Sustainable wheat

July 31, 2009

Listen to us being interviewed on sustainable wheat by our friend Kelsey Flynn.



Back to the Garden

July 26, 2009

We haven’t been spared by the unseasonable and unwanted rain, but our crops are mostly unaffected. I think it’s partly because of our sandy soil and our planting late in the season. We will have a late harvest for tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other mid-summer treats, but we’re fortunate not to have bottom rot or worse fates.

We’re looking forward to picking more of our veggies, including string beans, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and later-summer tomatoes. We’ve enjoyed a lot of lettuces, greens (collards and kale), arugula, broccoli, turnips, peas and blueberries. It’s a great feeling to use crops from just outside our door, and it saves a lot of money, too.

Wonderful weekend food

July 21, 2009

We were lucky to find the Garden Cafe in Woodstock. It’s an all vegan cafe, yet they mention it nowhere on their menu. We found that to be interesting and assumed they didn’t get preachy so as to not drive non-vegetarians away. The outdoor seating is just beautiful. It feels almost as if you are sitting in a friend’s backyard.

Our dinners were so great that we decided to return for breakfast. The strawberry shortcake was a definite highlight for me as I normally don’t care much about dessert. It was better than any I have had before.

Animal Sanctuary Weekend

July 21, 2009

Patrick and I visited two animal sanctuaries this past weekend. We had planned on just visiting Catskill Animal Sanctuary to help paint their new goat barn. The experience was so great we decided to stop at the nearby Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary the next day for a tour. Both places featured beautiful settings. The animals were loved and the people were so dedicated to working there. It brought me so much serenity knowing the animals are not destined for pain and that they will live out their lives in peace. It is pretty clear in our photos that we really enjoyed the pigs. It surprised me how much I liked spending time with the turkeys. They are such gentle and loving animals. I could go on and on about the weekend and the animals we met, but want to post the photos, which really tell much of the story, I think.

Vegan vacation

July 20, 2009

We were pretty successful in scouting out some good food on our trip to Canada. When we couldn’t find a restaurant that worked, we stopped by the grocery store and usually bought vegetables, guacamole, hummus and chips. We ate a lot of hummus on the trip. Vegans have an easy time in Halifax. We had an amazing meal at a Middle Eastern place called Mezza. Another favorite that we hit on the way in and out of Canada was Calactus. The innkeepers we stayed with were especially considerate in preparing meals for us as well.
We didn’t stand a chance on one side of Cape Breton Island. A stop in at the “European Deli” yielded the response “we don’t have vegetables” when we asked for a vegetable sandwich. We finally did find a place that would do it for us though. Check out the $6 iceberg lettuce and cucumber sandwich.
Many of our wonderful meals can be seen here.

June 18, 2009

Salad is for all seasons, isn’t it? Nevermind.

We made some tasty ones lately and as usual. The tempeh salad here was great. We did the tempeh as usual and added a take on our Vietnamese dressing (peanut butter, lime juice, canola oil, tamari, rice vinegar).

The other salad is Mary Beth Olander’s creation. We add olive oil and lemon juice to a bunch of kale so it begins to break down. Then we finely chop carrots, red onions, strawberries and toasted walnuts. We did a balsamic viniagrette to finish that.

We were most enthused by our pizza, I think. We used lavash as a crust and added soy mozzarella, TJ’s tomato sauce and various toppings for deliciousness.

We haven’t begun taking photos at restaurants, but we’ve had some great experiences. We’ve had vegan Asian, Italian, Mexican and Mediterranean meals without any trouble.

Beer might be the key

July 20, 2009

 June 10, 2009

Both these dishes were super tasty, and beer was used as a foundational ingredient. It builds in so much flavor.

I cooked some black and refried beans with onions, enchilada sauce and beer. Nicole made her delicious nutritional-yeast nacho-cheese dip (water, pimentos, nutritional yeast, jalapenos, flour), and we sauteed some peppers and onions. We then combined these ingredients for tasty results.

Beer-mustard-soy Tempeh
I pan fried some tempeh in olive oil. I then made a sauce based on a previous recipe. I combined veggie broth, beer, mustard and soy sauce for a flavorful result. I cooked some onions and mushrooms in olive oil, beer and later, the sauce and tempeh. I recommend this dish. It has a meaty flavor.

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Stir-fry salad

I bought bok choy at the Amherst Farmer’s Market. We had leftover salad ingredients and used some garlic greens from our garden to stir fry with the bok choy. We served the dish over quinoa.

The dressing was fairly simple and delicious. (I’m against giving out measurements — I think it should be left up to the maker/eater to decide how much ingredients to use. I’m thinking most people have a built-in gauge.) I used rice vinegar, peanut butter, half of an avocado, half of a cucumber, a scallion, tamari and lime juice. Our small food processor did most of the work.

Doing it well

July 20, 2009

June 7, 2009

After being vegetarian for more than eight years, I switched to veganism, and it’s been easier than I thought. My intention is to express that ease. I know it can seem like a tall task, but it really doesn’t have to be. Moreover, becoming vegan is rewarding because of the gastronomic and psychic benefits that might come along with it. I hope to keep this updated at least once a week to show how simple, appetizing and varied veganism can be.

What some rain will do

July 20, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

The rain really helped the plants get large. Here are our peas and potatoes. Also, a pretty peony, blueberries and yummy garlic scapes.


July 20, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

There’s reason to be optimistic. Our greens are looking solid. We will be eating them soon. Our peas and beans are strong, too. And our potatoes have shown a lot of growth lately. We’ve planted mesclun, cantaloupe, lavender and more parsnips (our first planting didn’t fare well). Our carrots, mizuna and pak choi will take some time, but they will bloom eventually. We’re feeling good about the garden at this point in the summer.