vegansaurus!

06/11/2012

I’m sure you all saw this when Isa sent out her bat signal but YOU GUYS SHE’S GONNA OPEN A RESTAURANT!!! I THINK it’s gonna be in Omaha so I guess that means we all have to move to the midwest and become racist. I’m halfway there because I’m a total racist in that I hate everyone! JK, I know not everyone in the midwest is racist and I look like a total idiot for saying that but my image was shattered when I first started double fisting baked potatoes back in ‘93 so ALL BETS ARE OFF. 
Anyway, I bet the super lovely and funny and awesome folks at Vegan Omaha will have the inside scoop as it becomes available so let’s all sit on the edges of our seats and GET SO EXCITED. I’m totally flying out for the opening and trying literally (LITERALLY) everything on the menu… OH! I have a really good idea, we should all do that, right? Let’s rent a plane!!! Can we afford that? I guess the better question is: Can you afford it because uh, can I catch a ride with you??

I’m sure you all saw this when Isa sent out her bat signal but YOU GUYS SHE’S GONNA OPEN A RESTAURANT!!! I THINK it’s gonna be in Omaha so I guess that means we all have to move to the midwest and become racist. I’m halfway there because I’m a total racist in that I hate everyone! JK, I know not everyone in the midwest is racist and I look like a total idiot for saying that but my image was shattered when I first started double fisting baked potatoes back in ‘93 so ALL BETS ARE OFF. 

Anyway, I bet the super lovely and funny and awesome folks at Vegan Omaha will have the inside scoop as it becomes available so let’s all sit on the edges of our seats and GET SO EXCITED. I’m totally flying out for the opening and trying literally (LITERALLY) everything on the menu… OH! I have a really good idea, we should all do that, right? Let’s rent a plane!!! Can we afford that? I guess the better question is: Can you afford it because uh, can I catch a ride with you??

04/12/2012

Recipe: Sauteed green beans with mushrooms!  »


The springtime holidays are upon us! Did you be make anything special? I made  this green bean recipe, slightly modified from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s in Vegan with a Vengeance. This side dish is a huge hit with my family, which is a huge ego boost for me! It’s very exciting to make them dishes that they ask for, because it doesn’t happen often! (Let’s just say no one else in the Bradley clan is a huge tofu, tempeh or seitan fan.) I love this recipe because it’s relatively easy and extremely tasty.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
1 medium onion (I use red), roughly chopped
4 to 8 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped*
2 lbs. fresh green beans, washed with stems cut off
3/4 to 1 lb. of cremini mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1/4 cup coconut aminos, soy sauce, or Braggs
1/2 cup sherry
1 1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 Tbsp. pepper
1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

Instructions
Heat up your oil on medium high, in a pan or pot large enough to hold all of these ingredients! If it has a lid, that would be preferable, but I have been known to stick a baking sheet over my pots as a lid. No judgment here!

Once the oil is heated, add your chopped onion. You should cook them until they’re translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes, but I like to caramelize my onions, which can take up to a half hour or more! Whatever you’ve got time for, right? If they start to cook so fast they burn, turn down your heat.

Once your onions are cooked to your liking, add your garlic and saute about three minutes, or until fragrant. If you haven’t already, turn down your heat to medium and don’t let the garlic brown, as it will become bitter! Add your mushrooms and saute for about 10 to 15 minutes, until they’ve noticeably shrunk in size. Next put in your salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings; let them cook into the mushrooms and garlic for a couple minutes.

Time to add the sherry, soy sauce, and water! Let everything come to a light boil (you may need to increase the heat), then place your green beans into the pot or pan. 

Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer until beans are fork-tender!


Done!

*I use a lot of garlic in my dishes, no joke. Whatever a recipe calls for, I usually double or quadruple the amount. I’ve given you a healthy spectrum in this recipe, so you can use at your discretion. Of course I use eight cloves (or more), but the average cook would probably use four.

01/23/2012

Today is National Pie Day! It’s your duty as an American to eat pie! Or make some pie! There’s a cookbook just for that! Don’t forget savory pies either, those totally count! I wish I didn’t have a job so I could be at home right now, making and eating pie until I groan!
And if you can’t buy vegan pie near you and you’re too lazy to bake one, just make a “crisp” and call it good: Microwave some apple slices with cinnamon, sugar, and Earth Balance and throw some oatmeal mixed with sugar and melted EB on top! I just made that up in my head, no idea if it’ll work, but it sounds awesome.

