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Friday, May 24, 2013

It Came from....INSIDE...THE KITCHEN

A lot of the following salads have the same stuff in them, mostly stemming from this grocery haul:

Chipotle hummus (Sabra), cucumber, sundried tomato, lemon, avocado, bell pepper, Olive Food Should Taste Good chips, romaine head, orange tomatoes, carrot, broccoli, bananas.
Tempeh, red cabbage,broccoli, spinach in dragon sauce with sesame seeds on top.
Rawish tacos. Romaine leaf, raw tempeh, tomato, carrot, bell pepper, sundried tomato with salsa.
                      GF Brown rice bread, toasted, with chipotle hummus and cucumber.

Spinach, avo, tomato, bell pepper, broccoli, sunflower seeds, cucumber, lemon juice + cayenne.

Love Your Heart Beet soup, from Blissful Bites. Served cold with dried dill on top.

Hilary's burger salad. Stays together much better than Dr. Praeger. On romaine, broccoli, avocado, tomato, bell pepper. With nooch and black pepper.

Another Hilary burger bowl. Romaine, cucumber, broccoli, sundried tomato.
 
Carrot, romaine, broccoli, bell pepper, tomato, sundried tomato, tempeh salad with tahini-umeboshi vinegar dressing.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Baking Edition

I haven't been baking as much as I used to, but that should change!
It was my mother's birthday on Monday! She is a busy lady so I didn't get to see her but I stopped by the house and dropped off a present and some savory muffins:


These are corn muffins (I used the recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau) into which I added chopped Field Roast sausage, broccoli, and parsley.


She liked the sausages that she had sampled at the Peaceable Kingdom viewing, so I hoped she'd like these. Grab and go, and pretty filling and nutritious for a lovely lady always running from event to event, to class, to visiting neighbors, to errands, and everywhere else she is needed and wanted.
Happy birthday, mummy.
I also baked something for a friend at work because she is awesome and likes my zine.

These are the peanut butter blondies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. I added chocolate chips on top because she mentioned both peanut butter and chocolate.

I think she was pretty happy with em.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mudhoney!!! and Pizza

Last week, G and I went to go see MUDHONEY at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which was an AWESOME show. Worth it even though I destroyed my glasses.

Note the arm (not Mark Arm) of someone ELSE's glasses that met the same fate.
WATCH THAT VIDEO!! MUDHONEY ROOLZ also you will understand why I needed to let my glasses fly under the feet of the crowd.
Anyway, Vinnie's Pizzeria is really close to the Music Hall, SO:

                                                               "The Slice is Right"
                                      Banner from Lost, or something, I never watched it.
                                                       Pizza Pope! (With googly eye)
                                           my last photo with glasses on, eyeing the pizzas.
                               Greg's BBQ (seitan) chicken slice with Daiya, my veggie slice.
For a much better review of this place, read Abby Bean's post. What was I thinking? A veggie slice with no cheese, AND no garlic knots? Anyway, Mudhoney.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Recent (Or Not So) Roundup

Hey guys. Thanks for reading that long review of Peaceable Kingdom, and thanks for all the comments. If you get the chance to see it if it comes through your town, tell everyone they should go!
Meanwhile, here's a kind of catchall post I started a week or so ago.
I missed Cinco de Mayo (well, I mean, I existed on that day but I missed celebrating it properly) so here is a lunch I ate to celebrate way after the fact:


Spinach, red cabbage, tomato, scallion, carrot, and lots of avocado. Properly doused in lime juice and salt and peppered. I enjoyed a handful of these Food for Life jalapeno tortilla chips on the side. As with Cinco de Mayo, temps have been increasing. Thusly, iced coffee:

(full disclosure, my roommate has heart-shaped ice cube trays. It didn’t just melt like that.) I brew the coffee double strength and add almond milk and plenty o ice.
Also a cooling lunch, this beet-berry smoothie from Gena at Choosing Raw.

