Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sorry for being such a slacker, I've had such a busy few days. I've been digging out a garden in my backyard. In a few days when its all done I'll post pictures so you can see what made it so challenging!
I had to remove grass, and giant chunks of Limestone! (Kingston is the Limestone City and I have proof of it in my garden! All the dirt has been turned over and the topsoil mixed in.

Next up is planting, laying rocks around the edges, attaching window boxes to the deck, as well as putting up Lattice around the edges of the deck. I still have lots of work ahead of me. But I've discovered a real love of getting my hands dirty and gardening.

And I also got burnt :( Not badly, just a little bit on the back of only one shoulder and one arm. And a little strip on my lower back, now thats some sexy tan lines!

Here's some food I made when I wasn't feeling very well, I made some homemade tomato soup. Some Spicy Thai Noodles because when I'm sick I crave spicy food. I also made daal, also very spicy of course.


Tomato soup with garlic bread, and steamed artichokes.




Spicy Thai Noodles, raw carrots, celery, cukes, scallions, cilantro, fake chicken and toasted peanuts!
This was so spicy and delicous.



I made daal with brown lentils, homemade parathas, served with soygurt and ketchup all stirred in.



Question of the blog: What do you crave when your sick?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Veganizing one of Bobby Flays recipes!

Hey Everybody,
Sorry for being gone so long, I had one of the worst flu's I've had in a loooong time. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. let's just say food or anything hasn't been appealing for awhile, I'll tell you about what I made before I got sick.

I have to give a shout out to: Kyrs
For inspiring me to blog about this Bobby Flay recipe I veganized like 8 months ago.
She inspired me to blog about a Bobby Flay recipe: called Texas Dogs he makes it with the real stuff of course, and I changed the recipe a lot considering I never looked at the recipe until just now. I just liked the sounds of it and went for my own versions. Which is chipolte BBQ coated veggie dogs with Dijon dill pickle coleslaw.

I love the combination of the sweet-smoky-spicy BBQ sauce, and the contrast between that my tangy crunchy coleslaw.
I serve mine on homemade or store bought pitas, because I do not like Hot-dog buns.


Here's My recipe for it: If you make it I'd love a link-back to my blog! :)

BBQ sauce:

1 1/2 cup beer
4 chipolte peppers finely chopped (more or less depending on how spicy you like)
1 TBSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 TSP mustard powder
3 TBSP white Vinegar
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 TBSP ketchup
1 TBSP tomato paste
1 TBSP molasses
2 TSP Earth balance.

Directions:

1. Dump all the ingredients in a smallish pot and whisk till everything is combined. Cook on med-high for about 10 minutes.

2. Then take 1 TBSP water and 2 tsp cornstarch and mix well in separate container, then dump that into the sauce and whisk till everything is thick and the cornstarch has been cooked.

Coleslaw: (I just put everything through the slicing blade of my food processor)

1/2 a med-small head of cabbage finely shredded, I use red cabbage because its higher it vitamins and its pretty :)
3 carrots grated
4-5 stalks celery thinly sliced
1 big onion finely chopped

Make dressing in a separate bowl:

1/4 cup whole grain dijon (a really mild one)
a squirt of a ground dijon mustard
1/2 cup dill pickle juice
1/3 sweet pickle juice
4-6 dill pickles chopped finely
1 cup Vegan mayo*(if you would my low fat, very little oil recipe, just ask and I'll post it!)
a few pinches salt
lost of black pepper
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 garlic cloves grated/minced

Then just combine it all!

I fry the veggie dogs in a pan with a little oil, till they are super crispy and almost blackish, or they would good BBQ'd I'm sure.

I add the sauce into the pan, and coat them with a lot, then stick them in the bun and top with lots of coleslaw. I usually serve this with oven fries, this is my favorite way to eat veggie dogs.







Question of the blog: Have you ever Veganized a food network recipe?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day, Vegan Whipped Cream, Vegan Vanilla Poundcake, And Vegan Steaks... Oh My!

I've seen so many Mother's Day posts, I've decided to make one too!
I made wholegrain waffles, and served it with Pineapple and Bananas, Earth Balance and real Maple Syrup. I am totally not used to this blogging thing, yet so I forget to take some pics. (but I'm sure you all know what waffles look like, lol)

I also made dinner for her on Monday night, which she requested my Vegan steaks, with a mushroom onion saute, and red wine gravy. Served alongside mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli.




For dessert I made a cake (any excuse to make cake). It Turned out pretty ugly, but it was really tasty! 2 layers of Vegan Vanilla pound cake, with thawed frozen strawberries with a little sugar, in the middle layer and on top. With homemade Vegan Cashew-Coconut whipped cream (I'm still working on perfecting the recipe, although its getting very close). Drizzled with Mango Coulis. Although the cake is as ugly as can be, it was very tasty!





My Sunday night supper was a big ol' pan of Vegan Nachos(don't worry I didn't eat it all! My boyfriend and I shared it), w/ vegan Mozza, and Vegan "American" cheese slices. With Olives, onions, garlic, peppers, pickled Jalapeno Peppers, and the bowls in the background have homemade salsa, Guacamole (which is the best condiment ever!)
And then some Vegan plain soygurt (lower-cal then, sour supreme). And then 4 artichoke halves each.



Question of the "Blog": when did you realize that you became "veganized"?

My answer:
I realized I became "veganized" when I started putting Nooch (nutritional yeast) on almost EVERYTHING. When I first went Vegan a year ago, I hated the stuff! Now I think it could make feet taste better. Lol.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hi... I'm new, let me introduce myself......

Hi, My name is Sophia.
I've been reading/lurking on blogs for a long time now, for about 3 years now. I tried blogging back last year, but had some issues that prevented me from devoting enough time to blogging. I really love the blogging world, and want to devote time to it now.
I have been Vegan for about 1 year (I don't make a big deal out of a little dairy or eggs once in awhile, because I hate wasting food, and making life really difficult for their people)I've been a Vegetarian for 12 years, I live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with my Vegan Boyfriend:

And My two Veggie cats:
Shiloh (which is my baby, I bottle-fed her from 3 weeks old)

When she was 4 weeks old:


Now: (doing her favorite activity)


Delilah (she was a stray, and we took her in when she was an inch from her life)
When she was 4 months old:

Now:



This my boyfriend(John) and I, at a friends wedding in last summer.

I am a part-time Nanny, and a want-to be paid freelance writer/food reviewer.
I am writing a cookbook, and hope to write a few e-books along the way. I have two cooking styles, modern pretty food, but my main theme is making old terrible for you favorites better for you and cruelty free.
The theme of my blog is "what your momma didn't know" about all the things that are bad for us, and all the things that make animals suffer. I want to help people see that good for you, non-cruelty-free food is good for you and tastes great!
Do you have any questions for me? Because I love answering questions!
This was my supper tonight, tofu scramble with potatoes, onions and garlic (may seem like an odd combo) but its very delicious. I also use Indian black salt to make it taste a little more "eggy".


A side salad with homemade: Black olive and sun-dried tomato dressing.
With homemade Multi-grain bread, with Earth Balance on the side.
I love Tofu scramble its so versatile and you can make it with anything in it, its my quick no-brainier go to meal.
I want to ask a new question every post, its a great way to get know everybody!

My question is:
Whats your quick, go-to no-brainer meal?