Friday, September 30, 2011


It's not that I need coffee. I don't need coffee. I want a cup of coffee because I want a cup of coffee, damn it.

This has been quite the experience for me. I thought it was going to be a breeze. The first week was easy. It was also the week my boyfriend was out of town. Sometimes I wanted coffee but settled for a cup of tea which was great. 

The second week was okay...until....I stayed up 36 hours doing a freelance illustration gig for the company my boyfriend works for. I didn't had any coffee. That's right! I stayed up for 36 hours and there was no coffee involved. There was a lot of stress, panic and deadlines.

This third week I am just irritated that I'm not having a coffee when I feel like having a coffee. This is harder then I imagined it to be. I am looking forward to the same thing my BFF mentions below.

no coffee?!

Comments from Sara:
It smells soooo good in the morning. I heard Gene stirring his coffee downstairs today as I was waking up. It was such a yummy sound. And he buys the good shit. I blame his 50% Cuban tounge. 

I was groggy the first few days, but wasn’t so dependant on coffee enough that I was in any real withdraw. For me now, it’s just a taste thing, especially since I always had it at least half-caf. I can’t wait for a nice Half-Caf French Vanilla Soy on a chilled October day. <Content Sigh>

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Chickapea Magazine
I received an email form Bob and Cara asking if they could feature my Powered by Veggies tee in their new online magazine. I of course, was more then happy to provide some food content as well.

Check out my contribution in the new Chickpea Magazine.

Chickapea Magazine Chickapea Magazine

Monday, September 26, 2011


Front door. Dream house Frames Ashtray Wall Closet Books Mother Records Morning tea. Books and money Rainbow bright Thrift store tvs NJ transit. New book. 1.Bell on door.
2. Dollhouse.
3. Things to frame.
4. Vintage ashtray.
5. Wall tapestry.
6. Walk in closet.
7. Bookshelf.
8. My friends mother when she was a child.
9. Records & a lava lamp.
10. Retro chair my friend got from her mother.
11. Milk glass with change on a bookshelf.
12. Rainbow bright bank.
13. Newark salvation army store.
14. Train ride from central Jersey back to Newark, then PATH to Jersey City = exhausted.
15. Goodreads: Eat Sleep Sit, My year at Japan's most rigorous zen temple by Kaoru Nonomura.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Farmers market pears Roasted acorn squash Roasted sweet potatoes Mixing blue paints Set of 8 Vintage Kraft Place Cards Sunflower 

1.Pears form the farmers market. Really hold off so I can think of a dessert to make but I just made a pumpkin pie....may just eat them before I think of something to make.
2.Acorn squash, also from the market. Roasted with olive oil and salt.
3.Roasted sweet potatoes with garlic, olive oil and crushed red pepper. MMmmmm fall food.
4.Mixing blue colors.
5.Etsy photo's I took for Sophia Design Shoppe.
6.Sunflower. Seller at the market: " What are you going to do what that?" Me: " Eat it!" And I am. One by one as I make my tea in the morning.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Ice coffee cubes
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Morning coffee

I really do enjoy a good cup of coffee (or latte). I'm just really picky, unsatisfied with the coffee that's been happening in my apartment. I feel like it's a very confusing time for me as a coffee drinker. I mentioned before we switched out our Chemix for an automatic coffee maker.


Before everyone starts telling me to get a french press, I would just like to say that I have one. It doesn't solve my need for an automatic coffee maker. I really wanted a timer so my coffee would be ready when I woke up. If  I was going to use an automatic coffee maker I don't want to do much at all. When I wake up in the morning, cold and sleepy, I want the coffee ready.

Buying a coffee maker was it's own issue. We researched and realized the all coffee makers basically suck. They all don't get the water to the right temperature of 195-200 F. That's the reason why the coffee at a coffee house tastes better then the one at home.

We purchased a coffee maker anyway for about $100.00 from amazon. com. It never brewed a cup. It wouldn't drip. Also, no timer. We returned it and ordered a $60.00 automatic coffee maker. The coffee sucks, unless I BOIL WATER AND THEN POUR IT IN THE COFFEE MAKER. Even then it's okay. Not great.


When boyfriend went off on a week long business trip and I decided to NOT deal with making coffee.
After a facebook conversation (I erased the other comments. It was super long) and few emails with my BFF Sara, we decided to do a 30 day no coffee challenge. It's tea for me for the next 30 days! My darling boyfriend is SUPER excited...


I hear it takes 30 days to form a new habit.  I know it's not solving my need for a hot beverage magically appearing for me when I wake up but I figure that drinking tea is a better for me then coffee.

Right now it's day 5 and I'll be sure to keep everyone posted.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011



This sort of dish is a catch all for vegetables. You can interchange and mix the veggies according to what's at hand. Frozen peas, spinach and corn go very well with it. All the vegetables are optional. Of course, real milk can be used or any unsweetened non dairy milk. Flax seed in added as extra nutrition and as a substitute for when I didn't have enough eggs. It worked out so well that I kept on using it and didn't have an "eggie" taste to the dish so it's not like a quiche.

