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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Ringing Out the Year

A few Christmas leftover pics... well, rather. pics leftover from Christmas. Ha. I didn't actually take any leftovers.

 I can show this pic without ruining the surprise... got Erica dinosaur shaped pasta for Christmas.

                                                 minor disaster while making the chard tarts

We did a Secret Santa at work and I really lucked out - I got an art chart poster and a gift card to Juice Generation. I also got the gift on a day I had run out of prepped lunches and couldn't decide what to eat. This "Blue magik" drink (Thai Holy Basil, pineapple juice, coconut water, and spirulina) and pad thai were perfect. The pad thai was made with brown rice noodles, shaved green papaya, pomelo, hearts of palm, cabbage, carrots, green mango, tofu, and peauts with a spicy peanut dressing.
 
        In all the madness I finished a new Umlaut to give as gifts. Here is Haxan noshing on one.

a quick snack in lieu of a lunch one day when I guess I'd just had enough breakfast. Good in a pinch, mostly tastes like smoke flavor.

                             a better lunch: tempeh, roast kabocha squash, spinach, sriracha

post-Christmas lunch: cooked tofu, spinach and brussels sprouts, with chickpeas and wild rice, roasted acorn squash, and avocado on the side.

and combined leftovers for lunch yet another day: chickpeas and rice, roast kabocha, tofu, spinach, Brussels, avocado.
Not bad. Not bad at all. What are all yrses plans for New Year?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas first! Lest we forget!
The day started with Jarrod and I gorging before the gorging: cinnamon rolls (vegan, from a can, not homemade)

                                                                               plus...
            tofu scramble with spinach and mushrooms, and Field Roast breakfast sausages.

I brought vegan cheese to Thanksgiving and that went over well, so I did that again. Different brand:

I made fennel-chard tarts for Thanksgiving 6 years ago and seemed to remember that going over well, so I did that again too.

                                                              appetizer table spread

                                                                     the dinner table

my one and only plate: not much to look at but everything was so good (and all vegan, except fish, which I didn't eat, obviously). Rice with mushrooms and leeks, braised bok choy, stuffed pumpkin, and a chickpea cutlet (made by moi) (Isa's double recipe from her new Superfun Times Holiday Cookbook) on top.

                               my brother in his tiny little santa hat, haha, plus some of the table

all vegan dessert tray! mochi, marzipan, and raw cocoa-orange date balls (made by moi) (since I didn't trust my oven) That recipe was good old Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's from Vegan Table.

Fruit salad on the side AND my friend Erica also came and made vegan B&W cookies!! Isa representing hard this year. They came out delicious and beautiful. And it was so nice to have her there
A few of us took a walk through the nearby park after dinner and everything was all really pleasant. Not too much food, no getting wasted, no fights, and really good people.

To close, here is my oldest friend, Esther (Santa) and myself saying Merry Christmas from 1995.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Whateverland

Hi, hi, quickly - hope you all are well and gearing up for a nice holiday! I'm sliiiiiightly behind schedule, and so - into it:

half-homemade. Bought one of those macro vegetarian boxes of hunan dumplings and split it into 2 servings, adding my own sauteed kale + mushrooms. You cannot live on hunan dumplings alone!

Loitering like a bad kid outside the grocery store....laughing at the rainbow wall of oversized goods.

                                                       Jarrod's seasonal seltzer selection.
It was my birthday recently so Jarrod and I went back to Modern Love. You only live once.

                                                            Apple cider kombucha

Surf & Turf - a new addition since last time: grilled seitan over braised greens, seared radishes, glam chowder, and popcorn cauliflower

                 Mac n' Shews: vegan mac, sauteed kale, buffalo cauliflower, crusted tofu

On the less fancy side of things: morning oats with cacao nibs, dried cranberries, peanut butter, cinnamon, and almond milk. Snow outside the window.

