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Sunday, February 19, 2012

We Stay Brunchin'

Everytime G and I head home from Champs (which is often, lately), we pass a bagel store. We are obviously too stuffed at that point to fathom eating a bagel but the idea has gotten stuck in my head. So I went for a walk this morning...to get bagels. Sad how the only times I leave my house are to eat food, buy food, or go to work.
G was feeling poorly this morning and was still asleep when I got back, but I couldn't help it and dug in:



Pumpernickel bagel, Tofutti cream cheese, cucumber, red onion, and black pepper. With black tea. Yes, and thank you. Has anyone perfected gluten-free bagels yet?
I did have a semblance of a lunch after this.


Raw kale salad (same as yesterday's) with tempeh and a tahini-sriracha sauce. But that was really only to pass the time until I could bake brunch, part II:



Coffee Cake from Vegan Brunch. Oh yes.
I guess the brunch-y food today reflected the mood around here. My parents left to visit my sister in Spain today, so their cat is staying with us for 9 days. I'm glad to have today and tomorrow off so that Haxan (my cat) and Samson (theirs) can get acclimated. She used to live with me at the folks' house but we stayed mostly on the top floor. I don't know how well Hax and Sammy ever got acquainted. He's an old, sleepy, shy baby and she...well, she runs this town.
She is not happy with the sitch. Check out these two photos G took:



Can you see her in that bottom photo?!?
I know some of you have multiple cats - and even multiple species - in the house. How long did it take for the pets to get used to each other? And how much danger do you think they actually pose for the other? I can't stay home all the time to make sure they aren't fighting! I'm also a little afraid of them "acting out" and peeing all over the place. Although, for now, Samson won't come out of his cage so I guess that won't be a problem. I feel so badly for them both!
Anyway. Hope you all are enjoying the long weekend. I'm off to eat more greens and less cake.

42 comments:

  1. OMG that bottom photo is awesome, I can totally see her! Great catch! As you know, I have total bagel envy, especially when it is a pumpernickel bagel with tofutti. Looks so good! That brunch cake looks amazing as well, as does your always beautiful salad. I really wish I could do raw kale. I'll get there some day and when I do I'll be looking to you for great salad combos! ;)

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    1. I'm sure if you came to like the green smoothies in the morning, you can come to enjoy raw kale :)

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  2. Pumpernickel is a fav! Yum! I've really got to get some sort of pumpernickel in my life soon, bagel or otherwise. Your bagel combo looks so perfectly yummy!

    As for cats...in my experience it can take quite a while...but it depends on the cats. If they've been socialized with other cats from an early age, they'll know what to do and how to cope, but if they haven't been around other cats much...it can be a real trial to get peaceful cohabitation. It's good you have a couple days with them. If they seem really intense, I'd let them each have their own space in the house where the other can't go...at least for several days. If they just tiff a bit, it's probably ok, they'll work it out, even if there's a little hissing and screaming. Let us know how it goes.

    Sammy looks a lot like our Lucky. I love the shot with Sammy in the forefront and Haxan peering through from a distance!! That is just plain awesome.

    Your coffee cake sort of looks like pacman...a very tasty pacman!

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    1. If that coffee cake were pacman, the ghosts would be winning and eating him. It was tasty. The cats seem to have calmed down a bit today, but are still very wary. Hopefully it will get better!

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  3. whoa, your cat looks pissed! poor girl. i hope they can chill out and become friends.

    the bagel looks awesome. i love pumpernickel bread, but i've never had a pumpernickel bagel.

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  4. The coffee cake is calling my name!

    I love that second shot. lol It took a while for everyone to get acclimated in our house. With Sophie, it was at least several weeks, and then she really didn't come out of her shell completely until about almost a year later. Hopefully they'll get along enough to not make things too stressful on themselves, you and G.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes, molly. It looks like 9 days to peace is a little too much to hope for but I'm hoping for calm at best.

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  5. My kinda girl :-) I eat all that stuff regularly. I haven't made the coffee cake from VB this year yet, though...I was thinking about it!

