January 27, 2008

Breakfast is for the weak, brunch is for the wicked. Part Two.

I promised I would post more pictures from the last one. Here they are. You are welcome.

Is it tacky to post pictures of dirty dishes? We always forget to take pictures of the food before it goes out. So here is the aftermath. The January brunch menu was breakfast burritos with tofu scramble, Veggie Chorizo (Vegan With A Vengeance), fajita veggies, black beans, cilantro rice, Sour Cilantro Cream (Veganomicon), salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, fried plantains, brunchy potatoes, Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse (Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World), fruit, juice, and coffee.

Some of these are from Corinne. Thanks Corinne!

PS, Patrick made a flyer for the next brunch. Thanks Patrick! Lookie:

Sunday dinner is how we do.

I went to the Saturday Morning Market a few weekends ago, and there was this neat new booth selling all sorts of neat pasta. I love when whatever I pick up at the market on Saturday inspires dinner for Sunday.

Le marche.

Lemon basil fettucini. So pretty.

Lemon basil fettucini with white wine garlic sauce.

Versions of this can be found all over the place- here is what I did:

1/2 lb fettucini (because the sauce is so light, flavored pastas work well)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic (or more, if you love it), thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
1 1/2 C cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/3 C dry white wine
3 plum tomatoes, pulped and thickly sliced
Handful fresh sweet basil, coarsely chopped
salt and fresh black pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to directions. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about a minute. Add onions and mushrooms, saute for 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms are nicely browned. Lower heat to medium low, add white wine, and simmer for another minute. Remove from heat, add tomatoes, basil, pasta, and toss. Salt and pepper to taste.

Broccoli and/or spinach would also be very good with this.

On the following Saturday, the corn was so lovely that I went looking for recipes that called for fresh corn.

Corn and Edamame-Sesame Salad from Veganomicon. So pretty, so easy, so good.

I am experimenting with quiches lately. Last Sunday I adapted this one from the mini quiche recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. It was delicious, but still needs some tweaking. Recipe up soon.

January 17, 2008

Breakfast is for the weak, brunch is for the wicked.

Pam and I are hosting our third monthly Snell Isle bike ride and vegan brunch on Sunday, February 3rd, at 1:30 in St. Petersburg. The menu will be French-ish, and will tentatively include Fronch Toast, quiche, and savory crepes. Suggested donation is $5, and proceeds go to Friends of Strays. For details, email me at abbie@spvegansociety.com.

The second brunch was hectic and lovely. I will post more pictures when things calm down a bit, but for now let me share with you my favorite:

I learned a lesson about not having too many dishes that need to be cooked on the stove in the 20 minutes before you feed 30 people. I think this picture of Steph and I is evidence of the value of that lesson.

Photo and blog post title credit to Patrick.

January 7, 2008

Vegan brunch, heck yeah.

So, on December 23rd, Pam and I hosted a Snell Isle bike ride and vegan brunch. Everyone had a great time, we raised some money for Friends of Strays, and hope to make it a monthly event. The next one will be on Sunday, January 13th 2008 in Snell Isle in St. Petersburg. The bike ride starts at Northshore Park at 12;30, and the brunch is at 1:30. All are invited; the suggested donation is $5, and proceeds will go to Farm Sanctuary. For details on where to meet (you can participate in the bike, brunch, or both), email me at abbie@spvegansociety.com. Vegan breakfast burritos with all the trimmings are on the menu for this month. PS, I am declaring this an official St. Petersburg Vegan Society event. This blog will serve as the SPVS events calendar until the website is up.

Look, photos from last month's brunch:

Steph skipped the ride and came over early to help me cook, because she rules.

Menu: Lemon Corn Waffles with Blueberry Sauce, Apple Pie Crumb Cake Muffins (both from VWAV), herb roasted potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, Mushroom Spinach Strata (from Veganomicon), brunch shells (from Get Sconed!), fruit, juice, and coffee.

We do it for the aminals.

Happy brunchers.

Lovely Pamela, bike ride and bloody mary coordinator.

Apron or bloody mary caddy?

Karen, Ged, Patrick, and Steph stayed to help clean up, because they rule.

Luke supervised.

January 5, 2008

Hooray for new vegetarians!

This post is dedicated to my friend Ged, who is, as of the new year, giving vegetarianism a shot. In honor of his decision, this is going to be a totally awesome post, which may include lolbunnies, my own brief guide to vegetarianism, and food porn from the new vegetarian hisownself. Ready? Here goes:


Okay, I actually don't like saying that I can't have something, because it's not true. I can eat whatever I want, even cheezburgrz, I just choose not to because ethically, hassing cheezburgrz isn't cool. But I love bunnies and vegetarians, and Ged loves lolcats, so whatevs.

Second: Abbie's supershort handbook for new vegetarians and vegans:

Item One: Take it one day at a time. You will never last if you think things like "Omigod, I will never eat bacon again." Instead, think "I will not eat bacon today."

Item Two: Believe that it gets easier. You will find that as you find new favorite foods, you won't miss the old ones.

Item Three: Cook dammit. You will get bored and frustrated if you live on garden salads, hummus, and veggie burgers. Go get yourself one of the cookbooks I mention over and over on this blog, or check out the links to the right.

Item Four: Don't give up or beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon. Changing the way you eat will be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do, but it may also be one of the most challenging. Reward yourself for your progress (For instance, treating yourself to your favorite vegetarian meal if you pass up your favorite meat dish) rather than get down on yourself for slipping up.

Item Five: Be a good ambassador. Don't whine about what you miss, or how hard it is making the switch. Also, be patient and polite with those that still eat meat, even if they are neither of those things with you. Making vegetarians seem like whiny, deprived jerks only hurts the cause. If you need to vent, go to a vegetarian/vegan forum, or hell, email me.

Item Six: Remember why you made the decision in the first place. Animal products are so prevalent in the world that it can sometimes be difficult to keep your reasons in the front of your mind. Films like Earthlings, a documentary about our relationships with animals for food, clothing, entertainment, medicine, and companionship, contain vivid imagery that can help you keep your arguments fresh.

Third: Food porn!

Ged borrowed my copy of Veganomicon, and made Rumnog Pecan Cookies, which he porned beautifully. Lookie:

Just gorgeous.

January 3, 2008

Happy belated holidays, ya'll.

When I go home for the holidays, I love to take advantage of my parents' awesome kitchen and more liberal grocery budget. I was home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and cooked up a storm, but these are the only pictures I remembered to take. So merry everything to everyone. Here's some Veganomicon porn:

Penne Vodka

Apple Galettes, pre-bake.

Apple Galettes, post-bake.