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Friday, February 12, 2016

Out of the mason jars and into my mouth

Monday was another snow day, though with much less accumulation than the blizzard. I spent most of the morning inside drinking too much coffee and writing, but got out for some laundry and a bit of a walk to get more coffee and groceries.
Breakfast smoothie:
   collards, frozen banana, cranberries, vega berry protein powder, water, lemon, ginger

                   from the walk. not a b&w photo, we've just reached peak bleak February time.

the coffee shop, My Coffee Cup in Glendale. i went here specifically to sit in the oversized coffee cups. By myself.
Got groceries on the walk back, didn't get a haul shot but spent way too much money (somehow when things are on sale, that happens.) This is the first meal i made with the goods:

                                avocado, spinach, tofurky slices, sriracha hummus sandwich
I guess i was a little overcaffeinated and overzealous in my purchases because I forgot there was still a fair amount of produce at home that had to be used up and eaten first. When in doubt, stir fry:

onion, ginger, garlic, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, carrot with soy sauce and sesame oil. tofu thrown in at the last minute
Finally finished the Emma Goldman autobio I've been reading (well, volume 1) and found out the apartment she lived in for ten years is right around the corner from work, so i stopped by on my break. Funny that there's a plaque commemorating a woman who was imprisoned and harassed by authorities throughout her life and probably wouldn't have wanted this sort of hero worship. All the same, I'm glad it's there.

Trying not to get sick, so I'm drinking what looks like a biology experiment but is in actuality echinacea tea with goji berries.
Stay warm.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

the fruits of other people's labor

Jarrod breakfast extraordinaire:

oats, granola, blackberries, blueberries, goji berries, chia seeds, almonds, soy milk. AND iced coffee. Doin' it well.

J's roommates are amazing cooks. One made this vegan spaghetti squash lasagna with cashew ricotta and daiya. She let us have some and it was so good.

           Here with sauteed kale, field roast sausage, and mushrooms. Gotta get that green.

 my less work intensive lunch: more raw collards with black eyed peas and hummus. Also sriracha.

                                              more of that damn curry. Still a serving left.

stopped by V-Spot the other day for a small pop-up and to say hello to Barbara at Gone Pie. Picked up this almond coconut fudge, which was awesome, as well as some lemon tahini cookies, which I love. Brought them to meet some friends later and didn't get a picture. Trust they were good.

                               Ate the fudge at the zine library with a cup of coffee from Tiny's Giant.

Monday, February 8, 2016

variations on the same old

A squash curry I made - not quite as delicious as the Loving Hut udon curry, but pretty good. Jalapeno, coconut milk, squash, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, chickpeas and so on and so on. Topped with avocado because i like the contrasting texture and temperature.

roasted okra and black eyed peas. With sriracha and nutritional yeast. A last minute lunch combination that kinda felt like it was missing another component but whatever. It was good nonetheless.

               crummy pic, but more squash curry later in the week. I added millet to thicken it up a bit.


                    oats in a jar at work with granola, almond butter, banana, and almond milk

                                           millet, black eyed peas, raw collards, hummus
Nothin especially fun, I know, and more of it coming up because there are still leftovers. But hopefully some new stuff also soon. Gotta get some groceries today...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

getting outta the dang house

After a bit of a break due to sickness and whatever, J and I are doing yoga more regularly again. There is a space on St. marks and right downstairs is VSpot, so we went in after a class on Friday.

                                                                J got a BLT wrap.

I got a Jamaican wrap, which wasn't flavored like I thought it'd be, plus it had melted v cheese on it that kinda overwhelmed the wrap, but it was good enough over all.
The next night my friend and I went to a show but kinda got edged out due to some drama. We went around the corner to Loving Hut instead.

my curry udon noodle soup: very good. I guess it had been years since I'd been in this place, it's still the same cheap whatever kinda fast food but they've expanded the menu and there looked to be a fair amount of interesting stuff.

they also had some tasty sounding desserts, but donuts were all that was left. (tooooo bad!!!!) I got a Boston creme. It wasn't bad, but it had been refrigerated and was kinda hard. Whatever, it's a freakin' vegan donut. Not sure where they get them from.

                                          more time with J, breakfast bowl king. I love this mug

                                       oats, almonds, blueberries, blackberries, soy milk

Continuing the blue: it was a beautiful day Sunday. Some trains were down and I walked through the West Village to get to the zine library. This is Jefferson market, a library now. Pretty nice.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Snow + snow food

Hiii!! So the blizzard DROPPED. It was a mess for about two days but we are back to normal now, or maybe warmer than normal, even.
They shouldn't have opened the store for work that day, because we all got sent home at 3 but this is the lunch I had packed for the day, which I ate later at Jarrod's.

