Heartichoke: Orange Watermelon & Jalapeño Mimosa

Heartichoke on Get Sconed!

Happy theme change Monday! I actually made this cocktail in advance before my departure to New York, but as imagined, life is moving quickly, and since it’s hiatus, I can pretend weekdays don’t exist. What’s a girl to do when the … Continue reading

100 Days of Homemade

It’s the summer of projects! With my newfound free time, I’ve decided to devote 100 days to make a minimum of 100 creative, culinary concoctions. Pretty straightforward, right?

100 Days of Homemade on Get Sconed!

Guidelines:

  • Each and every day, for a period of 100 days beginning June 25th, I aim to make one meal as from-scratch-as-possible in my kitchen.
  • These creations will be shared in small, group updates on Get Sconed! I will photograph as much as possible.
  • I’ll be identifying my photos with the “100dayshomemade” tag on this site, as well as twitter and Instagram.
  • As always, my dishes will be entirely vegan and incorporate local, organic seasonal produce as much as obsessively possible. Dishes will also be free of almonds, cashews, bananas and pineapple. Go figure.
  • Some days, more than one dish will likely be created. This may mean an entirely different course, or simply an accompanying cocktail or dessert. As long as it’s homemade and creative, it’s in.
  • Being newly (and for now, gloriously) unemployed, the dishes will be pretty budget-friendly. Thank you, crazy supply of dried beans, exotic spices and grains! I’ll do my best to make notes and share worthwhile tips as I go along.
  • Dishes will be described and recipes will be referenced when used, or ideas given. Basically, some dishes may be winged, some may be test recipes for the upcoming Isa Does It, some may be from cookbooks, some may simply be special requests from my girlfriend. Nearly everything will be inspired by farmers market hauls or television episodes, etc.
  • Processed goods, such as vegan cheese and packaged slices, will be used as little as possible, if ever.
At the very least, I hope to try new things and become an expert at clean-out-the-fridge dishes. Let’s do this.

From the first few days:

Day One: Pesto baked tofu, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, roasted broccoliflower with lemon, Sungold tomatoes & fresh raspberries for dessert.

Day Two: Tom Yam Soup with baby bok choi, carrots, mushrooms, fresh galangal, baked tofu & a touch of coconut milk. The recipe is from May Kaidee’s Cookbook and is a new staple in my kitchen.

Day Three: Tomato Rosemary Scones from Vegan Brunch, topped with coarse sea salt.

Day Four, AM: Tofuevos Ranchers from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites.

Day Four, PM: Tofu & Chickpea Noodle Soup with fresh dill and Mojitos made with local cherries. Soup week, represent.

Bonus: Pre-project banana french toast, roasted potatoes with smoked salt and pan-fried tofu rounds with Vegg yolk

My new style also welcomes legitimate time to devote to Vida Vegan Con, and speaking of, early bird tickets open today, July 1st!

soy curls & margaritas

Portland’s had a weirdo summer all right. I blocked out most of the spurts of humidity (shades help), but it seems like it’s back with a vengeance for my goddamn birthday. I don’t plan on doing much today besides listening to Billy Joel, waiting to see if my second sibling remembers to call and imbibing on a refreshing cocktail or two, so I suppose I’ll manage.

The following watermelon margarita, inspired by Lauren Fitzgerald’s (of Millennium and Portobello) “market-driven” mixology demo at the Montavilla Farmers Market this past weekend, is totally in the running for 2011’s birthday cocktail:

Watermelon Margarita test run: fresh yellow watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, clementine liquor (subbed for Harlequin), silver tequila and a sea salt & cayenne rim

Learning how to make cocktails at the Montavilla market with the lovely Lauren Fitzgerald and her assistant.

Speaking of markets, I hit up three over the Labor Day weekend. This mini haul is from the Hollywood market, with a couple of bonus additions and the Sunny Day Farms zine for inspiration. Come to me, heirloom tomatoes!

My weekend also included a long-awaited date with the Flavor Vegan over cocktails and dinner at Sweet Hereafter.

I’ve caught myself joking more than once about how Soy Curls are so three, if not four, years ago, and I take it back.

