Taxing meat, hacking Ike's, saving birds & bunnies, junk science and MORE in this week's link-o-rama
I missed you guys! So much, I made this big old link-o-rama just for you! That means extra swears, I know how much you love the dirty stuff.
LATE EDIT, UGH: In Defense of Animals and the SF Vegetarian Society are co-hosting a vegan halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31! Check out A.Muse Gallery at 614 Alabama St. tomorrow from 7 to 11 p.m. for comestibles (Sugar Beat Sweets!), a silent auction, a raffle, a costume contest, and MORE! The entry fee is a sliding scale starting at $7, and all proceeds “go to the animals.” Not sure what that means, exactly, but if you are into costumes and vegans, this sounds like the place to be.
A dude who owns a fish restaurant was caught hell of illegally fishing, and SF Gate commenters are up in ARMS about it. The way they are all “PUT HIM IN THE STOCKS” [sic] and PROSECUTE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW and shit, it’s as though the fish were their own mothers (they are their murdered dinners).
Hey, selfish first-world lard-ass: Peter Singer is ready for you to grow a conscience, and if it means taxing the hell out of your meat—what with it being both a product and cause of death and destruction—then by golly you will pay $50 a pound for that “organic” “grass-fed” “sustainably grown” piece of a “happy cow.”
Here is an adorable list of San Francisco food firsts. Did you know they invented the martini here? Notably absent is the debut of Greens, the first fine-dining vegetarian restaurant in the U.S. Still, we also invented Chinese delivery! Such a city we have.
Hidden Menu does Ike’s! Have you guys tried the vegan Paul Reubens yet? It’s pretty tasty!
Isn’t animal testing the best? Junk food: it fucks up rats! How relevant to…anything at all! Sometimes we do not need more science so much as more ETHICS. [link from Harper’s]
We just want to remind you about Daiya Cheddar Biscuits. We’ve made about 15 batches this week and they just keep getting better. So fast and easy and delicious, no reason not to! Make them with this vegan gravy recipe and get ready for worlds. to. collide.
Back to the terrible: An undercover investigation by the Humane Society resulted in the temporary shut-down of an especially fucked up slaughterhouse in Vermont. The best part is that the plant was for killing veal calves, who were horribly tortured before their painful deaths. AWESOME.
But what’s that you say, Ezra Klein, humane veal? No joke, you guys, especially you vegetarians: “If you consume dairy, you should eat veal.” Because otherwise what happens to the bouncing baby boy calves born of the must-give-birth-to-give-milk dairy cows? The onus is totally on YOU THE CONSUMER who already DOES NOT EAT VEAL, duh. The world is so fucking simple sometimes!! [thanks for the tip, Tessa!]
The International Bird Rescue Research Center needs your help! There’s been a big algal bloom in the Pacific off the Oregon and Washington coasts, and it’s covered thousands of seabirds with “an unusual sea slime.” The effect on the birds is similar to that of an oil spill—it’s really awful. What you can do is give the IBRRC your money, to fund its team and local rescue groups. Save the seabirds!
On Monday, Nov. 2 at noon, Go Vegan radio host Bob Linden and the San Francisco Green Party Animal Advocacy Working Group will lead a “peaceful protest” against KPFA for airing anti-veg propaganda, a.k.a. a bunch of dumb lies. The protest happens outside the KPFA studios at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.
Let’s look at restaurant reviews in the Chronicle! Except, hang on, what’s Michael Bauer written about this week? The SFUSD’s gross-ass lunches! The school offers both milk and chocolate milk, which is federally mandated despite having “high fructose corn syrup listed as the second ingredient and corn syrup as the third.” Dang you guys, that is nasty. Help fix things with the Healthy School Lunches program, OK? Because ALL KIDS deserve good, cruelty-free food, and improving our free, mandatory public education institutions benefits all of us. For real.
SaveABunny needs your help! The SF Animal Care and Control shelter is overflowing with rabbits who need foster (and forever!) homes. Please contact Marcy Schaaf at 415.388.2790 or via the SaveABunny website to volunteer. Buns are the sweetest, we swear. Can you deny?
Our BFFs at Sugar Beat Sweets will have fancy, original, super-duper t-shirts soon! Designed exclusively for them by Herbivore Clothing's Josh Hooten! We will take two in every color, please (dinosaurs are notoriously messy eaters).
It’s fully researched and quite delicious to read. PRO TIP: You can also use it at as a vegan binge guide! Also, HSUS has a list of Halloween safety tips for animals. People do messed up shiz to black cats on Halloween so keep them indoors so they can spook the crap out of only you BECAUSE DAMN THEY ARE SCARY*.
*kidding! mostly! actually, black animals have the hardest time getting adopted (people are so weird) and I feel like I just contributed to that and SO I TAKE IT BACK. blackanimalsarethebest! adopt several TODAY!
By now you’ve made the decision, come out of the crisper, and are living a full, vegified existence. Whoo! The payback for telling the world your hot little garbanzo-bean secret? It’s like posting something on the internet—every one gets a crack at commenting.
Now, I’m a vegan from the non-Facebook Farmville. You better believe I’ve heard the best of the Guide to Meaty Proclamations. The one that actually makes me chuckle? “SALAD IS WHAT FOOD EATS.” Because ew, and yes—and re-eats, and re-eats, and re-eats, and re-eats. (Four times, four stomachs, though I will have to run that through Dad’s Department of Ruminants fact-checking.)
Last weekend an amazing quote contradicting that notion made the internet rounds. It was Michael Pollan saying, “A vegan in a Hummer has a lighter carbon footprint than a meat-eater in a Prius.”
