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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turkey Sponsorships

Looking for a way to celebrate your vegan Thanksgiving and help care for rescued turkeys? Consider sponsoring a turkey! I did a quick search today, clicking through the sanctuaries listed on Your Daily Vegan's Animal Sanctuary Database, and here are the options I found:

Turkey Sponsorships (Thanksgiving Specials)

Catskill Animal Sanctuary (Saugerties, NY)
“You have two options for turkey sponsorship this month:
For a one–time donation of $25 you’ll receive:

  1. A PDF booklet of Chef Linda’s Compassionate Thanksgiving recipes
  2. A glossy photo of your new turkey friend to place at your table
For either a recurring monthly donation of $18 or a one-time donation of $216 you’ll receive:
  1. A PDF booklet of Chef Linda’s Compassionate Thanksgiving recipes
  2. A one year Family Membership (a $65 value!) Your Family Membership entitles your household to free tours April–October and reduced admission to special events.
  3. Two glossy photos of your turkey along with their rescue story, perfect for a place at the dinner table.
  4. The option to come and visit your sponsored turkey year–round by appointment (please call or email 72 hours in advance) and see for yourself the quality of care your support provides.”
Turkeys you can sponsor: Declan, Daisy.

Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen, NY & Orland, CA)
“For a one-time donation gift of just $30, anyone can sponsor a turkey. As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt a Turkey certificate with a color photo of and fun details about your new friend.... For a gift of $210, you can sponsor the whole flock and have adoption certificates sent to family and friends!”
Turkeys you can sponsor: Tibbott, Martha, Gable, Anna, Elsa, Cecelia, Turpentine. 


Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (Woodstock, NY)
“With each sponsorship, you’ll receive a beautiful card that includes a color photo of the turkey you are sponsoring along with their story of how they came to us, and a bit about their unique personalities.... During the period before Thanksgiving we are offering a flat $50 special instead of the usual $15 a month.”
Turkeys you can sponsor: Tomoko, Loren, Jean, Lennon, Marley, Beatrice.

 
Feast for the Turkeys

Heartland Farm Sanctuary (Madison, WI)
“$25 per person – includes a complimentary TURKEY SPONSORSHIP packet. The packet contains a beautiful color photograph of your Heartland turkey, the turkey’s personal rescue story, and sponsorship acknowledgement – all in a stand up frame card that will go perfectly on your Thanksgiving table to show everyone that YOUR Thanksgiving turkey is a friend!”

Turkey Sponsorships (General)

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary (Deer Trail, CO)
“Turkeys: $180.00 or $45 quarterly... We'll send you a picture and bio of the animal you are so kindly sponsoring.”

Kindred Spirits Sanctuary (Ocala, FL)
“Receive the following: T-Shirt + Animal Created Painting + Framed Photo ...for a one year sponsorship.” (Turkey sponsorships are $20/month.)

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary (Poolsville, MD)
“You will receive a framed photograph and your animal’s story, along with the opportunity to visit in person.” (Turkey sponsorships are $8/month.)

Maple Farm Sanctuary (Mendon, MA)
Turkeys can be sponsored for $20/month; turkeys you can sponsor: Charlie, Dale.


SASHA Farm (Manchester, MI)
“Animal sponsorships start at just $30.” ($30 = Emailed certificate; $50 = Mailed certificate, letter and a picture; etc.) 


Indraloka Animal Sanctuary (Mehoopany, PA)
“Receive weekly updates, free visits, tours and special bonding time with your favorite animal!” (Turkeys can be sponsored for $15/month.)

Ching Farm Rescue & Sanctuary (Riverton, UT)
Animal sponsorships are $25/month (or a one-time payment of $280 for the full year). Turkeys you can sponsor: Apollo, Lincoln, Clementine, Daphnie.

Let me know if I missed any opportunities for turkey sponsorship & I'll be sure to add them! 


P.S. Putting this list together may have been me procrastinating a bit on my NaNoWriMo writing. Hehehe. (I'm at 6,947 words total after the writing I got done yesterday.)

