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Vegetarian VEGAN!’s new year’s stew! The recipe calls for collard greens, black-eyed peas, pearl onions, and turnips with a bunch of savory herbs—if it tasted anywhere near as good as it looks, it must’ve made quite a delicious dinner!
Megan Rascal takes Europe! Part the first: London! »
Hey people! Your pal Megan Rascal has successfully taken Europe by storm! And everybody was all like, “Megan Rascal, please stay here and live with us! S’il te plaît!” And I was all, “My friends! My duty and my heart reside in America! But I will return one day!” And everybody was all like, "c’est con!" (“bummer!”) Poor guys, sometimes a taste of honey is worse than none at all.
I went to London and Paris but London beats Paris’ ass on the vegan metaphorical football field (football is European for “soccer!” Queer!). My first stop was at Mildreds Vegetarian Restaurant in SoHo (they gots their own SoHo! Adorbs!). Dudes, Mildreds is the jump-off! SO good and lots of vegan options. If you go, super duper you have to get the chargrilled artichoke crostini. It was amazing with a capital Hot Damn!
I wasn’t terribly hungry so instead of an entree I got the soup of the day, which was a turnip soup. Turnips are my jam. It was very delicious and came with good bread. Dipping bread in soup is one of the simple pleasures in life. Oh and sorry for the poor picture quality—the restaurant has a big skylight, but there was a storm so it was dark. And loud.
My dear friend Lizzy, who’s an omni but always happy to join me at a veggie restaurant, got the “tomato, aubergine, chickpea and green olive tagine served with flaked almond couscous, flat bread and harissa.” (aubergine is British for “eggplant”! Ha!) I gave it a try, it was yummy.
Clearly, my first vegan endeavor in London was a success. Lizzy wanted to go back the next day (silly omnies!) and I’ve been dreaming about the artichoke crostini all week. In conclusion: highly recommended!
NYC discovery: Finnish ryes! »
Just call me Christopher Columbus because I’ve made an amazing discovery! Just kidding, really I “discovered” America even though a bunch of people already “lived there.” I’m just kidding go back to the first sentence because I made an amazing discovery!: Finnish ryes by Northern Rye!
On Sunday, I went to the Park Slope farmers market on Third Street and Fifth Avenue and my sister-in-law pointed out that this one stand had “some vegan dipping thing.” I went to check it out and I find these funny tart-looking things. The nice women working the table told me they are called “ryes” and gave me an informative card. To quote said card, “hand-made right here in New York City, our artisanal* Finnish ryes are based on a traditional rye pasty recipe from Karelia, a region in Eastern Finland and Western Russia.” On the internets, they are called Karelian pasties (I know, pasties!!! Haaaaaa! Pervs.) [Ed.: that’s a short “a” sound, as in “rat.” Perv.] To liven things up, they make the ryes with cool non-traditional fillings, including a vegan sweet potato edition! Of course I had to buy one because they looked kind of interesting and I always like to let the omnis know they have a vegan audience.
When I say they looked “interesting,” what I really mean is that they looked “weird,” but I wouldn’t let that deter me! And boy am I glad because I ate it and it was superfantastique! There were caramelized onions and rosemary mixed in with the sweet potato and oh my lord, what a happy marriage of flavors! It looked like the crust part would be crispy and like fiber-y or something but it was not at all; it was soft and yummy.
What I would love to see is vegan versions of their spinach ryes and beet (and feta, bleh) ryes. My only problem with them is that, as far as I can tell, they don’t have a website. Is that even possible? I mean, every biz should have a website—I have like eight websites and I do absolutely nothing. But at least I know when and where to get them so I guess that’s all I really need!
For those who can’t make it to the Park Slope farmers market, I found a vegan pasty recipe! Turns out there exists a lovely all-vegan Finnish cooking blog and they have a recipe for a turnip-filled version. Root vegetables—how exciting! If any of you wonderful people make this recipe, please give us a review!
*I hate this word because I have no idea how to pronounce it. I was hoping it wasn’t a real word but apparently it is.