Month: September 2015

Day 17 – Traditional Local Dish

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I immediately thought of crab cakes for this challenge (although I did read the Wikipedia page on Baltimore cuisine where I learned about the chicken box. Maybe Gardein can make a veganize version of that for Maryland). I found this recipe by Ayinde Howell for Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes on One Green Planet. There’s a lot of Old Bay seasoning in this recipe so it’s on the salty side, but the texture and flavor was really good. I will definitely make it again.

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Day 15 – Obama is your Dinner Guest

President Obama and I go way back. We used to work out in the same gym in Chicago. It wasn’t unusual to see Secret Service agents roaming the halls of our apartment building, but one morning I got to see Obama, too. The agents and bomb-sniffing dogs did a sweep so I know Obama is on his way. This is when I had a two and a half hour commute and I had to catch an early enough bus or else I’d miss my train that ran every two hours. I was anxious for him to get there before I had to leave. The main entrance to the gym was to my right so I glanced that direction every so often. I was not aware that there was a back entrance to the gym, which of course is what he used. When I turned my head to the left to wipe the sweat off my forehead, Obama was right there. I was so surprised that I just turned around and kept going with my workout. Meanwhile, everyone else is politely nodding and saying “good morning.” 

Sorry, Obama! Come over for teriyaki stir fry and I’ll make it up to you!
  
  
This is a pretty good dish for a non-vegan. It’s loaded with familiar veggies but it has a little tofu if they want to step outside their comfort zone. Plus, who doesn’t love teriyaki sauce? 

Day 13  – Kitchen Tour

  
I’ve been looking at all the awesome vegan kitchens on Instagram, so I’m here to add my very suburban vegan kitchen. I love my new kitchen. It’s so bright and sunny. As much as I miss our old loft, the kitchen was so dark. I had to take food to the living room to get a decent photo. 

Things I love about my kitchen:

  • an island – my first kitchen island!
  • the wide refrigerator – it’s probably not any bigger than a standard fridge because it’s not very deep, but it’s easier to find things in there
  • five gas burners
  • two ovens
  • cabinet storage
  • a huge pantry- the previous owners, an elderly couple, built the house and added an elevator shaft with the potential for installing an elevator when they couldn’t handle stairs. So right now there are three big closets on the first floor, second floor and basement. We made the first floor closet a pantry. It’s a work in progress, so no pictures yet. 

What I do not like: the color of the cabinets. 

Favorite kitchen appliances: KitchenAid mixer and Vitamix. Both worth every penny. 

   
 

We just hung up our first photos last night. We have a lot of decorating left to do, but here is the artwork I bought for the kitchen. It came from a cute little gallery downtown.  

 
The artist is Molly Sim. 

Day 3- Quick. Fast. Delicious. 

  
Gone are the days when I spent four hours in the kitchen recreating a Top Chef recipe. I spend nap time making dinner, so I still have some time to spend on cooking. But lunches have to be fast – either leftovers or something that I can do while trying to keep H & E from killing themselves or each other. It usually involves tofu. H & E love tofu. This has proven to be my most valuable kitchen tool:

  
The Tofu Xpress drains tofu quickly and without 50 paper towels. 

My favorite tofu recipes are the basic baked tofu from Appetite for Reduction, the Italian and Asian tofu from Vegan with a Vengeance and a stir fried or baked tofu with the tahini sauce from Isa Does It. That tahini sauce is amazing and H would eat it with a spoon if I let him. But sometimes even these simple recipes have too many ingredients. And that’s when I make tofu with Bragg’s liquid Aminos. After draining your firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces and stir-fry in a wok with a little oil until lightly browned. Sprinkle with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. So easy and yummy. 

 

Same Vegan, Different Suburb

Hello! I have moved from the land of milk and dairy to a suburban vegan oasis. 

  
Just kidding. I still live in the real world where people needlessly murder innocent animals for food. However, there are a few more vegan options here. It’s a step in the right direction. 

We moved back to the east coast, I quit my job and now I have lots of time to blog in between chasing two toddlers around the house (ha!) After a brief stay in Northern Virginia, we bought a house and moved to Maryland last month. We have most of our boxes unpacked, no pictures hung and several empty rooms. I joined a gym, the local mothers of multiples group and the local library. We’re settling in and finding fun things to do and vegan things to eat. 

  
It’s Vegan MoFo again. I missed the deadline this year, but that’s probably for the best. I’m not sure if I even posted twice last year. I will try to participate even if I’m not on the official blog roll. But no promises. 

The challenge for day 2 was to recreate something from your childhood. 

  
I have never actually been to the fast food chain, but I remember drinking homemade versions as a child. It was pretty much how I remember it. H and E enjoyed it, but with all that sugar, it won’t be a regular addition to their diet. 

Vegan Orange Julius

  • 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes 

Blend everything together and drink.