Nov. 26, 2013
So I made a thing. Seasonal, and lazy!
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve
(Makes just under one quart of ice cream.)
4-5 overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix
sugar to taste (optional)
a splash of non-dairy milk or creamer, if needed
1. Put the bananas in the food processor and pulse until smoothly blended. Most likely you’ll need to stir them by hand several times, as the frozen chunks tend to gather and become “stuck” on one side of the bowl. If necessary, add a splash of non-dairy milk or creamer to get things moving!
Alternately, you can allow the bananas to defrost on the counter top for 30 to 60 minutes beforehand, so that they’re easier to work with. Before putting them in the food processor, break them up into smaller chunks with a butter knife.
Note: Since introducing extra liquids (such as non-dairy milk) into the mix results in a slightly icier finished product, I prefer defrosting to non-dairy milk. If you’re in a hurry, pop the bananas in the microwave for 20 to 45 seconds instead.
2. If the bananas aren’t sweet enough for your taste (sometimes this happens if you freeze them before they’re sufficiently ripe), add a bit of sugar to taste. Any sugar works fine – white, brown, etc. – but I find that powdered sugar results in a smoother blend.
3. Add the cocoa powder and pumpkin pie spice and pulse until blended. Sample the batter and add extra seasonings to taste.
4. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container. Enjoy immediately as soft serve, or pop the ice cream in the freezer for an hour+ for a firmer dessert. Store any leftovers in the freezer in an airtight container. If the frozen banana ice cream proves too hard to scoop, microwave it for ten seconds to help loosen it up (or let the container sit on the counter for ten to thirty minutes prior to eating, depending on room temp).
Serve topped with cocoa powder and cinnamon!
Nov. 26, 2013
Last Saturday was the last day of he season for our local drive-in, so we decided to pick up a pizza en route to celebrate. Minsky’s in Liberty, MO started offering Daiya since we’d been there last, so we picked up a large pie with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, and olives. SO GOOD! They were super-generous with the toppings and even gently nestled the peppers under the Daiya so they wouldn’t burn or dry out.
Rennie tried to snatch the first piece from my hand during Thor, but luckily I saw that move coming a mile away and managed to fend her off. She and Mags were pretty bummed that they didn’t get their usual popcorn scraps. Anyway, that’s her ogling the leftovers (top) and reheated pizza the next day. Stacked on top of Appetite for Reduction, which I scored for just a buck at the latest library book sale. (My favorite things in three panels: pizza, dogs, and books. Not necessarily in that order.)
Nov. 25, 2013
No compromise color #fox #hatchet #monkeywrench #flowers #rose #roses #tree #pinetree #animalrights #vegan #anarchism #earthfirst
Nov. 24, 2013
Clam found off Iceland was 507 - “the oldest animal on Earth”, until British scientists killed it
Another fucking story about humans killing fascinating creatures to “learn stuff”.
When a clam was dredged up from the bottom of the sea of Iceland, a team of scientists eagerly cracked it open - killing the oldest animal in the world.
The mollusc was 507 years old - when it was born, Michelangelo was just about to start work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
The process of opening clams to study their “growth lines” is fatal. The clam was named Ming after the Chinese Ming Dynasty, which was in power when it was born.
Nov. 23, 2013
So yesterday was the Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is pretty much what it sounds like - on online potluck (biannual!) to which everyone contributes one vegan dish. Naturally, I brought pizza. This time around the organizers decided to try something different with a featured ingredient - BEETS! - hence the hot pink pie. I used roasted beets to color the cheese sauce pink, and also cut some beets into cute heart shapes and tossed them on top. Beets are actually pretty tasteless, so for all it zazz, the resulting pizza tasted just like a double cheese pizza. There’s a recipe so you can try it for your own self!
Fun story: After I’d roasted the beets for this little project, I left them on the counter to cool. Somehow Lemmy the cat managed to unwrap the foil - without tearing it to shreds! an accomplishment in itself! - to get at the tasteless, red-stained blobs inside. (Yum?) He knocked one beet to the floor, where he gnawed it to pieces, mashing blood red beet bits into the entire length of the kitchen floor. Another beet went missing and HAS NOT BEEN FOUND TO THIS DAY. Just what became of Beet #6 remains a subject of much debate in the Garbato-Brady household.
Nov. 23, 2013
Happy 50th Doctor Who!
Nov. 21, 2013
Lupper! #vegan Punk-kin Pasta from @govegandotnet’s #LaDolceVegan served with cheddar #Daiya
Nov. 21, 2013
tiny, vegan peanut butter blossom cookies
I followed this recipe pretty closely for the cookies (but made the following changes: used only 4Tb hot water in the flax egg/ used a mix of brown and white sugar in place of raw sugar/ made about 40 tiny cookies instead of 16 big ones/ baked for about 6minutes) and then pressed two chocolate chips into each one right after the came out of the oven. so cute and so good!
Nov. 20, 2013
That’s not how everyone gets their meat, this is so ignorant and stupid.
46 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving in the U.S. each year. Aside from a few thousand who are undomesticated turkeys shot by hunters, all of these birds come from “farms.” 1/4 of the U.S.’s Thanksgiving turkeys come from onefarm. Butterball. You can watch a video of how they treat the turkeys at Butterball here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5LM06ZvCk4
Nov. 19, 2013
CONTEST TIME! You know what to do.
Nov. 19, 2013
Tonight I made Cheesiest Potato Soup for dinner, which is another great recipe I found on Pinterest. I’ve never had cheesy potato soup of any kind before, so I really had nothing to compare it to, but Mike said it tasted very similar to the canned variety. We both loved it!
Nov. 18, 2013
Breakfast of Champions @redrabbitbakery. Apple fritter, coffee glazed, pumpkin filled, austin creme (chocolate filled), sugar glazed, chocolate glazed, Mexican chocolate. #vegansofig #whatveganseat #atxvegan #veganfoodshare #vegandonuts (at Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery)
Nov. 18, 2013
Found an old sketch pad. Piggies.