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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Big Ole Photo Dump to Start Off Afresh

Out with the old photos, in with the new.

          breffist. 2 slices GF avo toast with black salt, cayenne, paprika, black coffee

                                     J-rod version of breffist. oats, berries, almonds, coffee.

 it's been real nice spending time with this dude this year so I'm hoping for more of that in 2016.

  miso soup with sweet potato, shiitake mushroom, spinach, tofu, ginger, red pepper flakes.

 arugula salad with sweet potato, shiitake mushrooms, sriracha, and ginger-miso dressing.

J made his n herz smoothies with peanut butter, soy milk, oats, berries, and garlic to ward off sickness. I couldn't get over the garlic and peanut butter taste with the berries, so he drank most of mine too but the effort is appreciated.

enjoyed spending cozy nights at home reading with this baby lady so I'm hoping for a lot more of that in 2016 too.

         oats, silk nog, maca, cinnamon, almond butter, cranberries for breakfast in a jar to-go.

    more avo toast breakfast with a lil clementine (love that winter citrus) plus coffee and WATER

sauteed eggplant, zucchini, canellini beans with olive oil, s+p, garlic. woulda added balsamic vinegar if I'd had any.

aforesaid over arugula and pasta, tossed with olive pate. You guys know i'm not a big pasta person, but I found a bag in the trash so I had to rescue it and save it and cook it. I mean, obviously.

steamed broccoli, rice noodles with curry soy chick'n. It was one of those pathetic noodle lunch boxes that I attempted to add nutrition to. It was okay.
I think that's everything!! Happy New Year, guys. Jarrod and I are going to a late night yoga class to try to start things off right. Enjoy however you choose to celebrate. Be happy and safe.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Banh mi? Banh you!

Like I said, J-rod and I been keeping busy staying posi.

Yep, very busy.
We've been planning a few real meal nights, to throw some variety into the usual meals we each make. Ya know, outside the comfort zone n' stuff. So banh mi it was.

J made salsa to eat while we made dinner, haha.
I quick-pickled some vegetables and baked the tofu.

J chopped the vegetables.
 Assembled on a roll: mashed avocado (instead of mayo), baked tofu, raw bok choy leaves, quick pickled daikon and carrot, cilantro, cucumber, tomatoes, soy sauce and sriracha.

 Jarrod even made a pretty salad a few days later with the leftovers

This was another attempt to use different ingredients.
Ended up being quinoa, okra, spinach, tofu, and chickpeas. I believe this was J's sweet meal for my birthday.
He's a good guy, that one.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vintage Train, Stella at the Whitney, Quantum Leap

Hi, I am feeling better as the new year approaches and I hope you guys are doing well too. Jarrod and I have been boarded up in our respective apartments avoiding the world long enough (ok I should speak for myself) and are finally venturing out among other humans and enjoying what the city has to offer...

 sustenance. oats with maca, cinnamon, silk nog, dried cranberries, almond butter, and banana.
Sundays during December the MTA ran vintage city trains for a short ride. Each subway car was decorated for a different decade during the city's subway's history. Pretty cool. There were some people dressed up as befitting the time periods as well. We did not.

Here is a random WF meal I threw together and topped with baba ganoush I made.
                                            steamed kale, falafel, roasted carrots, baba
The Whitney is pay what you wish on Friday nights - a lot of museums are, but we hadn't been to the new Whitney since it moved to Chelsea earlier this year. There was a Frank Stella exhibit going on that I'd heard a lot of good reviews of. I really enjoyed it.

This is the end of the Highline, which looked really beautiful all lit up but it was a cold night and we were hungry so we didn't stroll this time around.
Instead we headed to the West Village to Quantum Leap, an old standard + pretty cheap.

                                                          my fries, salad, and burger.

                                                      we split guacamole and chips

                                           J's pic of his dumpling plate with soba noodles.
Here is Haxan hiding while I made the bed, because what would a post be without that lovely little lady:

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas First

Working backwards here: Christmas.
Christmas Eve, Jarrod and I made egg nog (well, he did while I baked and fretted) which I seem to have not gotten a picture of. It was a simple one of frozen bananas blended with soy milk, spices, and vanilla extract.
The next morning he made breakfast while I, well, fretted some more.

                               oats, blueberries, raspberries, almonds, soy milk with coffee.
We cleaned up nice as punks are wont and headed to my folks' place. Introductions, presents, snacks, etc.

my mom asked me to make an Asian veggies dish to go along with a salmon and Peking duck she was making. There were plenty of other vegan options as well. This stir fry is slightly modified from Terry Walters' Clean Start and has snow peas, napa cabbage, bok choy, carrots, onion, garlic, and water chestnuts in a soy-miso-ginger-tahini-red pepper flake dressing. I think people really enjoyed it.

                                       (scallion and chopped peanut garnish for the stir fry)

 my plate with Venitian cauliflower, a quinoa + cranberry dish, and soy glazed squash and tofu - all three from my aunt, the stir fry, plus mashed potatoes that Jarrod made. I didn't go back for seconds, but there was also some sauteed spinach + garlic that my dad made that was really good and I picked out of the bowl later, hehe.

You can't really tell the difference, but these are two kinds of vegan cookies I made - ginger chocolate chip cookies modified from a Martha Stewart recipe, and chocolate-chocolate chip cookies with orange from Veganomicon.
                     Cicero and Seneca also got their dinner, to make sure they stayed off the table.
I didn't get any shots of the table, but here is a picture my brother took while we were all eating. It was a nice gathering.

Happy Holidays from these freakin' weirdos. Jarrod's shirt is festive, mine says War on Women.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bowls and Treats

Made a soup with J to nourish body and soul:

crushed tomatoes, veg broth, pinto beans, white beans, tvp, broccoli, mushrooms, potato, garlic, onion, and ginger (his brilliant idea - it wasn't overpowering, but added a je ne sais quoi.) Plus a few spices: cayenne, chili powder. Topped my leftovers with avocado.
The vegan pop-up shops have been at Spreadhouse on the LES on Sundays lately, which is great for me, because I can stop in before a shift at the zine library one block away. Said hello to Kath (Fanciful Fox) and Barbara (Gone Pie) and picked up a White Magic face scrub, plus a sample pumpkin pie scented slice of soap plus a chocolate caramel pie and caramel sea salt cup.

Not just treats - trying to eat healthy in the face of a heavy heart: stir fry with garlic, onion, ginger, rice, carrots, tvp, kale, avocado - with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and topped with sriracha.

J and i took some time to work; he fueled it with sweet black bean sesame buns from a Chinese bakery in the West Village. That was nice, and felt productive.

That's all for now.

Friday, December 4, 2015

the cozier stuff

more from the backlogs. Comfort food heavy. most of the time I'm not photographing my food these days, but it is nice to be back, kinda.

 pumpkin oats with cashew butter, maca, cinnamon, dried cranberries. coffee with almond milk

                                         tea for me and a friend. what a state we've been in

Thanksgiving plate. I spent it alone (by choice) but still wanted to put a little more effort into the meal than I would have for any other lunch alone. Roasted beets, plain tofu, roasted celery root, sweet potato, raw kale salad with avocado, goji berries, and nooch.

                                         lil clementines all over the place lately. Haxan cameo.

                     opened up a bagel into a heart. Then i smothered it with tofu cream cheese.

more tea. This was dandelion-fennel detox tea, i believe. it's been pretty mild here lately but i'm enjoying the calming factor of it, plus the medicinal properties

stopped at Bluestockings for a new book, a coffee, and a vegan salted chocolate chip cookie. Satisfying all around.