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Triple Threat

In Not-my-street-eats, The Good Food Emporium on January 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

This month I’ve had the pleasure of two of my favourite small meals in Halifax.

One: The Good Food Emporium‘s Tofu Sandwich

Why I love this sandwich: the positively magical, mysterious and unmockable mixture of tasty tofu that is so generously slathered throughout the center  and even the mayo is vegan on this puppy.

Tofu Sammy

Two: I went to The Carleton to see Laura Peek and Mike Evin perform their poppy piano melodies. I never seem to smap a picture of the delicious frites they have there because I eat them so fast, but here is the Spinach Salad with Ginger Soy dressing, mangos, onions, peppers, and toasted pecans.

Ginger Soy Dressing! Onions! Mango! Red Pepper! TOASTED PECANS.

BONUS: Off to my friend Fitzi’s (also not the same day!) for a girls night of drinking and debauchery. I took some Daiya with me and we made NACHOOOOZZZ.

Yeah, so I took the picture through the oven door. What?

H’ooooo m’lanta.

What treats, what treasures.

Fortunate is me.

xo

TFish

Birthday Cake

In 1223 Church on January 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

Yesterday was my dear friend Dale’s birthday! I made him this cake (: It’s a basic chocolate cake with chocolate peanut butter cream cheeze icing!

 

Happy Birthday, Dale!

The recipe I used was Tara’s Chocolate Cake from Sarah Kramer’s “La Dolce Vegan!” It was given many thumbs up and rants at the Birthday Potluck!

 

Also I recently broke out my Tu-No Casserole for a potluck. Huuuuge hit! Such great wintertime comfort food. It’s a recipe I know I’ll be making regularly for the rest of my life. Takes me straight back to the ol’ childhood.

This is her, nude, without her soda cracker crumbles. It’s really the best way to understand her depth and enjoy what she has to offer if you can’t really be with her.

 

Naked Tu-NO Casserole

 

One more potluck treasure from this month: Ginger Crinkle Cookies !!! Tried and true, this recipe is above and beyond any other ginger cookie I have ever had OR tried. It’s crinkly and crunch on the outisde and moist, chewy, and spicy on the inside.

This time I rolled them in orange and pink decorators sugar. Sexy!

 

So you understand their intensity.

 

Showin' off on my favourite baby plate.

Oh, I’m off to make somebreakfast scramble and fetch my coffee! Hope everyone enjoys the blog’s new “look” and name! Soon it will link you back to the main page. CSS is frisky.

 

xo

TFish

Janvier

In 1223 Church, Morris East, Not-my-street-eats on January 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

This month has been delightful food wise. Earlier I ordered 10lbs of Daiya from Karmavore! That makes everything allllright.

I’ve been really into mac ‘n cheeze due to the winter weather, short days, and the simple fact that it is deeeeerichious!

Mac ‘n Daiya!

Mid month I got together with a friend who is living in San Francisco right now, just home visiting on a work trip. We went to Morris East for some tasty wood fired pizza. Always a pleasure.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza with extra onions

Then my friend Molly and I exchanged vegan boxes for the holidays. Chocolate Caramel popcorn, Mac-n-chip cookie, chocolate bars, gummi bunnies, and ginger mints! Check-check-check it out!!!

SWEET TREATS

Over the Holidays I found myself indulging in something dirty dirty dirty. Mr.Noodles.

When I realized what I did to myself I vowed to find a way to make hot, spicy, brothy noodles at home!

When I re-read what Meghan Telphner has to say about MSG, and all the other names MSG can be labelled as, it reignited my fuel for the fire! No more MSG for me.

So, this is what I make:

Hot Noodz, you got what I want.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Shimmer me timbers, baby! These noodles look fiiine.

Broth time!

Small pot – Med-High

2C H2O

1 T Braggs

1/2 tsp Sriracha

1/2 tsp Lemongrass Paste

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 T sugar

 

Once that gets to the boiling point take a small dish and mix 1T cornstarch and 2T water, mix this well until there are no clumps.

