What do you know about Jackfruit? I didn’t know much about it until I had the wonderful jackfruit tacos from Seabirds food truck. Since then I’ve been obsessing about making them myself. Step one in the process is finding canned jackfruit…if you have a Thai Market near you they probably carry it. That’s where I found mine – – 2 cans cost less than $3 which is much better than the on-line price I found. This is the type I used, make sure whatever brand you buy it’s the young (green) jackfruit packed in brine, not the sweet kind.
I followed this recipe exactly and they were quite tasty served with a squeeze of lime, avocado and cilantro. I think next time I would cut back on the chili powder a little. Now I have a boatload of taco filling that I have to figure out what to do with, I’m thinking a jackfruit taco salad???
So what do you do when it starts raining at 3:45 am and you can’t sleep and you have a new waffle iron just sitting cold and lonely in your cupboard? Do you listen to that irritating voice in your head that keeps saying things like..
We’re making waffles
I listened and at 4:00am I found myself in the kitchen mixing up a batch of gingerbread waffles from Vegan Brunch. I didn’t have any fresh ginger so I subbed in a teaspoon of dried. My house smelled like Christmas…Too soon, you think? Whatevs, if only I could have crawled back into bed after that, but no, work called.
Got to use my new waffle iron and my cool dispenser that had yet to be tried out. Worked like a charm. Plus I have 4 waffles in the freezer all ready for the next morning it starts raining at 3:45am and I crave waffles.
I think the Vegan month of food is the time to give kudos to those Vegans who are out promoting not only a cruelty free lifestyle but also a healthy one. Those many people whom we only have contact with and who are able to spread their healthy word because of the Internet. One of those who has influenced me is Lindsay Nixon of Happy Herbivore fame. Face it, there are a lot of not so healthy vegan choices out there, I’m talking oreos, fritos, and what about a can of Duncan Hines Classic Chocolate Frosting, no animal products there my friends. But good for you, I think not. Enter the Happy Herbivore – – Lindsay promotes a low-fat vegan diet and if you don’t already own one of her two cookbooks you can get her third, Happy Herbivore Abroad, in December. Put it on your Christmas list (is anyone listening?) Not only does Lindsay host her wildly popular blog she provides weekly menus for those of us who may want to lose a couple of pounds. The thing I like about these meal plans is that they come with a shopping list and you can buy the individual plan if you’re just cooking for yourself or you can buy the family plan if you have a few more at your house. There’s no obligation, so you can buy 1 week every month or 1 plan every week. When you’re cooking for 1 it’s sometimes hard to portion control when you make a casserole sized for 6 people, before you know it you’ve eaten half of it and are still pretending that what’s left is servings for 3 (three puppies maybe, right?) With Lindsay’s plan there is no leftovers and the bonus is you get to eat the whole thing yourself. For those of us who have issues with sharing this is what’s it all about!
We were lucky enough to be invited to a Halloween/Birthday/Season Premier of the Walking Dead party by a fantastic Vegan Hostess. Not only were her decorations fabulous the food was frighteningly good. Enjoy!
On the wall behind the table it said “Eat, Drink, and Be Scary”
One of the guests was super hungry
Homemade Ghost chips in guacamole
Rest in Peas (English peas with toast gravestones)
Finger bone pretzels with almond fingernails
My contribution – Candy Corn Cupcakes (chocolate cake, orange buttercream tinted candy corn colors)
The Vegan Month of Food or Vegan MoFo is just around the corner. Reading the many wonderful vegan blogs last year inspired me to start my own and I’ve been looking forward to this all year.
I’ve tried on numerous themes…Cookie of the Day, Muffin of the Day, Cupcake of the Day, but since moving my office to my home I feel that by the end of the month I would either have a freezer full of baked goods or I’d be on the floor in a sugar induced coma with cats snacking on my toes. A little too scary for me! I also thought about pulling out some of my ancient cookbooks, if you can believe after getting rid of 80 cookbooks I still have more. My idea is to do some reviews on those oldies but goodies that turned me on to the vegetarian lifestyle to begin with.
Or maybe there will be no theme as that seems to be the theme of the day around here! Get ready for The Vegan Month of Food!