                                                                          the nabe

                                                                             the city

Usually I just make Bustelo coffee but this spiced Wintry Blend from TJ caught my eye the other day. It's subtle! I like it.

                                                   Jarrod's more of a Dunkie's guy himself

             back-up caffeine and decaffeinated hot drinks for the winter.... it's a little out of control

                one more oatmeal bowl: oats, pb, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup, almond milk
I wonder who'll get sick of the oatmeal first - me eating it, or you guys having to see it over & over. Okay, Merry Christmas AND Happy Hannukah! Stay safe. See you soon.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Basics and Treats

Haven't been to a yoga class in a while and it's starting to bother me. I injured my ankle, so I'm practicing at home for now to test the waters.The one problem with that....

                                                                 Well, at least it's cute.

Still going seltzer strong.

I liked this cran-raspberry one better than the passionfruit one. Night snack here with popcorn with salt, nooch, and garlic powder.

With Christmas coming up and trying to save money, I was pretty proud that everyday for the last two weeks I've brought my own lunch. Lots of repeats of this - raw collards, chickpeas, carrots, tomato, bell pepper. I've also stayed out of Whole Foods for the most part with all of its fun unnecessaries.

also a deliberate job of sticking with making my own oatmeal for breakfast...every day....This at least you can change around the additions and toppings. This one was oats, pumpkin, chia seeds, almonds, and banana.

                                                                 a tasty unnecessary

also tasty, slightly more necessary.... but just barely. my tea cabinet is a little out of control these days. But I bought some tea & cookies for a Secret Santa at work and got caught up in the tea aisle.

This was a treat. It actually wasn't even coffee! I probably wrote that to make myself feel better. This is a soy chai latte that I did NOT need but oh well.
met Jarrod to copy some zines for a zine fest we did last Sunday and afterwards we stopped for some cheap Indian platters on 3rd ave.


                 mines, though he ate all my rice because why eat rice when you can have bread

a Lisa Hanawalt print that I bought my aunt for Christmas. Lisa Hanawalt draw Bojack Horseman, which I don't actually watch, and draws comics (many having to do with food) that I really enjoy. Her last book was Hot Dog Taste Test and it was hilarious! I wish my zines could be that funny.

Another homemade lunch on repeat: raw kale, chickpeas, avocado, roasted kabocha squash.
That's all for now. I'll try to get one more post in before Christmas. Happy Holidays guys.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Books, Burritos, Breakfasts

Hiiiiiiii I think i mentioned a while back that I finished a poetry collection. To celebrate, i had a reading with some friends at a local bookstore, Molasses.

                                                       Here I am....in front of CHAOS

 afterwards Jarrod and I got some burritos at Regala. That green salsa for their chips is amazing.

                                        also I love this little altar/set up at the counter seating

                                                                 coffee and books

                                                           coffee and books and cat

Another day, another burrito, crouched on the train platform. It fell apart but I ate it with my hands and it was perfect.

This was such a random assortment of food, but it nourished me before a Negative Approach show. Sauteed broccoli, tomatoes, and spinach on top of cold roasted beets, vegan cheese, with avocado, plus a sriracha-tahini drizzle. I've been buying groceries but not making meals - just throwing together foods. It's bizarre.
Here's not NA, but a local band, Haram, who opened and were incredible.

They sing in Arabic but are anti-Islamist. Read a quite moving interview with the lead singer who was under investiagtion by the FBI because *of course!* every person speaking Arabic must have ties to ISIS, right? If you are interested, the interview is here and you can listen to their albums here. Especially in times like these, with Trump as president-elect, we have to be very vigilant of how Muslims and other people of color, how LGBTQ people, and other marginalized folks are treated. We have to stand up together when anyone is being prejudiced against. This is scary and unknown territory we're getting into.


two different mornings, very similar and satisfying breakfasts. Coconut yogurt, oats, pumpkin, dried cranberries. Top bowl adds almond butter, bottom bowl adds almonds, chia seeds, and sliced banana.