Saturday, May 20, 2017

Creamy Mushroom Pasta (My cat loves Daiya!)

Hi everyone! When I saw the creamy mushroom pasta on My cat loves Daiya!, I knew I’d have to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did. This recipe is absolutely perfect – I finished up the last of the leftovers for my lunch today, and I already want to make it again! Just need to get more mushrooms first!

Here’s Daisy being a cutie in the sunshine...

Peace. :)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

ANZAC Biscuit Smoothie (Kittens Gone Lentil)

Hi everyone! Sorry I missed posting last week; it was quite busy! The march and rally for Un Día Sin Inmigrantes on May 1 went really well; here’s a link to an article about it: Phoenixville community members hold immigration rally. The next day, Zach and I headed out on a road trip to Maine! There wasn’t anything too exciting food-wise; we kept it simple (oatmeal, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, random snacks, and Subway sandwiches haha), so I didn’t bother to take pictures. (I did, however, take 450+ nature photos, which I still need to sort through.) To get back into the swing of weekly blogging with a simple recipe, I tried one that Susan (Kittens Gone Lentil) shared for an ANZAC biscuit smoothie. It was easy to make & so delicious! Definitely give it a try!

Here’s Leela sleeping on the bed...

Peace. :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

April MiniMoFo: Asparagus, Mushroom, & Parsnip Stir-Fry

Hi everyone! April’s MiniMoFo theme is “in season,” so I picked three (asparagus, mushrooms, & parsnips) from the Seasonal Food Guide for PA in late April. I used the asparagus nut stir-fry recipe, replacing the peppers and walnuts with parsnips and mushrooms, and serving it atop farfalle pasta. This was my first time having parsnips, but I wasn’t really a fan. (I steamed them for a bit, then added them to the stir-fry to cook further.) All in all, though, it was fun to try something new (and seasonal), and the rest of the dish was pretty good!

Here are Buttons and Cringer sharing the couch...

Peace. :)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Vegan Easter 2017

Hi everyone! On Sunday, Zach & I hosted Easter. For a snack, we had Miyoko's chive & garlic herb cheeses with crackers... 

Next was an Easter vegetable soup (we also had rolls, made by Zach’s mom)…

And for dinner, we had: 

Tofurky ham!

Roasted red potatoes (made by my mom)

Boiled potatoes with caramelized onions & dill

Roasted asparagus (with canola oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper)

And green beans (also by my mom)

Here’s a picture of my full plate… 

Dessert was a messy but yummy chocolate mousse pie with So Delicious coco whip to top it off, but I forgot to take a picture!

Here are Cringer and Daisy being sunshine kitties in the doorway…

Peace. :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rice Paper Bacon

Hi everyone! I know I’m late to the party, but this week I finally made rice paper bacon! It was one of the recipes at the Vegan Pledge cooking demo back in March, so I got a taste of it then, and I could not believe how amazing it was – it’s seriously the most bacon-y of all vegan bacons I have tried! So having seen how it was done, I decided this week to make a batch myself. 

I used several slices (broken in half) in a vegan bacon, egg, & cheese sandwich on a toasted bagel. (The egg was sliced tofu with turmeric & kala namak, which I baked for around 20 minutes, flipping once. The cheese was a slice of Chao tomato cayenne.) It was so good! 

Here’s Daisy being a loaf kitty on the computer this morning. 

On Thursday we did some sidewalk chalk art in town to spread the word about May 1 (Un Día Sin Inmigrantes / A Day Without Immigrants). It was really fun; it’s been a while since I’ve worked with chalk, haha! Several people got upset with us even though A) chalk easily washes away and B)
borough codes regarding “defacement” and “graffiti” (which is what people were accusing us of doing) state that there is no prohibition on the use of chalk. Friday afternoon, a fellow activist reported that someone had washed it all away. On the positive side, lots of people got to see our art before it was removed!

Peace. :)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Soft Pretzels & Dip (Cook Eat Delicious! & KZCAKES)

Hi everyone! This week I made soft pretzels using this Cook Eat Delicious! recipe; they turned out great! I also made KZCAKES’ “perfect dip” (yellow mustard, sriracha, and agave), which went really well with the pretzels!

Oh, and of course I’ve already made another tater tot casserole! In a pie dish, I mixed together half a bag of tater tots; 1 can corn & 1 can black beans (both drained & rinsed); and 1 can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, which I did not drain. Then I sprinkled on some Daiya cheddar shreds and baked it at 425°F for 45 minutes. The top got all nice & crispy, while the bottom stayed soft. It was really good!

Here’s Cringer being a cutie. She’s resting next to Leela’s mouse, and then she gives the toy a few curious sniffs. She looks like a little kitten when she tilts her head down!

In other news, Sunday’s rally went really well! I arrived early with the other volunteers and handed out more flyers before it started. A good-sized crowd showed up, including families with kids. There were some people with drums, which was fun, and lots of people held signs. A few people even brought their dogs. The rally progressed through several speakers (in both English and Spanish), including the mayor and local organizers and activists. After it ended, most people stayed for a bit to talk in smaller groups. You can read an article about the rally here. The next big event will be the May 1 march & rally for Un Día Sin Inmigrantes (A Day Without Immigrants).

Peace. :)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tater Tot Casserole (My Blissful Journey)

Hi everyone! This week, I made the tater tot casserole from My Blissful Journey (I added a can of corn). It was really easy to prepare, and tasty, too! The leftovers have been awesome as well!

