Monday, June 30, 2008

Assorted goodness from Texas

We went to a lovely Thai restaurant and had curries!

Brad Showing The Good!



Beautiful bell peppers from a new Farmer's Market!

Dallas Trip: Spiral Diner

We went to the Spiral Diner while in Dallas this weekend.

Cookies and cream shake, Philly Cheeze Steak, Hot Hummus Wrap, Lemon Vanilla Cupcake, and cookies! Oh it was delicious and everyone enjoyed it.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Workday Lunch

This was my lunch today. A yummy pita full of veggies and vegan deli slices, with a side of Kittee's delicious creamed spinach. Tasty!

Also...this is my furry bebe Tyler in his new Saints jersey!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Brad's Pizza Toast

This post is to illustrate the evolution of Brad's Pizza Toast. (Don't try to eat the screen. Veg*ns like myself may trot on down to the grocery and buy vegan cheeze, pepperonis, bread, and make some of Sarah or Isa's beautiful tomato sauce)

Recipe pictured involves cheese, bread, pepperoni, pizza sauce, and love! I will not divulge exact amounts out of respect for the creator of the pizza toast and his undying passion for optimal pizza toast production.

He started with a think tank.

Reactions were high-spirited...

His support staff worked tirelessly...

And finally, the perfect pizza toast sammich was born!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

NOLA Iron Rail Books Newsletter

Love this place!

Repost of latest newslette"r:

NOLA Folks
Why, hello there! Come on in to the latest IRON RAIL NEWSLETTER. Sit over onthe old pickle barrel-- it's quite safe-- and let me spin you a tale of summerhappenings at your favorite RADICAL LIBRARY.Every Tuesday we display a wonderment's worth of MOVING PICTURES for youramusement and edification. On the occasions when a terrible inebriated monsterdoesn't ruin movie night for everyone, you can enjoy avant-garde flicks ofyesteryear and yore as well as the latest state-smashing cinema from all 'roundthe globe. The cost, to you? Not a red cent! These films are shown FREE, and ifthat's not a value then I don't know what you'd call it. I really don't knowwhat you would call it; you're like a stranger to me. You're some otherspecies, and your mental processes are opaque.TUESDAY, JUNE 24th at EIGHT PM we will be screening <..>alias "What to do in case of fire?" It is a movie known by many names but onlyone adjective: awesome. A shattering celluloid intersection of anarchism,action, and poignant reminisence, this teutonic jewel of das filmenkrafft willhaunt you for weeks. It will completely redirect your life, possibly in a morepositive direction.

WE HAVE PERIODICALS. For persons who maintain a morbid or ironical interest in those bleak,unloveable other parts of the planet, the parts which are not New Orleans, ourmagazine rack is an underutilized firehose of information. What are thosebenighted swine in those unbearable non-New-Orleans places getting up tolately? What sad and tedious pasttimes are they occupying their hours with?Anthropologically intriguing, our VAST and CRAZY array of magazines, zines, andself-published miscellania is your hotline to the hoi polloi. Magazines aboutpornography, magazines about animal liberation, magazines about Doing ItYourself, and 'zines? Phew, 'zines would require a whole new paragraph atleast. This is that paragraph.We offer not only a deep, wide smorgasbord of current'zines, both local and... otherwise... but a storied and scholarly ZINELIBRARY. It's the coolest thing in town except when John Cena's in town. Ourman Robb knocks himself out maintaining and indexing this mind-blowingcountercultural archive. What were people self-publishing back when you werejust a wee little kiddle? Read and Learn, ladies and gentlemen. That answer,like most, waits patiently for you inside the Iron Rail.