Fresh Parmesan cheese tasted better then pre shredded. This dish works very well with fresh herbs. Basil works as well when accompanied with thyme so if you have it feel free to add it in but not necessary. I had to double the recipe to fill up a 13 x 9  baking dish. Can easily be cut in half. The images shown here are of the 1/2 recipe. Expect your serving to be more then shown in picture.

- Can be made ahead of time and reheated easily. 
- Fezzes well.
- Will take whatever vegetables you throw in!

1  c chopped spinach
1 c uncooked quinoa
1 c onion chopped
2-3 tbs thyme
1 cup corn
4 garlic cloves
2 fake sausage sliced (optional)
2 tbs flax seeds (optional)
4 eggs
2 c almond milk
1 tbs salt
1 tbs ground black pepper
4 oz  Parmesan cheese (fresh is better)

Baking time: 45 min covered, then 15 - 30 uncovered

Preheat oven to 350 ° 
Butter / oil / spray dish and set aside.

Cook onion and garlic in a pan until soften. Remove from pan into medium bowl. Cook fake sausage to brown or to desired darkness. Remove from stove and into medium bowl.

In large bowl combine eggs, milk and whisk together. Add salt, pepper, thyme, and remaining ingredients into bowl and whist together, including the uncooked quinoa. Pour mixture into sprayed baking dish and tap a few times. The qunioa will fall to the bottom of pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of mixture.

Place aluminum wrap over the baking dish. Bake for 35 - 45 min. At this point the dish should be stiff. Check the middle and top of dish for any softness with a fork or a knife. It needs to be free of liquid and firm in the middle. Remove aluminum wrap and bake for 15 - 30 min or until it starts to brown on top.

Serve whole hot!

Freezes well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Toast and honey Sunday skirt Boyfriends glasses <3 9-11-11 New reading Madame Claude Cafe croissants New kitty in apt. 1. Toast and local honey...mmmm
2. Sunday skirt.
3. Boyfriend glasses.
4. 9/11
5. New book "Being in love: How to Love with Awareness and relate Without Fear" by Osho Rajneesh. Good Reads.
6. Best Vegetarian Sunday brunch at Madame Claude Cafe in Jersey City, NJ.
7. NEW KITTY !?!?!! Check out more photo's here.

My goal is to post "Week in pictures" on Monday instead of Tuesday. This would mean I need to upload all of my pictures on Sunday instead of Monday night or update super early on Monday. Either way I need to move it up a day. Blah.

Also, it has come to my attention (again) that I'm posting recipes once a week. Ugh. I would love to make this more frequent. MORE UPDATES! New goal is to post 2-4 times a week. I need to work my way up, it seems.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Vegan tomatoe and corn pie!

I can't think of a better way to welcome fall then with some farmers market tomatoes and sweet corn. I found this recipe on Smitten Kitchen and ended up making it whole wheat / vegan. I really enjoy Smitten Kitchen's photo's. They are very genuine and honest like a real kitchen needs to be.

Vegan tomatoe and corn pie! Adapted from Smitten Kitchen & made vegan!

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons or 3 ounces) cold unsalted vegan butter
3/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup veganase
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 3/4 pounds beefsteak tomatoes ( about 3 medium sized tomatoes, see picture)
1 1/2 cups corn (2 ears for me)
2 tablespoons finely chopped basil (optional)
1 cup cheesy sauce
3 - 4 grape tomatoes (optional)

Skinning a tomato Skinning a tomato  
While doing the pie crust, I suggest skinning your tomatoes. Boil enough water to submerge your tomato in. Cut an X at the bottom and top of your tomato. Dip tomato in water for 10 seconds (careful not to burn yourself! Use utensils). The skin will start to separate. Take the tomato out and let it cool or dip it into ice water.

Combine and mix flour, baking soda and 3/4 salt. Blend in butter, with your hands, until combined to make a meal like texture. Add milk and mix to make dough. Divide in half. Put one half in the fridge. Flower your work surface and roll out 1/2 the saved dough into 12 inch round. Transfer into 9 inch pie plate or whatever container your are baking in (I used my cast iron skillet). Pat the dough down and trim any overhanging dough.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Peel tomatoes after they cooled. Slice tomato into desired thickness (I tried to do 1/4 inch but that didn't always work out). Remove any seed and juice. This recipe is more on the wet side so no need for extra juice.

Cut corn off the cob into a bowl. Remove any silk strings.

Whisk together veganase and lemon. Set aside.

Layer 1/2 tomatoes on the bottom of pie crust. Add 1/2 corn, 1/2  basil, 1/2 of remaining salt and pepper on top of tomatoes. Finish off with 1/2 cheese sauce and start over again. One you have your second layer, top it off with the veganse mixture.

Vegan tomatoe and corn pie!Vegan tomatoe and corn pie!

Roll out your second dough into a 12 inch round. Place over pie and trim any overhanging dough. Press and seal together the two dough layers. Cut 4 - 6 steam vents. Coat top of pie with melted vegan butter and place in over on the middle rack. You can decorate the pie with some slices of grape tomatoes.

Bake for 30 - 40 min.

Vegan tomato and corn pie.

Let cool and serve warm or at room temperature.