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Still Happily Redeeming My Yearly Trips Around the Sun

Alright, real talk. When I was a teenager, I used to think that I would never make it to my 30’s due to some terrible, random accident. I had no legitimate reason for thinking that. It was just a strange premonition I had that I’m sure wasn’t helped by teenage angsty broodiness and a feeling of not belonging. Thankfully, I suck at being a psychic and I gratefully (and happily) enjoy my yearly trips around the sun with good food. And lots of cake! Come on, did you really think this post was going in any other direction?

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A stroll around the hood resulted in some indulgent pre-birthday dinner cupcakes at Dulce Vegan – caramel, chocolate, orange cardamom and lemon.

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Next, we had an early dinner at Cafe Sunflower.

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Since we don’t eat here very often I usually end up getting some of the same dishes that I know I love.

For apps we got the “Supreme Vegan Nachos”- organic corn chips, Daiya, homemade chili, shredded romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno and fresh guacamole.

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and “Mushroom Ceviche”- shiitake, enoki mushroom, jicama, mango, onion, garlic, cilantro, smoked paprika, lime, orange and avocado.2013bday-7364

We each got a “Green Tea Chai”-green tea, soymilk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and agave.2013bday-7360

For the main course, Neal got his usual, “Fiesta Enchilada with Corn Salsa”- Marinated soy chicken, sauteed onions, red bell peppers, and granny smith apples wrapped in a flour tortilla topped with shredded romaine lettuce and corn salsa.

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and I got the “Garden Loaf”- veggie loaf, herbed mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, spring rolls with organic mushroom gravy.

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Despite having a plethora of leftover cupcakes at home, I had to get a slice of strawberry cake!2013bday-7377

After dinner, I scared myself silly by watching The Conjuring. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect birthday!

How do you celebrate your birthday? Big blowout or low-key affair?

Welcome Food Surprises

When little things become amazing things.

Little thing:

I jokingly told Neal that he should make me breakfast on Saturday.

Amazing thing:

He not only made me breakfast, but he made it a nice spread with a tropical twist because he knew I had tropic lust. (tropic lust: noun, the desire for all things tropical when you see people’s tropical vacay pics on instagram).

French toast (recipe here) with coconut shavings and maple syrup.

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A virgin pina colada with coconut water, fresh pineapple, coconut cream, almond milk and ice.IMG_6550 _Snapseed

Little thing:

A friend texts suggesting we all eat and hang out at their pool.

Amazing thing:

We not only hang out and have good times, but it spontaneously turns into an amazing shared vegan meal!

It was a “build a plate/bowl” smorgasbord.vegspread

Left side below: watermelon, basil, strawberry and tomato skewers with a sweet balsamic dressing; Udon noodles with bamboo shoots, baby corn, and tofu with a soy and sesame dressing; and nachos with black beans, scrambled tofu, fresh corn, mushrooms, tomatoes, and green onions covered with a salsa and melted Daiya mix.

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Right side above: Jasmine rice topped with bbq soy bits, slaw, green onions and ranch (this was what we brought and it was our nod to Native Bowl’s Mississippi bowl).

I had seconds of everything!

And for dessert we had open-faced s’mores and a lovely blueberry cobbler made with organic blueberries and oats.

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My only regret is that I could not make more room in my stomach because I wanted to keep having magical tastes in my mouth.

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

This rich, decadent, vegan raspberry chocolate sauce made an appearance here awhile ago on pancakes. It was so good that I made it again, but this time I actually sorta paid attention to what I was tossing into the magic bullet.

Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Sauce

  • 1/2 tbs extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3/4 to 1 tbs of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs of agave
  • 8 raspberries

I dumped all of this in our magic bullet (mini-blender) and blended it until smooth. This makes a single serving amount so it won’t blend well in a big blender. If I were to use a bigger blender I would at least double the ingredients.

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This sauce was the perfect topping for The Vegan Penny Pincher’s vegan chocolate crock pot cake, but is also delicious on pancakes, vegan ice cream or anything really! Because everything is better with chocolate.