I’ve made it before and remember liking it slightly more, but I may have accidentally added less orange than the recipe called for. I used a blood orange (more color coordinated and same price as the navel), frozen strawberries and fresh blueberries, and added spinach and protein powder. Speaking of,

Boom! I had a 5 dollar off coupon for this brand. I figure it’s cheaper than buying the occasional single packs of Vega. This is the vanilla chai flavor and it doesn’t blend as smoothly as Vega, but otherwise I have no complaints.
Other raw stuff:

Picked up the blueberry-acai flavor of the raw sprouted cereal from the bulk bins at Whole Foods.
Other salads:

Spinach, tofu, red cabbage, tomato, scallion, carrots. Later to be doused in the leftover pad thai sauce.
Spinach, tofu, sprouts, and some cauliflower I roasted with coconut oil and pav bhaji spices. So great.
Spinach, raw broccoli, chopped pickles, Dr. Praeger burger.
 
Haxafrass enjoying the sunshine:

You can tell this is an old post because now there is no more sunshine. Out I trek into the rain, to check out a vegan stand at a fair in ye olde Ridgewood (okay it's in a beer hall so that's added incentive.)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Peaceable Kingdom

Okay, so now that you understand what Ridgewood is like - stodgy and old and conservative BUT STILL WONDERFUL - maybe you can get a sense of the audience viewing Peaceable Kingdom. Here's a long-winded review I wrote a couple days ago. (I apologize for the lack of photos - I came right from work and was a little frazzled + unprepared!)

As a vegan food blogger, I tend to focus more on the delicious, delicious food I eat and don’t often touch on vegan issues. Maybe I figure it’s preaching to the choir, or you can win more people to yr side with a vegan cupcake than a pamphlet, but animal rights are why we’re really here (Right? I dunno. There are LOTS of reasons to go vegan. Go vegan!)
On Friday I attended a viewing of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, a movie about the horrors of the farming business. It was held at a nearby Catholic high school, and sponsored by The Tablet, the Brooklyn/Queens diocese newspaper, but the movie itself was not a religious film. I suppose it was meant to appeal to the social justice issues of the church. Due to this sponsorship, the majority of the audience was made up of older (than me) people.
The movie itself was interesting. I don’t watch many animal rights clips or movies: I am aware of the atrocities and do not enjoy seeing the upsetting images. Peaceable Kingdom was not overly explicit but I do wish it came with a disclaimer or warning. That said, a lot of the film was heartwarming. Interviewees were mostly people who used to work in the farm business but eventually had an epiphany for and left. Two different couples were people who ran farm sanctuaries, another man was a veterinarian (I think.) One woman worked for the Humane Society but disclosed that they were often not very merciful in their dealings with animals. Also interviewed was Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy, who now goes on tour speaking about his past as a powerful agribusinessman. He says that he probably sent more animals to their death than he the number of people he has spoken before. This information is disturbing but it is important that people own up to their past.
I especially liked that Peaceable Kingdom made many points about the different horrors of the meat business. Not only is it cruel to animals, but it damages our human bodies too. Lyman was basically poisoned due to his having worked with chemicals that treat the food given to cows.The movie is going on tour around the country (I think next it will be in Portland?) but it was especially important that it was shown here in Queens because in this urban situation, we are so far removed from the animals that produce our food. We hardly understand that meat on a plate comes from an animal that had to die, or that milk was taken from a baby cow under terrible circumstances so that we could drink it.
There was a Q & A session afterwards with the filmmakers and one of the interviewees, Harold Brown, and a good amount of people conveyed that they had learned some new information. We all received a little gift bag with a NYC vegan restaurant guide and some literature on how to help and get involved. The director, Jim, and Harold were very patient and nonjudgemental when it came to answering questions, which I think is especially important because it seemed like this was a lot of people’s first interaction and experience with veganism and animal rights. One man said he had changed many of his eating habits after watching movies like this but wanted to know if there was any “less bad” meat, or if there was a humane way of eating animal products. Jim responded that any change towards eating less meat was a good one but definitely made his point that “if I don’t need to eat meat to survive, why would I take a life?” He also talked about intersectionality, which is a huge deal with me. A feminist needs to support race issues, animals rights issues, class issues, and all of these things are interconnected! The movie specifically highlighted a mother hen protecting her chick at any sign of danger, showing a little chick nestle up underneath the mother’s wing. There was also an especially touching scene of ewes being reunited with their lambs, waiting and calling out for them after having been separated after a rescue.
After the Q & A there was a small reception in the cafeteria which was geared towards transitioning omnis (i.e. not exactly healthy vegan food): samples of Nate’s meatballs, Amy’s pizzas, Dunwell donuts, Justin’s peanut butter cups, WholeSoy yogurts, Field Roast sausages, Daiya cheese, Earth Balance butter on bread, and coffee and tea with Silk milk. I tasted the Nate’s for the first time (not really a fan), took a cheese cube, and snuck TWO Justins. My mother, who also attended, liked the donuts :) Anyway, it did all seem well-received.
Oh, super cool and serendipitous: I spotted Eric from Rumpshaker, a zine about Hardcore! I went to a reading of his at a record store not too long ago where he had vegan cookies! The crossover with the hardcore and straight edge vegan scene is pretty awesome and not something a lot of people think about. ALSO on the train heading to the viewing I actually saw a woman who I first learned about at the Veggie Pride Parade in March. She was doing her regular spiel, which is singing and handing out pamphlets and vegan literature. It was like spotting a celebrity! HowEVER, only one man took her flyer and once she got off the train car, he threw it out the door! What a jerk!  A litterbug AND a meat eater.
So yea, a successful night. I think some lives were touched, if not changed overnight. My mother is currently deliberating about going vegan (!), I ate a faux meatball, I got some cool literature, I reaffirmed my resolve to visit an animal sanctuary and maybe be a little more vocal in my animal rights stance.
Do you guys watch the animal rights movies? Not unless you want to cry, right? What was it that made you first turn vegan?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NYC Vegan Tour: Ridgewood

