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Triple A

Athens

Neal had to deliver some screen printed posters to a band in Athens, GA Saturday night, so I went with him and we ate at The Grit– an all vegetarian diner with vegan options.

I got the vegan Bahn Mi with wasabi mayo, pickled veggies and hoisin seared seitan, IMG_0390 _Snapseed IMG_0395 _Snapseed

while Neal got the deluxe grilled sandwich with grilled seitan, and sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers. And we both got sweet potato fries.IMG_0391 _Snapseed

We were stuffed but we couldn’t leave without dessert. We got the grasshopper cake (chocolate mint) and chocolate cake to go!
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Award

I was so pleased to receive an award from The Vegan Kat this weekend alongside some purty fabulous bloggers! So this is how this award works:

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
  3. Answer 10 questions given.
  4. Nominate up to 12 bloggers for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
  5. Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.sisterhood-of-world-blogger-award

10 Questions:
What is your favorite color?   orange
Your favorite animal?   hard to choose…I like all animals
Your favorite non-alcoholic drinks? tea! any kind of tea…I’m addicted!
Facebook or Twitter?  going rogue here, instagram!
Your favorite pattern?   stripes a la Jean Seberg in Breathless
Do you prefer getting or giving presents?  giving
Your favorite number?   44 
Your favorite day of the week?    Any day I don’t have to go to work!
Your favorite flower?    orchids
What is your passion?   creating

My nominees:

  1. ASTIG vegan
  2. The Opinioness of the World
  3. Life of Kylie
  4. Rambling Vegans

Anticipation

This Saturday marks the third Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’ve participated since its inception by the amazing Ann over at An Unrefined Vegan. This year I intend to visit each and every blog which is going to be crazy because the list of participants is growing! In fact, enrollment goes through May 6.

I’m bringing a salad…what are you bringing?

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Veg Tuesdays at Wrecking Bar Brewpub


It’s great when omni-restaurants make an effort to cater to the vegan community. The Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta offers up a unique vegetarian menu every Tuesday which usually features several vegan items.

We went last Tuesday and this was the menu. Three out of the five items were vegan!

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We each ordered the seitan burger and it came with their “wreck fries”.

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I don’t think I’ve had a burger this good in a while. Most vegan burgers are made out of soy protein, beans and/or grains, which can be quite dense sometimes. This one was a pure seitan chunk offering a unique lightness in texture. And the flavor was smoky, sweet and onion-y. My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. This should be made a permanent menu item because every bar needs a good veg burger!

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We don’t get out to the Wrecking Bar on every Tuesday, but after that burger we will definitely make more of an effort to see what else they have to offer. Their facebook page often updates with the veg specials each Tuesday.

Are there any omni-restaurants near you that make an effort to cater to vegans?

So stew me!

N has been doing most all of the cooking lately because of my job. The other night he made a comforting tomato-y stew. For the base, he used a couple of cubes of veggie stock mixed with water and a can of diced tomatoes.  He then threw in chopped potatoes, some frozen corn, chopped carrots, broccoli, leftover macaroni, a can of marinated seitan, garlic, thyme and black pepper.

He let it simmer for 20 minutes until it was all stew-y and I was yelling “what smells so good?!” from my office. He served it with some English muffins. The stew made so many leftovers it fed us for the entire weekend, getting thicker with each serving, much like my belly.

Thanksliving 2011

As much as I detest the historical context that is thanksgiving, we still cook lots of good food on this day.  I think when we first went vegan it was mainly to show “regular folk” that when one makes the decision to start caring for our fellow earthlings, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have hearty, filling holiday food.  And now?  Its still for that reason but also vegan holiday food is fun to make and more fun to eat.

Let’s start with some food prep, shall we?

Seitan loaf.  This is my favorite recipe because its easy (you don’t have to knead the thing endlessly) and the loaf ends up being really moist.  Yes, it takes 2 hrs to simmer and then another 20 minutes in the oven, but the prep time is minimal and while its simmering away, you can make other stuff….or take a nap.  

Cranberry sauce with clementines and cinnamon.

Creamed kale. Dear kale, you are my favorite.

