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. :)