Drool-worthy strawberry rhubarb pie photo by Veganbaking.net via flickr.com

Today is National Pie Day! It’s your duty as an American to eat pie! Or make some pie! There’s a cookbook just for that! Don’t forget savory pies either, those totally count! I wish I didn’t have a job so I could be at home right now, making and eating pie until I groan!

And if you can’t buy vegan pie near you and you’re too lazy to bake one, just make a “crisp” and call it good: Microwave some apple slices with cinnamon, sugar, and Earth Balance and throw some oatmeal mixed with sugar and melted EB on top! I just made that up in my head, no idea if it’ll work, but it sounds awesome.

Drool-worthy strawberry rhubarb pie photo by Veganbaking.net via flickr.com

01/17/2012

Teal Cat Project to give money to the SF SPCA!  »


We love the Teal Cat Project, and are super excited to see the next litter of teal cats go up for adoption this week. We’re even more excited to learn that the latest recipient of Teal Cat funds is our own SF SPCA! Hooray!

Specifically, the SF SPCA’s Community Cats program, which spays and neuters feral cats all over the city. It’s great! Population control is the most effective way to date of dealing with homeless cats, and we’re so happy to see national attention paid to a local agency doing its best to help animals.

We don’t know when exactly the new teal cats will be available for purchase, but you can keep up with the Teal Cat Project on Facebook, and when the time comes, buy your own teal cat (and assorted merch) at their store. Congratulations to the SF SPCA on the funds! And thanks to all you CCLs for donating and buying the cats, to help realize the dream of a world in which every real cat has a happy home.

[photo via the Teal Cat Project]

01/06/2012

The Post Punk Kitchen 100: The Top 100 Vegan Food Things!  »

The hardworking folks over at the PPK have come up with The Vegan 100! Well, mainly it was Isa with a little help from her friends and it’s FUCKING AWESOME. Isa writes, “From the cookbooks and blogs that got us into the kitchen, to the gadgets that made it fun to be there — here are 100 ingredients, recipes, chefs, restaurant, tips, cookbooks, tools and websites that made us swoon all year.”

Yes! It’s the best vegan food things of all stripes, and it’s intense and delicious. Of course, it includes vegan cadbury eggs because Isa’s no idiot! Hurry over to see if all your favorite vegan shiz made the list and if not, complain in the comments. This is the internet, after all.

01/02/2012

New Year’s Resolutions for vegans, part 2! What are yours?  »

That’s from my story at The Bold Italic about New Year’s Resolutions for different San Francisco characters, what are some other amazing New Year’s resolutions for vegans?

First, my turn! I’ve got more!

- Make out with Isa Chandra Moskowitz and/or Terry Hope Romero
- Veganize the turducken
- Be the person who finally converts Mark Bittman to complete veganism (you will get laid a lot with these bragging rights!)
- Get your vegan croquet club fully funded via Kickstarter
- Do not adopt another dog and/or cat and/or bunny and/or rat and/or etc.
- Purchase no more than 15 vegan cookbooks
- Build another house for when you adopt more animals and buy more vegan cookbooks

I’m not fully on my game this morning and I know there’s a million more! What are they?? Let us know in the comments and then let’s make the ultimate list and then we’ll print it out, laminate it, post it to our fridge (where we spend the most time ‘cause we’re vegan), and CONQUER IN 2012! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Please note, this is called part 2 because the lovely Samantha Cohen wrote a legit list for us a couple years ago. Question B: ARE YOU MAKING ANY OF THIS SHIZ HAPPEN? 

12/20/2011

Cookbook review: Vegan Pie in the Sky makes pie vegan, delicious, easy to make  »

Here are a few things to like about Vegan Pie In The Sky:

1. It’s the latest cookbook by awesome vegan mavens Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Instant cred!

2. It comes in an adorable square shape.

3. It proves that your pies can have flaky crusts, delicious fillings, and be gorgeous baked goods without animal ingredients like butter or eggs.

Those are all pretty good selling points, I think, and plenty of reason why you should pick up VPITS, or perhaps give it to your favorite baker as a holiday gift. The book looks small, but it’s 75 (!) recipes that covers everything from making the perfect pie crust to filling said crust with deliciousness—including 18 chocolate pies!—to topping it off perfectly. As a bonus, many of the fillings are gluten-free, and you can always experiment to make the crusts gluten-free as well by using your favorite flour sub.

Look, what I’m saying is that I don’t even really like pie, and I still want to make all of these. If I haven’t convinced you yet, check out the four sample recipes on the Post Punk Kitchen site.

Terri Coles lives in Toronto, where she enjoys barbecuing, feeding feral cats, going to local music shows and getting really mad about hockey games. She blogs about her adventures in plant-based eating at The Vegina Monologues. We edit out all her extra vowels.

