Failed MoFo, but vegan cheese review to come!

7 Dec

Okay, so I failed at Vegan MoFoing. That’s okay.  I did manage to do more cooking than I had been doing, and once I buy myself a camera charger/find the one I have, I might get around to proving it.

Anyway, I am the lucky winner of Ste Martaen vegan cheese! Woohoo! Their vegan food truck is coming by my office for lunch, and I will buy yummies for lunch and get a sample of all the cheeses they have to offer. They are currently my favorite vegan company, not only because of this, but because of their food truck and because their cheese is delicious AND nutritious! A review of all they have to offer is to come in the next week or so. I’ll be having a wine and cheese night this weekend and throughout the week, I’ll use some recipes Ste Martaen’s website offers and create some of my own. Woohoo!

Vegan in DC!

4 Nov

I haven’t been able to begin participating in Vegan MoFo yet because I was in DC for the weekend. The Rally to Restore Sanity restored some sanity temporarily until Tuesdays elections. Many animal protection laws were shot down, but puppy mills now have much higher standards in Missouri. It’s a start, I guess. At least it looks like the guy who sponsored a bill calling for the gassing of dogs and cats, the most torturous form of ‘solving’ pet overpopulation, seems to be losing the gubernatorial race in Illinois. Not that the other guy is awesome, but I’ll take what I can in these times.

Anyway, onto FOOD and SANITY!

Sticky Fingers!

Closeup of Sticky Fingers baked goods! The brownie I had did not photograph as well as these cupcakes!

Ethiopian Food from Meskerem

 

OPTIMISTIC SIGNS FROM THE RALLY:

I plan on cooking something amazing soon! November just started and I feel like I’m busier than ever. More to come.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

22 Oct

Today it finally felt like fall has really come. Although the leaves have been changing colors, it keeps getting warm again! This morning I woke up with a chilly nose and bundled up in a cosy sweater. It was also the season’s last farmer’s market on Daley Plaza, very bittersweet indeed. I left with two butternut squashes, a loaf of french bread and a bucket worth of various spicy little peppers because all I wanted for lunch was some butternut squash soup.

I came home without the ingredients necessary for any soup recipe I could find. So, I threw in a little of this and a little of that and ended up with a deliciously spicy makeshift soup. It would also be wonderful for trying to ward off a cold. Ginger, garlic, peppers and apple cider vinegar work wonders for that.

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

2 medium sized butternut squashes, peeled and quarted
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2Tbsps fresh ginger
2Tbsp olive oil
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 can coconut milk
1 serrano pepper
1tsp apple cider vinegar
Pepper and salt to taste

1. Roast the squash. The easiest way is to cut it into quarters, peel it, then smother it in olive oil. Place it face down on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes at 400. You know it’s done when you can easily stick a fork through it.

2. When there’s about 5 minutes left for the squash, saute garlic, ginger and seranno pepper in a bit of olive oil in a big pot. When the squash is done, add it to the mixture along with the vegetable broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

3. If you have an immersion blender, use it. If you’re like me, transfer it (slowly! it’s hot!) to a food processor and blend until creamy. Mix in the apple cider vinegar then add salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

 

Only a little over a week until Vegan MoFo begins! I’ve pledged to blog every day with food related posts.  I’ll be starting a day late because I’ll be driving back from D.C. from THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY the day it begins. D.C. to Chicago is a 12+ hour drive, so blogging is just not gonna happen. I will, however, post lots of awesome pictures from the rally and halloween! I’m going as Christine O’Donnell, complete with a chastity belt and witches hat. But, I still promise a month of food. And next time, I’ll take some pictures.

Vegan MoFo

12 Oct

This past weekend was Chicago VeganMania and it encouraged me to create a blog and get back to cooking on a regular basis. I’ve become too much of a convenient food vegan, which is a very easy trap to fall into when you live in a city as vegan friendly as Chicago is. But, it’s expensive and I’m going back to school next year so I have to get into cooking again. I plan on participating in the Vegan MoFo (vegan month of food) to make myself get back to cooking and can’t wait to see what all the other inspiring vegans have to say!

Pictures from CHICAGO VEGANMANIA:

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