Peace. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Random food, post-MoFo

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been away from my blog for a bit. Once Vegan MoFo ends, my posting momentum tends to slow down significantly. My goal is to do a post every other week; today will be a random post of some of the food I've had since Vegan MoFo. Mainly I've been trying to do really simple meals and work on using up ingredients I already have, instead of buying new ingredients for recipes I want to try. But that hasn't stopped me from making exceptions and trying out some of the recipes from Isa Does It.

I decided to make the roasted red pepper mac & cheese (for those without the cookbook, the recipe can be found online here); this was my first time soaking cashews. The sauce turned out OK
(I probably should have soaked the cashews longer than the two hours and/or blended them for longer), but I don't know, it wasn't as awesome as I'd hoped it would be. I'll try the recipe again sometime, soaking the cashews overnight and blending for longer and seeing if that helps. 




I mixed the leftovers with corn and baked them with breadcrumbs and garlic salt and pepper on top. 





Other random stuff I've had since Vegan MoFo: Hot dogs with fries and corn...



...baked ziti with mixed vegetables, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella and cheddar Daiya, and breadcrumbs... 





...apples with harvest pumpkin hummus from the farmers' market (YUM!)... 





...and a simple pasta with garlic bread.





I also tried a second recipe from Isa Does It: the curried peanut sauce bowl; this time, I was missing several of the ingredients (and also left out the greens because I was rushing), but it turned out awesome (what it ended up being was brown rice, tofu, and a sauce with garlic, ginger, agave nectar, and peanut butter). 



I added some frozen mixed vegetables to the leftovers. YUM and YUM!

Buttons checking it out. :)


I've also been trying out a bunch of Amy's canned organic soups because they've been on sale. I took pictures for all of them, except as it turns out, my favorite, which was the lentil soup. It was so good & I'm definitely going to get it again, though I'd also like to make it myself sometime!

Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup (good, but a bit too spicy for me) 



with added croutons

Minestrone Soup (good; cute noodle shapes) 



Lentil Vegetable Soup (really good; my second favorite to the plain lentil soup)




Tuscan Bean & Rice Soup (pretty good overall)




Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup (I was a bit unsure of this one because it had mushrooms, but it was actually pretty good) 



In other news, I'm looking forward to Halloween this Friday! And then on Saturday, I begin my fifth NaNoWriMo! So that will keep me busy; I'll share my writing stats here as I did last year.

And last but not least, Buttons and Leela have been enjoying the sun. 



Peace. :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014 Wrap-up

Hello on the 30th day of the Vegan Month of Food! This month has flown by so fast! So much cuteness and so many great themes! Tonight's final Vegan MoFo post will include my five favorite dishes, as well as a super long list of the bookmarked recipes I want to try! But first, here was today's lunch...

Mac & cheese with potato chips and pickles.

...And tonight's dinner.

Avgolemono (with added broccoli, diced red onion instead of shallots, and vegan chicken broth instead of vegetable broth).

Five Favorite Dishes I Made This Vegan MoFo:
 
Garlic Green Beans, Smashed Potatoes, and Spicy Corn

 
Classic Cornbread and Down-Home Chili

 
French Toast

 
Burger, Fries, Veggies, and Spice

 
Meera's Avgolemono

Recipes I've Bookmarked to Try:

 
Banana Breakfast Rollup from A.Cook in the Making


Chilly Monkey Biscuits from Adventures in Vegan Bento


Miniature Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels; Easy Apple Nachos; and One Minute Flourless Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownie from AfroVeganChick


Thai Chicken Laksa from Alien on Toast


Pizza Rolls from Bake Eat Love


Broccoli, Cheese, and tempeh bacon pot pie; Jackfruit Chick’un Noodle Crockpot Soup; French Onion Soup; and Chamomile Lavender Cupcakes from Banana Curl, Vegan Girl


Fabulously Fruity Muffins from Cat and Ju Vegan Cooking


Sesame Sriracha Noodles; Vegan Jackfruit BBQ; and Harvest Wild Rice Salad from Danielle Atkins


Easiest Weeknight Pasta Ever from East Meets West Veg


Carrot gnocchi with fennel en papillote and Chickpea flour pancakes with cumin and fresh coriander from Eating with the Rabbits


