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I’m back home. J. came to pick me up from the station, looking devastatingly handsome in a shirt & tie, and we curled up in her bed for days, emerging only to make coffee and pancakes.

I am exhausted. Content, but exhausted. Here is a camera-phone shot of some brownies I made at my sister’s apartment last week. They’re the blueberry brownies recipe from Veganomicon; I think it’s become my favorite brownie recipe. When I made them with Heinous a few weeks ago, J. ate one and then declared that she dislikes brownies with fruit. I’m going to make them with strawberries & strawberry jam next time…she won’t be able to resist.


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October 8, 2009 at 11:46 am


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Rice & black beans with coconut milk, fried plantains, sliced avocado and a cream soda.

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October 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm


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Turns out I’m going home tomorrow, a couple of days earlier than I expected. So this is the last dinner I’m making for my folks for a little while. It’s roasted brussel sprouts (just tossed with salt, pepper, and olive oil and tossed in the oven for half an hour), garlic bread, and lasagna. I didn’t have a recipe on me so I just made up the lasagna, and it came out a little saucy but still delicious. Of course, the fresh basil from the garden doesn’t hurt.

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October 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

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A mentor of mine died unexpectedly. I hadn’t spoken to her in a year, but I figured I would see her around, had vague plans of emailing her sometime, and now, as ever, it’s too late.

And since I posted something for Vegan MoFo on Saturday & am nowhere near wanting to think about food today, I’m going to take the day off and post something food-related tomorrow.

Goodbye L., and thank you for everything.

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October 5, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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breakfast at gaia

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My friend came into town for a wedding so we went to local hippie vegetarian restaurant Gaia for breakfast. I remember them having scrambled tofu, but apparently they took it off the menu. So I got the tempeh Cuban whatnot. It was good, and the chocolate almond coffee was delicious, but it’s kind of weird that a vegetarian restaurant only has three vegan options–oatmeal, granola with fruit, and said tempeh thingie. I love the ambiance, though–it reminds me of Sweden, with these big benches and light green ceilings.

Said friend has a fancy schmancy phone that takes pictures, and he very kindly emailed me the picture of my breakfast, even though he thought it was pretty hilarious that I was photographing my food.

While I was out to breakfast J. texted me: good morning love…I dreamt that we were at some sort of air force camp or something. you weren’t wearing a shirt.

then: I saw yer tits hahaha

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October 3, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Brick Road Pizza Co.

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This is the Vegan Philly Steak Sandwich from the Brick Road Pizza Co in Grand Rapids, MI. It was dank. DANK. They’re a relatively new restaurant that, rumor has it, employs a vegan cook who pushed for vegan options on the menu, for which I am eternally grateful. (There aren’t a lot of vegan options around here.)

They have vegan sammiches, vegan pizzas (I like the buffalo tofu pizza), freakin’ vegan spinach-artichoke dip…it’s amazing. On Sundays they have this kick-ass all-you-can-eat brunch with a bunch of vegan options. I’m usually only in GR on weekdays, so I’ve only been to the brunch once, but I’m definitely hitting it up this Sunday. So you will be hearing all about it then. Last time I was there, they had vegan cheesecake. It was glorious.

Also, I totally dropped my sammich on the way out the door tonight, and they very kindly made me another one. So they’re friendly as well as delicious.

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October 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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the princess and the chickpea

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dinner with lemonade!

Vegan Mofo 2009!

For dinner tonight, I made:

  • scalloped redskin potatoes (veganized from my parents’ old-school Joy of Cooking),
  • green beans with almonds (improv), and
  • the chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon.

The chickpea cutlets! It was my first time making them. Life gave me moldy lemons, so I omitted the lemon zest. We didn’t have paprika (Hungarian or any other nationality) so I used chipotle chili pepper, and then I added liquid smoke, nooch, and some salt and pepper and baked them. They were tasty, kind of like chicken-fried chicken, and I think next time I’ll make them in dino shapes.

Gross sidenote #1: I cut the side of my hand somehow on the can of chickpeas. By somehow I mean, I used the can openers to slice open the lid but they refused to slice two segments approximately 45* apart from each other, so I tried to prise it all the way open with a fork, and my hand slipped and the lid cut the side of my hand. It’s still bleeding profusely.

Gross sidenote #2: the raw stuff of chicken nuggets looks nothing like chicken but very much like strawberry soft serve.

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October 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm