June 19, 2010

The Yard, The Dog, The Food

Our yard is looking quite snazzy lately.

My #1 Son continues to crack me up on a daily basis.

Joker Joey.

And ... I've managed to make a few morsels since returning from vacation and sinking into a Lazy Vegan Cooking Funk. I'm getting back into the swing of things.

OK, I lied ... I did not make this (except the brown rice) ... it's from the Whole Foods deli ... but doesn't it look so good?! A vegan veggie tamale & chinese green beans. Yum!

Whole Wheat Pancakes topped w/ strawberries.

Oatmeal, Walnut & Dried Plum Cookies (The Kind Diet). These are a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

I'm aware this looks like a big pile of s%&# ... but it is really good & really healthy! Lentil Dahl from the Green Cuisine cookbook.

Avocado Pesto Pasta from www.ChefChloe.com (my new favorite site).

I have Moroccan Couscous & Garlic Soba Noodles on the agenda this week ... stay tuned!

June 13, 2010

Alaska Cruise

Cruising really is a doozy of a vacation. It is seriously taking me so long to get back in the swing of things. I have been sticking to old standbys since we got back ... wraps, tofu scrambles, etc ... I guess after 2 weeks of not needing to worry about food ... I am just super lazy about it right now. Usually on vacations you still have to forage through the towns for food ... but on a cruise ... you just sit there like a ginormous, beached whale and the food is splayed out before you 24/7. I guess I am wondering where my 65 options for breakfast, lunch & dinner are ... ??? I got use to being treated like a queen.

I have to be honest ... being vegan on a cruise is hard. There is not a lack of food ... trust me, you'll never lack for food on a cruise ... but there is a lack of good food. Good, healthy food. Everything is white ... white rice, white pasta, processed white sugar, etc, etc. Oh, and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of salt. Did I mention lots of salt? Like, obscene amounts of sodium. With that being said ... the crew was so helpful and accommodating. They did everything they could to make sure I was fed and happy. I was given a special vegan menu every night at dinner to choose my meal for the next evening ... and in the mornings soy milk would literally appear out of nowhere during breakfast. I have no idea how they keep track of who-needs-what with over 1800 passengers but they are amazing at their jobs. I did happen to be the only vegan on board, but there were a few vegetarians.

Before we left on the cruise I made a list of vegan restaurants & stores in each port-of-call and we were able to visit a few of them. They were definitely the gastronomical highlights of the trip. We stopped at Pan Africa Market near Pike Place Market for lunch in Seattle. In Juneau I stocked up on snacks at Rainbow Foods and in Victoria we had a delicious meal at Green Cuisine. If any of you are planning a vacation I'd definitely recommend doing the same thing. Our next trip is to Italy in September and I have already been scoping out some vegan restaurants online.

Alaska was amazing. It was gorgeous. Awe inspiring. Humbling. It really is The Last Frontier. We had some friends tell us before we left that they could not describe the beauty of Alaska ... and now I understand. There really are no words. You have to see it. It's just so ... BIG! One of our tour guides told us the population is only 300,000 in the entire state! So you can imagine just how peaceful it is. My favorite spot we visited was Glacier Bay ... by far one of (if not the most) beautiful places I've ever seen. I will tell everyone I know to put that place on their Bucket Lists. It is so quiet when you stand on the shores ... and the air is so clean & crisp ... I wish I could've bottled it. I am going back there again someday, for sure.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip ...

Formal evening.

These were amazing ... Cilantro Zucchini Tofu Cakes at Pan Africa Market in Seattle.

Tofu Massala @ Pan Africa Market.

Canoe on Harriet Hunt Lake near Ketchikan.

Homemade Wildberry Jam served to us on the canoe excursion.

Standing on Mendenhall Glacier with my mom & AAH.

Kissing on a glacier.

My favorite place ... Glacier Bay.

Glacier Bay ... I want to build a house on this exact spot.

My mom on the shores of Glacier Bay.

Canoeing near Davidson Glacier.

An amazing sunset from the our ship.

Whale watching excursion in Icy Strait Point.

A gorgeous forest of trees in Icy Strait Point.

Cute little mushrooms.

Tug boat in Sitka.

I love owls ... this guy was at the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Sitka.

Just the two of us ... Victoria, BC.

Green Cuisine in Victoria, BC ... it was delicious!

My plate at Green Cuisine ... cornbread w/ soy butter, quinoa salad, curried potato salad, spicy glass noodles, curried tempeh, samosa, & yams.

AAH's plate @ Green Cuisine ... dolma, falafel, lentil patty, tofu, yams, brown rice, samosa, hummus & mango chutney.

Alrighty ... give me a couple of days (to actually cook something) ... I'll be back soon.

June 2, 2010

Home Again, Home Again ...

I'm back from the cruise. It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I will tell you guys all about it ... but I am still recuperating ... I need a vacation from my vacation ... and I am in need of a serious detox. I was able to stick to my vegan diet but after two weeks of sugar, sugar, sugar & more sugar, plus white rice, white pasta, white bread and enough salt to last 2 lifetimes ... I brought home a lovely, bloated, souvenir belly. That cruise mentality really gets to you after a few days ... Give. Me. More. Food.

Anyway ... here are a few of my favorite pics from my trip to tide you over 'til I get a real posting up.

On the shore of Icy Point Straight.

Looking out at Hubbard Glacier from our ship.

Visitng a petting zoo while we were in Victoria, BC.