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Hello, hello! I have returned from the International Food Bloggers Conference, where I co-presented on Niche Blogging, attended classes, met food bloggers of nearly every variety, sought out vegan food and most importantly, vegan-friendly SWAG. Hello, OXO avocado thingy! Don’t fret – I have a new avocado waiting at home for its inaugural slicin’ and will be sure to Instagram every single step.
Speaking of insta-sharing, it’s once again time to peer into the culinary lives and stomachs of J. Sconé, J. Legume, and friends. As always, you can follow @jdfunks and #100DaysHomemade on Instragram for more riveting updates of the versatile, seasonal, plant-based dining variety.
Now 65 days and a new camera into this project, I’ve decided to shorten the updates a bit for some more concentration.
First up, my first (and so far, only) contribution from a duo of two guests in one day. Staring with summery cocktail with ginger-infused rum from my Heartichoke cohort.
And my, what a pleasant day this was. I came home and my girlfriend had prepared a fancy Italian dinner, which included her first-ever risotto and fresh farmers market tomatoes…
Oh – and there’s more.
Now, I was so thrilled with the following meal’s outcome — it was the first time ever I have truly seen J. Legume willfully consume and enjoy Indian cuisine. I love to see the evolution of taste bud adventures, or something like that.
Success! I based it on every other Aloo Channa recipe I have ever seen on the internet.
Remember that time, in the first photo, that Louvella, er Maeve, made cocktails? Well, it was to facilitate a certain interview on Autostraddle that accompanies these roasted chickpea tacos (that shockingly, include an actual recipe from yours truly). The things you do for your friends, right?
Bean by Bean: For the bean curious and obsessed.
It’s the half-way point, so….
While it’s got nothing on my still-dreamt-about-Cheezly, rumor has it that Scheese will be ending its Portland distribution soon. I may have purchased the last-ever package of Strong Cheddar yesterday at a certain vegan mini mall.
It’s become increasingly clear to me that the love of nachos, no matter how basic (I mean, crappy) or well-constructed, is never outgrown.
Shocker, the grand finale to this round up is an Isa Does It dessert tester.
The weekends have been treating me well: the dawn of the Spring farmers markets and seemingly endless varieties of raab and rapini, the ever-more frequent dry days, a growing trend of old fashioned cocktail bars in Portland, new cookbooks and creative supper dates with a special someone.
I’ve been making relaxed, but focused meals from Chloe’s Kitchen, May Kaidee’s Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbook, The Sexy Vegan (more on this later), Isa’s current test kitchen, and whatever else calls out with ease.
Using a little flexibility, I give you, a sort of deconstructed nacho scramble lunch. The spicy pickled jalapeño were picked up at the Gathering Together stand at the farmers market, and the beer is Emma Amber Ale by local brewer Captured by Porches.
A couple of weeks ago, giant chocolate chip cookies were featured on an episode of GRIMM, (more Silas, pls!) and I made my own bloodless versions the following day:
On the final full day of my December travels, I attended a class at May Kaidee’s Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking School on Khao San Road. I am so glad I did – it was a definitive, education and fulfilling way to wrap up my time in Thailand. Perhaps, one day, I’ll finish my post on the matter, but for now, I can share that every time I open this book, I find a smile on my face and fresh curry or noodles on the table. Below, I paired a test recipe from Isa Does It with vegetable-loaded fried rice and a Thai beer from Fubonn.
Next up, one of the dishes I’ve been trying out from The Sexy Vegan…
Slow, Sunday night dinner preparation has become a positive experience on a dwelling evening. The last meal was my first from Chloe’s Kitchen.
Julia and I have spent some time thumbing through this book, deciding what to make first. There’s a lot of cashew cream, which I must avoid these days [insert tears here], and a wonder of sweets and tempeh, seitan, vegetables and salads to start with. Last night, we went with something classic:
I baked the wholesome burgers with coconut oil spray vs. pan-frying since I had the oven warm for the fries. They were served on bread from one of my favorite neighbors, Little T, and fixed with Chloe’s special sauce, green leaf lettuce, red onion (for her! not me!), more pickled jalapeño and sliced dill pickle.
Which brings me to the following important question: Why is it so hard to find local pickles that maintain their crunch in this city?!
In conclusion, this has been a rare Get Sconed! update that includes actual scones.