That’s a hell of a T. Boone Pickens—the ultimate comeback to “just eat a pork chop,” and sure to make a meat-eater test drive that math. Then one did. And decided that by comparing a “heavy meat-eating diet” to a vegan one, the carpool doesn’t add up. But the virality of the original statement vs. the contradiction proves one thing: snappy ain’t just for peas.
Every time a cold cut is thrown, there’s an opportunity to convert. But it’s what you say, as much as how you say it. Are you ready with your killer (METAPHORICALLY) vegan comebacks to these classics?
Actually, a combination of fiber from vegetables, fats—that also are readily available from vegetable sources like avocados and nuts—plus protein (hello tofu and beans) makes you feel amazingly full. Here, let me make you my famous vegan burrito—if you want seconds, it’s on me.
I love America, it allows me to make the best choices I can to live a life that will provide liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all living creatures. I think there was something about being “created equal” and “inalienable rights?” That seemed like such a good idea, I just extrapolated it to all living creatures. Got a light for my sparkler?
"PETA is a bunch of nutjobs. Do you throw paint on people in your spare time?"
You like sports, right? But even being a baseball fan, you pick a team to root for. Well, PETA is just one team in Sport Vegan, and just because we eat tofu, it doesn’t make us all Yankee fans. PETA plays in a pretty Yankee, high-profile way, but there are tons of other teams to root for too, like the Humane Society of the United States or Farm Sanctuary. And whether or not you agree with PETA’s style, they do have some great resources like, “I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan.” (Hey, did you know Glenn Beck respects PETA?)
"Giving kids a chance to see that meat isn’t all that is indoctrination.”
This last one is courtesy of the aforementioned Glenn Beck who, well… likes consistency, personal choice, PETA, and making Al Gore eat things, namely, his words. In a response to the UK climate chief’s assertion that meat is wrecking the planet, he got some attention by saying that giving kids a Meatless Monday was indoctrination. It played pretty badly . But, and this goes back to words mattering, if you read his whole original statement, he’s not necessarily against giving up meat [for others]—he’s against giving up choice.
Oof. Well, we might not have that “choice” for much longer, and it’s not great thinking…but it’s a little harder to argue with? Ask Al Gore.
Have you been hit with a particularly un-Tofutti Cutie meat attack? What do you hear most often? What’s your favorite ultimate comeback?
This is an article in a recurring series, The Vegan Diplomat; The Art and Politics of Being Vegan in any Situation Society Throws on Your Plate, brought to us by the lovely Zoë Stagg. Zoë writes about politics, pop culture, and social media. She went cold-tofurkey—total omnivore to vegan on April 26, 2006 and never looked back. Despite her rural upbringing and the fact that her dad may have wanted her to enter the Dairy Princess pageant in high school, she firmly believes in the conservative nature of veganism. Her last non-vegan meal was a Turkey Lean Pocket. Ew.
This episode of Top Chef is actually titled “Meat Natalie,” which is an idiotic pun that Vegansaurus scoffs at. We are above puns. OK, that is a lie. More importantly: Vegetables won! Hooray for vegetables.
Following a TV Guide-sponsored Quickfire, which we will skip over because of its impertinence to vegetables, the chefs are told they will get to cook at Tom Colicchio’s craftsteak [sic] the next day, and dismissed. At home, they discuss the different meats and cuts of meats that they are planning to cook; this isn’t very interesting, except for the part where we already know that they won’t be cooking one tiny piece of meat. Foreshadowing! Dramatic irony!
The following day, the chefs arrive at craftsteak and start running around the kitchen, ogling all the animal carcasses and preparing themselves to start cooking. Then, in comes Colicchio, smiling the smuggest smile in the world, and tells them to hold up a second, because he wants to introduce the guest judge: Natalie Portman! Mike Isabella does a gross thing with his face, as is his wont.
Natalie tells them that she loves food and she is an adventurous eater and hahaha! a vegetarian, so no dead animals in the food pls. Every chef’s little face falls, all Meat meat everywhere and not a fire to cook, or whatever; Natalie and Colicchio grin like cats that’ve eaten two mock-canary canaries and skip off while the cheftestants wail and moan and gnash their evolved-to-eat-flesh teeth. Har.
It doesn’t seem to go terribly at first, actually; according to Colicchio’s blog, the producers had trucked in a ton of produce from the Santa Monica Greenmarket[sic] just for this challenge, and they had a lot of options, including delicious morels and fresh garbanzo beans. Poor Jennifer, already beaten down from her loss in the Quickfire (her TV dinner was not the least disgusting) loses a dried-orange-peel toss to Eli and is forced to use baby eggplants instead of the lovely Japanese ones she wanted. That is tension and drama, you guys: eggplants.
Kevin voiceovers that as he and his wife eat vegetarian during every Lent, he’s familiar with veg cooking, although it’s difficult for him to get enough to eat. “When you eat meat, it leaves you satiated,” he says, his arms full of produce. Let us note here that only three of the chefs included a non-vegetable item on their plates—Eli’s lentils, Michael V.’s polenta, Robin’s chickpeas—and only the polenta looked like it’d be enough for a serving. They weren’t up to Millennium’s standards, is what I’m saying. Kevin, who stars in the beat-the-DVRs montage this week as “Guy who can really put away some food,” may want to consider eating something both plant-based and a significant source of protein next Lent, because no duh if you only eat produce you won’t feel full for long.
First to serve is Robin: she has made stuffed squash blossoms, beet carpaccio and fresh chickpeas with chermoula (a blend of spices from Morocco, made here into a sauce). She didn’t finish plating in time and not all the guests got the handful of little green garbanzo beans she was sort of tossing onto each plate. It doesn’t sound like anyone particularly enjoys it. Eli is next with a confit of Japanese eggplant, lentils, garlic puree, and a radish salad. Mostly they love it, and it does look pretty and sound appetizing. That is the extent to which viewers can judge food on this show.