The finished plate.  We also had stuffing (some organic mix from a bag) and some mashed taters (homemade, no recipe), and mushroom gravy (homemade, no recipe).  This is making me hungry.  We also had blueberry cobbler for dessert but failed to get a pic.

The lovely aromas wafted around the house enticing the dogs out of their slumber.

                          

With such enticing smells, they were desperate for some table scraps and crumbs.  That’s soy nog in the cup…yummm.

                  

We gave in only because we were so full and we were mostly just playing with the food left on our plates at this point.

                 

See.  Julius Caeser.  No?  Oh well.

Vietnamese Subs

When I attended NCSU, there was a place right off campus that served veg*n Vietnamese subs that were out of this world and I would eat them at least once a week. So I was sooo stoked to find a recipe for this in my new copy of Veganomicon (which by the way, is quickly getting used and marked up with comments and post-its to hold the place of future recipes I want to try).

Homemade seitan strips (Seitan cutlet recipe from Veganomicon), pan fried with a sprinkle of sugar for some caramelization (pic is pre-fry)….

+ other sandwich fillings of your choice….

+ homemade french bread (+Vegenaise if you so desire) = a really good and filling sandwich!!

There is also a dipping sauce for the sammich so you dunk and eat, but I didn’t take a pic of it. It was good though, you’ll just have to trust me 🙂 Also, the seitan from Veganomicon is easily hands down the best seitan I’ve ever had and it was pretty easy to make.

Vegan food and some schwag

Oh, I’ve been so bad about blogging lately due to late nights at work and little time to cook or do much of anything else to keep my sanity. Today, I finally got a chance to sort of cook/bake and finally make a post. This morning, I made biscuits (from VV) and Hsauce made gravy consisting of olive oil, flour, soymilk, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, thyme and some crumbled Tofurkey Italian sausage.

A couple of other dishes from this week (courtesy of Hsauce!) include spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce complete with Tofurkey Italian sausages, mushrooms, carrots, onions, red bell pepper and fresh basil. Sooo much better than spaghetti made with store bought sauce.

And jerk seitan with coconut rice (from VV).

Also, I recently got some really nice vegan clothing from Herbivore Clothing Company that I absolutely love and wanted to show off! 🙂

I try hard to reduce unnecessary consumerism, but I’ve been eyeing this jacket and hoodie for some time and finally caved in. At least I can feel good that my money is going to a nice vegan company. I also view message items such as these as “passive activism”…it can plant a seed subconsciously and also initiate conversations about veganism!

They both say “herbivore” and in small print on the hoodie, there are also the words “liberate*protect*avenge”. I’m giving the “V” sign for vegan and trying to be punk rock in my new hoodie.

Rainy Sunday

The morning started off all sunshine and smiles, but by midday we had a spectacular thunderstorm. This is a picture from our porch. That’s my Schwinn (::heart::) in the corner.

So with the rain and my dead car (yeah, that green Toyota across the street is dead), I decided today was a good day to cook! The following came directly from the cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (a special birthday present from my dear friends Katie and Patrick). For brunch, I made the seitanportabello stroganoff:

It was super filling and hearty with portabello mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, peas and seitan. For those who don’t know, seitan is pronounced say-tan and it is basically just chewy wheat gluten. I’ve been experimenting with making my own seitan recently, but for this dish I used store bought seitan. I would definitely make this dish again because it was delicious, perhaps reducing the amount of nutritional yeast the recipe called for in half. Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is yellow and flaky. Here is a picture of it in its raw state.

It gives dishes a nutty, “cheesy” flavor and often acts as a thickener. We got a whole tub of it from our local farmer’s market for about two bucks. Its really good for you too because it has something like 18 amino acids, 15 different minerals and is rich in B-vitamins. I really like the taste of it and sometimes will eat small amounts of it straight from the tub.

Later, I made peanut butter cookies (from the same cookbook). For the first batch, I followed the recipe directions exactly and the cookies came out a little crumbly. So for the second batch, we added a dollop of applesauce to the batter to act as a binder. Oh, and we also added vegan chocolate chips to half the batter. The result, a plethora of big, soft, yummy peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

I don’t think I’ll be cooking dinner tonight as its getting late. Leftovers sound good though!