Saturday, January 13, 2018

Anniversaries, Announcements

Hey Happy New Year!
Well then, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of my first secret cafe and first cooking demo at a punk show... 15th of my first cookbook and first cooking tour... and additionally my first actual shows playing in bands and first zine were both 25 years ago.
That's a lot of markers... if you want me to come somewhere in particular to celebrate with a dinner party or popup let me know and I'll see what I can do. Just be sure to book something by the end of August because after that I am going to move on to something more sedentary for a bit, that actually might make money lol.
Nothing like celebrating by changing everything.
I want to cease while I still somewhat enjoy it rather than when loathing is dominant, you know how it is. A lot of wear and tear.
On the agenda: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Nevada City, Reno, Pacific Northwest, maybe Arizona (they are slow), New York/Northeast & DC, Cincinnatti, Louisville, Minneapolis twice and of course the annual Minot, Billings, Coeur d'Alene, Milwaukee, Chicago.
In there? get in touch and thanks for your support! :)
Or if you have some other great idea of course let me know.
Music wise things are still tooting along, have a few of my weird folk act performances this year and Select Sex has a new album coming out in a few months and it's quite good (same German label for the hard copy, or of course download). We haven't been playing live much but I don't care, I like this whole studio mystique.
Have a happy January! My birthday month!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Vegan Christmas & Holiday Gifts

the best gift is... meeeeeeee!
Hey, Microcosm has the 6-pack of my cookbooks on sale again for $25, a real bargain...
or order from your local bookstore!

and this chocolate cookbook can be bought here from the publisher...
or cheap at Amazon or from the bookstore.

Hurry hurry to get it in time, today is the day!

Or if you're really ambitious you can buy a dinner from me for someone, although then you'd also have to get me a plane ticket lol... anyhooo...

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Leftover Ideas

Even though it is a bit after Thanksgiving, I had a lot of leftovers of a few things, and as the holidays are upon us, and the food is all pretty similar, here are a couple of decent concepts to make something else out of them.

Leftover Turnovers
for this, use the tart crust recipe from the previous blog post on here, except double the baking powder, leave out the sugar and add a tsp. of curry powder
divide into 6 or 8 dough balls and roll them out on a floured board into circles of the thickness you prefer.
Onto these place any of the following in an amount small enough that you'll be able to fold them over: leftover brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans or green beans casserole, gravy, veggie ham, roasted squash, corn, peas, etc. And any combination you like.
Fold the dough over the filling, fold the edge and press the edge with a fork or something to make a nice pattern. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and baste them lightly with oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, or until browned, check a bit earlier in case your oven runs hot my dear.

Leftovers Soup
This is easy, 2-3 cups of leftovers, might I suggest sweet potatoes and greens, mixed with 1-2 C. broth (more if you like) and pureed, then heated. Some new herbs and minced onions can jazz it up, as can new spices or other random vegetables- obviously you will want to cook that for a bit if adding raw vegetables

Leftovers Meatballs/Croquettes

Mashed potatoes, stuffing or green beans casserole mushed alone or together and then formed into small balls and fried in light oil, turning until browned. These are easy and great, some additional seasoning or binding agent may be a good idea depending on how firm your leftovers are to begin with.

Leftovers Sauces/Gravy

Gravy or Cranberry Sauce can be mixed with a favorite chile sauce and heated if you like, to use as a drizzle over any of this stuff.
Cranberry sauce is also very good mixed with chutney that you like or into a fruit salad or with a mustard.
Gravy with any vegetables, mixed and put in the pie crust (use less baking powder) can make either large pasties or if done in a pan, a pot pie.
Or you can mix the gravy with okra, tomatoes, herbs, chilies, and whatever else and make a gumbo and serve with seasoned rice.

Leftover "hamm" slices roll w/ vegan kreem cheeze and chopped pickles or olives and eat them like that, or baste with cocktail sauce or cranberry sauce and bake them.
Anyway, hope that helps!

PS- the picture is of leftover sweet potato-greens soup, chile gravy sauce and stuffing balls