Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdom

Adventures of a vegan girl living in an omni world.

SOPA Protest Day- Stop Censorship Now January 17, 2012

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Hello there dear blog reader. Yeah, you reading this bit of free speech I have going here. While I very much enjoy writing this little blog where I show you some of the tasty vegan food I have made recently, in another part of my life, I am a librarian. As a librarian I am very, very concerned with free speech, freedom of information and the ability to freely express one’s own ideas. I believe that everyone has a right to get the information that they need, and I spend my days making sure that the people I work with (as well as the occasional friend of mine who just doesn’t have quite the same Google-fu that I do) get just that. I am also a big fan of properly following copyright laws, so don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that we should have the ability to go crazy and take whatever we want for free, but what the government is proposing is not the answer. Basically they want the ability to censor the internet with a piece of legislation that is most commonly referred to as SOPA.

What is SOPA? This video explains it better than I can.

If you live in the United States, get involved! Tell your government officials what you think. Spread the word and make sure people know about this. If you don’t live in the United States, please still pay attention to this, since if it passes here, it has a good chance of echoing in other countries around the world.

 

First Snowstorm Blueberry Cobbler January 15, 2012

Filed under: Baking,cookbook — bookie85 @ 9:25 PM
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It snowed today in Seattle. My parents came up to Seattle for a basketball game and stopped to take me to lunch first. When I woke up this morning, it wasn’t snowing at all, but by the time I left my apartment to go meet up with them, it had started.

Snow day

Snow day

Now, for parts of the country where is snows a lot (which isn’t very many places this year, thanks global warming) the maybe couple of inches we get once a year or so isn’t a big deal, but this is Seattle, the land of hills and people who freak out at the first sight of a flake of snow (case in point: my Mom who insisted that my father pack a shovel in the truck to “dig out” after the game). Now, I am not such a fan of the snow, but since it was kind enough to make an appearance on a 3 day weekend where I had nothing to do, I took the opportunity to finally make something out of Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

As I flipped through the pages, I hit page 84 and was struck by the description that said it was perfect for the first snowfall of the season. Well, who can argue with that? I modified a bit, as always, by not measuring the amount of blueberries I put in (2 bags seemed sufficient, it was overly sufficient, I will try less next time) and didn’t put in fresh lemon juice (bottled worked) and I didn’t have a lemon to zest, so I skipped that too (since another trip to the store in the blizzard was out of the question, heh).

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

It turned out really well. In fact, it is half gone, so I would call it a success. I will be making this one again, and trying out different fruit combinations in addition to blueberry.

 

Immune System Boost January 8, 2012

Filed under: Exercise,Health,Life — bookie85 @ 8:53 PM
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It is January and it seems that all around me people are making goals to get healthy, stay healthy and generally better their lives. January is also the season where everywhere I go, someone has a cold and that cold is trying to take me down. Several of my coworkers returned from the holidays with killer colds, and so now I am fighting back and trying to strengthen my immune system like it is my job. Sometimes when the turn of the calendar isn’t enough incentive to change habits, the threat of a killer cold is.

So, what am I doing? Well, healthy eating for one. I am trying to cut down the amount of sugar I am eating, and am tracking to make sure that I am getting enough fruits and veggies each day. I have started using an app on my iPhone called “Lose It” where I can track what I eating, how many calories I am eating and how much exercise I am doing (more on that in a minute). I am also using an app called “Waterlogged” that simply tracks how many glasses of water I am drinking each day. I have it set to alert me every hour and a half to drink water, which helps on the days that I get so zoned in to the work I am doing at my desk that I forget to get up and refill my water bottle.

I am taking my vitamins every day at dinner since I am home for dinner most days so it is a reliable time to take them each day.

Vitamins

From left to right, I take vitamin D (vegan source of course), omega 3 capsules (also vegan), an immune Boost blend that has vitamin C among other vitamins (this one is probably not necessary and is a placebo effect, but whatever works, right?), a multivitamin, and a sublingual B12. Not pictured are the zinc tablets that are on my desk at work. I take those at least twice a day, especially after spending time trapped in a meeting room with someone with a cold.

Exercise gear

I have started going to yoga twice a week, a strength training/bootcamp class twice a week and supplementing with cardio of some sort either on the days I do yoga or on a different day. I am finding that the yoga is helping me with the knee pain I have suffered from off and on since high school, which allows me to do more cardio.

Finally, I am getting enough sleep on a consistent basis. I am going to bed between 10pm-11pm and getting up between 7am-7:30am which is allowing me to get plenty of rest, even on the days I don’t fall right asleep. I am using an app on my iPhone called “Sleep Cycle” that tracks my movement while asleep using the accelerometer in the phone. It uses this information to determine when is the best time in a 30 minute time range to gently wake me up in the morning, making it so I am awakened when it is best for my body, not just when the alarm says I have to get up.

So, I am not sure which, if any of these changes are making me feel more rested and better in general or if it just a placebo effect from making positive changes, but in any case I am heading in to 2012 feeling pretty good.

What are you doing to boost your immune system?

 

Hottie Black Eyed Peas and Greens January 1, 2012

Filed under: cookbook,Cooking,Food,Holidays — bookie85 @ 10:09 PM
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Happy New Year! I decided this year was a good one to try the southern tradition of having black eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day for health, wealth and prosperity. The tradition is collard greens and black eyed peas, but when I went to the store last night I could tell that I wasn’t the only one making this meal today. They had no collards and the bulk bin was almost out of black eyed peas. I got rainbow swiss chard and about a cup of black eyed peas and some hot sauce and went home to pick a recipe to make. I decided to make the “Hottie Black Eyed Peas and Greens” from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, since it seemed simple and more interesting than simply steaming some greens and making black eyed peas.

It went really well, I will be making this recipe every year I think. The greens were nice and soft, the beans were great, it was a nice touch to smash up part of them to thicken the sauce, it made for a great texture. I think next time I will add more hot sauce, I didn’t put in very much because I bought Siracha despite the warning to get a milder hot sauce and didn’t want to make it so spicy I wouldn’t eat it. I served it with the rice from last night’s Indian food and ate some leftover dumplings on the side, along with some champagne. I think it was a great start to 2012.

Black eyed peas and greens

Black eyed peas and greens

Happy New Year!