Thursday, June 10, 2010

Long Time, No Post

I moved, and then I was preoccupied and also couldn't find my camera USB connector. I finally found it -- after all the space on the camera was used up! So I have some food and pictures to share from the last two weeks.

Lunch on the day I had to move was a burrito -- I had eaten through most of my food, and had to interrupt packing to get out and find some food.


To drink, lemonade:



We got a bunch of my stuff from the old apartment to the new one, and then I went home for the weekend. Here is a strawberry that my father is growing/grew (?):

These were so good. I love strawberries, but I feel kind of bad about buying them out-of-season, and they taste so much better when they're local and in season and very very recently picked.

So I got back to my new apartment and still didn't have very much food and was also rather sapped of energy after unpacking. So I got...another burrito! There actually is a point here, though; the first burrito is from Anna's, and the second is from QDoba. I think the QDoba one is about twice the width!

I hadn't had QDoba in a while, and I think that I actually do far prefer Anna's. This one just seemed kind of bland. It's also so wide that it's really hard to eat. I took a picture of the inside:
This had rice, black beans, lettuce, salsa, and quac in it, and the Anna's one was essentially the same. 

Now for some food that I actually made!

This is a massaged kale salad, which I have only recently started making, and which I quite like. This has corn, sundried tomatoes, and tofu sauteed with soy sauce on it, and is dressed with flax oil and rice vinegar. 

 This is some Irish Soda Bread I made yesterday. It was easy to make and really good. I did some googling around and ended up using this recipe, although I adapted it. I used almond milk for the "milk," far less than half a cup of raisins (I used up my raisins, but I was really scraping the bottom of the barrel), and soy yogurt instead of egg replacer. I think that the egg replacer could probably be done without, but I had the soy yogurt, so I used it. I also added about a tablespoon of sugar, which made it very very slightly sweet.

I probably ate close to half of this loaf yesterday, some with strawberry jam and some plain.

I'm just settling into my new apartment now. The kitchen is pretty much set, but I'm still working on getting the other two rooms unpacked and put together. It's in a basement, and the temperature is a welcome change from my old third floor oven as the summer begins.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eight Facts

Hello!

I have been incredibly lazy, mainly about actually uploading pictures so that I have something to post. I am moving in a few days and trying to pack and send cover letters in for jobs. I did want to post something, so I'm filling eight random facts about myself below:

Random Fact about Me #1:
I have two cats.

Random Fact about Me #2:
I hate running. It is about the last thing I would want to do.

Random Fact about Me #3:
I've been doing martial arts since I was in sixth grade.

Random Fact about Me #4:
I became vegan in January 2010. As someone who ate a lot of eggs and cheese and ice cream, I've been surprised by how, for the most part, I haven't really had cravings for those things.

Random Fact about Me #5:
When I was four, I liked to play Ninja Turtles, although I had never seen the TV show and had very little idea of what they were.

Random Fact about Moi #6:
My undergraduate degree was in journalism, but none of my varied potential careers at this point involve being a print journalist.

Random Fact about Me #7:
In my ice cream, the more stuff the better. This is why I used to love Ben and Jerry's, and I'll often mix plain ice cream with cookies or brownies.

Random Fact about Me #8:
I own way too many books.

This is Elphaba.



And this is Tadhg. Pronounced like the first half of Tiger. I got them my third year of college when I was living off-campus and realized that, yes, I could have animal companionship!




Friday, May 21, 2010

Introduction

I’m not very good at introductions. I am starting a blog, which I think at the moment will be mostly about food, in light of my recentish conversion to veganism and desire to experiment more in the kitchen.

Now, I have a picture of my dinner, but I want to preface it, because I feel like it looks like I didn’t eat anything. And I actually eat quite a lot. This morning, I had crew practice at 5:45, and I overslept, so I grabbed a muffin on my way out the door. After practice, we went out to breakfast, where I had homefries, toast with jelly, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, and tea. Then I got home, napped a bit, and decided that I needed more caffeine, so I had some coffee with Silk soy creamer and sugar, and another muffin.



I made the muffins last night. They’re the cocoa raspberry muffins from Vegan Brunch, but I used a frozen mix of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries. I think cherries make anything better. I also added almond slivers on top.

Anyway, at this point I was pretty stuffed, so I delayed lunch for a while, and around 4, I had some leftover udon noodles with miso, soy sauce, and flax oil. So I didn’t have dinner until around 8, and I still wasn’t really that hungry.



This is zesty orange mojo baked tofu from the Viva Vegan cookbook. I’ve made a few things from this book already, and I’m really excited about it. This tofu had the best texture of any tofu I’ve had, really chewy and almost crusty on the outside, and the flavor in the marinade was pretty good, too. On the side is sauteed spinach, and the drink is some iced pomegranate green tea — pretty color, no?