14 November 2015
12 November 2015
[caption id="attachment_4486" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Jessica the Dawn chases Little Bill the Halfpenny doll.[/caption]
Leftover mashed potatoes happen?! Yes, yes they do. Using my stand mixer to whip the boiled red potatoes made short work of the mashercizing process.
07 November 2015
01 November 2015
29 October 2015
Diagnosis: Eosinophilic esophagitis
The matriarchal side of my family has been plagued with hereditary gastrointestinal (GI) issues. My grandmother died of an unknown GI disease (this was back in Poland around 1986). My mother was plagued with years of heartburn and then eventually the inability to swallow food as a result of her esophagus shrinking. By the time she had these severe symptoms, my mother was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died when she was 65…this was 10 years ago.
24 October 2015
Digestive turmoil aside, other things I have been doing include working (open enrollment season! Aaagh!), listening to "new to me" music, instagramming my Halloween socks, following P90X Plus, sorting Legos, and writing.
New Lego Halloween Monsters in some kind of metal music video setup that TC made:
These are not Breast Cancer Awareness Month cookies. They just...I'm just going to stop here. TC asked for maraschino sugar cookies and this is what I found.
15 October 2015
11 October 2015
[caption id="attachment_4359" align="aligncenter" width="169"] Stained glass window next to the front door in the narthex of Arlington Metaphysical Chapel; view from the basement stairs.[/caption]
When TC and I went mountain bike camping a few weeks ago, one night we hung out with this older gentleman and his dog since they were the only other people at this remote camping spot. The old man kept playing classic rock and folk that neither TC or I knew (I like Pink Floyd and that's about the extent of my classic rock knowledge). He kept saying, I want them to play this song at my funeral, playing songs by Cat Stevens, JJ Cale, Jim Crochee, and Lobo.
I don't know what song I want played at my funeral, but I did hear this song recently on Pandora, "Without Faith" by ThouShaltNot. It's perfect for a scene where I plan to kill off a major character in my novel (the fourth or fifth book, actually). Why should you give a rat's ass about my killing off a character in a yet-unpublished series? You shouldn't; I'm just talking about that which makes me happy, writing. Besides the obvious that the character is an atheist, it's a haunting song, appropriate for death and dying. Maybe it's not "up there" in terms of musical virtuosity (and who am I to judge, since I can barely sing or play bassoon and guitar?), but I like it and it gave me ideas for my art.
What song do you want played at your funeral?
03 October 2015
For once I didn't eat plain leftover roasted sweet potatoes. Instead, I baked with them and made a sweet potato pie. I'm not Southern, so I made a maple-sweetened pumpkin pie with sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin and 1/4 cup of maple syrup instead of organic sugar. Besides being out of organic sugar and coconut sugar, I'm running low on "white" flours; I used half buckwheat flour in the crust recipe from this pecan pie post.
01 October 2015
26 September 2015
24 September 2015
[caption id="attachment_2892" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chia seeds in oatmeal[/caption]
19 September 2015
17 September 2015
13 September 2015
07 September 2015
Yes, I know that "pho," the Vietnamese noodle soup, does not rhyme with "faux." This recipe is also hardly authentic. Sue me.
A trip to Lucky's to get ingredients (and special Beyond Meat grilled chicken-free strips) was easier than going to Kim's Food to Go in Boulder. It's my favourite place to eat in Boulder-land.
03 September 2015
All the kale is gone from the garden; it got eaten by bugs. And now the apartment is filled with ladybugs--where were you a few weeks ago? I also pulled up some tiny beets; clearly the root veggies need more time underground.
29 August 2015
And pizzelles...you should know how to make pizzelles, tiramisu, and cannoli.
23 August 2015
20 August 2015
I don't even drink coffee. I have no clue if this will "go" with coffee or not. Pairing sourdough with sour coffee doesn't make sense to me, but I don't make the rules, I just follow them. This is my first time participating in one of these link-ups.
16 August 2015
Ordering at Chinese Restaurants when you're Gluten-Free
Pro Tip: Order the dish you desire without soy sauce or any sauce at all (steamed, you're even safer.)
Do a little research, figure out how the dish is made. Understanding how certain dishes are prepared helps you understand possible sources of gluten-containing products. Finally, if you don't care about cooking, heaven help you if you're gluten-free.
Or Maybe Not
The continual availability of new gluten-free products hasn't ceased to amaze me. People with actual Coeliac disease make up less than 1% of the US population, yet the GF foods market is valued at >$10.5 billion (in 2013). Since I pinpointed my gluten sensitivity in May 2011, I went from barely being able to find sorghum flour at ShopRite to being able to buy GF (and vegan) bread at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods (duh), Sprouts, and Safeway.
13 August 2015
Miriam at Mouthwatering Vegan created this Epic Veggie Loaf. I have nothing to add other than my substitutions:
08 August 2015
Pinterest yielded several recipes, precious few from scratch. For my junior paper on diets and religion, I picked up a series of essays on women and food, and I recall one that was elaborating on why women in the '50s felt pressured to "do it all": keeping the perfect house, dressing neatly, managing the children, and making dinners with all the new electric gadgets and convenience foods. That drive to use convenience foods is why I find some 1950's cookbooks gross (et tu, ridiculous Sunset cookbook in my grandparents' home library). I think the essay was from this book?
