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California born and bred 25 year old dance machine now living in Salt Lake City. Sardonically irreverent spinster, DIY decorator & vegan baking enthusiast who enjoys sequins, house plants & malt liquor.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Henry Rollins.

I went to see Henry Rollins at The Depot last night and it was the most positive and inspiring experience. If you haven't heard any of his stuff, look it up. His thoughts and delivery are just amazing and helped put some cogs in motion in my brain that needed a push. Not to mention that he's 49 and still smoking hot. Anytime he referenced something sexual, I giggled and felt like a 12 year old girl. It was really a great evening.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Beer battered onion rings!

4 large Walla Walla or Vidalia sweet onions
1 C flour
1 C beer
Few shakes of salt
Few shakes of pepper
2 T cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder

Slice onions into large rings. Heat oil until bubbles form when a wooden spoon is dipped in (hows that for exact?). Combine batter ingredients, dip, fry, drain on wire rack over paper towels.

Indulge. Joe and I ate the whole plate.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Creamy Baked Potato Soup

2 TB canola oil
2 TB Earth Balance/vegan butter substitute of your choice
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, minced
1/4 C flour
2-3 Russet potatoes, cubed
2 C water
2 C soymilk/non-dairy milk of your choice
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
Few dashes of pepper
Herbs to taste: I use sage, rosemary, parsley or poultry seasoning or Italian.
Few dashes of soy sauce
Few dashes worcestershire sauce (check for anchovies!)

Add ins:
1/3 C Tofutti sour cream
1/3 C shredded Daiya cheeze (anything else is not as good!)
4-5 strips tempeh bacon, fried and crumbled OR 3-4 TB bakn bits

Boil potatoes until tender in large pot of water. Depending on how small you cube them, this could be 10 minutes or less. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and saute 2 more minutes, being careful not to burn.

Whisk in flour to form a roux and continue to cook at least 5 minutes.

Add water and soymilk one cup at a time, stirring constantly to get rid of those nasty lumps.

Add potatoes, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and herbs to taste. I really use whatever I have (sometimes I'm in a simple mood and don't add any herbs at all). Add soy sauce and worcestershire to taste. I know, all of these guesstimate measurements are annoying and scary. Trust your palate, it will not let you down, I promise.

Bring back to a simmer and then turn heat down and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Add sour cream, shredded cheeze and crumbled tempeh bacon/bakn bits right before serving. Some things in life are just crucial, and these three items in this soup is a prime example. I've been making this for almost 4 years and while the plain soup is comforting and yummy, adding these things takes it to the fancy part of flavortown, and why would you NOT want to be in the fancy part of flavortown?

This also freezes/refrigerates nicely. I'll be eating it all week.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Carmelized Tofu with Brussels Sprouts.

Recipe here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/caramelized-tofu-recipe.html
This was amazing, simple and quick. Make it now.

Lola & Lisa.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies to end all your PMS cravings.

1/2 cup chocolate chips (for melting)
1/2 cup soy milk
2/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa (I use a combination of black dutch-processed and regular unsweetened)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chocolate chips
Few handfulls of chopped Dandies vegan marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Melt the chocolate chips with 1/3 cup of the soy milk in a microwave at medium power, stirring frequently.

Pour the melted chocolate and soy milk into a BIG ASS bowl, then add the rest of the soy milk, oil, vanilla, sugar, and cornstarch.

Add in the flour (unsifted!), cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir until thoroughly mixed, then add the chocolate chips and marshmallows. This dough is thick and sticky, so don't get alarmed if you feel like your arm is going to bust off. Even my heavy duty handheld mixer was cursing me. But it's worth it!

Drop by spoonfulls and use whatever you have handy to flatten them out. Bake for about 10-12 minutes and then place on a rack to cool. I dare you not to eat them all.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Vacation stragglers.

Andrew's Pista he very kindly let me borrow | new VHS' from Rasputin & the Oakland flea market | new Pyrex from the flea market

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back to reality.

Came home to beautiful weather | My hair is getting SO long | spending lots of mornings at Nobrow

This morning I slept in and made tofu scramble and toast for breakfast. Then I headed over to Candice's and we met Joe at Koko Kitchen for a ride. We ended up in Liberty Park and stumbled upon Earth Jam, which is a huge festival that included belly dancing, LARPING, gypsy circus performers, live music, tons of booths with local art and goods, lots of food and all sorts of things. There were tons of people and some of the cutest dogs ever. We spent all day in the sun. Then Candice and I made southern fried tofu and mashed sweet potatoes for dinner and lounged around her apartment all evening. Not bad for my first weekend back in SLC, not bad at all.

Vacation: FLAPPERS.

and that concludes the photographic documentation of my trip home.

Vacation 11.0