Thursday, September 21, 2017

September MiniMofo: Bananana Dakry

Hi everyone! September’s MiniMoFo asks us to make something inspired by a book, so I chose Terry Pratchett’s Witches Abroad (of his Discworld books, the ones with the witches are my favorites; this one I especially loved for all the letters Nanny Ogg wrote home while they were away). In the middle of the book, Nanny procures drinks for herself and the two other witches…

“‘I said to the man, “What kind of fruit drinks do people drink around here?” and this is what he gave me. Made from bananas. A banana drink. You’ll like it. It’s what everyone drinks here. It’s got bananas in it.’
‘It’s certainly very ... strongly flavored,’ said Magrat, sipping hers cautiously. ‘Has it got sugar in it too?’
‘Very likely,’ said Nanny. She looked at Granny’s middle-distance frown for a moment, and then picked up her pencil and licked the end professionally.

Anywey one good thing is the drink here is v. cheap theres this one called a Bananana dakry which is basicly Rum with a bananana* in it. I can feel it doin me good. It is v. damp here. I hope we find somewhere to stay tonigt I expect we shal because Esme alweys falls on her feet or at any rate on someones feet. I have drawern a picture of a banananana dakry you can see it is empty right down to the bottom. Love, MUM XXXX
*Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana,’ but didn’t know how you stopped.” (p. 190-191)

I used this recipe, substituting the rum & triple sec with pineapple juice for a non-alcoholic version, and it was really good! Like Nanny, I made sure to draw a picture when I was done…

...which actually inspired a plan for this year’s Vegan Month of Food (be sure to sign up quickly if you want to participate; sign ups close September 22) – I’ll be following the daily prompts and including a little sharpie sketch of my food because I also want to participate in Inktober.

Here are Cringer and Daisy sharing the cat tower by the window...

Peace. :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Simple Stir Fry (Long Island Vegan)

Hi everyone! This week I made a stir fry with the recipe Sarah shared on Long Island Vegan. I used tempeh, mushrooms, an orange bell pepper, and some frozen peas & carrots. The stir fry came together really well and was delicious served over white rice! The leftovers were really good, too! 

I caught Leela mid-meow; she looks like such a little goof… 

Peace. :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Apple Cider Popsicles (House Vegan)

Hi everyone! I’d been hoping to make at least one more batch of popsicles before fall, and I found the perfect recipe over at House Vegan! These apple cider popsicles were easy to make, and didn’t require a blender, which was nice (less to clean up afterwards, haha!). I had one today, and it was really good! I don’t think I’ve ever had an apple-flavored popsicle before, so this was new but definitely fun and seemed perfect for this time of year, with fall right around the corner... 

Here’s Buttons napping in the sunshine... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Potatoes, Garden Veggies, and Some Treats

Hi everyone! This week I had lots of potato meals and finished up my garden carrots… 

I also tried to embrace the cooler weather with some mashed potatoes and lightly-steamed green beans, which were a gift from another neighbor… 

Zach and I finally found some Miyoko’s VeganMozz, so last night, we gave it a try on pizza bagels! When I first pulled them out of the oven, it didn’t look like the cheese had melted at all, but pressing down lightly with a fork spread the cheese out nicely. And of course, it was delicious! 

Oh, and I can’t forget to share the goodies I got from Vegan Treats at Bethlehem VegFest last week! The lemon blueberry cheesecake was absolutely amazing, and I warmed up the sticky bun and had it for breakfast the next day; yum! 

Here’s a sleepy Cringer, photo by Zach... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

August MiniMoFo: Outdoor Eats

Hi everyone! Zach and I went on a roadtrip to St. Louis, Missouri, so we could be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. The day before the eclipse, we had both lunch and dinner outside, so it was perfect for August’s MiniMoFo!

We arrived in St. Louis around lunchtime on Sunday, so we stopped at the all-vegan Seedz Cafe.

I ordered the rice & beans, and Zach got the last BBQ black bean burger. It was such a good lunch, but so filling that I could only eat half, so I had the leftovers for dinner the next night. Zach enjoyed his burger, but he said it was a bit spicy; I tried a bite & it was good.

Rice & beans, with a spicy, cheesy sauce, as well as salsa and avocado and greens.

BBQ black bean burger, with tortilla chips and salad.

For dinner, we went to the Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles; the menu is mostly vegetarian.

I ordered the vegan hummus sandwich (“Hummina-Hummina” as it’s called on the menu, haha!), and it was really good. It was served with veggie straws.

On Monday, we watched the eclipse in a field at Cliff Cave Park. It was a really hot day, and at the beginning of the eclipse, in between taking peeks through the telescope, I hid under my umbrella to keep out of the sun. Once it got nearer totality, however, it started to cool off so I didn't need the umbrella anymore. The shadows began to look all weird, and then it got darker until it looked like sunset all around us; at the moment of totality, we could look directly at the eclipse. It was so neat, and everyone in the park was cheering, and then just like that, it was done. The sunlight returned; we looked through the telescope a bit more as the eclipse tapered off, and then we packed up. It was such an incredible experience, and I’m so glad we went!

Bonus outdoor eats: Today we went to the Bethlehem VegFest, and I got the buffalo chik’n & mac-n-cheese bowl from Freakin’ Vegan. The buffalo chik’n was a bit spicy, but it was so, so good!

Here’s Buttons sharing the bed with Leela and Daisy...

Peace. :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Harvests and More

Hi everyone! This week has been a bit chaotic with getting some house repairs done, but I’ve still managed to cook some good meals, prepare more pickles, and harvest more veggies... 

Over the weekend, our neighbor gave us a bag of tomatoes from his garden, so I made another big batch of the spinach tomato linguine

And then on Wednesday night, I made one of my favorite recipes, the veganized orange chik’n from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food, because I had some tofu I needed to use up. 

On Thursday, I made two jars of pickles and steamed some snow peas (store-bought due to the bunnies eating my snow pea sprouts) to add to the veganized orange
chik’n leftovers, which made it even better! 

And then I harvested all of my carrots; they turned out a bit short and chubby, so I think I need to dig even deeper next year when I’m preparing the soil for them. So, these 13, plus the one that Zach pulled earlier, for a total of 14 carrots. And of course the cherry tomatoes keep coming... 

Today I made a final jar of pickles with the last of the harvested cucumbers. I’ve pulled up all my cucumber plants since they were dying, so my grand total for cucumbers this year was 95!

Here’s a sunshine-y Cringer… 

P.S. Tonight I went to a solidarity with Charlottesville rally here in Phoenixville; there was an incredible turnout. I made this sign for it... 

Peace. :)