Thirdly comes the mildly less-dickish Michael, Voltaggio! He has made a fancy plate, with savory banana polenta, three-asparagus salad, and “Japanese tomato sashimi,” which looks like a little dollop of the gel-n-seeds center of a tomato, with a sprig of something green on top. The banana polenta freaks all the eaters out, in a good way, and the asparagus gets praise as well. Honestly though, that tomato sashimi is ridiculous. No one likes the insides of a tomato best, that’s why people don’t eat them like apples. Jennifer serves next, very nervously; she presents charred baby eggplant, braised fennel, and tomato coins, in a verjus nage. She sauces tableside, hands shaking; it’s hard to watch. It’s roundly agreed that her food is tasty, but there isn’t enough of it. Plus, some of the guests are nagent in the verjus, because of the saucing.
Mike I. had a problem cooking his leeks. He wants to cut and serve them like scallops, which I get, but the water didn’t heat in time so they were underbraised, and then he doesn’t even slice them like scallops, just sort of drapes them limply across the plate, parallel to some fingerling potatoes atop a baby carrot puree. It is a pathetic plate of food, and the baby carrot puree is especially unappetizing. Bryan next serves artichokes barigoule, confit of shallots, wild asparagus, and fennel puree, with spring garlic blossoms. There are jokes about little pricks that expand in the mouth, and if anyone threw in a TWSS, the Magical Elves didn’t include it (boo), though there is plenty of giggling because accidental penis jokes make us all 12.
Kevin serves last; he has made a duo of mushrooms (morels and hen of the woods), smoked kale, and turnip puree with candied garlic. They love the “meatiness” of the mushrooms, and the overall heartiness of the dish; it is pronounced “manly,” which means it is the best, just like meat!
At Judges Table, the top three are Eli, Michael V., and Kevin. Gail goes nuts about Eli’s dish, which she continues in her blog, where she also talks about her adolescence as a “pesco-vegetarian”/pescetarian*. Still, Kevin and his mushrooms win! He’s awarded a suite of G.E. appliances, “just like” the ones in the Top Chef Kitchen, ooooh. Michael V. confessionals that Kevin’s food was not impressive at all, and we wonder why he’s started getting the dick edit.
Jennifer, Robin, and Michael I. are the bottom three chefs this week. Jennifer, mostly because there just wasn’t enough food, and what she made seemed like sides instead of a main course; Robin because, as usual, she made a big crazy mess that tasted all right in parts and oddly seasoned in others; and Michael I. because his food gave everyone a sad. He explains with some difficulty the leeks-as-scallops bit, which the judges sort of cotton on to, but they criticize him for not including any protein. Gail straight-up asks him if he understands that a leek is not a protein, which reminds me of the time a friend of mine asked if bananas had any dairy in them. Mike does know the difference between “leeks” and “actual sources of protein,” but he doesn’t seem to care too much that he messed up. It seems like maybe he assumed he would never be kicked out before Robin, so he stayed casual about his mistakes in this challenge, which is too bad because he is, in fact, asked to pack his knives and go. Whoops, there’s his pride!
There wasn’t much controversy this episode, despite the producers’ HILARIOUS bait-and-switch with the steakhouse—but vegetarian food business. No one said anything egregiously stupid about eating veg, and Colicchio was all about how the challenge rang super-true to him, what with all the non-meat-eaters coming into his craftsteaks all the time to eat and how he always caters to them. If you recall, he also chose a vegan recipe as his favorite sandwich in the ‘wichcraft cookbook a few months ago. That said, it was also kind of disappointing, as none of the dishes seemed to-die-for impressive. At least Eli wasn’t wearing his “bacon” shirt this episode! Small favors, you guys. Small favors.
Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition and TransFair USA will be handing out free Divine (fair trade-certified cause duh) Chocolate Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. outside of four BART stations: 24th & Mission and Montgomery in San Francisco, Rockridge in Oakland and Ashby in Berkeley. No guarantee it’s vegan but a lot of their chocolate it so you might get lucky. Anyway, this is a half-block from my apartment (NO, I won’t tell you which station, STALKER) so I’ll be there several times in multiple costumes. One minute I’m Marilyn Monroe, the next minute, I’m Groucho Marx! They won’t see me coming! Or going! With all their chocolate!
Since Mission Burger has opted to discontinue their much-lauded vegan burger, they’ve invited their loyal customers, already desperate for its return to email them for the recipe. We did just that, and now we’re sharing it with you! They are actually really lovely people and if we are super duper nice and let them know how much we love (read: NEED) the vegan burger, perhaps one day, it shall return. And maybe it might be a little different or a little more expensive but one thing is for sure, these fools can make the crap out of a vegan burger so let’s stay on their side and hope, one day, they will again give us what we want (read: NEED)!
Roll up your sleeves, there’s some labor involved in this one! But it is a labor of love and on the other side of the mountain, there is some seriously amazing shit. And by shit, I mean 70 vegan burgers HELL YEAH.
Makes 70 patties. Oh shut up, I know you can eat that many, fatty!
OH, SNAP. You have to email them to get the recipe. DO IT UP!
Thank you to Mission Burger! You rocked our world for a few short months and we’ll always remember the summer of ‘09 in a way that rivals only sex-filled summer camp romps. Which we never had so what I’m saying is, that burger was the best thing that ever happened to us.
Last SF Vegan Drinks of the year is tomorrow night!
Time to get down on some martinis at Martuni’s and party with other awesome vegans for the LAST TIME IN 2009! There will be some amazing drink specials, including a $6 Spiced Pumpkin Martini HELLO, and some surprise freebie vegan treats. Love free stuff, especially when there is a guarantee that I can eat all of it. Oh also, costumes are encouraged! I’ll be the one dressed as a pumpkin and no it is NOT A COSTUME I CAN’T HELP IT THAT I NATURALLY LOOK LIKE A PUMPKIN. Also, I will be wearing an orange coat and green hat. Who knows what I am even talking about at this point? Not me, that’s for damn sure.
