accidental chili

January 15, 2011

this might be the first real meal i’ve cooked since ive moved to verona place. sad, i know… but its absolutely delicious. and probably too hot for anyone but me to eat, not to toot my own horn. i need to practice making smaller portions of food.

yes, i use my wok for just about everything… even chili apparently, although this is a first. it was meant to be more of a stir fry but alas we lose control in the kitchen sometimes. this is the result and i am most satisfied with the result. if i can control myself slightly, i will document how i do what i do. some ingredients included are tempeh, roasted peppers, corn, onions, pinto beans, quinoa, almonds, tomatoes and currants.




What to do on a snow day?

February 11, 2010

  • Make soup (eg: Curried Sweet Potato Lentil Soup. Num num num!)

  • Organize something (eg: knitting patterns)

  • Knit a little (eg: Remoy’s Valentine sweater)

  • Upload a bundle of new yarns to our website (like Classic Elite and new Noro yarns, Sekku and Aya ).

  • Watch the snow come down endlessly.

  • Play scrabble with Remoy.

  • Have a snowball fight with the rad new mitts my mom made. She’s so awesome that she knit us each a pair.

We all know I tend to run a bit late with just about everything. Nothing better than waiting a full 31 days to address the new decade, but better now than never. I haven’t posted in 4 months and thats mostly because at times I couldn’t remember my password and also because I didn’t end up deciding to publish any of my posts…. there are many-a-drafts saved which are now irrelevant. So, what have I been doing for the last 4 months or so? Let us forget 2009 and I can deal with the last month a lot easier. Better yet, lets just deal with today and today is short since it isn’t even time for me to get ready for work. This morning I woke up and baked banana bread. Here is the recipe.

How’s that?  I wont get overwhelmed writing to imaginary readers and clam up if I take on too much. By the way, that banana bread makes a lotta banana bread. Far more than what two normal people can eat in a sane period of time. which is great because when Lost Season 6 starts tonight, Remoy and I are going to a shindig to watch and celebrate. No, I still do not own a TV. Ah, ha! That is what I’ve been doing for the last 4 months- watching  a shit ton of Lost! That was a serious bit of catching up. We sometimes watched up to 4 episodes in a row. DAMN. I CANT WAIT.

monday mornin

April 6, 2009


March 3, 2009


i have been trying to read Diet for a New America by John Robbins. I have been able to read a little bit recently, two books down (No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer). The non-fiction isn’t quite working as well as I’d like.  But anyway its eerie because the book was published in 1987 and it reads today and so very relevant… and somehow in between then and now, so very little has changed to make life on this earth more hospitable. This book is a best seller apparently, I would love to pass it along to vegan skeptics except my copy is butchered with pen and pencil marks, although i am less than 100 pages in. It is ‘spiritual’ at times but it doesnt irritate me. He ties it together more or less in regards to animal rights and the environment. If you read this book, as my friend Jamey puts it, you can’t call yourself a humanitarian or an environmentalist if you continue to eat meat and consume dairy. The dairy industry does more damage to the atmosphere than oil. That my friends is a fact. Spread the awareness. I can’t even imagine what tomorrow would look like if we suddenly stopped partaking in these things. I know its not realistic, we are creatures of habits and there are certain lines that each of us as individuals cannot/wont cross. Hey, I knit with wool. That isn’t very vegan of me. BUT I am trying to educate myself on this facet… because denial a/o  ignorance never got us anywhere. Argh.

Have you heard of  The China Study? Its awesome and accessible to the masses. The China Study is a book you should read if you want to learn about nutrition. Period. It dissects all aspects of consuming both animal protein and dairy. Its a terrifying read and well worth it.


Short post. Will try to keep on this more often. I started training this week for the Buffalo marathon (May 29) this week but now my lungs are half full with mucus and I will be going to the doctor monday. Its a real bummer. About 4 months away…. 


The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Peanut Butter Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

  • 3+ bananas
  • organic PB
  • 1 1/2 cup hodgson mill’s buckwheat pancake mix (yes, its sorta cheating)
  • maple syrup 
  • 1 cup hazelnut milk
  • egg equivalent – 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of oil (we used coconut)
  • glob of apple sauce
  • a hefty shake of ground flax seed


Made the batter +/- according to the box. For 6 – 8…. there just didn’t look to be enough for normal size pancakes… Sigh. Yes, American size portions tend to be outrageous but we are talking pancakes here. So, for two we made the 12-14. Poured in a lot of peanut butter, 1.5 chopped bananas, flax seed, and apple sauce. Let it set for a bit. Cooked em up. Smothered with PB, poured on the maple syrup. GOOD TO GO. 