The Buffalo Sub at Sweet Hereafter changes everything. It features hot soy curls, lettuce, tomato, tangy ranch dressing and creamy miso chive cheese in a crusty baguettewich (yeah, I said that) and blows every other tasty option I’ve tried at this bar away. Plus, you know, Chelsea is adorable, and we got to catch up on life and that con thing.

 Sazerac & Buffalo Sub from Sweet Hereafter: There’s a Soy Curl revolution in my life.

summer approaches

just some recent sights & treats that are so far epitomizing my upcoming summer dining in Portland, despite my rainboot wearing yesterday:

What means summer in this city.

Chocolate chip cookies with fresh mint, for a friends' sunny BBQ. Equally as exciting as fresh mojitos?

Sunnyside, SE. The annual brightening (painting) of the mural has a soft spot in my heart, as I spent my first few years in Portland residing around the corner.

Pretend there are five farmers markets pictured right here, okay?

Technically, it sprinkled outside when I was eating this soft serve from Back to Eden Bakery. Therefore, that slightly makes up for my surprising lack of sprinkles. What was I thinking!? I hadn't tried the soft serve since this adorable place opened (which recently & magically just expanded its seating), and it was very creamy and far less super sweet than I remembered. Woo, Chicago Soy Dairy!

Please excuse that I'm about to say this, but pizza is always in season: Sizzle Pie rabbit salad & No Conditions vegan slice, $6. Old German tallboy $2.50. Cue lower East Burnside people watching. This is the one place I will eat (sparing amounts of) the D-cheese.

One of the best parts of near summer so far: Panda Ballz aka the cutest panda candy I have ever seen, a prize courtesy of Ballin' and Baggin'

ooo, summer I love your ways: produce, potlucks & a triple vegan bacon cheeseburger

Just kidding, I only like the fruits of your labor. The fruits of eight months of Portland drizzle. Rathermore (that’s right), your glorious fresh fruits and vegetables. Come on, weirdo summer, let’s get through the heat wave and onwards to heirloom tomatoes and spin the color wheel of bell peppers, eggplant and cauliflower!

Here are the fruits of my recent culinary labor:

Mushroom Sherry Pate from The Urban Vegan, take 2.

mushroom pate
This time, I added almonds,roasted shallots, maitake mushrooms in addition to cremini, & added a couple of spices.

Cherry Whiskey Cookies

cherry whiskey cookies
I brought these cookies & the pate to the recent Vegan Convergence 2.19. I spent the first half of the gathering selling ice cream (or orchestrating a Purely Decadent body shot photo shoot with Michele, same thing). These cookies are the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, substituting a small amount of the non-dairy milk for Cherry Whiskey.

Cabbage Patch tofu scramble

cabbage scramble
Aptly named, as the cabbage was hand-picked on previous berry picking adventures. This scramble has cabbage, sugar snap peas, carrots, kalamata olives and garlic scapes.

Pesto Tahini tofu, marinating.

fu pre fu

I’ve made this before to top salads and been thrilled, but this batch was a little lackluster  since I was trying to cut down on the ingredients and salt-factor for a potluck. This version had homemade almond pesto, tahini, water, white wine and coconut aminos.

Pesto Tahini Baked Tofu, garnished with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes

fu

Baked Jerked Seitan, marinating.

Jerked Seitan

Both jerk sauce and seitan recipes are from The Urban Vegan. Hot stuff!

Seitan Lite & Greens

american vegan lite seitan & greens

The seitan lite recipe is from another fun cookbook I’ve been enjoying  – American Vegan Kitchen.

Jelly Donut Cupcakes

Jelly Donut Cupcakes
from the holy Veganomicon.  shockingly, my first time making them. I made both the cupcakes and seitan for an initials potluck last week. The JS for my behind the scenes name, and the JD for my really, really behind the scenes name. Identity crisis, commence.

Cashew Miso Mayo

cashew miso mayo

A test recipe for Isa’s upcoming Appetite for Reduction book.

In Conclusion, Part I: fresh, local raspberries are swell.

raspberries

In Conclusion, Part II: My friend Jeff  with his birthday Triple Vegan Bacon Cheeseburger from the super nice & delicious D.C. Vegetarian cart.

jeff's birthday triple vegan bacon cheeseburger
Jeff told me all he wanted for his birthday was a photo of him, at Tube, eating this custom birthday burger, displayed on the internet.

Happy Birthday, Jeff! Somehow, he made it through.