What up fools. Okay, this is some world-class, grade-A advice that I’m about to give you.
I’m going to take three things for granted (because I know they’re hella true):
You’re poor - or at least you think you’re poor and I’m hear to tell you that you’re not poor if you can afford to live in the bay area but whatever pity party it up, i ain’t your mom.
You’re hella lazy. Don’t front.
You need vegan baked goods around the clock. Don’t front.
Well, all you have to do is get your ass to TJ’s and buy their cakes in a box. Right now they’ve got vanilla, pumpkin, ginger, spiced apple, and maybe a brownie? Anyway, just make them according to directions on the box EXCEPT replace the eggs with a vanilla or plain soy yogurt or a 1/2 cup of pumpkin. If they call for milk, just replace with your favorite non-dairy milk OR EVEN SOY NOG. EASY PEASY.
Works on all of those mixes and makes phenomenal cupcakes, cake, and loaf bread. Cheap, easy-as-shit, and just as delicious as any recipe I’ve ever made and I’m not an accomplished baker or anything but I’ll just say this: ALL MY ginger chocolate chip squares (oh yeah, toss in a handful of chocolate chips or walnuts or raisins or SOMETHING PEOPLE LIKE TO SMOKE THAT ISN’T CIGARETTES AND IS LEGAL IN SOME COUNTRIES NOT SAYING WHICH ONES into any of these recipes for added deliciousness) sold out at the SF Vegan Bakesale and nothing was returned SO THERE THAT IS MY MEASURE OF SUCCESS WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT GOALS.
Thanks to Karin for introducing us to this glorious short-hand baking. It is changing lives/pant sizes, one boxed mix at a time!
Unfortunately, yes we will cancel it pretty soon because it takes a lot of work to make and was sort of just a labor of love—love we lost a few weeks ago when people complained about frying a piece of battered fish in the same deep fryer as the vegan patty. Even though that was a one time contamination, we just don’t want to make any vegans upset in the future.
Maybe we’ll bring it back some day when our broken hearts have had a chance to mend a little.
Vegans. This is a call to arms. We must get into Mission Burger TODAY and buy vegan burgers and tell the good people of MB that we want, nay NEED, our vegan burger. Please, if you ever loved me, you will do this.
Also, I’ve written a response to Mission Burger below. I will also post this on Yelp and email it to them and post it on their window and write it on my chest and run naked through the streets I WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES.
Dear Mission Burger,
Please don’t do this. We love that vegan burger more than we love most humans and animals (AND WE’RE VEGAN! THAT MEANS WE LOVE ANIMALS A LOT!). We know that the fish contamination was a one-time thing and totally trust your practices and think you are awesome. Also, as we may have mentioned, we live our sad lives waiting for our next hit of vegan burger. IT IS SO GOOD. In fact, we’ve had several omnis who have tried both burgers tell us that the vegan one is ten times the burger. Please don’t take it away from us. Please. We are prepared to give you babies blood, our first borns, and delicious cupcakes if you will PLEASE GOD reconsider.
Vegansaurus & THE MILLION BILLION OTHER VEGANS, VEGETARIANS, AND OPEN-MINDED OMNIS WHO LOVE THE VEGAN BURGER MORE THAN THEIR FREEDOM.
p.s. AND I AIN’T ONE TO GOSSIP SO YOU DIDN’T HEAR THIS FROM ME BUT the one person we heard who complained about the fish fryer mix-up wasn’t even vegan, she was an uppity vegetarian! Please don’t punish the vegans for a vegetarian’s folly. Also, I will say this. I know most vegans who eat out at places that aren’t totally vegan are aware that some non-vegan stuff might get into their food. We hope kitchens will do their best to make sure that doesn’t happen, but let’s be real. It’s like not expecting rat dander or sweaty-chef sweat in your food: it’s the price you pay when you eat out. If you’re not okay with that, then definitely don’t leave your house and maybe consider investing in a bubble.
I am reblogging this because we love potatoes and don’t think we’ve seen a homemade ketchup recipe yet! This is from the normally omnivorous food blog, Tessipes.
Full disclosure! I’ve made all of this except for the home-made ketchup. I’m going to try it, though, so I’ll keep you posted — the recipe seems promising.
Vegan Hash with Homemade Ketchup
2 Russet potatoes, chopped into cubes
1 large onion (sweet onions like Vidalia are great), also chopped
4 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
Salt + pepper
Fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme — if you’re in a pinch, dried is fine)
In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high until a piece of onion sizzles in it. Layer the potatoes, then onions, in the pan, and season with salt, pepper, and herbs; cover for 5-10 minutes. Take off the cover, let cook for a minute or two, then stir it up with a heatproof spatula. Cover again for 5, then let the potatoes and onions fry for 5; test out a tater and see if it’s done. If not, continue to cook over medium-high for a bit until it is done (it should be soon!). Serve immediately with homemade ketchup.
Bell peppers sauteed with onions, garlic, a splash of cider vinegar and olive oil (/- thyme).
Possible side dishes:
1. Sauteed spinach with garlic and a splash of soy sauce
2. Apples (peeled, cored, sliced) sauteed in a splash of apple cider, a pat of margarine, and cinnamon + vanilla + allspice
“Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals changed me from a twenty-year vegetarian to a vegan activist.”—
That’s Natalie Portman, in a piece on Huffington Post. In her review of the book, she finally answers the question of whether she’s vegan or not and the answer is: she’s vegan now, bitches!! Anyway, that’s not the main takeaway from her review, which is good and you should read it. Vegan.com also has a terrific review up too. We’ll have one up on Vegansaurus soon because it’s truly an excellent book but the point is, should you even try once you’ve been scooped by Padme Amidala*?!?