06 August 2015
01 August 2015
Anyway, strawberries were on sale at Lucky's.
30 July 2015
25 July 2015
In looking for an image suited for this quote (or one of those pin-able quote images"), I found a metal song by the same name. Go watch it and support an emerging band with your views.
23 July 2015
My mom made the same crust again as berry mini-pies in for Fourth of July in 2013. These are my fresh berry tarts.
20 July 2015
Father-in-law gave me two small bottles of Limoncello and said to make something. TC presented it to me as an Iron Chef Challenge. Evaluating what we had on hand, I quickly made a batch of vanilla cupcakes and set some cashews to soaking. Lemon Tiramisu it would be!
16 July 2015
12 July 2015
Videre licet, lentils and rice. Nota bene the rice was cooked with cumin and saffron.
29 June 2015
31 May 2015
Pants and Pomely had fun!
23 May 2015
16 May 2015
09 May 2015
This is some kind of chicken? Or sausage? According to my family, it was tasty...for dead flesh. /vegansnark
30 April 2015
Here's an article I saw this week about the dearth of Omega-3's and overabundance of Omega-6's in the American diet.
Hence, we have more than double the linoleic acid in our body fat as do our parents' generation, and fatty acid turnover in adipose tissue can take years. So you may feel the health effects of your diet from the past year or two, even if you switch to a healthier diet.
Besides the importance of supplementing with Omega-3's (preferably eating Omega-3 rich foods before turning to supplements), the point about the "delay" in your healthier habits taking hold reinforces the idea that you just have to give things time. The body doesn't repair itself overnight. Major health changes through behaviour change are not easy, and the rewards don't come quickly, but they will pay off with consistent effort over time.
How about some Omega-3 Powerhouse Muffins?
23 April 2015
16 April 2015
09 April 2015
Because we are Gothic Granola, we go to concerts for Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, Alternative, Electronic, and more, as the entertainment budget allows. That's a royal "we." On Tuesday we went to see Covenant at Casselman's in Denver, hosted by Club Sanctuary.
We rode on sportbike to Denver, and having seen few practical posts for wearing makeup under a full-face helmet, I decided to experiment. As I said in this post, I don't wear makeup often and I don't think it adds anything to my appearance. Most message boards I read for female riders focused on the hair, and I happen to like helmet hair (I also have short hair and a low-maintenance deathhawk, so there's not much to "ruin").
02 April 2015
26 March 2015
This is another no-recipe post. Lately, I've been making other people's recipes, and I guess it's a derivative work if I veganise/deglutenise them, but I'm not going to post the full recipes. I made peanut butter cookies and chai shortbread from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. The PB cookies were for TC and I gave away most of the chai shortbread.
19 March 2015
Before we left, we saw these two kitties in a dusty window on Main Street.
07 March 2015
Art modified from Andersoncathy on Deviant Art.
TC and I couldn't find our usual non-dairy probiotics at Sprouts this week, and he's been playing through Mass Effect 1 again, hence this picture. Today's recipe has nothing to do with Mass Effect, unless I said it was some ancient Asari cake recipe. LOL.
05 March 2015
Mmmm, back to the delicious Raw Proteins from Garden of Life.
28 February 2015
There's nothing particular about Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson's synthpop that makes me want to wash dishes; their music has a way of keeping up my momentum. I don't have any issues with dishwashing motivation, but I like music while I work.
26 February 2015
This town has become progressively buried under snow. Despite it being Colorado, high elevation, blah blah blah, northwestern New Jersey still has more snow and colder temperatures. "I like winter/ I like snow/ I like icy winds that blow."
NAME THAT CHILDREN'S BOOK!*
21 February 2015
19 February 2015
My grandparents helped TC and me get a nice waffle iron, "one that flips," as TC specified.
Previous waffle recipes I have made did not turn out well. There were mitigating factors: too much liquid, not enough liquid, the dynamics of small pans, the problems of converting traditional recipes to vegan and gluten-free. Also, the iron I had until I moved West was drenched with a peculiar sadness; it was never truly "mine."
Nevertheless, waffles, with all their nooks and crannies, hold memories. Ownie Mom made chocolate waffles on various occasions and gave us a bag of "chocolate waffle mix" for when my cousins and I went to the OBX with our grandparents. I remember my grandmother soldiering through making vegan waffles for me when I became vegan (the recipe isn't even listed here, it was that terrible and goopy of a recipe I pulled from some website). My grandparents also introduced me to the concept of ice cream and waffles. When I visited my bro Jamz in Arlington in March 2011, we made "tofu and waffles." After I became gluten-free in May 2011, I often bought Nature's Path gluten-free waffles with the Whole Foods coupons during the summer of 2011. It was then I discovered the "waffle grilled cheeze" breakfast sammich with two waffles and Daiya in the middle.