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Making donuts, or why I can’t be trusted to make good decisions.

Obligatory reminder to please please please check out and enter the raffle if you haven’t, prizes and good karma await you!  Even if you just pass the link around, that would be a big help.  Onward!

Saturday was Brian’s 29th birthday, a day which usually really excites him, but the last few birthdays have been kind of…crapped on, but we managed to have fun anyway.  Two years ago, we rented a pinball machine place for two hours, ate pizza and cupcakes, good times were had.  Last year, I made him mint chocolate chip cookies AND a key lime pie AND peanut butter cucpakes, and our friend Nick gave him a present that is Not Safe For Blogs, but it involved music and assless chaps.  This year, Brian was not up to a party, so I decided I would make him donuts.  This is kind of selfish as I haven’t had a donut in five freaking years, and we live in the home of Mel-O-Cream donuts, a midwest chain.  But then I realized that he would probably be mad if I deep fried things without him, so I surprised him with a bowl of risen dough and a borrowed Fry Daddy.

To back up, we started our day by going to the Farmer’s Market.  No wait, we started our day by being woken up for the third day in a row of guys fixing the roof, which literally shakes our whole room, at 6:30 in the morning.  Also, I took a Zyrtec.  That was Bad Decision #1.  When we got home, I was already about to fall asleep, so for our post-market breakfast  I threw together some tofu/daiya/tofurkey breakfast sandwiches.

Then I brought my pillow downstairs, we turned on Arrested Development to drown out the banging, and I took a nap under a dog.  When I woke up, the roofers were gone (it was 100 degrees for all three of the days they were up there), I felt like crap, and Brian was about to leave to have lunch with his mom.  While he was gone, I made the dough, did some dishes, and cleaned out the fridge.  Then he came home and with jazz hands, I revealed the surprise.  Pro tip:  jazz hands make everything more impressive.

Since I know you’ll ask, I got the recipe from Kelly when I put the call out on google+ for vegan donut recipes.  It’s from her new book so I can’t post it, but I was given other suggestions so here’s one, and apparently there is a recipe in Vegan Celebrations as well.

While our results weren’t perfect, it was a learning experience.  We used a plastic cup to cut them, and I think the lack of a sharp cut led to them not puffing up as much as they should.  I made a coconut milk glaze (which I made a little too thin), and then I had planned to make this curd but with lime juice and zest.  Then I realized I had used all of my cornstarch to make the glaze (I had to make my own powdered sugar), so I tried using tapioca flour, which…well, it wasn’t curd.  I was able to thin it out with the lime juice and more coconut milk, but then when we tried to fill the donuts from the sides it leaked out.  So they were messy, but delicious.  Now I know that donut making isn’t THAT scary.  It is gross when you smell like oil from head to toe afterwards, though.

(Bigger photos are on flickr)

Here is where the bad decisions come into play.  Thanks to the lack of sleep over the past few days and the Zyrtec, and the fact that I ate a ton of donut holes (only one whole donut, though), I took another nap and had to peeeeeeeel myself off of the bed at 6:30 to feed the dog.  Fried foods and I are not friends, and the sugar rush and crash didn’t help.  We went out to dinner with friends and I gleefully said, “I’ll just have the garden salad.”  I felt much better after I ate a big bowl of vegetables.  Then I ate another donut.  Because I am STUPID.  I went home and slept for eleven glorious hours.

This morning, I opted to deal with the burning eyes and general crappy feelingness in exchange for staying awake.  I did NOT eat the last donut.

 

posted: September 5, 2011
under: elsewhere on the internet, food, pictures

A few more prizes added, and my favorite vegan youtubers!

First off, if you’ve already donated, thank you!  I love you, the bike riders love you, and all of the people who work at the farm sanctuaries love you.  I would e-hug everyone if I didn’t hate touchy-feely crap so much*.

Second, if you didn’t see the edits, or the tweets, Carrie from Vegan Coupons donated a $30 voucher to Liz Lovely!  It’s for their online store so even if you don’t have their products available near you, you can still bask in the glow of delicious vegan (and many gluten-free) treats!  Kelly has thrown in a $20 grab-bag of adorable buttons and a mirror, you can see the selection at her etsy shop.  $20 is a lot of buttons!

Thirdidly, someone asked me if international peeps are eligible to win.  Yes!  If you don’t live in the States and you win something from Herbivore, it’s covered.  The other prizes, we will work something out, either I will give the donor some money to cover the shipping, or I will have them send it to me and i’ll send it.  The exception is the Liz Lovely voucher, because it says on their site that they don’t ship outside of the US (or Alaska or Hawaii).  In that case, I will let the person decide if they want to pass the voucher along to a US friend or have me re-draw for it.

