Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cupcakes and Tofu Steaks

I love it when I tell people that I've gone vegan. They always, always ask "What are you gonna eat?!?!"

It's called vegetables. Really. One does not have to fill themselves with milk and meat to stay alive. Hell, I'm overweight and I've been vegetarian for 4 years now. I'm a shining example that you can still eat badly while cutting out meat. I do not graze in pastures or gorge on rabbit food. I make a mean butter noodle dish and my tofu-steak rivals your chicken any day. Ask my meat eating husband.

I also love when I make cookies and hand them out to voracious meat eaters at work and they LOVE them. I tell them that they're vegan (afterwards, of course) and their faces change to slightly confused. But I'm malicious like that.

I'm forging into making vegan cupcakes for New Years. I made Crimson Velveteens from Vegan Cupcakes take Over the World last night and they turned out beautifully. When I get home I'm starting on the Peanut Butter cupcakes. As a avid eater of sweets, I know what's tasty and what's weird. These are definitely in the tasty category.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm it!

So I've been tagged by the ever charming Eliandme:

Here are the rules:1. Link to the person that tagged you 2. Post the rules on your blog 3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself 4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs 5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

Six quirks? I think I can come up with that.

1) While sitting idle, I run my hands through my hair and pull strands out. I don't force them out but I like pulling the loose stuff. There's an actual name for this - trichotillomania - but I don't know why I do it. I just do.

2) I will sit and eat french fries until I hurl. I'm not conscious of being full, only of french fries. This happened last night. Sigh.

3) I cry over the stupidest things. Previews for Extreme Home Makeover, commercials with little kids, almost any movie I watch....

4) I absolutely love to cook. I absolutely hate the dishes. That means we usually have a couple stacks of dishes waiting until I get annoyed enough to wash them.

5) Yarn gives me the chills. I can't look at it without feeling gross.

6) One of my favorite smells is bleach on my arm. I discovered the wonder of it while I worked in pizza and I miss the nightly huffing.

I don't really know anyone to tag so if you'd like to take part, you're tagged!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vegan - Smegan.

About a week before Thanksgiving, I decided to go vegan.

I have awesome timing.

Not only did I slightly cheat on Thanksgiving (I can't help if someone else puts eggs in food) but I slightly cheated that weekend with a grilled cheese sandwich. I can't help myself. It's my favorite-ist food. Lucky for me, I found a decent substitute in Soya Kaas.

Since I started this adventure, I've been cooking a lot of vegetables, and in all different ways. I roasted my first peppers last night and let me tell you, I was eating them straight after peeling the charred skin off. I sauteed some kale (!), caramelized some onions and threw the whole mess in some pasta. Yum.

Unfortunately, this is sort of a bad time to start such a way of life. Vegan-specific products (nutritional yeast, vital wheat gluten for seitan, soy milk) are not exactly cheap. And I'm not exactly raking in the big bucks right now. So far we've been managing well as long as we load up on veggies and bulk pastas and grains. For Christmas this year we're handing out apple butter, blueberry syrup and hummus cups to friends. All are easy and cheap to make and oh-so-good. Here is the documentary on apple butter:

First you acquire a couple pounds of apples - best if they're all different types.

Chop 'em up. I used a wedding gift I didn't really anticipate using, ever - the apple master.

Throw them in the crockpot and add sugar and spices. Let it cook overnight. When you wake up your house will smell of apple pie.

Boil them for 15 minutes and then allow them to seal. I filled 14 of these baby jars.

It was a really simple process and the end result is some of the best apple product I've ever tasted. It's more of an applesauce consistency and I love it on toast and in oatmeal.