Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdom

Adventures of a vegan girl living in an omni world.

CSA Wednesday- Vegan Mofo Day #19 October 19, 2011

Filed under: Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 7:49 PM
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This is the second to the last week of my CSA program for the year. What did I get this time?

Veggies.

Veggies.

This week was a small head of lettuce, turnips, hot peppers (remind me not to touch my eyes), tiny green tomatoes, carrots, a giant potato, shallots, brussel sprouts and mustard greens.

What did you get in your CSA this week?

 

Fundraiser Dinner – Vegan Mofo Day #18 October 18, 2011

Filed under: Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 9:41 PM

In July of this year, one of my coworkers was killed in a hit and run bike accident. It shocked my office, as he was one of the most involved members of our office, as he was on the facilities team, and being a nonprofit, that meant that he did a little bit of everything. In fact, he was the first person I ever met the day I interviewed at what is now my place of employment. What does this have to do with vegan food? Well, tonight we threw a benefit dinner for his family with the proceeds going to a college fund for his 2 children.

The entire event was donated from the space to the framing for the photographs we auctioned off, to the flowers on the table. Special shout out to Tom Douglas Catering, who donated all of the food, the space the event was held in, and the staff to serve the food.

I ate before I went to the event, as I figured it would be pretty standard fare as far as these type of events go, meaning not a vegan item on the menu. I sat down and looked.

Catering Menu

Catering Menu

I was right, nothing on that menu was vegan. Now, I happened to be seated at the same table as one of the organizers. When she wasn’t served a salad (that had cheese and caesar dressing) I gave her mine, explaining that I was vegan and wouldn’t eat it. She looks at me, and said “oh, there isn’t going to be anything on there that you can eat, is there?” When I said, that no there wasn’t, but that would be fine (it is a charity event, I am not about to make a fuss) she got up, talked to the catering manager and got them to make me a lovely dish of farrow with veggies cooked in veg stock instead of chicken stock. It was beautiful.

My special vegan food.

My special vegan food.

So, I guess this is the power of asking. You never know what you will get. This is also the power of my coworkers, who put together a lovely event for a man who didn’t deserve to have his life cut so short.

RIP Mike. Please know that we are trying our best to take care of your family, and we miss you very much.

 

Pizza at IL Fornaio Vegan Mofo Day # 16 October 16, 2011

Filed under: restaurant,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 7:52 PM
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This wasn’t a terribly vegan friendly weekend food wise. I did have Indian food but forgot to take a picture of it. I also had this pizza at IL Fornio, an Italian place in downtown Seattle with my Mom after we walked through the protesters at Occupy Seattle.

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Happy Herbivore Banana Bread- Vegan Mofo Day #15 October 15, 2011

Filed under: Baking,cookbook,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 9:27 AM
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My parents are coming to visit this weekend and the one thing that I always do when they visit is make banana bread. You see, my Dad isn’t really a big supporter of my veganism, he doesn’t get it and he gives me (mostly good natured at this stage, over a year in) some crap about it. However, he still eats most of my food, especially the banana bread. I will have to forgive him asking me “if it is real banana bread.” Yup, Dad, those are real bananas.

This time I made the recipe out of The Happy Herbivore cookbook. The only thing I changed was adding cloves in addition to the cinnamon and nutmeg, simply because it is that time of year and I add that spice combo to everything. I am not sure I would do it again, as the spices sort of overwhelmed the taste of the bananas. I like the taste of those spices, but since I put in 5 bananas, I should be able to taste them more, as I usually can in banana bread.

Bread and the book the recipe came out of.

Bread and the book the recipe came out of.

So, while this isn’t my favorite version of banana bread, it is still good and I think my parents will eat it with no complaints. After all, who can argue with this?

Delicious, healthy, whole wheat banana bread goodness.

Delicious, healthy, whole wheat banana bread goodness.

What is your go-to recipe to please omni relatives?

 

Hump Day- Vegan Mofo Day #14 October 14, 2011

Filed under: Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 8:34 PM
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It is Vegan Mofo Hump Day! We have reached the halfway point of the posting frenzy that is Vegan Month of Food and we are having a virtual blog posting flash mob to celebrate!

