Saturday, January 20, 2018

Potato and Cashew Alfredo (My cat loves Daiya!)

Hi everyone! This week I tried the potato and cashew Alfredo from My cat loves Daiya! It came together really easily, and I ladled some of it over whole-wheat linguine. Yum! 

And today I used some of the leftover Alfredo sauce to make a mac & cheese with celery (and sriracha on top); it was really good! 

Daisy, Leela, and Cringer say hi... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mushroom Gravy

Hi everyone! This week I made mushroom gravy; here’s my recipe... 

Mushroom Gravy

2 cups sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup water
½ teaspoon liquid smoke

Saute the mushrooms with the canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mushrooms have softened, add the flour, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, then add ¼ cup water, stir, then add the final ¼ cup water. Continue stirring, add the liquid smoke, and then blend the gravy. Makes 1 cup gravy. 

Served over mashed potatoes.

Here are Cringer and Daisy enjoying a restful moment on the packing paper they’ve been playing with recently... 

And Leela, who posed for her picture this morning... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January MiniMoFo: Chickpea Noodle Soup (VegNews)

Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! January’s MiniMoFo prompt is “Creating Warmth,” so I made the chickpea noodle soup from the most recent VegNews. (My modifications: I used vegan chicken broth instead of the water and miso paste, shallots instead of the onion, and dried parsley instead of fresh. I also left out the caraway seeds.) It came together really well, and was perfect for the snowy, blustery day we had on Thursday. The leftovers were really good, too!

Here are Leela, Daisy, and Cringer, always finding their spots in the sun...

Peace. :)

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017

To wrap up 2017, here are a few “bests” from my year...

Eight Best Books (of the 52 I read): Cordelia’s Honor (Lois McMaster Bujold); The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Naomi Klein); Lords and Ladies (Terry Pratchett); History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund); A People’s History of the United States (Howard Zinn); Etta and Otto and Russell and James (Emma Hooper); The Shepherd’s Crown (Terry Pratchett); and Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Lois McMaster Bujold).

Best New Experience: Going to protests – I went to 14 different protests, rallies, and vigils this year, in addition to other activism events and meetings!

Two Best Adventures: My roadtrips with Zach to Maine – to explore Acadia National Park – and Missouri – for the solar eclipse!

Best Harvest: Cucumbers – I harvested 95 cucumbers from my garden this year!

Best Timing: The Vegan Month of Food – Vegan MoFo taking place in October coincided with the absolute worst part of this year for me (Buttons’ cancer, her declining health, and her passing), and yet it helped me keep it together in spite of all of that was going on. I could hang out with Buttons while she rested, reading about all the great food everyone was enjoying around the world; in those moments, I was experiencing the lives of other people instead of dwelling on all the worries and anxieties I had for my dear Buttons girl. Additionally, if I hadn’t committed to posting every day and trying new foods and fun recipes, I know I wouldn’t have eaten well in October; Vegan MoFo kept me cooking, and I sketched my food every day as part of Inktober as well. The Vegan MoFo community was so incredibly supportive during this difficult time; all the comments and love and understanding definitely got me through it. Thank you so much, everyone! <3

What are some “bests” from your 2017, and what are you looking forward to in 2018? I’m excited to read more good books, cook and eat more good food, grow my garden, cuddle with my kitties, make more art, and have some fun adventures! 

Thanks for reading and commenting this year, and I’ll see you again soon!

Peace. :)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas 2017

Hi everyone! We had two Christmas celebrations this year, the first with Zach’s family on the day before Christmas. For snacks, we had Miyoko’s & Treeline cheeses with crackers; fruit; and tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa. Then we had orzo with roasted broccoli and tomatoes and some really good bread. Dessert was lots of vegan goodies, and the only thing I remembered to take a picture of! 

Christmas Day we spent with my family – we had a vegan chicken noodle soup (prepared by my dad) to start, then dinner…

Field Roast celebration roast and agave-glazed carrots (prepared together by me), corn and mac (prepared by my sister), and roasted red potatoes and green beans (prepared by my mom)

For dessert, I had a peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie and a big piece of apple pie. I took a bunch of leftovers home, including a tin of cookies that I
m still enjoying!

Fitting with all this talk of good food, I got some pictures of the kitties “washing up” after eating one day. Leela, as you can see, take this whole business very seriously…

“What on Earth are they doing?”

…But Cringer and Daisy like to be as goofy and dramatic as possible when cleaning themselves up… 

Might as well have fun with it, I guess, haha!

Peace. :)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Riced Cauliflower

Hi everyone! Something new I tried this week was riced cauliflower; I had it with Gardein porkless bites and broccoli for my dinner on Thursday. It was pretty good, and the leftovers were great, too!

Here are the kitties enjoying the sunshine on the solstice…

And here’s the ornament Zach and I got for our tree this year...

Peace. :)