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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Week Revealed! Also MoFo Theme Revealed!

Hi guys. Still kind of nomadic this past week. But here's what I've got for you:
Well, so, one day G and I attempted to make some sort of eggplant parmesan? I think? I had like nine breakdowns during the making, so my memory is pretty shot on this. This is way less pretty than Jes's. This is just broiled eggplant with some rice milk/cornstarch/panko breading. We melted VeganRella on top of it, steamed some broccoli and boiled some pasta. Newman's Own sauce. I believe both of these plates are G's - I went heavy on the eggplant, less so on the pasta.

Breakfasts have been homemade granola bars or delicious, delicious honeycrisp apples.

Dinners have been sporadic, but mostly more miso:

This one with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, rice noodles, carrot, sesame seeds, miso, anise seeds.
Lunches are the most varied. Whole Foods is getting a lot of business from me recently.

 Steamed kale, roasted butternut squash, tomatoes, and lentils in Braggs. This was freakin awesome.

One of those salads in a shaker - quinoa, bell pepper, black beans, kidney beans, and corn with an avocado vinaigrette. Not great.

Steamed kale,roasted eggplant, tofu, chickpeas, and cucumber salad. This was random and flavorless.
Also a treat:

Yeah! These chocolate covered mulberries were great. Like grown-up raisinettes.
So, as I'm sure you all know, MoFo is upon us. I will probably not post again until then so I'll tell you now about what I HOPE to blog about in October (I say "hope" because these last two weeks have shown that I often don't come home, or if I do, it's to late too cook PLUS I am still feeling sort of pushed out of the kitchen with these other people in the apartment, so here's to PLANS)
For this year's theme, I will be showing you what New York City has to offer vegans. We are not the vegan mecca of Portland but we are no slumps!
Either I'll be moving out of NY at some point and regret not taking in what the city has to offer, or I'll just enjoy my month in the gorgeous NY autumn. Keeping busy is part of my plan to stay happy, as is getting out of the apartment more often. October may be more like a photo diary except for certain posts because we know how hard it is to keep up with everyone during MoFo. I'd like to stop yakkin so much and read everything (ok, as much as I can) of what YOU guys have to say.
There seems to be an interest in my doings around New York (for whatever reason - I'm usually pretty boring) so I'll be showing you meals from veg restaurants around the city, tours of my favorite local health food stores and farmers' markets, hopefully cooking food of some of the many nationalities that the city is home to, and eating or making typically New York food - the bagels, the pizza, gefilte fish (okay, maybe not gefilte), etc.
Yeah? Any requests? Sometimes I feel like you all know New York better than I do because as a native, I stick to my very limited routine.
Okay! See you next month!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Other Two Days

Breakfast Friday morning at the desk. An orange and Ceylon black iced tea.

A snack, later, also at my desk. This was pretty good. Coconut and ginger were the dominant flavors.

I've bought these sandwiches numerous times, always hoping they'd be better. I feel like I had one flavor once like 5 years ago that wasn't bad and I keep picking this type up, but it's never been the same. Not sure what's so "Hawaiian" about a crap ton of Napa cabbage, but whatever. I picked a lot of the bread off and used the cabbage leaf as sandwich place-holder.
The bread did serve a purpose in befriending these little dudes (dudettes?):

I guess I don't have a photo of dinner - I quickly ate three of those same sort of macro sushi rolls and ran out of work a little early to catch a reading at the Rubin museum with a friend - a couple poets reading the work of Allen Ginsberg, as well as some of their own poems inspired by Ginsberg. Allen Ginsberg is one of my favorite poets and it was an amazing night. The highlight for me was seeing Anne Waldman (another favorite) read along with Steven Taylor accompanying her on one of Ginsberg's harmonium. She is incredibly powerful and dynamic, and the harmonium is haunting.

Allen also composed music on the harmonium and it blows my mind. Here's a wacky Waldman clip, and here's an incredible recording of Allen reading with music. Gad, me heart. Anyway.
Today's breakfast:

Banana. In the background you can see a couple of the few cookbooks I brought with me on the move. Less-favorite ones are stored at my folks'. It really makes you think about which cookbooks are important, and how many I REALLY need.

I'm really gonna have to chill on these bars. Gettin out of control. This was better than yesterday's - more chewy, berry-y, and vanilla-y.
Lunch was the remaining three macro rolls, as well as:

Steamed kale, steamed broccoli, and roasted butternut squash in Braggs' and black pepper from the Whole Foods bar. It was more than enough to hold me for dinner. I'm going out to ANOTHER friend's quitting party and possibly a friend's show, so I may just have something light before boozing up.
Do you guys like poetry? Have I asked this before? What kind of stuff? Who would win in a fight: poetry or kale??

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Last Two Days

Hey, guys! Real quickly as I run out the door, and I will catch up on all of yr posts very soon: How many of you are participating in Vegan moFo this year?? I did it last year and it was kind of grueling but pretty fun. I signed up again and I hope I can pull it off... whatever I can do, I'm pretty sure it'll be more interesting than the whatever I can grab recently. It's not so much that I'm uncomfortable cooking here, but I've just been out and about a lot so I've been buying meals more than I'd like to.

Tuesday's breakfast. I didn't realize this would be chocolate-coated, so that was particularly decadent. First time trying these bars, I liked it. mostly, though, I didn't have time to buy coffee so I wanted the mocha perk.

Snack. Another huuuuuge Joanna Gold.

Lunch is my usual stand-by. I dig these. They are filling and pretty cheap, as well as healthy and not too heavy.

Dinner. Spinach, tofu, tomatoes, carrot, sumac, and red pepper flakes. Sorry about the flash.
Wednesday's breakfast:

more walnuts and dried cranberries.

Which I mixed with wheatgrass powder and made it look entirely unappetizing.

Lunch from Paradis. Do I need to keep praising them? Quinoa pilaf with chickpeas and butternut squash alongside a cabbage/kale slaw in a lime-tahini dressing. Geez.

This was a late snack, no dinner, too many beers. I liked this flavor too. It was surprisingly nutty flavored.

Raspberries and an unpictured granola bar for breakfast today.
Lunch, who else but Paradis:

Kale, black beans, sweet potato in an avocado-pepita vinaigrette. On a very white bench.
Dinner was the same salad as Tuesday:

Oh, plus hummus. Yeap. I like having the spices out on the counter and not in the pantry - I am having fun throwin sumac all willy-nilly onto everything.
That's all. I will catch up soon!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Simple Stuff

Well, I made it. Newly entombed in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
A little about the move: I'm living with one of my old roommates, Chris, and two other people. It was originally going to be a sublet situation, but a permanent room opened up and I took it. The situation is not ideal and I don't know how long I'll stay here. When I move (sigh, again) I'll probably find a two bedroom place with someone else because even though I know Chris, I'm kind of weird around strangers and certainly don't really feel at home unless a place really is my home - one I picked, not one I moved into because it was an easy out.
The place is cute, though, the kitchen is big, and Haxan is happily exploring (though only when Chris' cat, Eli is in his room - I had Haxan back when Chris and I lived together but she and Eli never got along. There have already been a couple hissy fits. Hopefully that calms down soon.)

                                            (Haxan trotting around like she owns the place)
Since this is sort of temporary, some of my belongings (including some kitchen stuff) are at my parents house and I'm trying to find my bearings in a new kitchen, and stay out of the way of other people, ha. When you live with someone you know and like, it's okay when they come home and find you mixing up an "aromatic" curry with cabbage and they're more willing to forgive you making a mess or using a blender at 7 in the morning. Am I just being too paranoid? How the hell do people live with roommates? ANYWAY, hence, my meals have been simple and quick and probably will be until I get a little more comfortable.
This picture is too sad / hilarious not to post: my first dinner in the new place:

           Zucchini sticks, hummus, FYH mozz cheese, beer. Ha. It could have been worse.
Today was better. Breakfast:

Dried cranberries and walnuts. This was a sampling, not all that I had. Green tea also.
Ran some errands, walked around the neighboring hoods, got a couple groceries, etc. And lunch:

Roasted red pepper hummus, carrot sticks, also some unpictured cherry tomatoes.
Snack of a huge Joanna Gold apple:

And dinner:

miso soup, minus a couple usual ingredients - despite all my planning, I left a lot of groceries at the old apartment (G is still there), including a bunch of already prepared food, but whatever. I guess I can pick that up at some time. No seaweed or mushrooms in this bowl, but still tasty and filling: spinach, rice noodles, carrot, tofu, spices.
I guess this kind of looks pathetic, but look - I actually used flatware for my dinner tonight - that's already an obvious improvement from vegan cheese out of the package and zucchini on the hummus lid. I am kind of looking forward to this cutting back on my food intake - I had a tendency to late-night snack just because G was, and a tendency to sit around the house and pick at food. Hopefully now, I'll get outside more often and walk around and not just sit on the couch and eat. It's hard to explain. Let's all keep our happy faces on.
How are you all with roommates?? Or, have been in the past? Why do I feel like I'm regressing?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

So, my num one friend from work's last day was Friday (yay Rachel!) and I was laboring over what to bake her. I made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, no photos. They got ate. I also made these granola bars the same night but decided not to bring them into work cuz they wuz kinda weird:

I mean, not weird for me, but too weird to share at work. Based on this recipe, I added cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, dried cranberries and currants. The nut butter was half almond - half tahini and I used a mixture of molasses and agave for the sweetener. Can you tell I'm cleaning out the pantry?
Also, random but super tasty - dinner tonight:

Raw kale salad, white beans , pumpkin covered in sriracha and nooch. When next I blog, it shall be from a new place, so... we'll see how that goes. I packed up a lot of stuff today, and one bag is only spices, ha! I also realized I have 4 different kinds of vinegar in my pantry.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Day to Day


5 dried apricots, 3 blackberries.
iced coffee and a small bag of pistachios at work.

Leftovers from dinner: steamed kale, herbed beans, avocado, tahini dressing.
green tea

In the fading light, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, hemp seeds. Socca on the side with FYH mozzarella.
The FYH isn't bad if you slice it thinly and warm it up.

a piece of a Righteously Raw maca chocolate truffle bar. Interesting flavor.
Also, y'all are showing yr pets of late. Here's Haxan, being a babe:

Say goodnight, Haxan.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I Want What You Got

I saw this on Erin's post here, and I wanted it, so I made it. If only everything could be so simple.
My take on it:

Steamed kale, white beans cooked with pepper and rosemary topped with tahini dressing. Socca (based on that recipe - I left the shallots and olives out) on the side, with a few slices of FYH mozzarella. You all got me stuck on the vegan cheeses.
Sorry about the crummy photo; food bloggers must be the first to notice when the days start getting shorter. Well, maybe behind astronomers or something.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Salads, Soup, Snack, Smoothies, aka back to reality

Spinach, kraut, avocado, tempeh, bell pepper, tomato salad. Sriracha used as dressing post-photo.

Running out of food salad: spinach, celery, carrot, tomato, capers, red onion, avocado, hemp seeds (that's all I have for protein in the house right now!), nooch, sriracha.

From Paradis: kale, tomato, raw corn, quinoa in an avocado vinaigrette.
Bumble bar: Chunky Cherry flavor. I had one of these bars a long time ago and didn't like it so much, but I guess they introduced new flavors and maybe re-worked the recipe? Anyway, they're softer than I remember and it was pretty good.

This was a kind of sad salad. No dressing, I was too tired to think. Spinach, zucchini, carrots, red pepper, sauerkraut, fennel.

Whatever: spinach, red pepper, broccoli, carrot, zucchini, kraut, tempeh with mustard dressing.

Lacking in stuffs again. I almost had the ingredients to made a Rising Sun Smoothie: this is spinach, frozen banana, spirulina, almond butter, soaked goji berries, flax seed, the driest bit of lemon juice.

miso soup. The usual. Broccoli, onion, carrot, rice noodles, shiitake mushroom, hiziki, red pepper flakes, anise seeds, ginger.
Sorry, I've really got nothing better for you guys. This is what I eat. I'm moving on Sunday and I want to use up my pantry stuff. maybe tomorrow will be better.