    P.S. Are you at all thinking of making your own tempeh? DO IT DO IT DO IT. Trust me. If I could send some to you, to convince you...

    P.P.S. poor kitties! Hope it works out.

    XOXO

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    1. I think for now I will admire your tempeh efforts from here until I can comprehend the idea of an incubator! Until then, enjoy your delicious fresh blocks of soy :)

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  6. Pumpernickel bagels are my favorite! Just looking at yours makes me wish I had one right now. And the sriracha-tahini combo sounds like an amazing thing to drizzle on kale. Yum to the coffee cake, too.

    Ah, kitten socializing. I've seen cats that are ok with each other after a day, and then there's my sassy 13 year old lady who is still yelling at the other two cats after 7 months. I always feel so bad when the cats are stressed out. I hope they cohabitate peacefully.

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    1. I think my cat is definitely a sassy one. She sort of takes after me and is very wary of strangers and feels threatened by the slightest change. That said, I'm kind of happy to see my parents' cat growling right back. I thought he'd be a total pushover!

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  7. that bagel looks darn good! and the coffee cake?! my goodness.

    i hope your pets begin loving one and other soon! i only had a dog and cat and the dog was mostly outside. :/

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    1. That's the other problem! We have such a tiny apartment, whereas my folks would even let their cat sit outside sometimes! He's meowing to jump out the window and I feel badly about the lack of space.

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  8. I used to love pumpernickel bagels but I've been avoiding gluten for about six months. I don't believe there can be a gf pumpernickel bagel. Or any gf bagel. I don't even want to try one. Bagels are one of those foods that have to be just right.

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    1. I mostly avoid gluten, too, but it's not a medical thing. Every once in a while I'll get a craving so why not go all out? ;)
      Why are you avoiding it, Andrea? Does it make you feel uncomfortable or just out of preference? Do you feel any differently for having cut it out of your diet?

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  9. I have two and got a third. I'd say 9 days may be too short. Is it possible to leave moms cat in the bathroom with the door closed. Yes, it's small but she'll safe and it's bigger then her crate. If you see your guy sniffing at door without hissing you may be able to let them out together when your home? I'm going to Champs next time I come to Brooklyn!

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    1. Yes, you're probably right about the time. And thanks for the tips; that's probably what I'll end up doing. Let them roam when I'm here to supervise but otherwise stay cautious.
      Enjoy Champs!

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  10. This is a such a great post! There are so many things I love about it: 1) bagels; I love bagels and I had a total craving on Friday that I indulged. I wasn't going to post the bagel pictures, but I now I will, in the spirit of community. ;-) 2) crumb cake!!! Definitely one of the best foods ev-ar! 3) cats! Oh how I love cats and when people post photographs of them. As for their cohabitation, I agree with the other commenters that it depends on the cats. It doesn't look as if either of them is too aggressive so I don't think you need to worry about bloodshed, but of course, it wouldn't hurt to separate them when you're out.

    Sorry for the book length comment, but I really loved this post. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Haha, thanks! I think people like bagels. They will probably appreciate your posting about them. Ditto to cats; this is what I've learned. :)

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  11. I'm really digging the ratio of the cake to crumble in that coffee cake. I always prefer more crumble, but after I eat it I feel like an elephant because that stuff is pure butter and sugar. But whatever - it tastes soooooo good.

    As for the cats, they'll get used to one another over time. We brought a new cat in about 4 years after our first cat - they never became pals, but eventually came to tolerate one another.

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    1. That's funny that you mention the ratio of the cake:crumb.. I guess the crumbs are there for a reason, and they are good but I always wish there were less because it just falls off the top and makes a huge mess. Haha, I'm pretty obsessive about eating food that are easy to eat.

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  12. That coffee cake looks amazing! I just got the Vegan Brunch book and this has inspired me to dig in and try it. Thanks!

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    1. Glad to hear it! It's an awesome book which I have NOT used as much as I'd like to.

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  13. That second pic of the cats is priceless! Imagine what they're thinking about each other. And the coffee cake.

    I'm with Andrea; if there's a gluten-free bagel, I don't want to know about it. Check out Bagels on the Square for the best pumpernickel I've ever had (try the Black Russian; it's got sesame seeds too!).

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    1. I think the cats will bond when I'm gone, over a slice of coffee cake. "We'll have cawfee - We'll tawk!!" But when I get home they will snarl and pretend to hate each other - because they're cats!
      Thanks for the tip of BoS! Sounds awesome! I was happy to see this bagel had whole caraway seeds in it.

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  14. Brunch is ultimate comfort food. And Greg takes the best photos - they're so comical! Especially the second one, with black cat's glowing alien eyes blazing through the kennel! I laughed!

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    1. Greg really does have a great eye, doesn't he? His dad is a photographer too, so I guess it makes sense. I totally gasped in awe of the evil in that second photo. Haha, it took me a while to see her!

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  15. So hilarious those cats! I love the bottom picture - the one in the foreground with ears laid back and yours still peering perfectly through the hole. So funny. Do not worry too much; they'll work it out...or not. But, neither will die in the process.

    Okay, your bagel dish is outstanding! I've never had bagels like that, and now I'm so inspired. Also, tahini sriracha dressing. Yum. My tahini always seems to separate, and the part with no oil gets so hard. Do you have a way to remedy that?

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    1. True, Blessed mama - I'm through panicking and thinking I'll find a dead cat when I come home from work. They are still not happy but they steer clear of the other.
      And thanks! It was simple and tasty. As for the tahini dressing, I second what miss Rachel says -The Joya brand (and others I've used - Roland was another - in a plastic jar) seem to separate more than other in glass jars. A glass jar also helps because you can see if it's all been stirred up. I think basically tahini just separates more than other nut or seed butters in general. Just stir it up occasionally and it should be fine. To make a dressing, I add water and lemon juice, which aid with the stirring too.

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  16. Blessed Mama, I had that problem with tahini also when I bought the Joyva brand that comes in a can. It eventually got so hard that I had to throw it out. Since then, I've bought the Once Again brand that comes in a jar (I'm not sure if the packaging has anything to do with the lack of separation), and it stays blended pretty well. I'm already on my second jar.

    Here's a link to their seed butter page, but the website store more for people who run a restaurant or something (I buy mine at Whole Foods), unless you have $57+ to spend on on a huge amount. Good luck!

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  17. Mmmm that bagel sammie looks super good--I love a good pumpernickel bagel. As for gf ones...I've made a few, nothing to write home about yet. One day!

    Hope the cats get used to each other soon--I remember the sleepless nights of introducing cats to each other.

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    1. Yah, I would think so. I guess a big part of the bagel texture is in the gluten.
      Thanks for the good wishes too - I was definitely up at 4 this morning glaring at my parents' cat and willing it to sleep. I had to put the cat bed in the shower and shut the bathroom door!

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  18. Thanks for the tahini tip. I do stir, but it must be California air that makes it particularly hard over here. I'll have ol' G do it for me. We gotta keep 'em around for sometin'!

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  19. You're killing me, Smalls! Kitties, cake, bagels, salad - I would like them all. As cute as Remy is, he does not like sharing me or his house. However, he will go to another animal's house, and be fine. We just returned from my grandparents' house and their dog needed about a day and a half to warm up. So maybe after a few more days?

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    1. Hah! I love the Sandlot! Just be lucky Remy is not as huge as the dog in that movie - then sharing territory would be much, much less easy.

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    1. Thanks, Kristen. I've made it a couple times and it's always good.

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  21. Great cat photos. That second one is *genius*!

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    1. Haha, isn't it? What a creepster she is.

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  22. 37 comments?! I might as well read a damn book. I don't have time for this. Great looking bagel though, I'l have to try it.

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    1. I know. I don't like the "reply to specific person" thing, really, but there were more comments than usual so I figured it'd be easier to address everyone this way.

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