Right now I'm sitting on my couch enjoying the aroma of onions and garlic cooking in olive oil. On another burner is a giant pot full of vegetables. Next to it is a skillet with roasting eggplants. To the side of the stove is a cutting board with even more chopped vegetables. What's going on?
On Friday I'm heading up to Massachusetts to be with my family for Christmas. I go every six months and see my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. The one problem is that it's very difficult to eat healthy while traveling, especially during the season of many fine home cooked meals. My family is Italian, and thus most meals are a healthy salad coupled with an unhealthy pasta dish.
Luckily for me, I am BFFFFs with Evan, and it just so happens that she is the right combination of ruthlessly sweet and culinarily gifted. The result is that any night I'm not at Casa de Luz, it's likely that she's either cooking for me, or that I'm eating leftovers that she froze for me.
Evan likes to tell people about how one of the first times we hung out she ordered vegan food and I made fun of her for it. The direct quote that she likes to remember is me saying, "Why would you eat vegan? That's so stupid." Purposefully or not, she played a part in me turning vegan.
Some of the more delicious things she can cook are a curry that tastes like it must be unhealthy (it's not), poblano pepper corn chowder, apple pancakes, and tempeh enchiladas. At the moment she's molding 20 pounds of vegetables, beans, and other healthy vittles into enough vegan food for me to eat for a week in Boston.
We went to Wal Mart where I bought tupperware and a neat collapsible cooler (and a shredder, candles, kitchen towels, etc., since that's what happens in Wal-Mart), which I intend to pack on the plane. Hopefully it will all stay frozen and delicious for when I get there.
The good news for you, dear reader, is that I will soon be building a Playboy-esque empire here in Austin with the help of Evan and some other friends. If you wrangle your way on to my supple yet exclusive guest list, you will be able to watch classic movies at our monthly movie night or play boardgames at our monthly boardgame night, all the while eating vegan (and probably some non-vegan) snacks!
I thought I was done with this post, but Evan has wanted a post for a while and is working really hard to make me delicious food, so I will share some juicy facts about her.
Turn to page 125 to slay the dragon,
OR Turn to page 140 to eat your grandmother.
*hands on hips* Whats wrong with ghosts?
Or alien ghosts?
As a guy with his own favorite hat, albiet not as cool as your, I must say give your hat up for no one!!
I like your writing style, I feel like I know her.
Honey isn't actually vegan, because it's made by bees, and therefore is considered by some to be an animal product. For people who choose veganism because they want to eat without harming or enslaving animals, honey is off limits. Tynan eliminated animal products from his diet for the health benefits only, as he has zero moral problem with eating a dead chicken or making a cow live as a little milk factory or whatever.
Honey is distinct from every other food that vegans exclude from their diets in that it isn't the flesh, egg or milk of an animal. It's basically just a simple sugar. Nutritionally, the only reason to limit the amount of honey you consume is because it's fairly high glycemic.
Hope that helps!
Your Vegan Post inspired/convinced me to go for it. I went and picked up the China Study and I am currently mowing through it. I've made two trips to Casa de Luz but it's out of my price range to eat there more than once a week.
As far as Evan's Cinnamin rolls, what kind of Honey do you use? In the China Study it lists honey as an animal based food.
Evan, these rolls are great. My first batch sucked; I don't think my friend whisked the mixture good enough.... they were a bit hard. The second batch was just right. Thanks!
Kristen! xoxoxo! I'm so happy there is someone to back me up here...Ty is obviously crazy.
Dave, here is how you make healthy and delicious cinnamon rolls(no tofu needed):
3 cups ww flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 c. light olive oil
1/3 c. honey
1/2 c. warm water
1 pkg dry active yeast
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a seperate bowl, mix the honey, warm water and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then mix the wet and dry ingredients, including the oil. If you need to add more water, do so...then knead your dough thoroughly, cover it and let it rise until it has doubled. Roll the dough out into some semblance of a rectangle. Then spread this alllll over the dough:
a mixture of (1-2 tsp) cinnamon, (1/2 tsp) ground cloves, (2/3 c.) agave nectar and some nuts ( a small, finely chopped handful...I like walnuts). Roll the dough up and cut into 1-inch thick rolls. Place in a greased baking pan and bake at 375F until golden brown...maybe 15-20 minutes?
