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A Goodbye

June 20, 2010
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Thank you to all of our blog readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans for supporting Hungry Hungry Veganos over the last 1.5+ years. And thank you to those who find this blog in the future and read it. Thank you for being there when posts were plentiful and when posts were very few and far in between. HHV will remain for people to read in the future but new posts will no longer be made. HHV still gets quite a few hits each day and if it only helps one person on their journey on becoming Vegan then that is great. HHV has held a great place in my heart and it always will. I believe I can say the same about HHV for Woz as well. I could go on and on but I am just going to keep it short, I wish you all the best and thank you again for the support.

Be Vegan.

(Cinnamon) Buns away!

June 6, 2010

This recipe was originally from a book of written recipes that Woz received as a giftie (not sure if it was that person’s recipe or if they took it from somewhere else). I have edited the recipe a little bit and I use a different frosting recipe.

These are delicious and I have loved them from the first time they met my lips (and hips), that is for sure! It may not be common knowledge but I am now a corporate drone and work for HP (I actually like it a lot). The reason I mention this is because my team regularly brings in food and not so long ago I made these delectable buns for my teammates. They disappeared in minutes, bun appétit (bun… I mean pun most definitely intended).

Ingredients for rolls

2 1/2 teaspoons yeast 1 cup sugar
1 cup warm soymilk
2 “eggs” (recipe that I use instead of eggs at bottom of page)*
1/3 Cup + 1 Tablespoon melted Earth Balance (or Vegan margarine of choice)
4 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for filling

1 Cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 Cup Earth Balance (or Vegan margarine of choice)
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Ingredients for frosting

1 Cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Earth Balance (or Vegan margarine of choice)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons soymilk

Mix yeast, sugar, and soymilk in  large bowl. Let stand until foamy. Add “eggs”, margarine, flour, and salt. Mix well. Knead for 5-10 minutes until firm and smooth. Set aside in a covered bowl and let double.

Turn out on a floured surface and let rest for 10 minutes. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Roll dough out into a 16 X 21 rectangle, spread with margarine and sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Roll up and cut into sections. Place rolls in a baking pan, cover and let double. Preheat over to 400 and bake for 15 minutes. Cover with frosting while still warm.

Got Buns Hun?

*Per egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons warm water

Soup’s On!

May 8, 2010

Okay, so while the weather is indeed getting warmer, the New Mexico weather is pretty schizo. One day it can be sunny and in the 80s, while a day later we are in the midst of a cold hail storm. This is the result of that cold hail storm day; something to warm up and fill the tummy. So keep this handy in case wherever you are decides that it isn’t quite spring just yet. And if you live here in New Mexico, that will most likely be sooner rather than later. ;)

It was chunky, warm, and easy.

Super Simple Corn and Potato Chowder

3 large potatoes, cubed

4 cups vegetable broth

2 cups soymilk

1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh, of course) corn

salt and black pepper to taste (we used just shy of a teaspoon each

In a medium soup pot, boil vegetable broth, potatoes, salt and pepper until potatoes are tender. With a food processor or blender, blend about half of the soup until nice and smooth. Return back to pot with remaining potatoes and broth. Stir in soymilk and corn. Simmer for about another 5 minutes or so and then let sit for several minutes before serving.

You can use less potatoes if you’d like a more “soupy” soup but I like the thick chowder this recipe produces.

That’s it. Super easy and super yummy.

NOM.

Who’s your Mommy? Mmmommy’s Falafel (Remembering Eugene – Pt. 5)

January 31, 2010

Oh that sign… that place

That sign… that place brings back so many fond memories.  It is one of the symbols that represents the Eug  and many happy times and memories for us.  If you are ever in Eugene you MUST try Mommy’s Falafel.  Don’t let it being in a gas station scare you. That is all part of the charm.  I believe before coming to Eugene the owners had a restaurant and they have plans for opening a stand alone restaurant in Eugene.  Right before we moved they updated the food area (which you can see a little bit of in some of the pictures below) and made it pretty cool looking.  But, even before that it was still awesome.  This is probably one of the greatest finds in the history of personkind.  Beats having to make do with chips or cookies or  finding places such as Subway or Quiznos in a gas station any day of the week.  Not to mention the owners are a family and extremely friendly.

Here is me waiting for our food to be done. 

That huge smile is partly because I knew that I  soon would be having the deliciousness that is Mommy’s Falafel and fries which when combined with a soda/pop (depending on your preference ;))  is the Falafel Combo.  We are a fan of having them add hot sauce and highly suggest you do as well.

But the smile was more so because of the company that I had (Wozzie).  Finding/eating tasty food is awesome  but sharing the experience with good company is what makes it really great  and awesome and takes it “Over the Top” (Pretty awesome movie that you should check out.  Trust me ;)).  If you have that always make sure to take advantage of  it and appreciate it.

For some reason  they always gave me the messy sammie

and always gave Wozzie the neat sammie.

Hmmm…

Comfort Food

January 23, 2010
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This is a ridiculously short post but I was craving this like crazy the other day and was so super happy once I finally had it to nom down on.

I love several of the selections that Imagine Foods has for their soups and nothing beats their creamy tomato soup when you are looking to dip a hot off the skillet grilled cheese sammich. The “cheese” of choice for these, for me, is always Tofutti. While most would go with the American slices, my palate adores the Mozzarella for this comfort food.

So, anyway, silly easy and not much to tell but everyone has a comfort food, ya know. Tell me, what’s yours?

NOM.

Why I’m Vegan

December 28, 2009
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Another off-topic post here at HHV but this has been on my mind A LOT lately and writing it all down helps me remember exactly why I do what I do. When people talk about being Vegan, they will give a number of different reasons and all of them are completely valid. For me, though, it only has to do with one thing and one thing only: animals deserve to live their own lives free of pain and suffering.

It’s been nearly 3 years since I decided to be a Vegan and that decision wasn’t taken lightly; it made complete sense for me at the time and still does today. Lately, though, things have become difficult. Maybe it’s the holidays, maybe because I’ve started dating an amazing person who happens to be an omni, or perhaps maybe it’s just because I’ve become comfortable in my day to day routine that I began to forget why I do what I do. I began to go through the motions and not think about the reasons behind my Veganism: all those little lives, faces, feelings.

There are a lot of people I love in my life that don’t understand exactly why I’m Vegan, nor will they ever be Vegan themselves. I don’t judge them or love them any less for this. We are all on our own journeys and paths in life and I love them more for not judging my choices, but rather embracing who I am and incorporating aspects of that into their own lives.

So this isn’t some big, long, logical explanation about why I’m Vegan because there really isn’t one. It’s all emotion and all heart. I understand the other reasons and I use those arguments when people come at me defensively (which people tend to do when they find out I’m Vegan…what’s that about anyway?!), but if you want to know why I’m Vegan, I’ll simply show you why. (All photos were taken at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY this summer).

Theresa is a rescued dairy cow. She would have been raped over and over again for 5 or 6 years to produce calves she couldn’t even give the milk that was meant for them. After which point she would have just been slaughtered and thrown out like trash. What? Did you think they just MADE the milk?

Then there’s Cash who would just have been used again and again for his wool. Think that’s not painful? Look up flystrike and you’ll think differently. He’s such a handsome boy:

Also, because I’m Vegan, chickies like these aren’t giving up their lives for me as nuggets, get to live beyond the 42 days of a broiler chicken, and don’t have to be ground up alive as a “by-product” of the egg industry. (And if you’ve never seen little chicken butts run to dinner time, you are missing one of the cutest things on Earth):

And lastly, make all the lame bacon jokes you want, but these guys are amazingly intelligent, sweet and loving. They aren’t meant to be on a pizza, BLT, or a double cheeseburger thankyouverymuch.

So really, that’s it and that’s all. It’s why I am who I am and why I do what I do. And what I’ll continue to do…for them. Now pass me Divine Cupcake, please. NOM.

A Thank You.

December 20, 2009
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This is one of our off-topic posts so I apologize for no recipes or pictures of delicious noms up front :) Although it is relevant to Hungry Hungry Veganos and Veganism because both are part of what I am thanking.

This post is a thank you. Not a thank you to any one person, place, thing, or idea really. But rather to a period of time in my life.

I recently changed emails for several reasons. I had the old one since 2003 (possibly before but I can’t remember exactly haha). I was going through and forwarding some of the important emails in my old email to my new email. It feels like I am moving into a new chapter of life. And seeing old emails has got me to thinking and reminiscing.

I won’t list anything specifically but some people, places, things, and ideas played a bigger role than others and while I said this is not a thank you to any one thing I would like to give extra thanks to these people, places, things, and ideas.

One person especially played a much larger role than any other person, place, thing, or idea. You know who you are ( I hope so at least). Thank you so vair much for being such a great friend. Thank you so vair much for helping me along in my journey. Thank you so vair much for being there for me. Thank you so vair much for at times being what allowed me to make it through the day. Thank you so vair much for so many other things (things that if I listed would take up pages upon pages). I look forward to having you in this next chapter of my life and would like to thank you in advance for playing a role in it. Thank you so vair much for everything you have done and everything that you will do.

2003(?)-2009 thank you, you have helped me become the person I am and the person I will be :)

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