Vegan MoFo: Everything Stew  »

Do you guys love my decorating skills? I know you do.

Those of you who were aghast at my suggestion last week to have a cupcake, possibly for breakfast, will be glad to know that a stew like this is as healthy as it gets. I used the Food Not Bombs technique of putting basically everything you have into it and simmering until everything is way overcooked. I swear it’s good. It’s also economical.

1 onion
2 cloves of garlic (or more, if you’re nasty like me)
olive oil
vegetable broth or water
every vegetable you have, especially if it’s in danger of going bad
some cooked beans
whatever spices you like, particularly salt and pepper
a fake meat product of some kind (optional)

In a big ol’ stockpot, saute onions and “hard” vegetables—to me this means peppers, carrots, celery and the like—for 8-10 minutes until soft. Crush or chop garlic and add to the pot, along with a bunch of spices (thyme, salt, pepper, rosemary, marjoram…). Stir and saute for a few seconds until you can smell the delicious smell of cooking garlic. Add the softer veggies (zucchini, broccoli, and so on) and saute for a while. Pour water or broth into the pot until everything is just barely covered. Add beans and fake meat if using, then bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce the heat and simmer to your heart’s content. Taste and adjust spices. Serve on top of rice or quinoa, and/or with a side of crusty bread if you can afford it.


Queer veggie potluck in Dolores Park on Friday!  »

Rachel here, on the vegan Pride beat again. I’ve drawn a Venn Diagram for you so you can understand better what’s going on:

As you know (because I told you a few weeks ago!), there will be some hot vegan action at the San Francisco Pride Festival this weekend. What you might NOT have known is that you can start that action early by going to the Food Not Bombs vegetarian potluck on Friday afternoon, as a side of asparagus to the Transmarch’s seitan picatta. Did that even make sense? 

Never mind. Here’s what they say about it: 

"Join SF FNB for our annual tradition—the Chez Gay cafe and potluck at the Transmarch! We’ve been doing this for four years now and are super excited for it to be this time of year again! San Francisco Food Not Bomb will provide some food, be cooking veggies at the park, but PLEASE bring veg food to share.

All are welcome to share food and eat.

(As always?)  bonus points awarded for:
*bringing food to share or chopped food to grill
*remembering your own utensil / plate
*dressing in costume—double points if it’s French
*wearing your “vintage” chez gay tuxedo t-shirt (if you want one I think we still have the screen to make some the morning of)
*volunteering to cook in the hot sun

If you would like to volunteer for prep work or cooking at the park, email!

We’re generally a chill bunch, but disrespect for queer, trans, genderqueer or gender variant folks will not be tolerated.

Dolores Park
Friday, June 24 at 3 p.m.

RSVP here

They use rainbow colors in their blog posts! Just go!


This Saturday: SF Food Not Bombs fundraiser for reusable plates!  »

They go through a lot of plates and utensils serving people at Food Not Bombs. Like, A LOT. They want to stop doing that AND create some gross dish washing work for their volunteers by purchasing sustainable plates! Woo! And to purchase those plates, they need to raise some monies. Enter, vegan dinner party. This Saturday, Feb. 5 at “alternative space” Station 40 (3030 16th St.), the Food Not Bombs crew is serving up a vegan feast, featuring some delicious-sounding eats. Anyway, here is the homespun (?) flyer (next time they should holler at Susie Cagle, no??), and here are the details, you should totally go:

[Hat tip: Elizabeth!]


Frederick Douglass’ Chili Recipe!  »

Yes! I have Frederick Douglass’ chili recipe! How? BECAUSE I’M LYING! No, no, it’s because my dad’s name is actually Frederick Douglass. Hilarious! When my dad made his chili the other night, he made it vegan this time just for me! And boy was it good! So if you are thinking of entering the Food Not Bombs Chili Showdown but don’t know where to start…here’s where!

Directions, courtesy of my pop
2+ Tbs. olive oil
1 to 2 onions, finely chopped
peppers, assorted, diced
1 to 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin seed
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans beans (black, kidney)
1 (15 oz) can corn

In a Dutch oven* with cover, saute onions, garlic and peppers in olive oil until onions and garlic are tender (five minutes or so);
Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, plus 1/4 cup water, then the spices. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally;
Add beans and corn, simmer for additional 15 minutes.  Serve straight up or over rice.

1) We use assorted peppers grown in our West Philly garden—fresh in the summer, blanched and frozen in the winter. Bell peppers are fine, but it’s fun to try different kinds, mild or spicy according to preference.
2)  I prefer black beans, but kidney or pinto beans or other beans of your choice will work fine.
3) Mama Rascal thinks the beans and corn should go in with the spices, to simmer longer and absorb more flavor.  Next time, I’ll try that.

There you have it folks! My pop’s chili. Now go forth, showdown and fundraise!

*Haaaaa he said dutch oven. Haaaaa.


San Francisco Food Not Bombs Chili Showdown & Fundraiser!  »

A vegan chili showdown, bitches! Get down there, show your superior chili-making skillz, and win a prize! Is there a prize? Probably not. BUT THERE IS the prize(-ish) of knowing you fed a lot of hungry homeless people/freeloading vegans. Ow!

IMPORTANT DETAILS: $7 to enter (!?) but it looks like eating is free (!?); it’s happening on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. Head to the the 16th Street BART and follow the smell/the people who look like they smell (that’s me!) until you find it.


Another WTF!? moment brought to you by Mission Street Food!  »

In celebration of and in donation to Food Not Bomb’s commitment to vegetarian food for the masses, Mission Street Food is serving a homage to pork! Seems like this would’ve been the best possible opportunity for a veggie menu.

I can’t tell if they’re stupid or if they’re fucking with us. Let me break it down for you, MSF: I can’t normally eat at your establishment because there isn’t enough vegan food to sustain me (I CAN EAT! also, there isn’t enough vegan food to sustain AN ANT. THAT IS HOW LITTLE THERE IS. AN ANT!) but it seems like a night where the proceeds are going to a veg organization, there could be some love for those of us who abstain from the pig carcass. I don’t know, just a thought. Maybe you could put some of that into your next dinner. ZING!


A pissed-off vegan who has defended your ass for too long but will gladly come back if you SHOW SOME G-D COMMON SENSE and also BRING BACK THE VEGAN MISSION BURGER YOU ALL LOOK REALLY NICE TODAY.

p.s. I’d like to note that everyone always defends MSF by being all, “But they donate their proceeds to charity!” After looking at their numbers (kinda difficult, they’re not recorded any one place, you gotta look at specific entries and add that shit up. math whiz, yo!), it seems like really not very much money is made for charity at all. DANG, LAURA, COLD-BLOODED!!! Okay, whatever, I’m not going to knock them because really when it comes to donations, every little bit counts, but I mean, look at the SF Vegan Bakesale, a way more podunk operation: we were able to raise $2,600 for charity in 3 1/2 hours. What I’m saying is, fuck these guys, come buy a cupcake on Saturday!

Thanks to Joel for all this info and writing part of the post and ALL THAT JAZZ!

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