Let your rolls cool completely. You can make a simple glaze that is gooey and not at all healthy tasting by doing this:
1/4 C raw almonds(sliced are fine)
1 C water(or unsweetened soy/rice milk, which works really well)
2 T lemon juice
2 T corn starch
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
pinch of salt
1/3 C agave nectar
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
Start by blending the almonds with the water until smooth. Add the lemon juice, corn starch, and nutritional yeast and blend the ingredients again until well combined.
Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for approximately a minute(it will look like a puddingÃ¢â‚¬¦). Remove from heat. Whisk in the agave nectar and the vanilla extract. Pour into a bowl and cool in the refridgerator for approximately 3 hours. Before using, whisk the mixture to break it up and add some air to it. Then use like a normal frosting.
AND YES! We also make really yummy, really great for you vegan pizza...and I'll post the recipe for that one later.
Hippies love to hate Wal-Mart. Actually, a lot of people love to hate Wal-Mart. It's easy to rant on and on about how they're taking over America and are the enemy, and other such nonsense. Offering an opinion like that makes one seem socially conscious and intelligent.
Although it may not surprise anyone who has read my Secrets of Buying article, I LOVE Wal-Mart. In fact, when people offer the opinion that Wal-Mart sucks, I immediately want to punch them in the face. Luckily I'm a huge wimp and never punch people in the face.
The most obvious thing about Wal-Mart that makes it so awesome is that it offers insanely cheap prices. They manage to do that by being really efficient, and by strongarming merchants into offering things at the lowest possible price. Getting into Wal-Mart's distribution chain puts your product in front of millions and millions of people, so merchants can be pushed to keep only a small profit margin for themselves. That's capitalism at its finest, and I'm happy to have low prices. Sometimes the merchants lower their quality to be able to afford to do business with Wal-Mart, but who cares?
First of all . . . . I have to admit that Mother's Day is one of my favorite days of the year. In my case, I get to give my Mom a bit more TLC than usual. Well, she truly is the one person who's stood by me, my sisters, and my brother all of our lives without fail. This is a pretty amazing thing considering all the hardships we've been through. [caption id="attachment_927" align="aligncenter" width="463" caption="Guess who that baby is."][/caption] My Mom was given the name Lualhati and was born in a small town 3 hours north of Manila, Philippines in a very small farming town called Zaragoza (in the province of Nueva Ecija). Her Mom (my Grandmother) was Soccoro Roque, and her Father (my Grandfather) was Rafael Roque. She was a schoolteacher, and he was both a tailor and a farmer. They raised 4 children together in this sleepy little town where everyone knew each other. My Mom would grow up to be a school teacher herself and has taught at the elementary and grade school level for many years. She is arguably the most meticulous and organized person I know. (Her towels and bedsheets, for example, are stacked and aligned with precision on a color coordinated grid. I've always thought she might have had a wonderful career in the military. ) She's also the type of person who remembers other people's birthdays. She's very perceptive and incredibly shrewd. Incidentally, she's also quite beautiful . . . She's part of a long line of very beautiful women in my life that goes all the way down to my sisters and my little niece Lai. If my Mom has taught me anything (and she's taught me a lot, by the way), she showed me, by way of example, the importance of being there for the people you care about. My Mom continues to live a lifetime of being there for me and my whole family. She has been consistently dependable and supportive all of my life. It is because of her that I make every effort to be at my nephew's championship football games. It is because of her that I stay faithful to my closest friends. It is because of her that there has been and always will be a lot of love in my life. This is the stuff of life--a cherished lesson my Mom has unknowingly taught me. Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and thank you, for everything. Secondly . . . My Mom is not the only Mother in my family. My older Sister Leth is raising 4 lively and adorable children with her husband Danny. Here is her life's work in progress . . . . Here she is (yup, another beauty) . . . She also has a cool blog called LuluBelleSunshine. Check it out here. She blogs about all kinds of cool knitting patterns, easy recipes for delicious food (She's a very good cook with a knack for seasoning), and our family. While my Mom might be one of the most organized people I know, my sister is probably one of the smartest--one of those kinds of people who barely listened in class but still managed to get good grades--(yeah, one of those). She's a fast learner at just about anything, and as you can see by her knitting skills, she can succeed at anything she puts her mind to. So far, it's quite apparent that her son Tyler has inherited this special gift. Happy Mother's Day, Sis!! You get to celebrate this day for the rest of your life. Your kids are lucky and blessed to have you. We are all going out for a Mother's Day lunch. I'll take pictures and share them later. I hope this is a great day for everyone! -gordo