It’s time to be all retrospective and stuff. Twentyten is upon us, and this time of year marks the anniversary of this food blog’s creation on Blogger in 2005.
To celebrate and culminate, I picked some photos from my favorite posts of the past year on Get Sconed! – The year of the move! I attempted to choose one per month, but failed starting with January.
Behold a giant photo essay:
My first post of 2009 was an ode to recent Vietnamese meals. NE 82nd Ave was home to Nhut Quang Vegan Vietnamese Restaurant, which depressingly closed in late Spring 2009.
R.I.P. Nhut Quang Vietnamese crepes
Angel Food Marshmallow Making This is my mom’s old mixer, I love it.
I can’t go through January without mentioning LOST. I threw a Dharma rations themed party for the premiere of Season 5. Next month, my friend Susie and I holding a Benjamin Linus Throws a Dinner Party!
I fell in even more love with my Vita-Mix: Peach Ice Cream
And even more love: Chocolate Peanut Butter Tofu Mousse
The first Examination of Portland Soy Lattes I drank about 2,000 lattes, give or take a few.
Had a magnificent visit with my friend Emily from my long-ago semester abroad to the upscale, all raw Grezzo in Boston.
Had my fix of Vegetarian Dim Sum House in NYC, twice
The cart lot at SE 12th and Hawthorne just got better and better, and Portland became home to a vegan friendly fried pie cart, Whiffies, and the city was never the same again!
The very first pie Maeve and I shared: Apple
The rising wave of twitter popularity grew and grew, and a select group of friends and I entertained ourselves with a week of dining exclusively at businesses that had Twitter accounts: The Dittering. The number was much less significant in June than it is now, but we had many favorites and scouted others out. To quote Maeve, this was “back when twitter was cool”.
This was also the beginning of the summer of food cart insanity and growth!
Koi Fusion tofu tacos
Vegan Brunch was released! As a tester, of course, I’m always excited and stoked to support it and must include the Ode to Vegan Brunch Testing. I helped make some of the baked goods photographed! Oh my gosh!
Professor Nanotear muffins from Tube
The dance contest, featuring the first and second place winners – Simon and Angela
I discovered I seem to have an allergy to one of my favorite foods, the hazelnut. The horror!
I fell in love with a scone from the new Back to Eden Bakery & Boutique: Maple Walnut
Zomg. Fakin’ Fest happened. There was dark chocolate dipped vegan bacon, bacon stuffed mushrooms, bacon cupcakes, tempeh bacon, maple bacon ice cream and much, much, much more. There was best dish, favorite dish and best fakin’ haiki contests, with prizes (more vegan bacon!) donated by Lightlife.
Stef’s Coconut Bacon Cupcakes
The Spicy Vegan’s potato skins
Mike Vegan’s awesome pig cake
I got my fix of apples at the annual Portland Nursery Apple Festival:
The compilation of the Vegan Friendly Food Carts Listing, which now has its own page here.
on the Bombay Chaat House:
I added another reason to ever leave SE Portland in my personal time from my friends Julie & Jay Hasson – they opened their food cart, Native Bowl, in Mississippi Marketplace, and it rules!
Hummus wrap and Couch Bowl, photo by Lucas DeShazer
The Portland Vegan 100! So fun to put together. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
I was obsessed with brussel sprouts. All year, really.
Roasted with blood orange and sea salt.
Banana Waffles! Banana Flapjacks from Vegan Brunch turned Waffles
Another test recipe from Isa’s new book, 40 Cloves Chickpeas & Broccoli
A little more Retrospect…
- I didn’t leave the country as I dream, but I did travel more on the West Coat, and had my annual pilgrimages to NYC and Boston – will happily be there again in February and playing in the snow! Let me know if there are new places I should check out, I’m curious about Piece ‘Pie in Allston!
- 2009 called forth the @getsconed twitter account (I had a personal, private account beforehand), the inevitable, welcome move to WordPress and finality of a domain, which was the exciting part of November.
- In case you’re interested in the Portland vegan restaurant scene, we posted the Stumptown Vegans Year in Review Podcast earlier in the month.
- Coming in 2010: Vegan Eats in and around Laguna Beach, CA, A Walk on Super Vegan Friendly Alberta Street, Product Reviews Galore, and more I can’t even make up on the spot!
As always, thank you for reading and commenting! I’m thrilled to be part of the vegan blogging world.