I love produce box time. I don’t get a weekly box - even this vegetabletarian can become overwhelmed with freshness scattered haphazardly over the counter, demanding time for preparation and devouring. In my peanut butter and jelly weekday world, there simply aren’t enough hours to prevent organic yumminess from going foul.
So, when I get my seasonal harvest box, it’s nose to the books to find the best recipe to fit the bill. Today, Minced ‘Shroom Pies.
Now - a disclaimer - I hate mushrooms. They disgust me. They are the bane of Satan - **note - not Seitan. The only thing I hate worse than shrooms is wasting food. So when a bag of these fungal nasties showed up in my box - I had to play nice.
So I pureed the crap out of them. See, I think my fight with mushrooms may be the texture.
I found a recipe for Mushroom Pastries - I don’t know where or how, but they were in my “owl” book - meaning I wrote it down into a journal from somewhere. So I played with it - creating a “calzone” style crust and making a filling full of flavor to cover the existence of the mushrooms in the recipe. And surprisingly - it worked.
So Like I said: I pureed the snot out of the mushrooms - not quite to the point of pâte, but enough to make a thick filling. Sauteed with onions, wine, bok choy (the recipe called for spinach, but I had bok needing using - in something OTHER than stir fry). I even went so far as to chop in some beets - which honestly, could have been omitted. Don’t get me wrong - the beets are delicious, but some of the pastries took on a look of a berry stuffed breakfast treat - a definite trick on the palate.
The finishing touch was some vegan cream cheese, nutritional yeast, and herbs. All folded together, folded into a dough circle - folded into the oven - then folded into my stomach: for delicious goodness. Yes, I loved the mushroom Creation, even in spite of the fact that it was a Mushroom creation.
** On a side note - my carnivorous roommate also folded some into his stomach. Him being a shroom tolerator, beet despiser - raved over the “delectable delights” <- his words.
Sunday I made Pita (unbleached white=I was out of wheat). I also experimented with a new recipe for TVP burgers - TVP, Broth, Flour, Oatmeal, seasonings…wrapped in foil and grilled/baked… not burger worthy, but not terrible either.
Until - Yesterday morning, I put a patty on a pita - **Note: not IN the Pita** - added roasted red pepper hummus - topped with the other piece of pita - zapped. It came quite near the joy of a “sausage” breakfast sandwich. (though I never liked breakfast sausage, I like breakfast sammiches).
Hence, today’s Hummus Moment:: flavor testing still needed for the new patties, but success for a tasty vegan breakfast food on the go!
I was walking my two dogs along the Charles River in Cambridge a couple of months ago and came across a homeless man fast asleep with his dog curled up beside him. The dog lay there, tucked into his master’s hip, watchful, loyal and quiet.
Also beside the man was a bottle of water in a bucket, presumably to keep it cool during the night and his shopping cart of possessions. Something struck me about the scene. Here was a chap trying to do what he could to keep his friend with him and not abandon him to a shelter, both loyal to each other. As I walked my two spoiled dogs home I decided I couldn’t bare that homeless man’s dog going hungry. After dropping off my dogs at the house I walked to my local Whole Foods, picked up a loaf of bread, some peanut butter, a bag of apples and a bag of dog food. I walked back to where they were, the man was still asleep, the dog still beside him. I placed the bag of groceries beside his shopping cart, his dog lay quiet, still watching and sniffed the air.
I like to think that the man woke up hungry, wondering how he and his dog were going to eat that day. I hope he didn’t have a nut allergy.
“It is vital that young people, the guardians of our future, develop a strong awareness of the futility of violence and war. They can learn from the examples of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., that non-violence is the best way to ensure peace in the long term. Because the twentieth century was a century of violence, let us make the twenty-first a century of dialogue.”—
“The creation of this hospital, from the generosity of so many supporters around the country, shows a growing mainstream awareness that farm animals are intelligent, emotional beings who deserve to be provided with the same level of care that we have traditionally given to dogs and cats. Regardless of dietary choices, most people now agree that intensely confining and abusing animals who are destined to be slaughtered for food is no longer acceptable. We have a moral responsibility to protect animals from factory farming abuses.”—stated by Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder. Quoted in the article previously posted: “Treat them, Don’t Eat them…”
A very interesting article. Dealing with the recognition that “animal abuse may occur on farms of any size when the animals are seen primarily as financial commodities.” Do all farms view their animals this way? no
No biased judgments here, just a hope to help you think for a moment about the origins of your food. Farm animals are no different in personality and in will to live than your pets at home.
Did the ArdentDog just become an activist? Possibly. But I would say: simply more conscious / conscientious.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”—
Knowledge is truly the best weapon against prejudice. Still against same-sex marriage? Then I DARE you to go and make friends with two human beings, of the same sex, in a dedicated relationship…with each other. There is no difference in the definition of commitment between “gays” and “straights”