Every flashmob needs a song and this one is pretty awesome. It is by Leslie Hall, and it is all about the wonders of being vegan.

Take a listen here.

Lyrics:

I eat the finest cuisines, in the finest of places Stuff my mouth full and always say thank you. But if it’s raised in a cage, and it can’t even move, if it’s hormone filled and in a bad mood. I’m gonna pass on that. Reach for something better. The only milk I’ll drink comes from the nipple of a soy bean. Veggies make you live forever, and they seem to taste much better. when they’re cooked and grown with love. So give a chef who knows what’s up a hug. Momma just can’t seem to get it, Papa he just rolls his eyes. When I tell them I’m much healthier, they just say that it’s all lies. But beans, nuts, fruits and veggies can really fill the belly. Get you vitamins you need, shiny hair and extra speed. Don’t take that meat-wich any further, I want a marinated, deep fried, hand-tied mushroom burger. I like it! We gotta stand strong for our feathered furry sometimes scaly animal friends and their little babies. ‘Cuz I wouldn’t want to live in a cage in a dark warehouse killed at an early age. Pumped full of hormones, sleeping in my feces. Never met my mother, raised by machines. Never get sunshine never get green, but that’s just me. [That girl loves fruit leather.] So ask us what we’re eating. Delicious and repeating, fruits and veggies are so nice. With a slice of tempeh, yes, I’ll have that twice. Don’t forget the legumes!

Happy Hump Day, Everybody!

 

CSA Share- Vegan Mofo Day #12 October 12, 2011

Filed under: Food,Seattle,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 9:56 PM
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This is the 18th week of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program I am participating in from June-October. This year I am getting my vegetables from Local Roots farm, a small independent organic farm just outside of Seattle.

This is the height of the harvest season, so the amount of produce I get each week (and I usually split the box with a friend, and I still have a ton) has only grown as the season goes on. This week my friend is out of town, so I have the entire box to myself.

The haul this week included carrots, parsnips, rainbow chard, baby bok choi, leeks, potatoes (including one giant potato), Delicata squash, sweet peppers and escarole.

CSA Share

Most of the box contents (escarole not pictured).

The escarole had a little friend inside, showing that this farm truly is organic!

Escarole and a stowaway.

Escarole and a stowaway.

Do you have a CSA? What did you get this week?

 

Gardein Savory Stuffed Turk’y- Vegan Mofo Day #11 October 11, 2011

Filed under: Food,Product Review,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 8:34 PM
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Gardein is one of my favorite companies, the products that they make made my transition to being vegan so much easier. I say that they taste like meat, but so much better, and nobody suffered for them, which makes them even better. While I love their veggie burger, chick’n tenders and buffalo wings, it is the stuffed turk’y that I crave the most.

Stuffed Turk'y

Stuffed Turk'y

The package comes with two stuffed “turkeys” with a traditional type stuffing inside. There is also a packet of gravy. While I can do stuffing better when I do it myself, it is pretty tasty for a frozen version. I would say that the gravy is a little bit saltier than I would make it myself, but that is also a by product of being frozen, I think and it certainly doesn’t make it so I won’t eat it.

This is a great guilty pleasure convenience food and while I wouldn’t eat it all the time, it is a pretty healthy option as far as vegan junk food goes.

Turkey, stuffing and gravy.

Turkey, stuffing and gravy.

 

Pumpkin Muffins- Vegan Mofo Day #10 October 10, 2011

Filed under: Baking,cookbook,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 9:36 PM
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Yes, another pumpkin recipe. What can I say, it is one of my favorite things about fall, and fall only comes once a year after all.

I adapted the recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. It appears on page 202 of the book.

The Kind Diet

The Kind Diet

I ran out of maple syrup (I forgot to go to the store after work) so I used turbino sugar instead (I bought the Safeway brand because the package specifically says it is suitable for a vegan diet). I used soy milk because I didn’t have any nut based milks on hand, and I added a handful of walnuts in addition to the chocolate chips.

The wet ingredients created a pretty design.

The wet ingredients created a pretty design.

