Archive for October, 2008

The Cupcake Staredown.

Posted in Daily Update, The Bet. with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin
No CUPCAKES!

No CUPCAKES!

Last night I was attending a meeting and someone did the unthinkable!  She brought Halloween cupcakes for all to enjoy!  Everyone around me was enjoying the little savories, and I went as far as to ask her if she made them and whether there was egg in them.  Alas, I held strong and just eye’d the sugar filled yum-yums from across the room…

On a happier note, this morning while I was scavenging the kitchen for work snacks, I looked at the Lender’s Bagel’s bag and was elated to find that they contained NO animal by-products!!!  WOOT.  Not all is lost, I can still enjoy bagels.

I am going to lunch with a friend today, probably sushi, so, I need to some research on imitation crab  ;]  And at least I won’t be going after all the yummy chocolate candy this Halloween, and fortunately alcohol is sans animal by-products!  I’d be screwed if that were the case…

btw – Shmitty set up her own blog to throw in her two-cents on the situation!

I ate tofu!

Posted in Recipes, The Bet. with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin

Vegan chili and cornbread.

Vegan chili and cornbread.

Let me explain:  So, I made the recipe that I posted yesterday, you know – chili and cornbread, and it was quite tasty and I cooked up some brown rice, as well.  I went to the regular grocery store, and it felt like the longest trip ever.  I had to search for so many new types of groceries, but I ended up with everything I needed.  Except one thing:  imitation egg whites.  Where do I get these??  So, rather then scrapping the cornbread all together, I substituted in ‘silky’ tofu.  It worked just fine!  The chili was spicier than I would have preferred, but the boyfriend enjoyed it.  I also got Tofuti ‘sour cream’ and it tasted just like the real stuff!  I’m pretty excited that my first ‘vegan‘ recipe was a success, and I have soooo much left over, bet you can’t guess what I’ll be eating for lunch….

On an important matter of business, it is to my understanding that Ms. Shmitty has already lost the bet!!!  I’ve just received word from JP that on her cross-country trip with her father she ‘had’ to resort to eating meat – sources say chicken, but this information has not yet been validated.  The terms clearly stated that there was to be NO bending of the rules, regardless of circumstances.  As a gesture of pure kindness I am willing to consider over-looking this instance of weakness if she is willing to allow 1 (one) cheat meal for JP and I, to be used at our discretion.  But she gets no more.

Check back for post of absolute terms of updated contract.

Chili doesn’t NEED meat, right?!

Posted in Recipes with tags , , on October 29, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin

I think I need to work on developing a menu for myself.  Right now I am failing in the “knowing what to eat” department.  Every morning I start with a soy latte, so no change there, but that’s about where I plateau.  Yesterday I had a granola bar, some brussel sprouts and a bit of cous-cous.  That doesn’t sound very nutritionally sound to me.  Today, the latte, some rice chex, and a pita smothered in Goober* so far.  In my defense, I was pretty busy at work.  I’m trying to find a yummy recipe but have an unfortunate issue with tofu.  And does anyone know where to get dairy-free cheese??  I wonder if it’s as melty, gooey, and yummy as real cheese…?

So, I’m thinking Chili.

Maybe the boyfriend won’t give me such a hard time if there’s a yummy, healthy, vegan dish on the table waiting for him when he gets home  ;]

Ultimate Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

3 tablespoon olive oil
3 chopped onions
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 peppers, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large can, undrained, of tomatoes, chopped
1 cup water
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1/2 cup bulgur
salt and pepper
cilantro (optional)

Directions:

In a large pan, saute the onions and spices.  Add peppers and garlic for 1 min. Add cocoa, tomatoes, and water; bring to a boil. Add kidney and black beans, corn and bulgur.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 min. or until bulgur is cooked.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  To serve, sprinkle with  cilantro.

Amazing Corn Bread

1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1-3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 apple made into applesauce or 1/3 cup prepared
applesauce
3/4 cup soy milk
2 egg whites equivalent (I used enerG)
1 15 oz can creamed corn

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425. Spray an 8X8 pan and preheat. Mix all ingredients, pour batter into heated pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Refrigerate leftovers. Also freezes well.

*Goober = pre-mixed peanut butter and jelly, and I feel is like a guilty pleasure because it requires such little effort, and something tells me an adult should not be indulging in a product with such a name unless there are little gremlins running around…

You guys suck.

Posted in Rant with tags , , on October 28, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin

Being conservative by nature has alotted me a few conservative friends along the way.  [You know who you are]  And I must say I am greatly disappointed with the judgmental attitudes and ignorant remarks.  You people act as though I have stopped shaving my legs and am moving to a compound where I intend to grow all of my own food, free of toxic hazards, as well as my own pot, and begin chanting socialist views while attempting to “share the wealth” in a Robin Hood-like manner.  Really?

You are doing nothing more than living up to the stereo-type of being close-minded, and it sucks that I have to relate myself to you.

I wasn’t aware that my eating habits dictated my voting habits.

Thanks for the support.  Assholes.

November is Vegan Month!

Posted in Recipes, Website of Interest with tags , , on October 28, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin

NO JOKE.

I was cruising the interwebs and came across this site, which told me I was undeniably trendy.  This disappointed me a little, because it appears that I am following this fad being implemented, which is absolutely untrue.

The website does, however, have interesting information, and a cute, little, angry cow.  Clearly, he was fired from Chik-fil-a.

The Bet.

Posted in The Bet. with tags , , on October 28, 2008 by Mrs.Griffin


My first blog.

Let me start by saying:  I love meat.  Really, I do.  Almost as much as I love cheese.  I would venture to say that meat and cheese together create euphoria of deliciousness.

That being said, for one month I will become vegan.  My friends will exhibit shock that I can even entertain the idea, let alone find myself capable of carrying out such an ordeal.  I have many friends who have chosen the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and have often ‘teased’ them on their choices, stating that “God wants them to eat meat.”  Which, really is something I believe, but it’s all in good fun.

I do understand the devastation and environmental/nutritional repercussions we are all facing due to the agricultural/farming industry and their irresponsible attitude and ambivalent negligence towards the misuse of one of our world’s invaluable resources, BUT, that’s not what this blog is about.  That’s not what this next month of veganism has any little thing to do with It has to do with my insatiable competitive attitude and drive to win.

That being said, I am excited to learn new things and hopefully change for the better.  I am looking to share recipes and post updates, keeping myself on track.  I am also considering documenting the food that passes my meat-loving lips, and be held accountable.  After all, there is $100 at stake.

JP and Shmitty.  You’re both going down.