*That’s for all the fanboys out there! What what! Next week i’ll work in Claire from Heroes, I just have to Google a bunch of shit first I mean I KNOW THAT ALL OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD.
Jay's Cheesesteak now has vegan mayo, thanks to Vegansaurus' friends!
Hey All. Good morning, etc. ENOUGH WITH THE PLEASANTRIES. So, last Thursday, some friends and I were dining at Jay’s in the mission and one of us (possibly a member of the VegNews team) inquired about vegan mayo. The guy working was like, “Uh, okay?” and we were all like, “yeah, never gonna see that.” AND THEN, like five minutes later, he disappears across the street and returns with a jar of Vegenaise and is like, “we got it now!”. BAM! Activism in action, you ask and ye shall receive, power to the people, etc!
Sorry, shoulda reported on it when I happened because now Mission Mission thinks they scooped us but they did not. WE WERE THE ONES WHO GOT THAT THERE SO STOP ACTING ALL SUPERIOR TO US WHEN WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE SUPERIOR TO YOU GOD. Oh also, if you bring in vegan cheese they’ll make it with vegan cheese and the more we ask for vegan cheese, the more likely they’ll carry it. You haven’t lived (a life worth living) until you’ve had the pizza cheesesteak with Daiya. Truth. The point is, Jay’s rules so bring them the business TODAY!
OK, more like “pre-taste,” but the prefix is the key here because oh boy: They’re serving Gracias Madre tamales at Café Gratitude right now! Oh I cannot wait for this place to open, one of everything to stay, please.
The tamales are described as follows:”Stoneground heirloom masa steamed in the husk filled with seasonal vegetables. Served with pumpkin seed salsa and black beans. Rajas – roasted poblano chile strips sautéed with onion. Calabaza – roasted butternut squash.” ¡Muy delicioso!
It kind of excites me that the following video of Alicia Silverstone is so amateurishly produced, especially because it’s by The Wall Street Journal. You’d think they’d do a better job than a profile shot from way far away, but that’s what they get for not calling me, Vegansaurus videographer.
Anywayz, if you didn’t already know, Alicia has a new book on veganism out called The Kind Diet. It includes 75 vegan recipes and, naturally, a diet program. Because you can’t write a book about food unless it either involves losing weight or the word “bacon” in the title. Clip below.
So you roasted a pumpkin according to Megan’s directions? Nicely done! But don’t stop now, spanky. You’re just a few simple steps away from a finished product that you can bring in to work to cultivate your persona as the person who knows how to make stuff. You can also use it to curry favor, make friends, or start intra-office rivalries! Granted, a borrowed pen can do all that but it doesn’t taste half so good. Wait, what am I talking about? Pumpkin bread! A dessert-y, cake-y breakfast bread that’s probably good for you! Why not, it’s got pumpkin!
For those of you who are scared by the sourdough, DON’T WORRY. You don’t have to use it. Any time you see a recipe call for sourdough starter that doesn’t depend on it for rise—like this recipe, which uses chemical leavening, i.e., baking powder—you can substitute equal parts flour and water. So easy! Seriously though you should start baking with sourdough, it’s delicious.
(Sourdough) Pumpkin Quick Bread (makes 1 loaf)
1/3 cup Earth Balance
1 cup sugar
1 egg’s worth egg replacer of your choice (I use Bob’s Red Mill for this recipe but follow your bliss, you crazy hippie!)
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup sourdough starter (OR one scant cup each water and flour, mixed thoroughly)
1 tsp vanilla spices (pumpkin pie mix, or cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, powdered ginger, and so on!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
First off: roast that pumpkin. A very small one will give you exactly the right amount of flesh. Once it’s cooled, scoop out the flesh and either puree it, if you want a smooth bread, or mash it with a potato masher or fork, if you like chunks. I mashed mine but you do what you want, I’m not here to judge.
Start your oven preheating at 350°. Cream together the Earth Balance and sugar (try doing it by hand for an awesome forearm workout that totally will not make you angry). Add the “egg” and mix. Dump in the pumpkin and starter or flour slurry, along with the vanilla and whatever spices you feel are appropriate. Mix again. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir until just integrated but not too much or it’ll end up chewy. Pro tip: if you feel like maybe you did stir too much, I don’t know maybe you were reading some steamy internet slash fiction with Harry and Snape and you got distracted, look I am not here to judge, let the batter sit for 15 minutes. Pour it into a lightly greased loaf pan, and bake for about 70 minutes, or until a toothpick, thin-bladed knife, or very small child’s finger comes out clean*. Let it cool for a while before you slice it, lest it crumble.
Chop up some candied ginger and toss it in! Use other fruits or vegetables—this could be your new favorite zucchini bread recipe just as easily! Toss in a handful of chocolate chips with the pumpkin! If you’re making a slurry rather than using starter, make it with soy milk (or pumpkin nog?????) rather than water! Of course the best variation is to use the damn starter, seriously people, sourdough is where it’s at! Hello?
Whatever! Enjoy it!
* Joke! Small children’s fingers are NEVER clean!
This has been an installment of Joel’s Moderately Fancy Meal, brought to you by Joel, of Joel and Nibbler.
HELLO VEGANSAURS! My evil computer of doom BROKE on me this time last Monday, and I was completely away from the internet for five entire 24-hour periods! It was TERRIBLE, I almost DIED. Just kidding, I read a lot and watched a ton of television and it was both isolating and restful, I dunno. But I’m BACK, and I missed you SO MUCH!
