Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdom

Adventures of a vegan girl living in an omni world.

Thanksgiving at Work (Giving Thanks for Thoughtful Coworkers) November 24, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Food,Holidays,work — bookie85 @ 5:54 PM
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This year, I didn’t go home for Thanksgiving, but that didn’t meant that I didn’t get to enjoy a nice meal with some of my favorite people in my life: my coworkers in the library at the nonprofit I work at. Yes, that is right, I actually like my coworkers and all of the traditions that my team at work participates in every year, such as holiday meals together for lunch one day prior to major holidays (and birthdays). I am still fairly new to the team, only having been there for 6 months, but I have already made an impact on the group, changing the course of the potlucks to be all vegetarian, mostly vegan (without having to ask, they just are nice that way). That means that everything on the table was made so that I could eat it.

We set a very nice table in the cafe, using tableclothes brought in by one of my coworkers, some of the dishes we keep on hand in our “party stash” and dishes found in the kitchens at work( yes, we are spoiled and have a sizable stash of real dishes to use, and dishwashers to wash them in, in kitchens all over our building).

Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving table 2011.

One of my coworkers made mashed sweet potatoes using coconut butter to give them a nice nutty flavor and to make them dairy free.

Sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes made with coconut butter and spices.

My boss made pasta with plenty of veggies and made homemade marinara sauce fresh that morning to go with it. (She also brought cheese on the side, which you can see in the background for those who chose not to keep it vegan.)

Veggie pasta.

Pasta with vegetables and homemade spicy marinara sauce.

I made a wheatberry salad (with a special wheat free version for a gluten free member of our team) from Angela’s site Oh She Glows.

Wheatberry salad

Wheatberry salad

Another of my coworkers made cherry pie, and she would like you to know that those are leaves, not Christmas trees, despite what they may look like.

Cherry pie

Cherry pie

It was nice to take some time of the work day to sit and share food, stories and laughter together. My job might be stressful at times, but I am thankful to have been given a chance to join these women and have them be a part of my life.

Stay tuned for the Christmas dinner we are having next month, they decided the theme is “bring your favorite vegan dish.”


Vegan Chili November 6, 2011

Filed under: Cooking,Family — bookie85 @ 7:24 PM
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Last weekend I was down in my hometown for a consult with the oral surgeon for the wisdom teeth extraction I am having done this week. I had the appointment on Friday afternoon, but decided to stick around the rest of the weekend to hang out with my family. My Mom and I spent most of Saturday running errands and trying to come up with vegan options (besides salad) for the two of us to eat.

My Mom has started eating mostly vegan when she spends time with me, as she is discovering how much better she feels when she doesn’t eat meat or cheese. This is not from lectures from me, this isn’t even from giving her a book. It is simply from making awesome food for us when I am home, or she visits me in Seattle. Anyway, after settling for pizza with no cheese for lunch we decided that it would be far simpler to make a vegan chili in the crockpot at home for dinner than try any further to get decent options out in a restaurant.

We used this recipe with no avocado, and a chili mix instead of the individual spices. We also discovered that the amount of liquid the recipe calls for is far too much, it says 7 cups of veg broth or water, I would do maybe 5. The end result was far soupier than we had envisioned for chili. It was still spicy and delicious though, and we enjoyed it with whole wheat rolls. My Mom informed me via text message a couple days later that “Dad enjoyed the soup,” which I consider a high compliment.

Simmering away in the crockpot, 5 hours in to the cooking process.

Simmering away in the crockpot, 5 hours in to the cooking process.

I only wish that I had a crock pot in my kitchen, but with little counter space and hardly any outlets that don’t require appliances to be on the floor, it is probably an appliance better used at my parent’s house. Which means, chili for everyone when I come to town!


Steelhead Diner

Filed under: restaurant,Seattle — bookie85 @ 7:06 PM

A couple weeks ago it was restaurant week here in Seattle. I only took advantage once, for a lunch at Steelhead Diner with a couple of former coworkers, but it was certainly a great use of the discounted pre-fixe options that many Seattle area restaurants had to offer that week (well, really 2 weeks). For only $15, we enjoyed a three course meal at this great spot just up from Pike Place Market.

The Steelhead Diner uses mostly locally sourced ingredients from around the Pacific Northwest. The prefixe menu that day was either vegan or easily veganized. I had a kale, butternut squash and bean minestrone soup for the first course (neglected to get a picture). The second course was a veggie chili with the sour cream and cheese omitted.

Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili

The chili was so spicy I couldn’t eat it, but I think with the spices toned down a bit the flavors of the veggies and beans would shine through more and it would have been a good, hearty chili perfect for chilly fall days.

The third course was a pear sorbet, which had a very delicate flavor to it, so subtle that after the spicy chili it took a long time to develop on my palate, but once it did, it was a great and refreshing end to the meal.

Pear sorbet.

Pear sorbet.

Steelhead Diner is located at 95 Pine Street in Seattle, just up the street from the iconic Pike Place Market.