French Fries and Drown Your Sorrow Waffles from Evolution of Jill


Super Cheesy Easy Mac & Cheese; Popcorn Chick'n; and Cinnamon Sugar Bagel Chips from Floral Frosting


Grandma's chex mix; Toasted Walnut Maple Buns; Vegan Cheez Its; and Country Fried Seitan with Homemade Seitan Cutlets from House Vegan


Rosemary and Potato Focaccia from iheartcrapkitchen


Vegan Stovetop Mac and Cheese and Easy Broiled Breakfast Sandwiches and the Best Tofu Ever from Jessicat Cooks


Polish Potato and Cheese Pierogi Made Vegan and Aloo Paratha from The Judgmental Vegan


Potato Cheese Soup from Just the Food


Apple Cranberry Hand Pies from Kim Cooks Veg 4U


Pretzels from KZ Cakes


Onion Cake from Life by Six Mile Creek


Broccoli Corn Chowder and Apple Muffins from Lisa's Project: Vegan


Vegan Buckwheat Tabbouleh and Vegan Orange-Glazed Tempeh from Odd Little Vegan


Garlic Knots from Peabrain and Nosewhistle


Cream of Mushroom Soup from Plant Base Living


RAW LEMON, LAVENDER, VANILLA, PISTACHIO BITES from REAL FOOD + TRAVEL


Cawl; Welsh onion cake; Creamy leek soup with garlicky bagel croutons; and Leek and cashew pizza pie from Rosie's vegan kitchen


Runner Bean Pie; Couscous Stuffed Vegetables; Asparagus Pea & New Potato Pakoras; Homemade Tomato Sauce; and Courgette & Lentil Loaf from Self Sufficient Cafe


Buttermilk Dill Smashed Potatoes and Sprouted Chickpea Hummus from soy division.


Pureed Broccoli and Cheezy Soup from Sprouts and Chocolate


Chikn Noodle Soup with Rosemary Bread Rolls; Smokey Potatoe Baycn Bisque with Dark Rye Bread; Italian Wedding Soup with Gluten Free Basil Crackers; Cheezy French Onion Soup with French Baguette; Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup with Roti; and Mushroom-Burger Soup with Soft Pretzels from stairway to vegan


Split Pea Soup from the sunflower kitchen


Vegan Orange and Pecan Rooibos Teabread from Tea and Sympatico
 

Filthy Toxic Hot Chocolate from Thistle and Yellow Rose

Biscuits and Gravy; Lentil Loaf; Peanut Sauce with Super Easy Tofu-and-Broccoli; Vegan Chicken N' Noodle Casserole; and Rich Brown Gravy from Tofu Mom


Five-Cheese Baked Pete-aroni and Cheese and Deep Dish Mac & Cheese Pizza from V for Vegan


Cherry Buckwheat Breakfast Salad from Veg Fiend


Chick'n pot pie and Chick'n noodle soup and A Bac*n sandwich the TbLT from Vegan Knyquol 


Sweet Rolls and Sweet and White Potato Pancakes with Mushroom Sauce from Vegan Sweet and Simple

Lemony Risotto with Shiitake Shrimp from Vegan4One


Vegan Ham Cheese Stromboli from veganopoulous


Fudgy Black Bean Brownies and Chocolate-Orange Chia Pudding from vegga


Golden Gravy; Dijon Mushroom Potatoes; and Cheezy Baked Macaroni from VeggieSue's Veggie Adventures


Jewelled Rocky Road Bars from veghotpot


Smoky Chickpea Stew from Walk, Talks and Eats


Sweet & Easy Dessert Rolls and Squirrely Cookies from x means no onions


Pizza Burger from Zsu's Vegan Pantry

New Blogs I've Started Following:

I've updated my “Blogs I Follow” in the sidebar, so check it out! (Some, like House Vegan, Sprouts and Chocolate, and Panda With Cookie won't show up because Blogger keeps rejecting them when I try to add them to my list, but I'll keep trying!) I know I'll be adding more in the coming weeks; I still have a bunch of Vegan MoFo blogs to visit and read through!

