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Samhain

Posted in dinner, holiday, lunch, raw, sandwich, soup, sprouts on October 30, 2010 by nosferatofu

Heinz Beans on Bagel

I hope everyone is having a fun October and a fun Halloween weekend.  I’m spending a more quiet time at home, no parties or clubs this year, although I’m tempted to go on Halloween to a club.  I did have a glass of wine and watched The Vampire Journals last night 🙂

Anyway, above is what I had for dinner last night.  Heinz Beans on a sesame bagel with lentil soup.  All bought from the local British grocery.  Very good and totally filling.

And below, is one of my lunches this week.  Veggie meatball sammich topped with daikon sprouts, chives and daiya cheese.
Meatball Sammich

This Halloween season has been Lovecraft in theme.  Started October with a movie party at my place to watch Dagon, a film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.  To keep with the theme, I’ve been reading another collection of his stories, called Dreams of Terror and Death.  Excellent book.  And I was going to share the song “Every Day Is Halloween” by Ministry, but that’s a bit cliche for me, so instead I’ll share a great Rudimentary Peni song, titled after one of Lovecraft’s imaginary places.

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Herb Garden

Posted in permaculture, raw, sprouts on April 17, 2010 by nosferatofu

planted herb seeds

Just planted the seeds for my herb garden. I’m excited to have fresh herbs growing very soon!

I planted:

  • chives
  • peppers
  • cilantro
  • basil

I have seeds for onions, parsley and broccoli for my next batch.

Dinner at Madeline Bistro

Posted in asian, dinner, events, lunch, restaurants, soup, sprouts, tofu on March 15, 2010 by nosferatofu

snatam

Went to a musical performance (or as they put it, a “co-formance”) last night in Hollywood. It was a kundalini yoga event with chanting and mantras and kriyas and it was incredible.   From the opening “Ong Namo” song to the end with “saaaaaaat naaam” it was one of the most uplifting and spiritual events I’ve ever attended.

Snatam Kaur performed, along with Guru Ganesha and special guest Gurmukh from Golden Bridge Yoga.  So much fun and uplifting!!! (left to right in photo: Gurmukh standing, leading a kriya, Guru Ganesha, Snatam, and their percussionist)

madeline bistro

Since we’d be in LA, I figured it would be a good opportunity to check out a vegan restaurant in the area, and lucky enough Madeline Bistro wasn’t too far away.  I ordered the Thai Red Curry and Kara got the Deconstructed Gumbo.

thai curry deconstructed gumbo

I’ve read so many rave reviews about the place and all I can say is that, despite all the highest praise, even that doesn’t do it justice. The entire menu looked incredible. The food was to die for. The atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.

Overall, it was one of the best dining experiences I have had in years.

kara eying my curry =)

kara eying my curry

Buddhist Dinner

Posted in asian, dinner, events, lunch, restaurants, soup, sprouts, tofu on January 21, 2010 by nosferatofu

This past Saturday I hosted a veg meetup at the wonderful Buddhist restaurant, Bo Di Tinh Tam Chay.

This dinner proved to be quite popular, with about 30 people attending. Its a great place with wonderful atmosphere and very nicely decorated. We were there for about 3 hours and lots of great conversation took place.

I had the curry chicken dish but the various soups looked so delicious I kinda wished I had tried one of those!

Daikon Sprout Sandwich

Posted in asian, lunch, sandwich, sprouts on May 14, 2009 by nosferatofu

daikon sprout sandwich

Simple, bursting with flavor, and deeply satisfying.  Good words to describe this sandwich.  A co-worker brought me fresh daikon sprouts today, so as I was thinking about what I could do with them, my stomach started growling for lunch…….perfect opportunity!  So I went home and put this sandwich together with ingredients I had on hand (I’m lucky enough to work across the street from where I live).

Ingredients:

french baguette

miso mayo

mustard

avocado

daikon sprouts

sliced pickle

onion

pepperoncini peppers

salt & pepper to taste

daikon sprouts

Sprouting

Posted in dinner, lunch, permaculture, raw, sprouts with tags on April 16, 2008 by nosferatofu

Sprouts Day 4
So aside from my new favorite burger recipe, I’ve found a new hobby: growing my own sprouts. Its quite fun and easy, and incredibly nutritious. You truly are eating living food. Just imagine taking in all the vigor and power of life (prana, as the yogis say) in those little sprouts, the ability to (literally) break through a wall to grow and live. Its a great food, and tastes great too.

How did I grow my sprouts? Very easily, in about 5 days.

I ordered a sprouting jar, screen, and starter seeds from sproutpeople.com, and included in the kit are the instructions for growing the sprouts.

Sprouts Day 2Basically, it goes like this:

Soak the seeds in water for 8-12 hours.

When they’ve had their soak, wash them off and put them in the sprout jar and give them a good rinse again, ideally on the “spray” or “shower” setting of the faucet.

Keep the jar out of direct sunlight, at an angle (as seen in the picture at left), and rinse them every 8 or so hours. The rinsing is important, as it oxygenates them, and that’s what helps them to grow healthy and delicious.

That’s it!

Sprouted Chickpea Burger

Posted in dinner, lunch, sprouts with tags , , , on April 9, 2008 by nosferatofu

chickpea burger

I’ve been getting into sprouts and sprouting lately, and I came across this recipe in Yoga Journal so I had to try it.

The chickpea burgers turned out so well, and so delicious, I can’t wait to make them again. The recipe makes about 10-12 burgers, so I ended up giving many away to friends and family, all to rave reviews.

The recipe:

2 1/2 cups sprouted garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

4 tablespoons soy or bean flour (I used egg replacer)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 onion, diced

Zest of 1 large lemon (the skin)

1 cup broccoli or alfalfa sprouts, chopped

1 cup bread crumbs

1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Steam the garbanzo beans until tender, about 10 minutes.

2. Combine the beans, flour, and salt in a food processor. Purée and add water as needed until the mixture is a very thick, slightly chunky hummus.

3. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the cilantro, onion, zest, and sprouts. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. You can always add more bread crumbs or water to firm up or moisten the dough if need be.

4. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Form dough into 1/2-inch-thick patties. Add four at a time to the oil, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes until the bottoms
begin to brown. Flip the patties and cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden. Cool the patties on a wire rack until ready to serve.