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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tis the Treat Season

Did a pretty rum job of prep for the week, as I was thinking most single-mindedly about Christmas dishes. Therefore, more meals out than usual. Otherwise, just quick random food I didn't catch many photos of. Not super healthy, but hopefully it'll clean up soon.


Too lazy to buy a bagel. Here's Galaxy vegan cream cheese on GF toast with raspberry jam. Shout out to Victoria Maccarone from elementary school whose cream cheese and jelly sandwiches I always wanted to trade for.

Made mulled wine with my friend. This had cinnamon, oranges, apples, lemon, and honey mixed into the wine. Not as boozy as Shen's glogg.


Ganja pizza from Viva Herbal. Red onion, roasted garlic, tempeh, kalamata olives, hemp seeds, tomato sauce and pesto on a spelt crust. This thing is massive. I had to split it in two AND use a fork occasionally; an abomination when it comes to New York pizza.

They also sell Vegan Treats baked goods at Viva. I picked up this chocolate chip cookie. Pretty good but I actually prefer Peacefood's, which are cheaper anyway.

G got me a bowl and official miso spoon for Christmas. The soup tastes even better out of this. Kale, scallion, mushroom, seaweed, spices + miso. Kinda running low on groceries.

He also introduced me to the fact that three varieties of Duane Reade's store brand cookies are accidentally vegan, which is DANGEROUS. These are their version of Thin Mints.
So yeah, been hittin all the food groups from bready to sweet to processed to boozy. And miso.
Also, my brother is going back to San Francisco tomorrow so we went with the folks to the newly expanded Queens Museum today.


              my mom says, "Now I know what to do with all the crap in the garage!" ARTTTT

                                                       Panorama of the boroughs.

                                                Different, wetter angle of the Unisphere.

Friday, December 27, 2013

This Christmas Just Past Post

We did it! We made it! Told ya we could. Christmas eve eve, getting a little too into the (Christmas) spirits. This was an Eileen idea - cranberry infused gin.

With grapefruit juice, it made for a pretty pink drink. With a wallop.
Christmas morning baking:

                                                            Headed into the oven

They are the Cranberry-Walnut Thumbprints from VCIYCJ. I used raspberry jam rather than jellied cranberry sauce.
I did a Ridgewood food tour shopping spree as a present for my well-traveled uncle:

Ajvar, honey, sour cherry jam, stuffed grape leaves. I think I hit Turkish, German, Bulgarian and Polish goods.

Also tea.
I left out one gift and partook Christmas afternoon:

In my defense, it wouldn't fit in the shoebox...plus it would probably have gotten shaken up or broken. Anyway, I did have breakfast before the beer.


See? Toasted sesame bagel with Earth Balance, coffee with Silk Egg Nog! Holiday twist, ya know.
Here is my plate from the meal:

Scarlet Barley from Appetite for Reduction, with white beans added; roasted South American sweet potato and onion; raw kale salad with roasted carrots, red onion, and avocado; steamed broccoli and cauliflower. This was super filling. So good, though. Lots of wine as well.
Dessert: two cookies, and cooked strawberries (with vanilla and brown sugar.) There were other non-vegan options. No one starved, that's for sure.

It was a very nice holiday! Two sets of aunts and uncles came, as well as my brother, cousin, and two young British guests. It was nice to have a happy, full house and stomach.
Happy winter, from Haxan and I.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas

...and I'm pacing back and forth not even sure how to begin all the crap I still need to do. Hence: procrastination in the form of blogging!

Late birthday/Early Christmas present to myself: I went to go see the Breeders the other night. So great. They are, indeed, a divine hammer upon ear drum drum.

 Breakfast... yeah.

Still with the sweet potatoes. Also curried cauliflower, sunflower seeds, and olives. No green!

They didn't have low sodium pistachios at TJs so I got the regular ones and they are wayy too salty. Also 10x more addictive.

                             Babies! Scallion alien getting out of hand in the background there.

 Dinner some night. SWEET POTATO OVERLOAD with mustard-tahini dressing. Roasted beets in the back, kale chips, cornbread.

                                                 snack bar saved my life yesterday.

   Sunday morning brunch with G. GF toast with smushed avocado, tofu scramble, satsuma.

   Whole grain roll with cranberries, Earth Balance on top, vanilla-cinnamon black tea.
And for those of you (like me) who are last-minute shopping, here's this:


See you all post-holiday/Wednesday. Travel safely, if indeed you are.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's All About the Satsuma Segment

Busy Christmas leading up to time. Hope you all are holding it together for the holidays. You can do it. I believe in you.

                                                  oatmeal with raisins and almond milk

     Satsumas!!!! I get so excited every winter!! Lookit this lil baby segment!!! zzzzzzzzommggg

Besides the satsumas, though, I feel like I've been slacking in the fruit eating department, if there is such a department ("Ladies and juniors aisle 7") so I've been supplementing with juices occasionally.
Helped my mom decorate the house the other day. We threw lights out the middle window and Seneca kept jumping out onto the roof. His impressive silhouette:


                                                       Cicero amongst the ornaments
                             Hax in a Box. Cats love boxes and I love cats who love boxes.

more oatmeal. I splurged on Pumpkin Spice flavored coconut milk and overnighted it with oats and raisins. Really nice. Tasted like rice pudding.

            kale, cranberries, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, sweet potato dusted with nooch.

            collards, cranberries, olives, chickpeas, sundried tomato, sweet potato, nooch.

                                 collards, curry cauliflower, sundried tomato, sweet potato.

I roasted beets but didn't eat em yet. Here is the gruesome aftermath of the peeling though. Looks like a MORDER SCENE up in here.
See y'alls lataaaaa. I'm gonna catch up on all yr blogs soon, je promis.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Celebrations and Snow (a reason for more celebration)

Friday was NOT my birthday or maybe it was I can't remember but in any case I went out to dinner with my mom and cousin to Spring Street Natural in SoHo.

We'd been here a year or two ago when other family was in town. It's easy for me to get to from work and my mom to get to from home, plus they have a nice bar and decent vegan options, though it's not a vegan restaurant.

I got Malaysian curry tofu with noodles and bok choy in a peanut sauce. It wasn't really what I expected (too many noodles, not really spicy or curry-y) but it was good and I ate it all like a growing girl. They were generous with the tofu, which was very tasty.
The next day I woke up to SNOW! Actually, that's not true. It started just as I left for work and kept coming down throughout the day.
First, breakfast:

 Toasted cornbread with Earth Balance and dried apricots.
At work, there was a gift from G at my desk, which I also worked on throughout the day...


Brooklyn's own $$$ artisan chocolate from Mast Brothers. This was really nice. Subtle. TY bb.
On lunch I walked around the city, avoiding drunk people bar-hopping while dressed like Santa.

Grace Church, again. You can also see some people here dressed like Santa. THEY ARE HEADED RIGHT FOR ME!!!




I also ate a stupid Whole Foods salad from the bar because LIKE A DOPE I put my lunch in the freezer instead of the fridge at work and forgot about it. Sad.

This was kale salad and jerk Beyond Meat unchicken with mango, red onion, and red bell pepper. Totally underwhelming and I'm so happy to be a miserly stickler about making and bringing my own lunches these days because the food I made is a million times better.
Later that night I ventured out into the still thickly falling snow to Greenpoint.

                                                                   McGuinness Blvd

                                                     Monsignor McGolrick Park
That's all for now. Stay warm!