Some More Vegan MoFo 2014 Highlights:

Buttons on the Round Up,
Winning the Vegan MoFo mug giveaway,
33 posts,
And nearly 6,000 pageviews!

And finally, an addendum to my favorite themes (how did I forget this one yesterday?): Soup & Bread by stairway to vegan.
 

I hope you all have had a great time this Vegan MoFo! Here's to an even better one next year, and lots of cooking, baking, and blogging in between! 

Buttons and Leela enjoyed meeting everyone this year, but they're going to rest up now; they're all worn out from having their pictures taken so much! 




Peace. :)

*Bonus Post* (3rd) Liebster Award!

I feel so honored; I was nominated for another Liebster Award, this time by Laura of Banana Curl, Vegan Girl! Thanks so much, Laura! 


Here's what you do when you're nominated:
1. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees.
2. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
3. No tag backs.
4. Nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform.
5. You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them.


Here are Laura's questions and my answers:

1. What is your all time favorite vegetable? 

Broccoli. :)

2. Pick a holiday you celebrate. What would you like to make for the meals you eat for it this year? 

Thanksgiving is at my aunt's house, so she does most of the cooking, though I usually bring along a potato dish. If I were hosting Thanksgiving, here's what I'd make: A Tofurky roast (still have yet to try one!), stuffing, mashed potatoes (in addition to my other potato dish), lots of veggies (corn, peas, maybe roasted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots), nice rolls, oh and gravy, and a soup (maybe my dad's French onion soup, veganized).

3. Do you care about giving veganism a positive example through your life and what you put out into the communities you interact with? If so, how do you strive to maintain that positivity? 

Yes, I always try to be positive and have a sense of humor about it. I can be serious when needed and silly when needed. I also have several vegan buttons on my bag, and a couple vegan message shirts.

4. Do you have a favorite vegan type of saying? For instance, I really like what my Compassion Company shirt says “Anything you can eat I can eat vegan?” 

I have several, but one of my favorites, which I have on a shirt from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, is a quote from Jenny Brown: “Animals are here with us, not for us.”

5. Are you interested in other types of ethical/philosophical justice issues? What are they and how do you involve yourselves in them? 

Yes, I'm very interested in LGBT+ issues, economic justice, and prevention of DV/IPV (domestic violence/intimate partner violence). I'm a shy person, so I try to be confident in conversations with family and friends, to bring awareness of these issues.

6. What would you tell someone who confided in you they were thinking of going vegan but felt overwhelmed about it? 

I would first say, “YAY! That's awesome!” Then I'd say, “Let's try to figure out a plan...” I'd ask what specifically they felt overwhelmed by, and go from there... For example, cooking for themselves: I could help them identify some kitchen essentials and simple recipes with ingredients that are already familiar to them. Eating out at restaurants: Encourage them check online or call ahead for what vegan options they can get so they won't feel overwhelmed when ordering. Being with non-vegan friends and family: Explain that it can be tough, but discuss some ideas to make it easier. Getting enough variety: Help them plan out a month's worth of meals, picking a new dish for each meal. (Sorry if I went overboard with this answer, I volunteer as a vegan pledge mentor, so I'm used to thinking about this situation, haha.)

7. What was the first thing you cooked for yourself when you went vegan? 

Probably something simple like pasta or rice with vegetables and soy sauce.

8. How long have you been a vegan for? 

I've been vegan for over four years.

9. Do you celebrate your veganniversary? 

I don't remember the exact date I went vegan, so no. I should just pick a day and go with it.

10. If you could travel to any vegan friendly city in the world, where would you choose to go? 

Warsaw, Poland (see Vegan Sweet and Simple's Poland post).

The 8 bloggers I nominate are:
Ana of Ana's Rocket Ship
Danielle of Baking Backwards
Emily of Czech Chica's Noshery
Kim of Daisychains and Dandelions
Katie of katieeatsvegan
Stacey of Plants vs Plump
Sarah of Tofu Sarah
Cate of A Travelling Cook

And here are the 10 new questions for the people I've nominated:
1. What is your favorite recipe?
2. What was the most recent dessert you made?
3. What is your favorite vegan cookbook?
4. What is your favorite place to get vegetables (grocery store, farmer's market, CSA, growing your own, etc.)?
5. If you could pick any animal to be for a day, which animal would you choose & why?
6. Do you prefer sweet or savory dishes?
7. What do you like to use as a vegan egg substitute?
8. What was your favorite book as a kid?
9. If you could be a guest star in any TV show currently on the air, which show would you choose & why?
10. Which of your posts from this Vegan MoFo are you the most proud of?