WE HAVE A LOT OF NEW BOOKS!You keep buying them, we keep ordering them, and parentless ragamuffins stealthe profits. They carefully save their purloined pennies until they have enoughto buy cars, they use their cars to run over your bicycle, and then you're laidup with lots of time to read. Cycle of Life, nature's way, ineffable mystery.Speaking of ineffable mysteries, we have more copies of the CUNT COLORING BOOK.This deservedy popular publication depicts vaginas in all of their diversityand is mesmerising even on purely aesthetic terms. For realz, unless you are alizzoid and hatched from an egg, these vaginas were the swingin' saloon doorsthat admitted you into the brawling happy hour we call planet earth, and theyare more than worthy of your contemplation, not to mention your coloring.I could write volumes about the books we've got, both for sale and borrowing.Among them are tons of titles from AK PRESS, which publishes solid gold. Andhow about some memoirs of people who aren't fatuous celebrities? We have grittyautobiographies by legendary hobos, bluesmen, criminals, and freedom fighters.Learn from their examples, profit from their mistakes, masturbate to theirmisdeeds.

WE HAVE MUSIC. If you're too stultified to read, why not blare a bunch of nonsense in yourears? No, I'm not talking about sitting next to me at a bar, ha ha! I'm talkingabout our selection of allegedly undaground records and CDs, pure subculturalcatnip for you to get wacky with.WE MEET EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING AND ARE LOVELY.What will next month's movies be? What will become of our bulging bookshelves?Who left the window open? How soon is now? Every Wednesday at round about EightPM, folk gather in our library to plot the course of the good ship Iron Rail.You too can be part of the future; it's as easy as showing up. Come by and seeus! Come borrow our books! Come volunteer in the collective; we are neithersnobbish nor borg-like! You can find frequent news and updates by examining our WEB LOG, which we dropinto the inter-toilet often.

Get a whiff of what was for dinner, over at it's 21st-centuriffic. We are open every day, from 1 to 7 pm., and are located at 511 Marigny. Does that wrap things up, for now? For now.


We are a radical library, bookstore, reading room and record rack serving New Orleans, Louisiana. We are an all-volunteer collective supporting radical and alternative discourse and action. This list will serve as our annoucements newsletter. Visit us at Decatur & Marigny: 511 Marigny New Orleans, LA 70117

Saturday, June 14, 2008

V-EGG McMuffins!

Whee! I've been eyeing a variety of recipies for the ubiquitous breakfast sandwich gone vegan for a while now. This morning, armed with a cup of coffee and a good night's sleep, I gave it a try. Results: awesome!! Easy, yummy, yay!

Best Dip Ever!!

This recipe, from a Compassion Over Killing magazine, has become my most favorite dip ever. It is light and deceptively simple, but is always a winner. It somehow fills the void in my life left when I finally stopped eating that horrible (but delicious!) bean dip from a can.

This dip is great with veggies, on crackers, as a sammich spread...and beyond!!!

"Cheezy" Garbanzo Spread
Courtesy of: Compassion Over Killing

Makes about 2 cups

1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/2 cup roasted red peppers
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed butter)
3 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Drain the garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid, and place them in a food processor or blender with the remaining ingredients. Process until very smooth.
2. If using a blender, occasionally stop to push down the bean mixture with a rubber spatula. The mixture should be quite thick, but if blending is difficult, add a tablespoon or two of the reserved bean liquid.
3. Serve on crackers, bread, veggies, or as a delicious filling for quesadillas, sandwiches, and so on!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Crack Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins (The Garden of Vegan): They have apples in them and are topped with a sugar/cinnamon/nutmeg topping. Yum! Nice and moist- I used applesauce/baking powder for the egg substitute and it worked very nicely.

We call them "crack muffins" due to their highly addictive nature.

Chocolate Thumprint Cookies from Vegan With A Vengeance!!!

Kid and adult approved delights masquerading as delicious dairy-ful bad-fer-you chocolate, in reality all manner of whole grain organic vegan goodness!

They are chocolate with little thumbprints full of rasberry jam...prolly could be your favorite cookies even if you love meat wrapped in meat with meat sauce!
Next time I am trying some ginger preserves in the middle! Yum :)

Creamy Curried Veggies

I woke up Saturday with the urge to cook. The result was this:
Creamy Curried Veggies(from How It All Vegan) over some nice Jasmine rice.
Later on, I got feisty and made some vegan sour cream from my new favorite cookbook, Yellow Rose Recipes. YUM!! Vegan sour cream and some cilantro made this meal PERFECT!!!