Here is some breaking news for you: On Wednesday, Oct. 28 the Humane Society is hosting a town hall meeting in San Francisco, and it’s free to the public! Just like politicians! Remember a year ago, before Prop. 2 passed, and one of the anti-animal-rights Big Agriculture demons’ arguments against Prop. 2 was that HSUS is “a Washington lobbying group,” which meant that the Humane Society was basically Big Tobacco, with animals? A (late, unnecessary) reply might be: have you ever heard of Big Tobacco or Big Health Insurance holding open fora? Do you think you’ll ever get to meet the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield or Unilever, and ask him (check those links they are both dudes) questions, to his face? Ha ha NO WAY, LADY. Sorry to rock your binary world but: not all lobbying groups are evil, and (duh) HSUS is really quite good.
You have until tonight, Monday Oct. 26, to RSVP, and you must RSVP to attend, so get on that! The event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 888 Howard St. at 5th Street. Doors open at 7 p.m. There may or may not be snacks, but there will definitely be Wayne Pacelle, whom we love very much.
Her vegan-ness is still up for some debate, and even the teaser clip (which you can watch below), doesn’t reveal what her dietary restrictions will consist of, whether it’s just a vegetarian dish or a full-on vegan meal. What’s funny is that the chefs get sent to Craftsteak, Tom Colicchio’s steakhouse, and all get boners over the variety of meat available in the kitchen, only to have them hopelessly deflated by Natalie. Usually it’s the opposite in her case, right?
Sara of Sweet and Sara marshmallows has very generously extended an offer to Vegansaurus readers, just in time for Halloween! If you order more than $50, Sara will pay for expedited shipping to get your treats to you by Halloween! However, there is a catch : She MUST receive your order by this afternoon on Monday, Oct. 26. Get on that shit quick!
OH YOU WANT THEM FOR FREE??? Well, VegNews is giving away some of these awesome marshmallows on Halloween! Enter now and win them, cheap/fat ass!!
Vegan Halloween candy, Oprah (!), weekend events, and FINALLY: findings from Japanese whaling research! All in this week's link-o-rama!
Meaverly's computer is out of commission right now (ugh computers are such pieces of shit, except this one, i love you, computer, you are very attractive, please don't explode on me) and so I'm taking over this ship. Get ready to crash into the rocks! Gloriously!
HERE WE GO:
Natalie Portman is gonna be on Top Chef. WILL IT BE AN ALL-VEGAN EPISODE, now that she is recently vegan!? I mean, we think she is but we’ve been confused before! Here’s hoping the episode is totally vegan but we’re not planning on it because OMG COOKING VEGAN FOOD NIGHTMARE HOW WILL WE FIND FLAVOR WITHOUT USING BABY BLOOD!?!? Didn’t they once have a Quickfire challenge where they had to cook fellow contestant’s children? I’m pretty sure that was in Season 3.
Even though we’re nearing the end of October, Vegan MoFo is still in full swing! If you’re interested in winning some awesome handmade cups & dishes, head to Vessels & Wares to enter! You have to put down your favorite blog entry and PLEASE GOD let it be one from Vegansaurus because I’m like srsly close to the edge today.
Vegan chef Tal Ronnen was on Oprah. THAT IS CORRECT. Now, his book is the 3rd best selling thing on ALL OF AMAZON. Such is the power of the mighty, mighty O. IF you missed it, you can check out his recipes from the show and BUY HIS BOOK. Because it’s really great. And we want him to beat out Sarah Palin and take the #1 spot on Amazon! YOU CANNOT LET SARAH PALIN WIN. I need you to fight like we did back in 2008, people.
Speaking of lists, Rory Freeman has a great one up at Crazy Sexy Life. It’s all about how to be a better person and it’s not all schmaltzy and lame, it’s full of good advice. NOW IF ONLY I COULD TAKE IT.
FINALLY, the results from all the Japanese whaling research (read: killing whales and not doing any research) are in: whales eat krill; and, you can’t inject whale sperm into a cow egg and get a hybrid whale-cow. SERIOUSLY. If this makes you really mad—and it must because you have a brain and a heart—donate to Sea Shepherd so that they can get better at doing what they’re doing because even if they look crazy sometimes (read: almost 100 percent of the time), they are the only ones out there doing this and they will get better.
You’ve probably for sure seen this but if not, it’s a HOUND DOG hanging with an ORANGUTAN. Watch it and you’ll want to gouge out your eyeballs when you’re done because you’ll never see something so great again. And you’re into self-mutilation. I guess you’d need to have those two things going for you.
WEEKEND EVENTS WOO! If you’re all about the street food, there is an event in the Mission on Saturday, Oct. 24th. I can’t tell exactly what it is, film screenings, mainly, I think. There will be lots of food carts on the scene, many vegan friendly. No guarantees obviously b/c those crazy cart food people can change at any moment because nobody is regulating their shit but here’s hoping! I know Wholesome Bakery is all-vegan and they’ll be there so yeah WOO!
Rod Rotundi, he of the BEST NAME EVER, is promoting his new book, Raw Food for Real People, also on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. at Omnivore Books. It’s cool that OMNIvore Books is doing a veg event so let’s all show up and turn it out for the vegans and maybe they’ll do more in the future! Oh also, there will totally be free food at this event so I’m gearing up by not eating today (lie) and most of the day tomorrow (lie).
I can think of lots of blogs that shoulda been on there (and I’m sure will be added) but as a blog that’s usually left out or not linked to in the Bay Area blog circle jerk (this is an especially lovely image b/c bloggers are all really attractive), i was stoked when we showed up in their food and drink blog roll (with just seven other blogs! at time of this publishing! and we didn’t even apply, they just put us on there!) and we’re reppin’ for the vegans and vegetarians and people who just want to eat more conscientiously sometimes and the rad meat-mouths who just love us anyways because they think we’re rad/they want to hit it (we’ll take what we can get!).
