4.9.2014 - Food Diary Day #174 (vegan)
- salad with tofu scramble, coconut curry hummus, roasted sunflower seeds, beets, carrots, corn, and chipotle ancho vinaigrette, strawberries
- old fashioned with jim beam
Woke up late and spent all day prepping for PAX before finally dragging myself and my butt over to the Westin where I would spend the next 5-6 days. The salad was a last ditch attempt to use up all the perishable ingredients, and it was seriously yummy despite all the different flavors.
4.8.2014 - Food Diary Day #173 (vegan)
- coffee with soy milk, whole wheat toast with daiya mozzarella cheese, strawberries
- calabacitas burrito with guacamole, daiya cheddar from El Pelon Taqueria in Brighton
- fettuccine in a parsley pesto cream sauce
I had a lot of leftover parsley from making alfredo, so I decided to try and make a pesto-like sauce with it. I basically used my vegan pesto recipe but used just parsley instead of basil.
I tried to make a cream sauce out of it, but the parsley flavor was way too strong. I couldn’t finish the plate of pasta. Not sure I can eat parsley again for a long time!
4.5.2014 - Food Diary Day #172 (vegan)
- vegan fettuccine alfredo with peas
The day after the party, boy and I were feeling quite hungover. We spent most of the day in bed, and HE made ME alfredo this time :).
4.4.2014 - Food Diary Day #171 (vegan)
- black coffee with soy milk, whole wheat toast with mozzarella daiya and parsley olive oil, field roast breakfast sausage links, strawberries
- black chia kombucha
- BBQ caramelized onion and corn quesadillas (not pictured)
No pictures of dinner because I was at a party! But those quesadillas were incredible. Boy’s roommate’s birthday party was quite the occasion. It’s nice that there was yummy vegan food, especially :).
"I’m not on you I’m adjacent to you!!!"
4.3.4014 - Food Diary Day #170 (vegan)
- black coffee, Iggy’s multi-seed bagel with hope coconut curry hummus and earth balance, field roast breakfast links, strawberries
- black bean veggie pizza and creamy zucchini soup from Whole Foods
- alfredo sauce on mini-shells and Sam Adams summer ale
I came out of the shower in the morning, and boy had made this whole breakfast and pour-over coffee (at my house no less!). I will never get over how much I love it when people cook for me, no matter how simple the meal is :D.
I was excited to see vegan pizza at Whole Foods so I got this cheese-less black bean veggie pizza for lunch, although it was cold and dry. Mostly I used it to dunk in my soup, which turned out okay!
After having alfredo the night before and still having all the ingredients on hand, I HAD to make it again because it was so delicious. For the recipe, see the previous entry!
Like 1/8th of the makeup I usually wear.
4.2.2014 - Food Diary Day #169 (vegan)
I instagrammed this a while back and since then, I’ve gotten an overwhelming response requesting the recipe, unlike anything that I’ve posted before. And I can’t lie, it was absolutely delectable. We were licking the sauce out of the pot, it was so good! So I’m sharing now :).
Like most of the things I cook, I kind of winged it, but here is a general recipe.
- 1/2 - 3/4 lb fettuccine pasta (make sure to salt the pasta water!)
- 2 cups unsweetened soy milk
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter/margarine
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/4-1/2 cup daiya mozzarella cheese
- salt and fresh cracked pepper (or white pepper) to taste
- handful of parsley (optional)
- 1/2-1 cup of peas (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (super optional)
If you are familiar with making a white or béchamel sauce, this is basically what you are going to be doing with the first four ingredients. Mince the garlic or puree it if possible and sauté lightly in the butter for a minute or two or until fragrant.
Mix in the flour to make a roux and cook for another few minutes until a light golden brown, stirring almost the entire time to make sure it doesn’t burn. Slowly add the soy milk to this, whisking to prevent lumps. Continue with this until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Whisk in nutritional yeast, daiya mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over al dente fettuccine, add peas and half the parsley. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary. Mix together, serve, and sprinkle with additional parsley to garnish.
I’ve never been female but I have been black my whole life and so let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective because there are many similar social issues related to access to the equal opportunity that we find in the black community as well as the community of women in a male-dominated—white male-dominated society—and I’ll be brief because I want to get and try and get more questions.
When I look at throughout my life, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to do astrophysics since I was nine years old, that first visit to the [unintelligible] planetarium. I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did. And so, I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions, and all I can say is the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was hands-down the path of most resistance through the forces of nature, through the forces of society. Any time I expressed this interest, teachers would say “Don’t you want to be an athlete? Don’t you want to—?” I want to become something that was outside of the paradigms of expectation of that, of the people in power. And so, fortunately, my depth of interest in the universe was so deep and so fueled and rich that every one of these curveballs I was throwing in, fences built in front of me and hills that I had to climb, I just reached for more fuel and just kept going.
Now here I am, one, I think, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind me and say “Where are the others who might have been this?” and they’re not there. And I wonder how. Who was the blood on the tracks that I happened to survive, that others did not, simply because of the forces of society that prevented at every turn, at every turn to the point where I have security guards following me as I go through department stores, presuming that I am a, that I’m a thief.
I walked out a store one time and the alarm went off and, so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate, and that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing they would stop me and not him. That’s an interesting sort of exploitation of this—[Woman next to him: “That’s horrible.”] Yeah, that was! People should do that more often, alright?
So, my life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks in the sciences, you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today. So before we start talking about genetic differences, you got to come up with a system where this equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, in response to a question asked by an older white male member of a panel audience: “What’s up with chicks and science?”
Watch him put this man to shame here.
vredig asked: I almost went to el pelon yesterday but I ended up at Amelia's instead!
I still haven’t been to Amelia’s, although I have heard great things! (Notably that they don’t charge extra for guacamole… AMAZING)
I get wary with new Mexican places though since a lot of the time you don’t know whether there’s sour cream in the guacamole or meat in the beans. El Pelon is great about labeling! Although I’m not crazy about them since I read a really sexist tweet from their account.
#vegan curry tofu 😍
4.1.2014 - Food Diary Day #168 (vegan)
- calabacitas burrito with vegan cheese, guacamole, and pickled cabbage from El Pelon Taqueria in Brighton
- vegan fish cutlets, sautéed kale, corn, sriracha ketchup
3.30.2014 - Food Diary Day #167 (vegan)
- tofu scramble, sautéed kale, vegan fish cutlet on toast with daiya cream cheese, sriracha ketchup
- mac and cheese with TVP and corn
Lazy day lying around watching movies and whatnot. Tried these new vegan fish cutlets that I picked up. I used to love to eat the real ones when I wasn’t vegan. They were so crunchy, delicious, and satisfying.
They were interesting. Didn’t quite taste like fish, but were okay overall. I don’t think I would buy them again.
3.29.2014 - Food Diary Day #166 (vegan)
- thai iced tea with soy milk from Diesel Cafe
- the branch sandwich from Diesel Cafe
- wasabi flavored dry roasted edamame
- vegetarian combo plate with tofu broccoli, vegetable fried rice, and a spring roll from Chow N Joy in Somerville
- orange chocolate slice from Whole Foods
Had brunch with the boy at Diesel. It was a really nice day. Then had to order Chinese food because my roommate’s girlfriend wouldn’t stop cooking for like 8 hours -_-. But at least it was yummy!
Here’s another stupid selfie