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Friday, July 21, 2006

Magic Loaf, Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy, Quinoa Salad, & Berry Scones

I did some yoga, I'm not about to start my period, and I'm still not OK. Please, just go see the movie and encourage your friends.

There are many simple things we can do in our everyday life, and this is a nice action item list.

In that spirit, we took a trip to The Berry Ranch. You probably already know that buying locally reduces the amount of energy required to drive your products to your store. When you buy from the farmer, there is less packaging, which could reduce your garbage by about 10%. Save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide and $1,000 per year. An added bonus is when a farm is organic, which is great, because the chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute the water supply, and require energy to produce. Let's promote, support, and celebrate our local farms -- before they sell out.

Here are some of the berries from the farm along with cantaloupe. In the bowl is VwaV 'Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy' and this recipe seals the brilliance of Isa in my mind - it is amazing. The brown lump on the right is my first attempt at The Magical Loaf Studio -- a clever idea by Jennifer @ the Vegan Lunch Box Blog. Be sure to enter your choices at the above link, and press submit to reveal the quantities and instructions (something I failed to do)

I used:

Smart Ground
Hemp Seed Nuts (not on the menu)
Uncooked Quick Oatmeal
Onion
Canned Black Beans with Liquid
Flaxseed Meal
Vegetable Oil
Cumin
Bragg's (not on the menu)


This is just a simple salad I threw together and really enjoyed. In addition to the fresh corn we bought at the Berry Ranch, there is quinoa, tomato, and Tamari Sesame Dressing, on a bed of lettuce with lemon wedges.








These are VwaV Scones, pg. 42. I did Isa's 'Berry Scones' variation using some of our Berry Ranch berries. I baked these to take to a playdate for the girls at a swimming pool, and wanted them to be appealing, so I sprinkled some pink sugar on top (not let's do organic as I'd like it to be, but I'm using up what we have first). All the kids kept calling them cookies - I think because of the sprinkles. Hey, whatever works!




17 Comments:

Blogger Shananigans said...

I love berries, and I love buying my produce at the farmers market. Everyone loves that puck rock chick pea gravy, but the nutritional yeast kind of put me off it when I made it. I really want to like nutritional yeast, but unless it’s a small amount in a seitan recipe or something I just can’t seem to get into it . Maybe I would find another brand more palatable.

Good looking salad, I love the presentation. I love scones, I haven’t baked anything in quite a while, just not enough time.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Dori said...

I'd sure enjoy one of those pink and purple tye-died "cookies"! I'm glad you are not in a mood, which says you are truly persuaded about your mission is to "fix the world" for your precious playdaters.

About the tickets... I'm working on it. Right now very few movie theatres are playing this in my state.

BUY LOCAL! yes. thank you.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

The scones look so pretty!

11:57 AM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Those scones do look pretty. They sort of look like muffins from the top. Local anything is better.

I like how you'd rather use the LDO sprinkles but are using up what you have first. I think many people would not, and maybe these days we can emphasize to people who are "switching" diets to not just throw foods away like sadly many people do. They can be used at home, or at least donated. If not even that, I hope people compost.

I like the "bowl" you used for your salad too. I have been thinking about lettuce wraps for a while, mini ones.

12:01 PM  
Blogger SDGvegan said...

OOOh, I love The Berry Farm.

4:22 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Berry, berry nice. I'm a big berry buff, Vicki. This is right up my alley, as "they" say...

I've done the "loaf" thing that i liked to from JenShmoo... that's a lot of fun and could be quite interesting!

Sprinkles are fun. I'm all about kids and fun! Bet the swim date was a regular blast!

5:22 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

Someone has been busy! It all looks great.

The Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy is high on my "to make" list. I haven't tried a recipe yet from Vegan with A Vengeance that I didn't like.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I love that gravy... Isa is great..

Your quinao salad looks so good.. I love the fresh corn.. yumo..

I posted the habanero sauce recipe.. When I made it today, I didn't have the red bell pepper, but I always use that, so I included it in the recipe. It is still quite good without it, but the pepper makes it even better and prettier.
I'd love your habanero jelly recipe..

10:01 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

I love that gravy... Isa is great..

Your quinao salad looks so good.. I love the fresh corn.. yumo..

I posted the habanero sauce recipe.. When I made it today, I didn't have the red bell pepper, but I always use that, so I included it in the recipe. It is still quite good without it, but the pepper makes it even better and prettier.
I'd love your habanero jelly recipe..

10:01 AM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

aww look at all the useful info you gave us! :)

Teddy

7:29 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

If you're gonna sprinkle sugar, there's nothing better than pink! Excellent post Vicki. You've given another thumbs up for the chickpea gravy, so I'm going to have to try it.
Where exactly is the Berry Ranch? And what an awesome place that must be.
Have a great weekend.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

very pretty!

3:42 AM  
Blogger Luna said...

Hi Vicki! i hope that the documentary will be translated into italian soon , i'm interested in this subject.I was thinking about preparing my final thesis on environmental changes but then i had to change my plan :-)
By the way, I finally put the photos on my page!

ciao ciao Vicki :-)

8:37 AM  
Blogger Ferocious Killer Kat said...

the chickpea gravy from VwaV is so cool!

8:13 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

thank you vicki :-) for sure venice is "another world" for everyone not living there, italians too!
you had to eat with water coming under your table! did you go to venice in the period of "acqua alta" (high water) maybe?I can assure you, this is not so funny (you often have to familiarize with mice happiliy swimming next to you ...they're not my favorite pets ;-)

2:12 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Vicki, I'm going to see "An Inconvenient Truth" on Friday night with some friends . . . part of me is really excited, and part of me is a little bit scared. I hope I can sleep on Friday night. Watch for similarly passioned posts from me on Saturday! (Or possibly Friday night, especially if I can't sleep!)

6:48 AM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

I'll have to hook up with Catherine to see where the film is playing around here...or just look it up online since I'm already online!!

Cute touch with the sprinkles. You sure have been busy lately cooking - good for you :)

-Crystal

3:53 PM  

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