Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dreena Burton's "Gimme Chimis"

I've had Dreena Burton's "Eat, Drink, and be Vegan" since it was published, and I only last night made her Gimme Chimis.

They were amazing.

(I'm stealing her picture from the above link - my picture is awful and won't do them any justice.)

So good. My husband loved them too and my kid said they "were pretty good, but not the favorite thing in my life." Well, obviously ;) 

I followed the recipe exactly but used tofu instead of tempeh. I cut it into tiny cubes, fried them till they had a little more texture, and added them in.

You have to try this recipe!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cupcakes! So, well...gluten free, at least!

In keeping with yesterday's post about eating gluten free and returning to healthier food...well, I'll keep eating gluten free at least.

I have some tiny Enjoy Life chocolate chips that have been calling my name, so I made cupcakes. About a year ago I went through Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and divided some of the recipes in quarters, so that I could make 3 cupcakes at a time. In theory. Also, 3 cupcakes = 12 mini cupcakes. 

So I made 3 gluten free cupcakes for me and 6 for the kid and husband to share. I ran out of cocoa powder so the frosting is only a little bit chocolate-y and a lot bit sugar-y. *twitch*

On the left is the gluten free one and the regular one is on the right. I totally spaced and left the oil out of the gluten free ones (I'm writing two books, I'm easily distracted), but with all that frosting I can't really tell anyway. 

Twenty-two days until we move!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Returning to GF & Sensible Eating & Increasing Vegan Level

Okay, so in addition to being a bad food blogger, I've also been a bad gluten-free eater and have gained a few pounds. So not cool. 

One of the many perks of moving is that I am so excited to leave NC. I am like a 12th generation New Englander and I do not belong in the south, land of the humid, where lizards roam free. This means that I am really happy to be going as close to home as the Army is currently willing to send us, and life should be happier and easier and I will actually be willing to do something crazy, like go for a walk outside and take the kid to the park.

Until then, I can eat gluten free, though the main food focus for the next month is to use up all the food we have on hand.

So I used to be really picky about I liked tempeh - I liked Katie's Tempeh Wingz, Isa's Biscuits and Gravy, Isa's Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes, and that was it. 

In the last few months, something weird has happened - I even like my tempeh plain, right out of the package! Crazy, right? My FB vegan friends and I theorize my vegan level is increasing ;) It's been about 10 years since I went vegan, so maybe that's it. 

I got some of Schar's gluten free ciabatta buns the other day, and I decided I needed tempeh salad to top my roll. Off I googled, where I found Hungry Hungry Hippie's recipe. I lazied it up for me and made a 1/4 batch. Mine had tempeh, relish, tamari, apple cider vinegar (lazier than lemon juice), dill, garlic powder, and half the amount of vegenaise. I really liked it, but the kiddo thought it was gross. 

Today or tomorrow I'll straighten my fridge and pantry, make a list, and take pics to show you all what I'm working with. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Over 100,000 Page Views + We're Moving!!!

Awww I love you all! My blog just passed 100,000 page views! Maybe I'll try another giveaway soon! I wonder if I have anything here that you guys can't get there? Gluten free duck pasta aside... :)

In other news, we've been in Fayetteville for 4 years and 9 months as of July. And as of July, WE'RE FINALLY FREAKING LEAVING. Phew! I am an 11th generation New Englander, and I do not belong in the south. As of July-ish, we'll be in way upstate NY, north of Syracuse! Syracuse...that has a vegan restaurant with a ton of milkshakes! SO EXCITING. I will eat my weight in fresh apples. I will get snowed in. I will have less heat/humidity migraines. I won't be afraid for my life.


Saturday, May 03, 2014

Dinner stuffs!

Buffalo tempeh, gluten free pasta, dino kale, and Alicia's amazing alfredo sauce, which is ridiculously easy to make.

Barbecue tofu, canned vegetarian baked beans, french cut green beans. Am I the only one who thinks being french cut makes them yummier?

Vegan with a Vengeance pizza crust, gluten freed. Some rice flour, some oat flour, some chickpea flour. I love oat flour these days, and it always tastes good, even if it doesn't rise right.

Not gluten free. Gardein meatballs and kale. If they'd take the fennel out of these meatballs, they'd be amazing. As is, I don't need them.

I gluten freed chickpea cutlets! Feel like a genius. Subbed 1/3 cup soy flour for the gluten and crumbs and added just over 1 teaspoon xanthum gum. 

Friday, May 02, 2014

Breakfast things!

Everyone loves breakfast foods, right?

Scramble tofu tacos!

The Vegan Brunch raised waffles, gluten freed!

And VB Chesapeake Bay Tempeh Cakes, gluten freed. So good. Even picky husband loved them!

Raised waffles, home fries, boring scramble. I thought if the scramble was plain the husband would like it. Instead, none of us did. Alas. I ate it cold the next day on tacos with black salt.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Since I Was Away...Cupcakes!

Well since I was away for so long, I at least owe you cupcakes, right? 

This first cupcake is vegan AND gluten free. Go me, even the husband loved it! 

Red velvet with vanilla frosting.

Lemon with lemon frosting! I gave some of these to young adult authors Meagan Spooner, Jessica Spotswood, Alexandra Duncan, and Nathan Kotecki. (Go read their books!)

Gluten free vegan cookies hanging out next to leftover frosting. I made the Vegan with a Vengeance ones and gluten freed them! They were so good I made them again, but bigger. The flour subs I used are on my instagram account, which is private, but I think you can go there with a direct link.

So, there you have it. Apology baked goods. :D

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Disney 2014!

I know, I was gone forever again, but I'm back with Disney food pics! With the exception of 2 dessert pics, everything here is vegan and most of it is gluten free (at a certain point, my gluten rash came back so I assumed I'd been gluten-ed so I ate some anyway (again, I'm intolerant, not allergic)). 

