Monday, December 27, 2010

My Vegan Holiday..

Wow!!  That was CRAZY!! 

A vegan holiday to remember.. From Green bean casserole to tofurkies!  Sushi to Sweet Potatoes!  I could not have been happier about what foods I chose to eat! 

Vegan Mushroom soup:

1 package of mushrooms.. (your choice)
1 medium onion
2 celery stalks
mimic cream (almond heavy cream) 1 cup or so..
earth balance vegan butter

Saute mushrooms, onions, and celery in a Bit of your earth balance, Add about a quart of water maybe a bit more if you want more mass to your soup.  Add about a cup of mimic cream salt, pepper, and garlic to taste.. bring to a soft boil.. in a separate dish warm a stick of earth balance until it is liquid, then whisk in flour until it becomes goopy and sticks to your whisk.  Then turn down your soup to simmer and whisk in the rue to thicken your soup!  Taste and see if if needs more salt and pepper! 

I NEVER follow a recipe.  So I'm always altering EVERYTHING that I make.  This is pretty basic and will be your base for the Green Bean Casserole!  Gotta love that holiday favorite!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

dinner for one.

STARVING!  Thats how I felt when I got home today!  I was up at 6 greeted by a snowstorm and a WONDERFUL husband who stayed up late shoveling the driveway so I could leave in the a.m.  Got to work by 7:30 made some coffee and FULL SPEED AHEAD!  The store was TRASHED!  Many busy holiday shopping days piled up on top of one another finally did the store in..  I got to cleaning.. Deep cleaning.  Breakfast??? Who has time for breakfast??  Coffee.. COFFEE!!  Thats all I need!  Thanks to the snow things were slow enough this morning to get finished with all the cleaning and stocking that needed doing!  Then the place filled up!  Cinnamon, tofu, rice, flour, yeast eggs..All were flying out the door!  Made a quick salad for lunch. Spinach, sunflower seeds, onion, aminos, vinegar and a dash of dressing.. Then from work went to a local shop downtown and finished my Christmas list!  Then to the Y for spin class with Ms. Sandy! Then to CLHA for yoga with Mr. Rohr!  When I stumbled through the door this evening I was thinking tempeh!  Tempeh lightly fried in coconut oil with local onions, and local cabbage!  Drizzled with Liquid aminos and INHALED!  Now Im nibbling some local popcorn popped in coconut oil, dusted with cracked celtic sea salt.  ahhhh bliss.. Well.. the martini helps too!!

merry christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Homemade Vegan Cream Cheese!

1/2 lb Raw Cashews (I used organic)
1 tbsp. miso

Soak Cashews for at least 4 hours. (mine soaked for 8)
Drain, pulverize in the food processor or a high speed blender with your miso and enough water to keep it moving.  Then dump into cheese cloth and let it drain at room temp for 2 full days.  (fermentation!!  YUMMY)  I also pressed mine but you do not have to do that. 

after two days open add some fresh cracked sea salt and enjoy on crusty homemade bread or crackers or add herbs to make a dip!!  It is FANTASTIC!!

stranger in a familiar land.

That is how I feel right now.  With work stuffs mostly..  Maybe Im just feeling uncertain.  Not sure how things are going to go.  Feeling out of the loop.  Feeling dispensable.  Feeling unappreciated. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

too busy these days.

im feeling the pressure..  work.. remodeling.. work.. volunteering.. work..

i need a vacation.