IF you have a copy of my zine, you’ll know a little bit more about Ridgewood and the area I moved to. For the rest of yahs, it’s a pretty hard area to explain but here’s a brief tour. I was a bit anxious of sharing the area with you because like everywhere in New York, I’m afraid of “blowing up the spot” and having a major rent hike in the next year. For everyone thinking of coming to NY, Ridgewood sucks. For everyone else, I LOVE IT HERE SO MUCH SO MUCH.

I live very close to the Brooklyn border in the more Spanish area of Ridgewood. There are lots of taco places and grocery stores that carry Mexican, Colombian, and Guatemalan produce. As you walk further into Ridgewood, you see more Polish and German goods catering to the old European families who have been here FOR-EV-VER. (Seriously, I grew up about 10 minutes East of here by car and it has not changed one bit.)


Inside this store I finallly found my favorite accidentally vegan Polish cookies (edited: I later found out, reading the ingredient list for the fifth time, and I only spotted it in the French ingredient listing that these contain honey!! So bummed) as well as some new pickles and some hot (spicy) olives off their olive bar.

It’s a solidly working class neighborhood so the produce is cheap and fresh, as there is a high turnover due to people coming home from work and actually cooking for their families and not constantly just getting takeout. It is also NOT a food desert, unlike Bushwick or Bed-Stuy, where people tend to get food at bodegas or in the single grocery store for miles, which means the prices are usually higher since there’s no competition. Alternately, people in those areas can buy groceries in the city which is also usually more expensive and involves you trekking bags of food on the subway. LAME.

Plantains, yuca, coconuts, papaya, oriental yams - lots of different ethnic produce.
Beyond Mexican and Eastern European communities, there is also a large, growing Nepalese population in Ridgewood. This is relatively new and, accordingly, this restaurant opened just a couple months ago. I have yet to eat here though.


Just next door is Rudy’s Pastry Shop, which has been there since 1934. They recently got a new, younger pastry chef who obviously knows what’s up.


Who dat lurking outside?
I had to check to see what they offered and wound up with this brownie. They only have two vegan options - this brownie and a chocolate cake. But I think I'm okay with that.


Beyond the wealth of food options, I just love this place. There’s architecture, people who actually pick up after their dogs, tree-lined streets, flower shops, history, etc. etc.

Yeah. I think I'm actually gonna finish up this post now and head out to the German beer hall. (Though they don't have many vegan food options there, they DO have THE METS on.) Yo Queenz, holla atcha grrrl.