Here are Daisy and Leela looking out the window at the birds...

In other news, early Friday evening, Cosecha Phoenixville led an action to bring awareness to an upcoming event: Un Día Sin Inmigrantes (A Day Without Immigrants), which will take place on May 1. We held a banner in town, handed out flyers to people walking by, and did a few chants. It was rainy and cold, but most of the people I gave flyers to & spoke with seemed interested. We also got honks and waves in support, and the rain eventually took a break near the end. I’m really glad I went, and next on the agenda is tomorrow’s rally to show support for the undocumented community in Phoenixville. I’m excited!

Peace. :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

White Bean and Cabbage Soup (Plant Based Living)

Hi everyone! This week I tried the White Bean and Cabbage Soup from Plant Based Living. I haven't made soup in a while, and now that it is finally spring, I figured I should have some before it warms up too much. The soup turned out really well; it was simple to make and very tasty. 

The leftovers are great, too; I've been adding some orzo to make the soup a bit more filling.

Here are Buttons, Cringer, and Daisy being sunshine kitties. Daisy decided to get even closer to the other two when she noticed I was taking pictures, hehe!

Protest reflection time! The protest this Tuesday was small, but right near the end, a man got agitated enough by our few signs ("Resist," "Phoenixville loves our immigrant community," and "Refugees are welcome here") that he decided to pull his car over, park, and approach our group of mostly women to demand that we explain to him why we were protesting. He could clearly read our signs, so his angry insistence that we explain ourselves made it clear that he was looking for a fight. The two women and I didn't engage, but the one man in the group decided to argue with him, loudly and right behind us, which was rather uncomfortable. I mean, I could have easily seen this coming to blows. We moved a few steps away from the confrontation, but it wasn't long before we noticed the time and had to call it a day anyway.

Apart from this guy's repeated "I'm a Christian, I believe in Jesus Christ" (he apparently thinks Jesus would turn away refugees and deport immigrants), he kept insisting that "Trump is just trying to protect us." 

Who is "us"? My definition of "us" includes refugees and immigrants, so there is no way Trump can protect us with things like the Muslim ban, raids, and deportations. I hope that the presence of our little group made this guy realize that not everyone has given in to fear and xenophobia. He may have, but we haven't. 

Who knows, maybe one day, he'll decide he doesn't want to be afraid anymore, either.

Peace. :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Veggies (VegWeb)

Hi everyone! This week I decided to try making a vegan version of corned beef and cabbage. I found this recipe on VegWeb. I used the Morningstar vegan steak strips for the "beef" and left out the horseradish, but I had to bake it for closer to 2 hours for the potatoes to get soft. I also ended up just mixing the flour into the dish (instead of separating everything from the broth so the flour could get mixed with that for gravy). It was good, though I'm not sure I'd make it again (or if I did, I'd definitely pre-boil the potatoes so it wouldn't take so long). The leftovers were great, though; this is another dish that seems to be better as leftovers haha.

Here's "if-I-fits-I-sits" Cringer; she really wanted to share the top of the cat tower with Daisy...

Peace. :)

Friday, March 10, 2017

March MiniMoFo: Baked Stuffed Shells (Vegan Vittles)

Hi everyone! March's MiniMoFo theme is "stuffed and filled foods" -- aka, the prompting I needed to finally make vegan stuffed shells! I used the recipe in Vegan Vittles, halving it, with some further modifications: using Chipotle Vegenaise instead of a plain vegan mayonnaise, Italian seasoning (which included basil) instead of just basil, only 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, and some FYH vegan mozzarella (shredded) instead of vegan Parmesan. The stuffed shells turned out great, but definitely spicy due to the Chipotle Vegenaise haha! Zach liked them, too, so I'll definitely make these again for us! (They are also great as leftovers.)

In other news, the PAN Vegan Pledge is going well! There are 22 people taking the pledge -- so many that some mentors, myself included, were assigned two people to mentor! On Saturday, we're having a first week celebration dinner at Thai L'Elephant, a restaurant in town with a vegan section in their menu.

I've been continuing to attend the Tuesday protests in Phoenixville; this week, I made a new, double-sided sign using the cardboard of a cereal box (it was raining at the start & I didn't want my bigger sign to get wet -- this one was small enough for me to hold safely under my umbrella).

Here are Leela and Buttons being sunshine kitties ...

Peace. :)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

BBQ Cauliflower Wings (My cat loves Daiya!)

Hi everyone! This week I tried My cat loves Daiya!'s recipe for Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Wings, minus the spicy part since I was out of hot sauce haha. I had them with mac & cheese & peas. They were so good; I definitely want to make them again once I get some hot sauce!

In other news, the Phoenixville PAN Vegan Pledge starts tomorrow; I'm mentoring again, so I'm excited!

Here's Leela and Buttons sharing the bed...

Peace. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Peachy Raspberry Cobbler (Isa Does It)

Hi everyone! I made another red recipe this week -- the Peachy Raspberry Cobbler from Isa Does It. It was really good, though a bit too sweet, so I'll just decrease the sugar the next time I make it.

In other news, I made the spiced nuts again with some adjustments -- 1 T Bragg liquid aminos and a heaping teaspoon of chili powder -- and they turned out much better this time!

I also tried two new chocolate bars this month (they were on sale for Valentine's Day hehe). I liked the raspberry one, and the salted almond one was really good, too -- better than I'd expected!

Here are the sleepy, cuddly sisters, Cringer & Daisy...

Peace. :)