So anyway, that’s one for the under-dino, bitches! Party at our house! And by party at our house, I mean who wants to take us out to drinks tonight??
The Walk for Farm Animals is an amazing thing. Basically, people sign up to walk and then get sponsors and all the money goes to animals rescued from factory farms and to educating the public about said farms. Important stuff! The walks take place all over the U.S., and the San Francisco walk is happening this Saturday, Oct. 24 and we want to help fellow bay area bloggers/badass vegan sisters, The Sisters Vegan, raise some mickey fickey funds for the animals!
They’re currently at $105 in donations and they want to make it to $250. Let’s get them there or even PAST THAT! Every penny goes to Farm Sanctuary and right now, they realllllly need the money. Let’s be generous, it’s the HOLIDAYS (It’s true! The Walgreens candy aisle told me so!). Donate here today!
Chipotle is test-marketing a vegan burrito in its D.C. location and we need to let them that we want it in all 837 of their restaurants! I know walking into a Chipotle in San Francisco is basically like going on a 12-state killing spree (but less understandable I MEAN WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!?) but you know, sometimes we travel. And think of the poor vegans in Boise JUST THINK OF THEM FOR ONCE YOU ARE SO SELFISH.
Email the company and post on their Facebook wall and let them know, we want all up in that piece. The good people over at Fuck Yeah, Animal Rights tried the burrito in question yesterday and report that it’s delicious and the same price as a regular beans-and-rice burrito. We’ll take it!!
I am totally stereotyping you based on your dietary habits, but I would guess that most of you Vegansaurus readers fall somewhere in the “not retarded” side of the political spectrum. With a notable Ron Paul/libertarian contingent in there somewhere (I’m looking at you, Silicon Valley!) (Also, WTF is wrong with you? That dude is an anti-gay, anti-women’s rights bigot who looks like a living toothpick, and Ayn Rand was a delusional social Darwinist and, more importantly, a crappy writer!). So, what I’m saying is: you should totally go watch the new Michael Moore film!
Capitalism: A Love Story is Moore’s least partisan, most personal, and most common-sense film yet. And also probably the most radical, ‘cause he wants to get rid of the Stock Exchange, but hey—I’m poor and don’t own any stocks so whatevs. I know tons of people who agree with Moore’s ideas love to complain about his way of presenting them, but to you folks I say: uh, if you don’t like your progressive facts sprinkled with humor and blatant expression of the author’s opinion, then why are you reading Vegansaurus?
Anyways, in Moore’s most recent post to his website, “Michael Moore’s Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now,” he lists 14 things that anybody can do to fight the destructive cycle of corporate greed, and ends with the duh-but-friendly advice, “Take care of yourself and your family.” Among Moore’s recs: get enough sleep, be nice, read books, and eat “mostly plants.” Although Moore doesn’t come out and say that veganism is where it’s at, hey, it’s a start! As Vegansaurus’ head honcho wisely said, “We need to reach out to Moore, not attack him for being a live-action Hamburglar.” Yeah, it’s hard to reach out to someone you can’t even put your arms around, but dude-–the most successful documentary filmmaker in history is advocating a plant-based diet! Woo hoo! There’s been a sort of contentious relationship between Moore and Animal Rights folks because of stuff like this but let’s put that behind us because he can and should be a great ally.
Mad thanks to Ben Pearson for his ability to leave the house and watch movies and report on shit for us. You’re doing better than the rest of us, sir.
Well if this isn’t the sickest shit I’ve read in a long time. They are cookies that have meat (protein but still, MEAT) in them and they are being touted as part of healthy diet. Terrific. Actually, they’re not really being touted as part of a healthy diet, it’s more like a “lose 10 million pounds in five minutes so you can finally be healthy, fat-ass” diet. Seems reasonable. Also, all these diets are bullshit because it is scientifically proven that if you take in less calories somewhere, you’ll just make up for them somewhere else. Your body wants to maintain a certain weight and to get to the low end of that weight spectrum, you should eat healthy foods and exercise. It’s that simple. No meat-cookie diet will save you. This is soylent green shit, people.
Oh also, I love how it’s in the “fashion and style” section; at least they couldn’t justify putting it in science or health. AT LEAST THERE IS THAT.
It’s on Thursday’s “Oprah’s Best Things” episode. Watch that promo on the site and you’ll be all WHAT THE HELL THIS IS AMAZING A VEGAN CHEF IS ON “OPRAH” AND SHE’S TALKING TO HIM BEING ALL HE’S VEGAN AND I LOVE IT AND VEGAN FOOD IS GREAT. Anyway, mega-kudos to Tal Ronnen (also, buy his new cookbook, The Conscious Cook, because it’s the best, we have two copies at Vegansaurus HQ and we love it very much and want to eat the pages they look so very delicious) and yeah. VEGANS on “OPRAH.” I mean, when Oprah likes something then all of a sudden that thing has to go into Witness Protection Program because the whole world wants a piece so THIS IS HUGE.
Recipe: Beer Bread made with Pumpkin Ale! YES YES YES
This is the easiest, best thing ever to make. You’ll want to never eat anything else. Slather it with Earth Balance, make sandwiches with it, swallow the loaf whole (dang! you’re talented!) or whatever. Just eat it immediately. Also, it’s super cheap to make and will sustain you for days. I mean, in addition to other things, Anorexic Annie.
All you need is: a box of Trader Joe’s Beer Bread Mix. a bottle of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (In the SF Bay Area, you can find it at Whole Foods right now!) 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance (use organic, if you can! it’s better for the world!) a little pumpkin pie spice or garam masala.
All you do is put the TJ’s Beer Bread Mix in a bowl. Stir in the Punkin Ale. Put the dough in a bread pan. Top with the melted Earth Balance. Sprinkle on the pumpkin pie spice or garam masala. Bake according to the package directions. Eat it all, be fat and happy. THE END YOU’RE WELCOME.
