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Vegangrams

It’s the second installment of Vegangrams. Most of these were taken since my summer par-tay started (read: much needed and much too short break after an academic year that chewed me up and spit me out after swishing me around for a while).

So, according to my phone and in no particular order:

Awesome summer break perk…lunch specials! Like the lunch special at Harmony Vegetarian which is the perfect amount of food. I always get the Szechuan string beans when I’m there because its delicious.

 Almond milk, pea protein powder and whatever fresh or frozen fruit on hand (and sometimes coconut water) in the Vitamix equals after-gym muscle food.

Green beans and tofu peanut satay over kelp noodles. The peanut satay is just a blend of peanut butter, coconut milk, red curry paste and a touch of sweetener.

Noochy stuffed baked artichokes with bread crumbs. I posted this recipe a loooong time ago here. This time I cut the amount of Earth balance by half and it turned out just as good.

Inspired by the post from belalu, I made my own summer salad. I never measure stuff when I make this (I just taste it with my mouth as I go), but here’s what’s in it: quinoa, black beans, corn, handful chopped cilantro, tomatoes (seeded), Vidalia onions, avocado and the dressing (olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper).

Are you ready? Apparently, I live in a hotbed of outbreak shall the zombie apocalypse occur.  Good thing I’ve been working out (see #1 in this post) and am prepared to haul myself out of the city into safe zones all while chopping zombie heads off Michonne-style.

Chia seed chocolate almond milk. I eats it.

Oh, donuts.Why must I love you so? Revolution Doughnuts opened up and most of their donuts (doughnuts?) are vegan. They have some fried ones and some baked, cakey ones. They are all good. My mouth likes them all. (Pictured: almond, cinnamon sugar and chocolate glazed).

Chocolate raspberry mousse slice from Cafe Sunflower. No need to elaborate.

Amazing coconut curry that N made that has canned seitan (more on that in a future post), bell pepper, potatoes and mushrooms. This was actually taken on one of my last days at work, so instead of working while I ate, I was reading Game of Thrones and taking pics on my phone.

Ever since I saw the raw vegan ceviche over at feast your eyes on my veg, I’ve been making my own variants. This one has sea kelp noodles mixed with hearts of palm, avocados, peaches, tomatoes, cilantro, jalepeno, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Catching up on my monthlies. I discovered a new one (Mind MGMT) that seems promising.

1/2 limeade, 1/2 sparkling water with ice and blueberries poured in a jar to up the hipster factor. Vegan Kat made a better homemade version of this. Mine is store-bought limeade.

Vegan BBQ plate special over at Burnt Fork that includes the bbq tofu, kale (sooo delicious b/c it’s sweet and candied), fries, bread and pickles.

Oh, the strange things I find at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. Can somebody please explain this label to me?

My obsession with ackee continues. I discovered that these babies are expensive ($12-$14 at regular stores), so I  stocked up on a few cans at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market where they are half the price. This is just ackee mixed with chopped onions, tomatoes, black salt (the same sulphury one used to make the eggless salad) and pepper.

Dinner at Soul Veg Two. I got the egg salad pita with onion rings, N got the mac-n-cheese and the bbq cauliflower.

I hoard yarn. This is only part of my stash. A summer goal is to catch up on knitting projects.

Breakfast biscuit with bacon and cheese at Dulce Vegan. Looks like I had some of their awesome tea too.

Happy Friday!

PS. We have two dogs.  Nikko will be featured in more future posts, b/c I think she’s getting jealous of Miles’ blog time.

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A weekend, brought to you by the letter P

P is for produce from Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

P is for printing concert posters.

P is for paella (recipe from BitterSweet).

P is for perusing the goodies at Kudzu Antiques.

P is for pie, a coconut cream pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky.

Psst..I added a layer of chocolate ganache on the bottom to give it an extra punch.

And finally, P is for puppies.

Oh, for the love of dogs!

Wow, it’s been one of those crazy busy weeks and I’ve had no time to post about the fun time we had last Saturday and of course the foods we’ve been eating (yes! even when you’re busy you don’t have to reach for the take-out menus!).

So starting with last Saturday. We (Hsauce, me and our two rescued greyhounds Miles and Nikko) went to Greyfest 2007 where basically a bunch of rescued greyhounds get together and hang out. There are activities and contests and such, but we mainly went to socialize our dogs with other greys.
The only annoying thing about Greyfest was the disconnect that these greyhound owners had between their dogs, who they obviously loved and cared greatly about, and the food they ate. Case in point, lunch was boxed lunches from Honeybaked Ham!

From what I could see, nearly everyone ate these gross things. Is the little pig at the slaughterhouse really that different from the greyhound you rescued from the race tracks? Please! Make the connection people!

Hsauce and I were the only ones who opted out and brought our own lunch, which I assure you was MUCH better, not only in taste, but also because there was no suffering involved.

Hsauce had a delectable tempeh sandwich that he whipped up that morning.

I had an eggless salad sandwich made with tofu.

We also had kiwis and the ultimate picnic snack, potato chips. For dessert we had Liz Lovely peanut butter cookies!! If you have not tried these yet, I urge you to get thee to a store and pick some up right away (and if you can’t find them anywhere, order from Cosmo’s)!

Nikko even had some fruit off this frozen fruit block.

