of cookbooks??? It's okay if you don't - it's been a while. I recently bought Gena Hamshaw's Choosing Raw cookbook and am sosooooo excited to use it! Her recipes are actually some of the few that I do make off of her website. And the cookbook itself is beautiful. I'll probably do a longer review later, since there are so many recipes I want to make from the book but for now let's have it suffice: this cookbook is awesome. However, I felt guilty buying a new cookbook since I STILL hadn't made a thing from the one I bought before that - Terry Hope Romero's Salad Samurai, especially since I was so stoked for that one as well. Something about the multi-recipe recipes had me hold off. But today that was remedied. I've been kind of depressed this last week for both personal reasons and the mess(es) in the news (Raechel has some links on her site if you feel like reading more about Ferguson.) Sometimes a regimen helps me get out of a funk and feel like more of a normal person. Following directions, marking things off a list, it helps me focus and feel accomplished when finished.
So anyway, first step to making food was buying groceries:

                                     beets, avocado, red plums, zucchini, ginger, bananas

Dill, cucumber, limes, scallions, tofu, rice vinegar, molasses, tahini, coconut water, and blackberry jam
Some ingredients are for a second Salad Samurai salad to be made soon, but others went into this lovely Polish Summer Soba Salad.

This also was multi-step (cooking the beans, roasting the beets, making a dressing, cooking the soba) but it came together fairly quickly. Basically this tasted like a pickled salad on top of nutty noodles. Or, like, borscht salad. The beans made it extra-filling. Very good.

Here's a second photo with roasted walnuts on top. A nice touch. That's maybe why I'm feeling so crazy about the multiple steps - I know that Terry knows what she's doing and a seeming garnish, or weird ingredient, might make or break the meal! The recipe for this one looks like it's online here if you are interested.
I also prepped a breakfast for tomorrow from Gena's book.

This is mocha maca chia pudding. I intended it for breakfast today but it didn't set up quickly enough, so it's chilling for tomorrow. It calls for espresso powder, which I don't have, so I subbed 1/4 cup of coffee for that and added it to 3/4 cup of almond milk (the recipe calls for 1 c.) I tasted a little, and can't wait to eat it tomorrow.
The Choosing Raw cookbook looks really simple to use, with not too many ingredients, so it's a good contrast and complement to Salad Samurai. Think of what the two of them can do together!
I also appreciate that with both cookbooks the serving size is rather small - for only one or two meals. It's nice to have leftovers sometimes but sometimes I prefer variety. (Not to mention salads only keep so long.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Green Juices and Salads - but wait! There's more!

All good ways to start the day:

                                                         Wu coffee with almond milk

       Post-breakfast cuz I'm so post-mo. Everything bagel with Earth Balance remnants.

Trains stalled on the way to work this morning so I took a different route, which walked me past Lifethyme. New Kit's Organic flavor! It has rosemary extract in it! Plus this refreshing Zukay Kvass

Yea, I drank fermented cabbage juice for breakfast. I was a little thrown off by the stevia in the ingredients but it really was only noticeable in how it pulled everything together. I'd definitely buy this again.
Was doing pretty well with making my own lunch salads for a while:

          Romaine, tomatoes, mushrooms, blueberries, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, s+p

                 Romaine, spinach, bell pepper, carrot, temphe, mushroom, lemon juice, s+p
Then life got busy and I went to Paradis for lunches:

                           Kale, three-grain salad, lentils, green beans, sundried tomatoes.

                             kale, Israeli couscous, artichokes, and marinated mushrooms.

                                                    G gave me a farmer's market peach

        We split a VanLeeuwen cone. Pistachio on top, mint chocolate chip on the bottom.

 Late afternoon pick-me-up by means of Daily Greens. The pear and watercress sold it for me.

Met a friend (ex-coworker) at Lincoln Center for a movie. She now works at MoMA, so she got us in for free! Sweet deal. We saw The Dog, a documentary about the man who was the inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon. I'm not really a big fan of too many movies, but I love Dog Day Afternoon and The Dog was fun but kinda sad. What an character that guy was, what a life he had.

It's been a crazy week and I'm exhausted but there's still one more day til my weekend. Just wanna lie on the roof and watch the sky.