12/19/2011

The Vegansaurus holiday gingerbread collection!  »

You guys, I love gingerbread. I love it more than chocolate, even. (Less than lemon or peanut butter, though I’m not a monster.) Partly because it reminds me of childhood baking with my ma, partly because it reminds me of the best technically religious holiday of the year, CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS HOORAY, and partly because it is delicious and people who don’t like it worry me, on principle.

Have you made gingerbread yet this season? I am eating a gingerbread tyrannosaurus while typing this post! It’s delicious! I’d show you a photo, but it’s tragically ugly and I’m ashamed. I used our friend/super-famous vegan genius Isa’s recipe that she wrote three years ago!

If you haven’t made your own gingerbread cookies, get on it. Or better yet, houses! I made gingerbread houses seven years ago with three adorable children, and it was so fun. Our Megan Rascal made vegan gingerbread houses with her family two years ago, remember how awesome they looked?

Last year we saw gingerbread Daleks from Johnson Cameraface! Super-geeky, super-awesome!

Last year we also saw these crazy raw, gluten-free gingerbread people from d.i. wine and dine!

Finally, VegNews just posted this recipe for gingerbread from Ben Adams of Sticky Fingers Bakery!

So many options for gingerbread! Which are you going to make? May I suggest ALL OF THEM? It’s gingerbread time, everyone! Merry happy!

11/26/2011

My Thanksgiving, by Rachel.
This year for T-day I got to visit my in-laws in south Florida. They’re nice folks but they’re meat-eaters. This made me sad for many reasons, but mostly because the last two years I got to host vegan thanksgiving at my own house and it was SO FUN to plan and cook super yummy food that I could eat all of and that involved no carcasses.
But I can’t always have my way, so the vegan husband and I made the very best of it. Bonus: in Florida you get to eat Thanksgiving outside!
Here’s how we made the out-of-town thing work:
1. We arranged ahead of time to cook our own little sub meal. Main dish (curry-crusted tempeh from The Millenium Cookbook), side (red wine roasted Brussels sprouts from Vegan Holiday Kitchen, review forthcoming), and a dessert (the pumpkin pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky). This worked because we’re more passionate cooks than the in-laws. In other situations, that might not be OK, in which case I’d probably have to cry or raid Whole Foods or something.
2. We gave our hosts a shopping list ahead of time, and we brought some of the weird stuff, like agar powder, with us. We also brought little Ziplock baggies with the spices we needed for each dish, because buying a zillion spices is a lot to ask.
3. We scaled down our ambitions a little. For example, we made pie in a store-bought crust, which we wouldn’t have done at home. It still rocked.
4. We were clear on our mission: This was not an attempt to win over any carnivores with amazing vegan food; this was making sure husband and I had enough to eat that we liked. If no one else had taken a bite of our stuff, that would have been OK. Same if nothing else had been vegan (though a family friend nicely made the effort to veganize her dishes too).
Next year in my own kitchen! But this year was really nice. People even ate most of the Brussels sprouts!

My Thanksgiving, by Rachel.

This year for T-day I got to visit my in-laws in south Florida. They’re nice folks but they’re meat-eaters. This made me sad for many reasons, but mostly because the last two years I got to host vegan thanksgiving at my own house and it was SO FUN to plan and cook super yummy food that I could eat all of and that involved no carcasses.

But I can’t always have my way, so the vegan husband and I made the very best of it. Bonus: in Florida you get to eat Thanksgiving outside!

Here’s how we made the out-of-town thing work:

1. We arranged ahead of time to cook our own little sub meal. Main dish (curry-crusted tempeh from The Millenium Cookbook), side (red wine roasted Brussels sprouts from Vegan Holiday Kitchen, review forthcoming), and a dessert (the pumpkin pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky). This worked because we’re more passionate cooks than the in-laws. In other situations, that might not be OK, in which case I’d probably have to cry or raid Whole Foods or something.

2. We gave our hosts a shopping list ahead of time, and we brought some of the weird stuff, like agar powder, with us. We also brought little Ziplock baggies with the spices we needed for each dish, because buying a zillion spices is a lot to ask.

3. We scaled down our ambitions a little. For example, we made pie in a store-bought crust, which we wouldn’t have done at home. It still rocked.

4. We were clear on our mission: This was not an attempt to win over any carnivores with amazing vegan food; this was making sure husband and I had enough to eat that we liked. If no one else had taken a bite of our stuff, that would have been OK. Same if nothing else had been vegan (though a family friend nicely made the effort to veganize her dishes too).

Next year in my own kitchen! But this year was really nice. People even ate most of the Brussels sprouts!

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