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. :)