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Monday, April 4, 2011

A Drink for Me and a Gift for You

Boy oh boy, today was suuuuch an easy day. Phew. I'm beat.
I baked last night: Jam-Filled Bran Muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking.

I made both strawberry-filled and apricot-filled. These were really good! That cookbook has not let me down yet. I ate one this morning for breakfast, and after a while made a smoothie:

Spinach, 1/2 chopped (finely for my poor old blender) organic Golden apple, 1 kiwi, 1/2 banana, some ground flax seed, and ice. Topped with slivered almonds. These were both quite filling.
However, not long after, I made lunch because noon was the testing deadline for Urban Vegan's upcoming cookbook. I was in a time crunch so I just made something quick and easy that I had all the ingredients lying around for: Soba Noodles with dipping broth and toppings.

I topped my noodles with nori, cucumber, carrot, spinach, and sesame seeds. The broth was half vegetable broth/half miso, which I realize isn't particularly traditional but I have to use up the open vegetable broth. It was a tasty lunch. A bit heavy after the big breakfast, and especially so since I rarely eat noodles and have been eating raw a lot lately, but still good. I only found it wanting some kick - red pepper flakes or chopped scallion would have been good.
Anyway, I went for a walk, picked up some things, started pita dough! for dinner, and did some chores for digestion. As I was changing the sheets, my cat kept running under the sheet and lying there! I had no choice but to make the bed around her. And take some cute photographs.

Whooo boy. I think she's what wore me out - That Darn Cat. So funny. I even got the blanket on the bed and she stayed under there for a good five minutes before she emerged back among the living.
And here's dinner. I used a pita recipe from a recipe comic book by Marguerite Dabaie that G picked up for me last year. The recipes are apparently from Dabaie's Palestinian grandmother, so I figured it would be good.

They were certainly tasty but I even followed her specific instructions to get the pocket inside and it didn't work! Boo. I have a few theories on why, but I'll definitely be playing around with it. So, instead of putting a salad in the pita, I just had them alongside.

Annnnd topped it all with more Smoky Tahini sauce. Good stuff, that.
So, that was a lot of bready stuff today and I feel pretty bloated BUT this drink (the top one with muddled blackberries!) has had me itching for one since I saw Lacey's post. I bought a muddler today along with a bottle of bourbon and bitters (apparently my walks are really just an excuse to go to kitchen goods stores and liquor stores). SO BEFORE I STOP BLABBING - I also bring up Lacey's site (Her new one, anyway; she used to be the Kuntrageous Vegan) because she's super nice and just gave away one of her copies of the Happy Herbivore Cookbook, which I'm sure some of you have been hearing about. I'm really excited to make some things from it, so thanks again, Lacey.
To pass along the karma, I figured I'd do a giveaway too. And this time, you have options. You can pick: a copy of Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr, another much-talked about vegan book OR you can opt for the slightly less-healthy choice (no judgment!) to have me bake you a batch of cookies/baked goodies of your picking.
Alls ya gotta do is leave a comment on this post saying which one you'd rather receive. If you spread the word, leave another comment saying so and you'll get another entry. I'll leave the giveaway open until Friday night (4/8), and pick a winner then.
Simple enough? Good luck. Now I really need a drink.


  1. I am a book junkie, so I'd definitely pick the book. It's been on my list since it came out...thanks maud!

  2. Hey, FUN!!!

    Thanks for the super giveaway. and that drink sounds soooooo good, so summery!

    I would rather receive some baked goods, but I don't know how well they would survive the journey. So I will go with the book. But I would use one of your recipes to make a snack to have while I read it! :)


  3. Thanks for the shout out my dear! I hope you enjoyed the drink. I will be sharing more from The Holland House soon since I won a contest there!

  4. How sweet! I already have CSD, so I would certainly opt for the "less-healthy[...but more AWESOME]" prize of home baked goodies!

  5. have to baby your blender like I do mine.
    Those are the cutest pictures ever of your cat in the sheets!
    That pita bread looks so good. That's something that I have been wanting to make to.
    Oh...a giveaway...yay! Since I already have CSD (still haven't read even half of it), I would have to go for the baked goodies. :o)

  6. oh yeah....those muffins look and sound soooo good!

  7. My cat does that too! It's a lot of fun. So many yummy healthy eats! But those jam-filled bran muffins are the star; they look and sound so good.

  8. I'm spreading the word about your giveaway....I mentioned it in my blog post for today. :o)

  9. I would have to pick the book as I love getting new books.

    Aren't those jam filled muffins the best, it is one of my favorites to make. I also make them without the jam and they are just as good.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. I love the "cat ravioli" :-) My cats do the same thing, imagine having three cats under and on top of the sheets :-)

  12. I would LOVE a copy of Crazy Sexy Diet, the waiting list at the library is 100 people deep!

  13. Ooo, tough choice. I "hear" you're baked goodies are a hit. I'll pick book, though, because that seems like less work for you. And for me, working off the calories. Just kidding on that part; I don't work off calories. :0

  14. i cant believe you made your own pitas! they look great!!your jam filled muffins are so cute also:)

    i cant with good conscience enter your giveaway since im the one that was lucky enough to win your last one:):):), but i will be spreading the news. it was so cool to get vegan cookies in the mail!

  15. Your cat is sooo cute! Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon? My cat looks alot like your cat.... and we call him Toothless now.

    I would Love to win the book.... omg! BUT I'm sure I've missed the deadline... sigh - perhaps next time!

    Very adorable kitty though. And Im your newest follower. YAY for Vegans!

  16. Thanks Ananda, I think she's a beaut too :) Thanks for following! There will definitely be a next giveaway - so maybe next time.


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