The muffins turned out really moist and delicious. I have 2.5 dozen of them, so I think I will have some happy coworkers again tomorrow.

Muffins cooling on the rack.

Muffins cooling on the rack.

 

Ratatouille- Vegan Mofo Day #9 October 9, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 8:28 PM
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Ratatouille is one of those super easy dishes that doesn’t really have a recipe. It is one of those recipes that is good for using up any veggies in the fridge, and as long as you chop up the vegetables into even pieces, it is hard to mess up.

Ingredients:

1 small eggplant
1 tomato
3 carrots
1 onion
1/2 fennel bulb
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can white kidney beans
Dried basil
Dill weed
Olive oil
Red wine

Method:

Chop up all the vegetables in to even pieces and place in a large pot. Put the can of tomatoes and can of beans in the pot as well. Pour in the olive oil and wine, I don’t really measure but put in enough to cover the vegetables. Add the dried spices, as much as you would like, since again I don’t really measure that either. As you can probably tell I am not really the kind of cook that measures, I cook by feel and experience instead. Put the lid on the pot, and simmer for an hour, or until the vegetables are cooked. Don’t stir the veggies as that will make them turn to mush, which is not what you want, you want the vegetables to stay intact.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Enjoy by itself, over a cooked grain such as brown rice or quinoa, or with a nice piece of whole grain bread.

What is your favorite clean out the fridge dish?

 

Kitchen Tour- Vegan Mofo Day #8 October 8, 2011

Filed under: Life,Uncategorized,Vegan Mofo 2011 — bookie85 @ 7:39 PM
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I thought that today I would give you all a tour of my kitchen so you can see where I am creating all of the recipes I post on here. I live in a tiny studio apartment in a building that was built in the 1950’s and hasn’t changed much since then. This means that I have hardly any counter space, hardly any outlets and some of my appliances have to live on the floor.

This is a view of my whole kitchen.

View of the whole kitchen

View of the whole kitchen.

This is the food cupboard, where most of my canned goods and spices and baking supplies live. It is small and that cubby up above makes most of the space very short, so big bottles of most oils are out of the question, since they won’t fit.

Can goods, baking supplies and spices.

Can goods, baking supplies and spices.

This is the dishes cupboard, as you can see I am not really in to matching sets of anything as it is just me eating most of the time, it rarely matters. I get most of my dishes either from my parents house (my Mom gave me a bunch of stuff when I moved out), or Ross. A few of those items are from my grandparent’s kitchen, they gave them to me when they moved out of their house this summer. That yellow bowl on the top shelf is the bowl that my grandma taught me to make (non-vegan) cookies in when I was in high school. The milk bottle on the lower shelf is from my pre-vegan days and now I use it to store dry goods or homemade sauces on occasion.

Dishes cupboard.

Dishes cupboard.

This is the drawer that houses all of my food storage containers, as well as some other random items. All of my drawers lack drawer guides, so I have to be careful when I pull them out that they don’t fall out and crush my foot.

Food storage container drawer.

Food storage container drawer.

These are most of my pots and pans, as you can see there isn’t much space, so I have some other larger stock pots stored in various corners of my apartment wherever I can find space for them.

Pots and pans drawer.

Pots and pans drawer.

This is my baking supplies drawer. I have a ton of cookie sheets, muffin tins and other baking supplies in here. I even have a pan that makes Halloween shaped muffins, that will make an appearance on this blog a little later on in the month.

Baking supplies drawer.

Baking supplies drawer.

I have an ice cream maker that hasn’t make it out of the box yet, it used to be my Dad’s and it never made it out of the box when it was at my parent’s house either, but I think it has a better shot at getting out of the box living with me. 🙂

Ice cream maker

Ice cream maker

This is my cookbook shelf on the other side of the apartment. I have so many cookbooks now that it is almost an entire shelf on my bookcase. This shelf is now all cookbooks and Harry Potter, which are two of my favorite things in the world.

Cookbook collection.

Cookbook collection

As you can see I have to get a little creative to cook in such a small space, but I manage and one day when I have a full sized kitchen I won’t know what to do with myself.

What is the smallest kitchen you have ever cooked in?