Despite the uneasiness we felt being surrounded by people petting dogs and eating pigs, we had our own special good time. Miles and Nikko made plenty of new friends and seemed to enjoy themselves. Miles even found his twin! (click here for all the pics from Greyfest)

In other meals, we’ve been able to cook every day even though the week has been crazy. Hsauce helped out so much with the cooking this week! One night, he made fresh spring rolls stuffed with noodles, basil, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and some cilantro served with sweet chili sauce plus vegan Tom Yum soup made with a vegan soup paste (from the Farmer’s market), coconut milk, mushrooms, and tofu. Yeah, it looks like there is a lot of oil in the soup because there was (from the paste).

Sticking with the Asian theme, he also made sweet and sour stir fry with tempeh, baby carrots, water chestnuts, onions, and pineapples. We had it with basmati rice because we were out of jasmine.

Another night, he picked up a box of Fantastic Foods Nature’s Burger and he whipped up some good old veggie burgers with a side of roasted corn.

I contributed an easy Shepard’s pie this week. I sauteed up some seitan with carrots, onions, peas, tomato paste, veggie broth, some bbq sauce and other spices then spread it in a baking pan. I then layered some flavored mashed taters (Hsauce did the taters) on top and stuck it in the oven for a bit. So easy and so good!

And last night I made another easy dish, pesto! Just throw some fresh basil, lemon juice, spices and pine nuts (or walnuts) in a food processor and toss it with some pasta. We had it with tofu ricotta, fresh tomatoes and some really good whole wheat penne noodles that had flax meal in it (I found these noodles at Kroger’s to my surprise!).

I haven’t baked in awhile but I’ve got my mind set on vegan cheesecake as Hsauce just brought home some graham crackers…stay tuned!

Labor Day Weekend

With the help of our friends Jason and Lillian, we got my car up and running again this week (yay, thanks guys!). So this weekend, we were able to make a trip to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market and an Asian market. We might have been able to make this trip using the MARTA, but honestly, with all the food that we bought it would have been extremely difficult. The farmer’s market that we go to is about 25 minutes away and we usually only have time to go about once a month. In the interim, we get most of our food from the vegetarian co-op, which is only about two minutes away from us!

Needless to say, I was super excited about our trip and was looking forward to capturing all the energy, fresh produce, and international food that is abundant at the farmer’s market to put in this blog. Alas, with camera in hand, I walk in and the first thing I see is a huge sign that says “Absolutely no photography permitted in the market”. A huge disappointment at first, but as we ventured on our shopping trip, I quickly realized that picture taking would have been near impossible because the market was extremely busy and just too crowded. One hour and over a $100 later, we walked out with so much food! We filled up all five of our huge shopping bags and most of what we bought was fresh and non-processed (I couldn’t turn down the pappadums).

After the farmer’s market, we stopped at an Asian market about three minutes down the road. Like most other Asian markets that I have ever been to, this one is just cluttery aisle after cluttery aisle (see above pics) full of any and all things Asian, food related or not. Despite the clutter, you can satisfy all your Asian cooking needs and taste buds at markets like these. We stocked up on rice noodles, Yeo’s soybean drink (yum!), sweet chili sauce, and some fake meat products.

So what does one do with a well stocked vegan kitchen and a long weekend? Saturday evening I made “Quick Garbanzo Soup” from Dino Sarma’s cookbook, Alternative Vegan (AV). The dish is full of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), tomatoes, onions and lots of whole spices. The only variation that I made on the recipe was adding some cooked potatoes and using less water (I wanted it less “soupy”). Hot Sauce came in from walking the dogs after I finished cooking and he said the house smelled “amazing”. Yes, this dish is very aromatically pleasing and tastes incredible too. Rich, hearty comfort food in under 30 minutes. We had it atop basmati rice with a side of pappadums.

Sunday we had a late lunch of leftover soup, so I didn’t get started on dinner until around 9ish. All I wanted to make was spanikopitas (from Vegan with a Vengeance, VV), a Dino salad (from AV) and cupcakes (also from VV)…shouldn’t take that long, right? Well, the recipe makes about 30 spanikopitas and if you’ve ever worked with phyllo dough, you can’t work that fast or else you’ll end up with a lot of torn and useless phyllo dough. I enlisted the help of Hot Sauce in the wrapping of the spanikopitas and we finally had dinner around 11pm. The only variation we made in the spanikopitas was the cooking time. We had to bake it for three times as long as the recipe called for, but it was worth the wait. Tangy tofu and spinach encased in flaky and crispy phyllo dough and a lovely mixed salad with a lemony vinaigrette.

We had a lot of spanikopita, so today we also brought some to a vegan potluck at Criminal Records, where there were many other tasty vegan delicacies (unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me). Oh and the cupcakes…oh, the cupcakes…I must not forget to mention these lovelies! These are called “coconut heaven cupcakes” and if there is such a thing as heaven, there would be an infinite supply of these cupcakes there. We decided not to buy cupcake wrappers for these to reduce waste, but you almost need them for these because they are incredibly moist!

The frosting and cupcake itself is full of shredded coconut giving a nice unexpected texture to the cupcake. The only caveat I have for these cupcakes regards the frosting, though this could very well be due to my newness to cooking and baking. I find it best to individually frost the cupcakes right before you eat them and not all at the same time otherwise, the frosting gets a little runny. Runny frosting or not, I will most definitely make these again.

So no, we didn’t go anywhere for t
he long weekend and no, we didn’t “do” much of anything except ride our bikes around and walk the dogs (and cook of course). But to me, that makes for a splendid weekend!