Weekend Update

What I did this past weekend:

Tried to finish some knitting projects, but did not succeed. The yarn I am using is cotton based, no wool for me!
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Went to a vegan bake sale. A lot of stuff had sold before we got there, but we got to see Neal’s work on a postcard/flyer and still came home with some goodies (they melted a little because we were on bikes).vegan_bake_sale_2013

Went to the co-op to get some stuff from bulk and ended up trying this new popcorn from Earth Balance (it’s good!) and rehydrating with coconut water.sevenanda

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And ate some food:

Left over Mellow Mushroom pizza (vegan) with some ginger ale.

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Homemade vegan Ethiopian food from a student…one of the few perks of being a teacher!IMG_0230 _Snapseed

Game of Thrones night meal…mock chicken wings, mashed taters and asparagus.IMG_0204 _SnapseedWe also went to a raw restaurant over the weekend, but I’ll blog about that in a separate post because I am tired and have to get ready for the grind tomorrow. The grind is work and tomorrow is today since I am not posting this until tomorrow which will actually be today if you read this Monday. Ya follow?

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Atlanta Veg Fest 2013 and Vegan Bake Sale!

It’s seven months away but we are super excited about the upcoming Atlanta Veg Fest on Saturday, November 9th.  Not only because last year’s was a great success and a lot of fun, but this year Neal has created an original illustration exclusively for the event!

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Click on the pic to see all of Neal’s work.

The masterminds behind Atlanta Veg Fest will be putting up Neal’s hand printed design for pre-order on their website sometime soon. The Atlanta Veg Fest facebook link has all the up to date info on everything surrounding the event, including info about the Atlanta Vegan Bake sale on April 20th which benefits the ATL vegfest.  That’s THIS Saturday people! I can’t wait to see what kind of goodies they have there this year!

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Image from Atlanta Veg Fest facebook page.

Oh yeah! So much good stuff coming up for vegan ATL!

Shall we have some lemon cakes?

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Lady Olenna: “Lemon cake Sansa?”

Sansa:  “Sure, why not? My life is shit.”

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Lady Margaery:  “Do you like them? They’re vegan.”

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Ok, so that’s not how it really went down on Game of Thrones this past Sunday. In fact, Lady Olenna and Lady Margaery are only feeding Sansa her favorite cake in order to get the dirt on Joffrey and I’m pretty confident that the cakes weren’t vegan. But seeing them made me want to eat lemon cake! Does this ever happen to anyone else?

I followed the lemon bar recipe from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Joy of Vegan Baking in order to get that shiny, jelly look of the GOT cakes (that’s Game of Thrones for you newbs). I made the crust as is. However, I doubled the filling recipe and stirred in blueberries. As a result, I had to bake it a little longer than the recipe stated. This was enough to fill 11 muffin tins (though I did have some filling left over).IMG_3945 _Snapseed

These were just what I wanted! A soft lemony filling over a shortbread-like cookie crust. As I ate them I could just imagine myself sitting down with Sansa in a proper fancy dress, cracking up as we reminisced about that time Joffrey cried like a little baby when he got a “scratch” from Nymeria (Nymeria is a direwolf guys, stay with me).

As lovely as these lemon bar/cakes came out, they were a pain to release from the tin. Probably because there was so much side contact between the tin and the filling. Note, the original recipe says to use an 8×8 pan, so this was all on me. As proof, here is a side shot. Notice the empty spot on the bottom right. Yeah, that’s where some of the crust got stuck on the tin. Don’t worry, no crumb was left uneaten.

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The Revolution is here

Vegan Atlanta is about to get even more awesome with a brand new local vegan gelato company called Revolution Gelatos (click for link). N picked up two samples from them the other day.

I have never had gelato pre-vegan so I can’t compare it to dairy-gelato. BUT what I can say is that I am VERY hard to please when it comes to frozen vegan ice-cream-like things. I find that most are just not creamy enough for me. But stop, hold on, wait a minute…

this stuff turned my vegan-frozen-dessert world upside down. I’m scared of what will happen to my belly once it’s on the market because it is freaking delicious and I can see wanting to eat it all the time. It’s uber creamy, rich, buttery and super decadent. My favorite of the two is the espresso but they were both fantastic.

If you’re in Atlanta, drop by Criminal Records today at 5pm. You can try a sample of Revolution Gelatos and meet Hope Larson, the author and artist for the graphic novel “A Wrinkle in Time”.

Image from Criminal Records facebook page. Click on the pic for the link to today’s event!