To my lovely nominees: There's no pressure to participate & answer these questions, especially if you've already been nominated by someone else. 


Finally, thanks again to Laura! (Everyone else, go check out her blog if you haven't already! She's shared so many amazing recipes this MoFo; you'll be sure to get some great food inspiration from her posts!)

Much love to all my fellow Vegan MoFo bloggers!

Peace. :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Favorite Vegan MoFo Themes

Hello on the 29th day of the Vegan Month of Food! Today's wrap-up post is a list of my favorite monthly themes this Vegan MoFo. Quick post of my dinner before we get started... 


Tonight I had my peanut butter brown rice and broccoli, along with carrots and bottom-of-the-bag scraps of lentil chips. Simple and delicious. 



And look who I found making his way along my sink after I'd finished dinner...


Cute little green caterpillar. :)

Wouldn't have been a Vegan MoFo without a picture of an insect (Vegan MoFo 2013, Vegan MoFo 2012)!

OK, on to the wrap-up as promised...

I always admire the bloggers with monthly themes, so I'd like to acknowledge some of my favorites here. Three cheers to all these blogs for having such awesome themes!

Favorite Vegan MoFo Themes:

 
Entertaining Me at Detroit Made

 
Food Friends at Food Feud

 
Bizarre and Outdated Cookbooks at Hasta La Vegan

 
Robin Robertson Rocks at Kittens Gone Lentil

 
Recipe Roundup at Lisa's Project: Vegan

 
Vegan Finds At Target at MissMuffcake

 
September Harvest at Self Sufficient Cafe

 
Tea at Tea and Sympatico

 
Vegan Month of Food... & Gravy! at Tofu Mom

 
Carbs & Recreation at V for Vegan

 
Food from Harry Potter at Vegan Knyquol

 
Vegan Nom Noms Does America at Vegan Nom Noms

 
Vegan Around the World at Vegan Sweet and Simple

 
International Cheese & Chocolate Month at vegan.in.brighton

 
Will My Kids Eat It? at Veganopoulous

 
But where do you get your protein?! (And calcium, and iron, and…) at vegga


Vegan Month of Burgers at Zsu's Vegan Pantry
 

Next, here's my quick Cuteness Addendum to yesterday's post: Check out Chewy over at East Meets West Veg and Marco at Self Sufficient Cafe. What cuties!

And, finally, this one fits under both cuteness and favorite themes: Food That Looks Like My Cat, which took place on Thursdays at Panda With Cookie.

(I'm sure I missed some awesome themes, so let me know in the comments if you had a favorite that you didn't see on my list!)

Buttons wanted to play hide-and-seek today with Leela.



Leela agreed to count slowly to one hundred, but she refused to close her eyes in case Buttons was playing a trick on her. 



P.S. Bonus post coming later tonight!

Peace. :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

*Bonus Post* (2nd) Liebster Award!

Wow; can you believe it?! I was nominated for another Liebster Award, this time by Hannah of House Vegan! Thanks so much, Hannah! 


Once again, here's how it works when you're nominated:
1. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominees.
2. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
3. No tag backs.
4. Nominees must have under 200 followers on any platform.
5. You must tell all the blogs that you nominate that you have nominated them.


Here are Hannah's questions and my answers:

1. What is your favorite application for chocolate? (Baked goods, hot chocolate, etc.)

Right now, hot chocolate. Other times, brownies. Most often, though, I'll just eat it plain. :)

2. Tea or coffee? Why? 

Tea; there's so many fun varieties & I can have it without needing to add anything. (I'm stubborn in this regard; I don't like the smell/taste of coffee, so I feel that if I have to add tons of sugar/milk/flavoring to it just to make it drinkable, what's the point?)