Raglan Road - risotto. It was amazing. I almost cried when I couldn't eat any more. XGFX. Dessert was just fruit, sad.

We have been trying to get into Chef Mickey's for years. We finally made it in, but it really wasn't all that. The buffet wasn't high in choices and it took FOREVER for a chef to come, and the waitress kept forgetting to bring me a water (but did get the soy for my coffee). Waffles and a cupcake! XGFX.

Akershus salad bar. Yummy! XGFX.

Akershus. Some sort of veggie quinoa thing and a roll. Freaking awesome. XGFX. I forget what dessert was, so we can be assured it probably wasn't that impressive.

XGFX waffles (Flounder and Ariel!) at the Art of Animation quick serve restaurant. I dealt with 3 chefs there during our stay, and they were all super nice.

Art of Animation quick serve dinner. Indian! Plus bread instead of naan (sigh). The spinach wasn't great but the rest was. And a 4 pack of babycakes brownies counted as a dessert! XGFX.

Sana'a at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Only one of the spreads with the package wasn't vegan (the raita, of course) and the naan and onion whatever weren't good for me so I got pappadums. So much yummy.

Sana'a meal, pappadums behind the plate. Two chickpea things. I forget what, but yum. XGFX.

Sana'a dessert - fresh made sorbet! Pineapple and coconut and a mango puree and fruit. The best dessert in the place. The pineapple sorbet was good but the coconut was amazing - like clouds. So good. XGFX.

The husband's dessert (not vegan).

The stepson's cheesecake! (Not vegan.)

Okay so we went to Mama Melrose's at Hollywood Studios, and my gluten rash was going crazy, so I thought FINE, I will eat gluten at the italian restaurant, because they had this great sounding mushroom flatbread. Well the gluten free dough has eggs, and the regular has whey. The chef said that with advanced notice they could make a vegan dough, but not gluten free. 

Here's whole wheat pasta with veggies. It was great, and I do not like whole wheat pasta.

XGFX pizza from the Art of Animation restaurant!

My childhood dreams, realized with a personalized Mickey hat and a Princess Kneesa.

Epcot was having it's flower festival and so they had a ton of specialty food carts. This is an eggplant scallop with remoulade and spaghetti squash. I don't like spaghetti squash but I wanted to lick this thing clean. Vegan, probably gluten free, but I didn't verify that.

Tokyo Dinner in Epcot! The kid loves her veggie sushi.

Here's the fun sounding tempura/sushi platter vegan'ed, so steamed veggies instead of tempura. Alas. Still good!

Mickey waffles at Olivia's cafe. XGFX.

Cutting her own pancakes! 

Maybe a non food post later in the week for other Disney pics :)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Years Food

Today's ugly food - the hottie black eyed peas and greens from Isa's Appetite for Reduction. The best black eyed pea recipe I've ever had - even the kid and husband like it! Kiddo finished her bowl for dinner, so that was super exciting b

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2014 - Resolutions?

Part of me hates New Year's resolutions, part of me loves them. Mostly, I think I hate them. You pin so much on the start of a year. "Well last year sucked, but THIS year, this is THE YEAR." I think in most cases, it's just more days. Every day is a new day, a new chance. The year is not out to get you, people. I promise. Just hang in there. 

"Every passing moment is another chance to turn it all around." (Man, I love that quote. I have it memorized. I did sort of forget it was from Vanilla Sky though. Alas. Of course, I also love "I am beset by the ironies of my life" from The Last Samurai...)

Just, do the best you can, every day. Work towards a goal, every day. There are these people out there who accomplish SO MUCH and it's just mind boggling. But how much time do I spend sitting on my butt, watching TV? Too much. I did recently connect my love of books and TV though - they're stories. Duh. (Currently I'm binging USA's "Suits." I love most of the other USA shows, so why not? Psych, White Collar, Monk, Covert Affairs... why not another one, right?)

1. SEE BASTILLE LIVE IN CONCERT. I had tickets last year, but to their closest show, which was in Philly. A 16 hour drive round trip with a 7 year old? No. BUT IT WILL HAPPEN. 

Look. If you don't like Bastille, I'm not sure we can be friends. I mean, we can be, but I'll wonder about you. Your taste is suspect. Their original stuff is great, their remakes are great. Just, go. Listen. Indulge in Bastille. You're welcome. (Picture I said that Sadie style, a la MTV's amazing show, Awkward.)

2. Get my migraines under control through diet and exercise (I ordered P90X3 yesterday! I am very excited for: 30 minute work-outs, Tony in a higher quality picture (dare to dream for HD Tony), and a meal plan that isn't EAT ALL THE MEATZ). I'm going to juice more, and have more smoothies and salads. I'm a vegan, for heaven's sake. Why do I have weeks where I don't eat a single salad? Madness. (I'm not a big Muse fan for the most part, but I kind of like this song. Also, the title is right.)

3. Finish my first novel. I wrote just over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo, and then I got distracted by holiday things, but I have spent a lot of time thinking about my novel, so I'm ready to get back to it. ONWARD. Will it suck? Will it get published? I have no idea. But I can't just not do it and lament what could have been, can I? (I have read some books this year that are not that good and fill me with hope for myself.)

4. Get more organized. When you grow up without organization, you don't really catch on, and before you know it, you're in your 30s and your house is a mess. 

Okay, that's pretty much it, actually. LIVE EACH DAY. Unless of course you have 2 1/2 weeks of the flu, like I just had, in which case, you lay on your backside and watch TV and drink ginger ale and eat too many gluten free pretzels and feel bad for yourself. 

YOUR goal. Bastille.