Black Bean Stir Fry with Poppyseed Polenta


  • 5 cups water
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1-2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1-2 cups mixed bell peppers
  • can of black beans drained
  • cayenne pepper
  • turmeric
  • cumin


I used the ‘Soft Poppy-Seed Polenta’ recipe from Veganomicon, kinda soupy but the only other time I used polenta was in a bake so I guess that’s normal. Stir fried the broccoli and peppers with a bit of coconut oil and some garlic then added the black beans. Spiced it as advised by Mimah. Topped the polenta with the stir fry, added more cayenne. YUM.



October 12, 2008

there are many reasons why i wanted to start this blog and for some reason in order to even give it out to people in my life or to make it public…. i feel like i need to write an intro of sorts although this ain’t blog post numero uno. 

1. i read, i dont write. thats pretty important. i dont want to be judged for the order of my words or my limited vocabulary. i know good writing or at least like to think that i do. i am not capable of that nor do i desire to be. 

2. i want to log the things i keep forgetting. eg. after watching a significant film or reading a book that has a strong impact on me… i want to remember details, not just the long term lingering effect it had on my subconscious.

3. i am starting to run. i couldn’t tell you why i stopped but its been a longtime coming.  i signed up for the buffalo marathon on may 23… maybe the 29? whatever. its a sunday. i need to get my focus back (and my memory, ha). running helps and i need a long term goal. not to mention how bad ass it is going to sound when i say i ran my first marathon at 22. need to train seriously, eh? 26.2 miles. KAAAZAM!

4. i knit (obviously) and want to log my projects with pics here. ravelry is good too but i’d rather have all this centralized in one place.

5. i need to vent. i am pretty angry at the world and its systems. i am prone to  thinking that i can make a small difference to make life easier in my immediate surrounding and pretty frequently i get kicked around for this.  i dont hate humanity, i just think we are corrupt as hell. if anything its my love for humanity that fuels my anger.  (obviously there are a select few who hear about all this ramblin’ too much… this is also to give their ear a rest. bless your hearts.) often its hard for me to articulate. seeing my words sometimes really helps me to figure out what i believe or what i am feeling in regards to the issues much bigger than me. please note:  i will flip flop, don’t judge. if you do, you are an asshole. 

6. i want to have a reference for things i find online and be able to come back to them easily.

7. i haven’t had my period in over a year. that is likely key factor in my wavering sanity and its not that i am trying to deliberately refuse help. i simply dont believe in western medicine anymore, its about a quick fix and has nothing to do with preventative care. most pharmaceuticals haven’t been tested properly and we have no idea what the long term effects are. i’m not judging you for taking them so long as you don’t judge me for refusing them. that is all. i have tried birth control, i won’t do it again. the women’s anatomy is pretty fucking complex and the only answer is the pill. i cannot accept that. so, i am constantly reading about alternative women’s health stuff. don’t worry boys, this has strong overlap with the politic rants i am prone to.

8. i am vegan and cook vegan food. i will post awesome pics of delicious food and try to make the world go veg. not realistic, drrr. but it would be nice to persuade at least a handful of folks that 1.) being vegan isn’t as hard as you think 2.) its better for you, the environment and animals 3.) its a way of being an activist everyday.   i probably have a more diverse diet than most and that i am pretty health conscious.

disclaimer: you don’t need as much protein as you believe. 10% of your calories…. that is it. and veggies have protein. i’m just fine i promise. you should be more concerned about FIBER, found only in plants.    and what about calcium? if your worried about my bones, dont be. calcium has nothing to do with it. (and if it did… veggies got em too and so does rice milk, etc.) i’m pretty sure that horses and gorillas have strong healthy bones and they don’t drink milk their entire lives…. much less from another species EVER in their lives… so yah. its a bit unnatural. you can’t argue otherwise.   anyway, strong bones are built by strong muscles. build up your muscles and your bones compensate. third world countries are just starting to get osteoporosis. its because they’re modernizing (aka sitting in offices) and eating more SAD (standard american diet). don’t mess with me on nutrition. i am not interested in what you think you know.

8. how is this different than lj? good question