3. What was one food you detested as a kid, but grew to love as an adult? 

Broccoli, definitely. I remember one time my dad tried to get me to eat broccoli by preparing a really cheesy sauce for it. I loved the sauce, but still didn't care for the broccoli. Now, however, a day doesn't feel complete without broccoli, haha! (Plus, I can even eat it plain, as long as it's at least been steamed.)

4. Do you remember your first celebrity crush? Who was it? 

Not sure, maybe Billy Gilman? He was a young country singer when I was in grade school. (I don't know if he still sings; I don't listen to country music anymore.)

5. How old were you when you stopped believing in magic? Did you ever stop? 

When I was younger, I believed in nature magic & I also hoped that the magic in Harry Potter was real, writing down spells as I read along and practicing them just in case. I guess I still believe in magic, in a general sense, though I don't think about it much.

6. What is the messiest room in your home? 

Right now, it's the library room because that's where we've been tossing stuff we haven't found a place for yet. Everywhere else I keep pretty clean & organized.

7. If you could open up your home to any farm animal what would it be? Assume you were given all the resources needed to make this a reasonable scenario. 

Probably a pig because I'd read that they get along well with cats. Can you imagine Buttons and Leela living with a pig? :)

8. Where was the farthest away from home that you've ever traveled? 

New Orleans, Louisiana. That was one long car ride, haha!

9. What one kitchen tool do you use the most (utensils and plates excluded)? 

Probably my saucepan (one-pot meals for the win!).

10. Do you have any Fall traditions? What are they? 

Apple cider! During fall, we buy a gallon of local apple cider every week. I also put up fall/harvest decorations & then wait until October 1 to start with the Halloween decorations.

The 8 bloggers I nominate are:
 
Colleen of Adventures in Vegan Bento 
Lily of HERRRBIVORE 
Stephanie of Reading, Eating, Running 
Taylor of REAL FOOD + TRAVEL 
Rosalie of quinces and kale  
Maggie of Veg Fiend 
Tamara of Vegan Life in Paradise 
Lysette of Vegan Varg

And here are the 10 new questions for the people I've nominated:
1. What is your favorite vegan documentary?
2. Have you ever visited a sanctuary? (If so, which one? If not, which sanctuary would you like to visit in the future?)
3. What is your favorite aspect of fall/autumn?
4. What's your favorite way to decorate a pumpkin (carving, painting, etc.)?
5. What was your favorite Halloween candy as a kid?
6. Have you found/made a vegan version of it?
7. What book would you recommend someone to read if they were thinking about going vegan?
8. Do you prefer cooking or baking?
9. What do you like to do on cold, rainy days?
10. What is your favorite fruit?

And, like I said to the first round of people I nominated, please don't feel any pressure to answer the questions, especially if another blog nominated you before I did. Finally, thanks again to Hannah! (Everyone else, go check out her blog if you haven't already! She's had so many awesome recipes this MoFo; I've bookmarked a ton to try!)


Much love to all my fellow Vegan MoFo bloggers!


Peace. :)

Cuteness during Vegan MoFo

Hello on the 28th day of the Vegan Month of Food! These last three days will consist of wrap-ups; today I've compiled a list of some of my favorite Vegan MoFo posts with cute animal photos. But first, I want to quickly post a meal that I threw together last night for dinner. 


I wanted to use some stuff up, so the ingredients were as follows: What remained of the creamy mushroom soup (1/2 cup?), water (1 cup?), miso, broken fettuccine, and some frozen broccoli. The soup turned out surprisingly well for me not bothering to measure. (Not pictured: I also had two strips of Beyond Meat chicken, which I dunked in ketchup.) 



And another similar version that I had for dinner tonight: Miso with noodles, broccoli, and Gardein beefless tips. 



OK, on to the main event, here are 20 links to just some of the cuteness I saw this Vegan MoFo! (Some blogs have had multiple posts with cute animal photos, so I've just linked to the most recent post I could find.)
 

