Archive for September, 2007

Thai Spring Rolls


September 27th, 2007

thai spring rolls

This is yet another recipe from ANI PHYO’S BOOK. You are going to be shocked to find out that this week I’m actually trying a different book! It seems hard to believe, I know. I had been lingering on that one for a while. It’s just…it felt like the universe wanted me to find her. We’re soulmates. She just doesn’t know who I am.

Anyway, although I’ve loved almost every recipe I’ve tried from her book, this one was slightly amiss. It was kind of like the THAI SALAD in that it had a distinctive kaffir lime flavor (which I like) and in that it felt like it was missing something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on what. But something. The sauce was really good too. Like a spicy thai peanut sauce, but with almond butter. This recipe was also really spicy which I liked.

But still…I’m gonna have to play with this one some more.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 2.5

Random message to RVM (if you are reading this): I was feeling your last post, but I can’t comment because I am not a blogger. Keep on keepin’ on, my friend.

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Cocoa Coconut Cream Crunch


September 20th, 2007

whole pie

I know what you’re going to say…GET OVER IT. You’re fixated on her already. There are other fish in the sea, but I can’t help it. I just can’t get over ANI PHYO. This is my latest creation from her book. (There are links to all the recipes of hers I’ve made in the comments to her book post). Anyway, this pie is so wonderful. I didn’t use carob as the recipe called for. Just because it was super expensive. So I used cocoa. AND I used my new VITAMIX to achieve the creamiest pie filling EVER. Oh YUM this thing was amazing.

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RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5): 4

Did I mention that today is the the birthday of one of my all time favorite movie stars?  Sophia Loren.

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Wilted Spinach Salad


September 19th, 2007

wilted spinach

This is yet another recipe from MY CURRENT OBSESSION. (I swear I actually bought stuff this week to make something from another cookbook…I just haven’t made it yet).  This salad is fantastic.  It’s almost like an asian fusion recipe (just like me :)  ).  All that spinach though is good energy.  I have a very physical job, and I went to work after eating this and was a regular powerhouse.  My boyfriend loved it too.

RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5):  4

Me  (Raw Food Geek):  4

Tom (Boyfriend):  4 

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I got a VITAMIX!


September 17th, 2007

vitamix

Guess what!!  I finally got one.  I didn’t even mean to.  I’d been perfectly content stumbling along with my gritty smoothies and my semi-adequate blender, but little did I know that my boyfriend was secretly plotting.  Last week, for my birthday I got the biggest surprise of all.  My boyfriend got me a vitamix!!!  I was so surprised.  I had absolutely no idea.  I didn’t even ask for one.  I had just resigned myself to getting one at some point in the very nebulous far off future.

I feel silly being so excited about an appliance.  But this thing is AMAZING.  It’s so powerful. The first time I turned it on, I jumped back.  I was not expecting all that.  WOW.  My smoothies are like silk now.  And the best part of all:

self-cleaning

It cleans itself!  You just pour some water in and a couple drops of dish soap.  Flip the switch and you get this beautiful lather.  Look at that thing go!  Then, just rinse.  No more pulling apart all the pieces and washing them individually.

No muss.  No fuss.

Isn’t my boyfriend the best?

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Thai Salad with Kaffir Lime


September 17th, 2007

I haven’t posted in quite a while. So I have a backlog of posts. But I’m in middle of yet another (drum roll, please) move. Here is a recipe I tried a couple weeks ago from my FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MOMENT. This one actually didn’t turn out as smashingly as most of the others I’ve tried. It’s hard to say why. It just tasted like there was something missing. There was too much of a good thing. I like the unusual taste of the Kaffir lime leaves. But I felt compelled to mess with it. I ended up trying a couple things. It definitely had the tart thing going for it. But in my quest for fulfillment I tried to balance my palatte. First I tried drizzling honey on it. Which was a step in the right direction. Then, I add some raw pistachios. Which gave it some umph. But then it still seemed to be missing something. So, I added something naughty (less than raw)…some cajun sesame sticks. Still vegan, but not raw. (Do as I say, not as I do…I actually could expound on this for a while, but I’m saving it for it’s own post) And that was actually pretty good. Though not as stellar as some of the other recipes. I’m gonna mess with this one some more.

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RATING (on a scale of 1 to 5):  2.5 

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Critical Mass turns ugly in Minneapolis


September 1st, 2007

This hit pretty close to home. I’ve posted pictures from Critical Mass on this blog a couple times before. It’s a mass bike ride that happens once a month. My BFF called me last night because a scuffle broke out yesterday. Right in front of my apartment (I am visiting my fam in Tulsa). Apparently, officers were macing people in the face.harley

Harley looking out at an earlier Critical Mass ride…

VIDEO OF INCIDENT.

THIS ONE IS REALLY DISTURBING.


from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Police arrested 19 bicyclists, including three juveniles, after a protest ride took an ugly turn in downtown Minneapolis Friday night.

About 200 bicyclists were riding on La Salle Avenue, with two officers monitoring the protest that called for reduced reliance on automobile transportation. The ride was also linked with weekend protests of next year’s Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities.

When officers tried to arrest a rider they felt had been trying to provoke them, a scuffle broke out, said Minneapolis Police Lt. Marie Przynski.

“When the officer went to arrest him, his buddy came up, and they started to struggle with the officer,” Przynski said.

A group surrounded the officers, and begin to chant “Let them go!”Then several people tried to prevent the officers from arresting these individuals,” she said, and a skirmish ensued.

Soon, the two officers were surrounded by about 30 people, and they issued the call “officer needs help.”

That brought 48 officers from six different law enforcement agencies racing to the scene, where the situation escalated and the officers used chemical Mace in an attempt to control the crowd, Przynski said.

Police then called in medics to examine people who were sprayed. Some officers had minor injuries, such as scrapes, but nobody was seriously injured, said Przynski, the night watch commander.

It was unclear, Przynski said, if the first people arrested were affiliated with the convention protest group. The lieutenant also said that a State Patrol helicopter had videotaped part of the event, and that documentation would be included in what police are now reviewing.

Police said they have had little trouble with recent rallies staged by Critical Mass, a loosely organized group that opposes society’s heavy use of motor vehicles.

“We’ve never had a problem with Critical Mass, the rally,” she said. “We agree with them that we need to lessen our dependence on the automobile. Apparently, they had some infiltrators or outsiders who joined the rally tonight. And these outsiders were trying to provoke the officers.”

The adults were arrested on suspicion of rioting, a gross misdemeanor.

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