Fourthishly, even though I didn’t go to Vida Vegan Con, I enjoyed reading about it and learning about so many new blogs.  Literally dozens of vegan blogs I had never heard of!  I think it’s great when I can say, “No, I don’t know every vegan blog!  There are too many!”  BUT there are some awesome vegan resources on youtube, some exclusively.  These are my favorites, minus the beauty ones because I posted about them a few weeks ago.

 

Everyday Dish

 

I think most people know about this one, so to keep it short:  Julie Hasson, cooking show, well made, often has special guests. Julie is the vegan sausage queen, she’s the one who came up with the method of steamed sausages that is so popular.

The Vegan Zombie

 

Another cooking show, but with a zombie outbreak storyline thrown in!  Who doesn’t love zombies?  Assholes, that’s who.  I also like that this dude randomly makes weird faces and says ‘awnyun’.  Although, I think he might be sponsored by Daiya…

VegNews TV

 

There’s a mix of cooking videos from various people, travel pieces, interviews, etc.  For people who are too lazy to read a magazine!  Jasmin Singer is my favorite VegNews correspondent.

Shell123ey

 

I like Shelley because she’s smart, she makes videos that are titled things like ‘Sick of Vegans Opinions’, and so meat eaters are like, “Yeah!”, but then…she just talks about the difference between fact and opinion and lays some facts down on you about factory farming.  She does use images of factory farms, but nothing super gory.

The Vegan Drag Queen

 

I don’t know about you, but I love drag queens!  I want them on my t.v. all the time, and the day they announce that there will be no more Rupaul shows on Logo is the day you will find me sobbing in the corner.  So a vegan drag queen?  THE BEST.  She only has one episode of her cooking show so far, but Honey LaBronx is my new favorite vegan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I put up a tough front, but I will cry through Lifetime movies with the sobbiest of them.

posted: September 1, 2011
under: elsewhere on the internet, lists

Awesome Vegans Being Awesome

Hey!  First of all, I got kind of overwhelmed with all of the stuff I wanted to blog about, so I decided to break them up into categories and i’m going to set up entries to auto-publish over the next few days so I don’t go nuts and you guys don’t have to read one long, disjointed post.

 

The first thing I wanted to go on about is all of the positive things that are happening in our vegan community.  Sure, the shit-talking and infighting is fun to gawk at, and it’s great that veganism has been represented on Oprah, but sometimes I get tired of hearing about people just trying to make a buck and stepping on whoever they can in the name of doing so.  And I am not alone!  There is an awesome new blog called Vegans on the Move, which celebrates any sort of activism or goodwill, no matter how small.

 

Next up, it’s that time of year for the Ride to the Light benefit bike ride!  This is that thing where a group of crazy vegan kids bike all up the west coast in the name of raising money for farm sanctuaries.  I try to save my donation dollars for the summer so I can support my friends who do these rides, or any of the Farm Sanctuary walks.  They have a pretty steep goal to reach, so give them a few bucks and please post about it on your own blog!

 

Vegansaurus has been doing a feature called ‘Happy Veggie Kids‘, which I love because so many people are caught up in the myth that kids cannot grow without meat and/or dairy.  The kids featured are all ages, so the answers to the survey range from adorable to really thought out and mature.

 

Speaking of vegansaurus, they recently interviewed Lindy and I was floored that she named me as her favorite vegan food blogger!  Not just because I forget that people remember that I exist, but because I love her foul-mouthed ass.  Cutting through that uptight vegan stereotype, one expletive at a time.

 

Also worth mentioning, is that Isa is adding a bunch of recipes from her books to the PPK database.  Isa is very generous with her free recipes, her time, and her money.  Just don’t disagree with her about True Blood.

 

A few weeks ago, I went and saw Forks Over Knives.  I ended up being alone in the theater, but that wasn’t a surprise since I went at 2:30 in the afternoon, on a weekday, after it had been open for a week, in the middle of Illinois.  I’m amazed it played here at all!  If you don’t know, it’s a documentary all about using a plant-based diet to treat things like diabetes and heart disease.  I was a little wary about seeing it since I am not and never will be jumping on the anti-oil trend that seems to be taking a hold of a lot of vegans, but I think oil was only mentioned in passing.  I actually learned a few things and it gave me a kick in the pants that I should eat healthier.  I also found some of the patients very inspiring, especially the woman who began a plant-based diet while battling breast cancer, and even managed to run a marathon while going through treatment.  What you eat DOES matter, and what you’re not eating matters too.  A cruelty-free diet doesn’t do much for you if you’re not eating beans, grains, and vegetables.

I think that this is truly the best thing to happen to veganism as far as mainstream press goes. Not Kathy Freston, not Oprah, not any vegan celebrity who might just turn around and start talking about meatloaf a year later. I think it’s so awesome that a movie like this was popular enough to make it to my town.

 

 

posted: June 30, 2011
under: elsewhere on the internet, lists

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