Adventures in Vegan Bento

Cat and Ju Vegan Cooking

Danielle Atkins


Detroit Made

Food Feud

Hasta La Vegan

House Vegan

In Rad Taste

Kittens Gone Lentil

Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life

Melon Collies and the Infinite Sandwich
 

Popcorn and Nooch

Rock My Vegan Socks

Rosie's Vegan Kitchen

 
The “V” Word
 

Thistle and Yellow Rose

Vegan Crunk
 
Vegan Sweet and Simple

Walks, Talks and Eats

Zsu's Vegan Pantry

Of course, Buttons and Leela wanted to make a (sleepy) contribution to the cuteness:




P.S. Bonus post coming later today!

Peace. :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Apple Man's Apples and Red's Peaches

Hello on the 27th day of the Vegan Month of Food! Today's final Veganlist is short & sweet, featuring two fruits – apples and peaches – that have appeared on The Blacklist.


The apples, of course, are those of the
Apple Man, the one who was conducting surveillance on the Keens. Sitting at his desk, he munched on an apple, watching the footage taken from multiple cameras inside their home. In “Anslo Garrick (No. 16) Conclusion” (Season 1, Episode 10), Liz discovers the surveillance site, and we meet Mr. Kaplan when she arrives to “clean up.” (Mr. Kaplan is one of my favorite minor characters & I really hope she will feature more prominently in Season 2.)

The peaches hail from “Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion” (Season 1, Episode 22), when Red goes to the Russian ambassador's place, sitting down to eat while holding the ambassador's dog and going on and on about how good the peaches are and how freestone peaches are so ideal. The ambassador warns Red to not hurt his dog, to which Red replies, “Oh my goodness, no! I'm not a monster. You really think I'd harm a dog?”

Bonus quote from
“Berlin (No. 8) Conclusion” (Season 1, Episode 22):

Red: Tell me your story. I'm not leaving here without a story.

Here's two more pictures of Buttons and Leela from yesterday.




Peace. :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meera's Avgolemono

Hello on the 26th day of the Vegan Month of Food! On today's Veganlist is Meera's avgolemono.


I was a bit nervous at first because avgolemono sounded quite non-vegan from her description of its ingredients... 


Donald: I mean, it looks like some sort of serial number...
Meera: Or an atomic number, something from a periodic table.
Donald: Why do you think that?
Meera: Because the only word I know that contains the letters “v-g” together is avgolemono.
Donald: I don't know what that is.
Meera: It's a soup. Chicken stock, egg yolks, and lemon juice. What? I cook. The point is, maybe Xiaoping Li is trying to send us a message.
 

...but when I looked up recipes online for vegan avgolemono, I was pleasantly surprised by all the results. I chose to use this recipe. It was easy to prepare; the only changes I made were using one shallot (instead of two), a darker miso, and one tablespoon of dill (two tablespoons seemed like it would be too much).


It smelled so good, and tasted even better.



I'm so glad I made the full recipe because now I have leftovers!



This has definitely become my favorite Veganlist meal, and it's something I know I'll make again, for sure. 



Bonus quotes from this episode (Season 1, Episode 19, “The Pavlovich Brothers (No. 199-122)”):

When they finally figure out Xiaoping Li's message... 




Meera: I beg your pardon?
Aram: Archimedes' formula! You know, uh, the naked guy who shouted “Eureka!” 



Meera: Why would she write down a mathematical formula?
Donald: Maybe it's some kind of a code or a language they don't understand.
Aram: Archimedes' principle indicates that the upward buoyant force, which is exerted on a body immersed in fluid, whether fully –
Meera: Aram.
Aram: Um, water displacement. Boats displace water.
Donald: She's trying to tell us how they're getting her out of the country.

And when Liz tells Tom the truth about pancakes:

Liz: If you're looking for sympathy, you might want to start with honesty. Here's an example of honesty, Tom. You've been making me pancakes for two years. I hate pancakes.

Whoops. So much for that.

This morning, Buttons decided to plop down underneath my desk, on top of my feet, so I had a comfy footwarmer who snored and made my feet fall asleep.



When Leela entered the room, Buttons got up close and personal with her, sniffing her face while Leela leaned back slightly and then just held still. As Buttons sprawled out on the floor, Leela looked up at me like, "What just happened?"



“I'm adorable!”                                  “You're a dork.”

Peace. :)