                         raw collards, spicy kraut, roasted cauliflower and  sweet potato, tofu
 J was not feeling well at all but the trains ran until 4 so I went over to his place to hang out. This is the view from the elevated train on the way:

and it kept snowing until about midnight after this. It's not a big deal for some of you in other parts of the world (Lysette!) but this was one of the biggest storms in years. The last big blizzard I remember was the blizzard of 96; this one was just over two feet.

next day's lunch: boiled pierogies, pan fried tofu, sauteed collards. I was glad to have all this stuff in the house already.

                                        a breakfast: oats, granola, peanut butter, almond milk

             Haxan didn't explore in the snow, but I opened the window so she could sniff the winter

been trying to cut way down on sweets, but hot chocolate is a nice treat I've been making at night. Cocoa powder, vanilla extract, agave, a pinch of salt, and almond milk. Sometimes a bit of cinnamon.

I made dinner for J one night - usually he does all the work. Sauteed kale + tofu, roasted sweet potatoes, parsnips, and mushrooms, and topped with avocado.
That's all for now. Hope you guys are well.

Friday, January 22, 2016

salads + pho mostly

Hey, gearing up for the supposed blizzard over here, armed mainly with the harira from Tuesday. Other than that, here's what's been eaten lately:

                         roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes in olive oil, s+p, and turmeric!

                               in a salad with spinach, collard, tofu, with a hummus dressing.
                                          my majestic warmth provider + counter top swiffer

                                                         reading material plus the soup

Would you believe this is the first time I've eaten pho?? Jarrod and I saw Polanski's Macbeth at Film Forum the other night and stopped into a Vietnamese place in the West Village. It was really good! Vegan options were limited but this was all we needed: broth, rice noodles, broccoli, bok choy, carrot, potatoes, soy protein, scallions, jalapeno, bean sprouts, and lime.

                                                                            J date

                               breakfast today was Kite Hill vanilla yogurt with blackberries

lunch was arugula, roasted heirloom carrots, sweet potato, fennel, and radicchio with a tomato vinaigrette from Paradis. It's been so long since I've gotten a meal from them. Still top notch.
Now I am going to go make sure I have enough coffee to get me through the next few days. Stay safe and warm!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Farmers' market, hot food and cold food

Been better about making and bringing to work my own breakfasts too these days (mostly some unappealing-looking oats in a jar, or fruit) but every once in a while I'll splurge and buy a bagel and some tofu cc. It's cheaper to leave the cc at work and spread my own rather than buy it at a coffee shop.

This was an indulgent version at home. OJ, coffee with almond milk, whole wheat everything bagel with Daiya cc. The Daiya was on sale and it's...okay. Texture-wise it's maybe closest to non-vegan cc, maybe flavor-wise too but I'm so used to Tofutti these days that I still prefer that. Definitely better than another vegan cc brand I purchased (can't remember which one at this point, and probably better left unsaid) which was super runny and gross. I'm a New Yorker, I have ideas about how bagels should be.

 a rainy Saturday morning I got into the city early enough to walk through the Union Square greenmarket. I've sadly not paid it enough attention lately.

Pretty colors, though, and still a good selection. I wonder how the harvest has been with the warm weather. I only bought an apple. maybe if I'm better prepared another time, I'll pick up more produce.

tasty stir fry with onion, ginger, garlic, millet, kale, mushrooms, and carrot with Braggs (and sriracha after the pic.) millet is growing on me; it's better cooked more.

                                  post-lunch snack. It's been a while since I've had a Larabar.

more millet stirfry, this time with kale and tofu then topped with roasted beets and avocado. Nice mix of textures, temperatures, and flavors.

                                     Rising Sun smoothie!! It has been so long since I made this!

it's spinach, spirulina, tahini, ginger, frozen banana, almond milk, water, and lemon juice. I topped it with hemp seeds and drank it alongside my coffee.
Bought an eggplant a while back with no real plans for it. It finally has gotten freezing here (though that didn't stop Jarrod and I from biking to a movie Monday night. I won't say that cold wasn't painful.) so I took today off to gather some things together and make a soup that has been calling to me since I bought Isa Does It: harira! It's a moroccan chickpea stew. Isa's includes eggplant, lentils, and angel hair pasta.

                                                                  big steamy potful

This was really good! I finally was able to use the saffron my aunt gifted me last year for Christmas. The stew is also spiced with red pepper flakes, cinnamon, ginger, and paprika as well as fresh cilantro and mint thrown in. I ate it pretty hot so the subtlety of the spices was slightly lost on me, but I'm assuming they'll fill out as the soup sits a few days. As it was, it was filling and perfect for a cold afternoon lunch. Also, I think I have official cooked all but one of Isa's soups from that cookbook.
I did a lot of other prep today but I'm gonna save that for the rest of the week. TTYL kiddos.