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?

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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.