Vegan Bakery Cinnaholic wins FIRST PLACE in the SF Food Wars' Mini Cupcake Clash!!!
SO AWESOME. First place OUT OF 20 competitors (and the vast majority of them weren’t vegan!!). They won Photographers Choice too. HOT DAMN. Having tasted Cinnaholic's pumpkin cinnamon rolls and chocolate cherry brownies at the SF Vegan Bakesale, I can say, I AM NOT SURPRISED. You go ‘head and get down, ladies! I can’t wait to see (and eat!) what comes out of that new vegan bakery next!
A short shout out to SF Food Wars. They are awesome and have always been great to vegans. Fat Bottom Bakery won 2nd place in the Mac n’ Cheese Battle Royale with their delicious vegan mac n’ cheese. It’s fantastic to have foodie events that aren’t only open to vegans, but also encouraging. We <3 SF Food Wars and will continue to talk them up and maybe one day they will have an all-vegan challenge and we can be judges and eat until we explode PLEASE GOD.
“A diet of plants causes the fewest animals to be killed. Leaving chickens and eggs out of our diets will have the greatest effect on reducing the suffering and death caused by what we eat.”—
Show this chart to the next asshole who is all, “More animals are killed when we harvest crops than when we slaughter them for food!”* or, “I’ve stopped eating red meat, throw me a party!” Assholes. Also, we were once like them so you know, be nice and all that blah blah blah.
*Which is such an asinine argument so if this person is a friend of yours, I give you complete permission to kick them in the nads. Being vegan is about reducing the suffering of animals as much as possible. You reduce it A LOT when you stop eating meat and dairy and god, eggs. Poor layer hens, they have it worst of all.
I don’t know how else to pimp it out because LORD I AM TIRED but you guys, this is going to be so amazing. It’s tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 17th) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in front of Ike’s Place on 16th Street at Sanchez Street. Be there. Easy.
Parents Raising Free-Range Vegans: You'll Eat That Nugget, and Like It?
Parents rule. Literally, they’re supposed to be the rule makers, the head of the household, the buck stops before somebody gets grounded. But sometimes, like last night’s parental usurping by BalloonBoy Falcon Heene (“we did this for a show”), kids know best.
Highly publicized accounts of vegan parenting gone tragically wrong muddle the ongoing debate: should parents raise their children vegan? My favorite vegan parenting philosophy, told to me by the parent of a two-year-old being raised animal-free, “Right now, I’m in charge of what goes in her mouth. If she wanted to eat dog poop, I’d stop her. That’s my job while she can’t decide.” Disclosure: Despite the number of adorable sprites populating my friends’ Facebook feeds, I have no kids. I have also eaten dog poop, but I WAS two at the time, and the memory only exists in legend. It underscores the notion though: tiny kids just don’t know better.
What happens when kids are a little older and do know better? Blame it on the information age if you want to use the pejorative—but kids have access to more knowledge and are making corresponding life realizations earlier. Whether it’s more middle schoolers coming out of the closet, or more kids raised on chicken nuggets deciding, while still sitting at their parents’ table, anything in nugget format isn’t food—how should parents react?
This week, Huffington Post blogger, Donna Fish, wrote a post entitled, “Help! My Daughter’s a Vegan.” She launched in right away, “Am I supposed to be happy about this?” continuing to say that thinking about food too much seems “dogmatic and obsessive.” A mom who loves her T-bones she acknowledges she’s playing dietary roulette, citing the ground-beef paralyzed dancer, but meh—cheeseburgers are good! The conflict of an omnivorous parent of a veg child is summed up, “I have had to go against the fact that I hate that she is doing this, and support her.”
And then the kick-cringer: “Maybe it will just be a stage.” This isn’t a unique reaction. Longtime vegetarian Mike tells of a similar parental response: “My mom told me ‘it won’t last.’ That was 13 years ago. Does that make me veg out of spite?”
When a child makes a decision in opposition of a parent’s beliefs, to what extent are parents required to support it? On the scale from allowing it to happen, to making sure there are veg options on the grocery list and soy milk in the fridge, it strikes me that hoping it’s a stage is on the patronizing side. If a child is old enough to articulate that they don’t want to eat animals and provide an age-appropriate reason, to undermine that assertion of self, logic, and compassion is to prove that they’re not willing to support other expressions, be they “I’m gay” or “you made all of Colorado look for me while you made me hide in the garage.” Not cool. But, it takes a village (I hear.) Even if we don’t have kids ourselves, we can still be solid vegan role models for kids who might not have them at home—and a resource of info for parents who might be facing parenting a turned-veg kid. Maybe buttons? “I’m a Vegan, (Let Your Kid) Ask Me How.”
How supportive were your parents (or friends or significant others) when you vegged out? Is support important? There’s plenty o’ room for your coming out stories below…
P.S. If you’re a parent whose kid has seen the veg and you’re figuring out how to support their decision—whoooo! Here’s a treat for the trick or: the Top 10 Vegan Halloween Treats. If your kid wants to dress as a chicken instead of eat one, filling up their pumpkin it’s as easy as those good ol’ ABC123s.
This is the latest article in a recurring series, The Vegan Diplomat; The Art and Politics of Being Vegan in any Situation Society Throws on Your Plate, brought to us by the lovely Zoë Stagg. Zoë writes about politics, pop culture, and social media. She went cold-tofurkey—total omnivore to vegan on April 26, 2006 and never looked back. Despite her rural upbringing and the fact that her dad may have wanted her to enter the Dairy Princess pageant in high school, she firmly believes in the conservative nature of veganism. Her last non-vegan meal was a Turkey Lean Pocket. Ew.