Pour into the broth mixture and stir in quickly. This will thicken it a tiny bit.

Meanwhile, you should have been cooking your skinny rice noodles or whatever tickles your fancy.

This is enough broth to pour over 2-3 bowls of noodles,depending on how brothy you like your noodz.

 

xo

TFish

The Scramble Diaries;; pt. 2

In 1223 Church on January 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Basic, yet bold.

This is my fall-back scramble. Onions, green pepper, carrots, and mushrooms. Standard spicing: Braggs, nooch, basil, tumeric, and garlic. You really can’t go wrong with it. If Boy George has taught me anything, it’s how to make a good scramble. This time around I left everything a little bigger than my normal dice’r up attitude demands. I think I was onto something because, hot damn! this scramble was perfect.

Oh, she's a beaut.

 

Tofu Scramble: It never gets old.

 

xo

TFish

Golden Buddah

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Must. Not. Live. My. Life. Without. Eating. At. The. Golden. Buddah. Again.

Got it? Got it. Good.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I do miss the tasty sweet and sour flavour of a good Canadian Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken Ball.

Yeah, I know…  vegan blog, bla bla bla. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t pretend like you don’t.

Now, it’s not every city you come across the opportunity to dine at an ALL VEGAN CHINESE FOOD RESTAURANT. Nope, not even close. This, among many, is one of the reasons I decided to visit San Francisco. This is beyond not-my-street-eats, this is one of the greatest vegan meccas of North America.

 

Tofu Salad

Tofu Salad doesn’t even begin to describe what’s in this solid gold rock of a food jem. I’ve never had a salad like this be so scrumptious and I doubt I ever will unless I eat here again. Which is clearly on my bucket list. Perhaps the 50 before 50 list?

 

Vegetable Fu-Young

More tasty deep fried treasures. I bet you’re starting to think “Daaaayum, this girl is a total binge eating maniac!” However, I was not alone. I had three others to share these appetizers with.

 

Fried Golden Rolls

Some of the finest spring rolls to ever grace this earth.

 

…aaaaand… *drum roll*…

 

SWEET AND SOUR "CHICKEN"

Yeah, that’s pineapple.

Yeah, it was perfect.

Yeah, it changed my life.

 

/end scene.

 

xo

TFish

 

 

 

 

The Scramble Diaries;; pt. 1

In 1223 Church on January 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’m just gonna slide in here and give you something fresh.

Seems I have started what’s called The Scramble Diaries. I make a lot of scramble. It’s always different. I feel it deserves it’s own special focus.

Yesterday I didn’t have any carrots or mushrooms (gasp!) so I improvised with

corn and dill!

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper Scramble with Corn and Dill

What a babe! Look close, do you see those slivers of dill? This scramble was SO good it didn’t need katsup, salt, or hot sauce! Can you even imagine that? I never thought I would see the day. I wasn’t even looking forward to that day, but let me tell you I will gladly have it roll around again.

Here she is on the plate with my homemade hashbrowns:

 

The lucky scramble mingles with hashbrowns.

Hot damn!

I’m not posting any recipes right now, but if you ask nicely I might cough one or two up.

 

xo

TFish

Convenience

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 24, 2011 at 4:18 am

Oh, San Francisco, even your convenience stores blow all other corner stores out of the water and into the shameful depths of easy eats.

 

Just check out this selection!

Three types of MISO! Tofu! Udon nooodles! Sausages! Bacon! Vegenaise! FRIED TOFU.

Good graces, I bet they carry Daiya now! Sheesh. They would.

 

This Hayes Valley store even has a bulk section full of vegan delights.

Dark Chocolate Pretzels from Sunridge Farms. BULK!

 

See this jerky below? Well I thought “Hey! Maybe it’s as good as Primal Strips!” Nope. It has the quirkiest texture and not in a good way. Plus, it smells like canned chickpeas. Now we all know that canned chickpeas happen to smell like CAT FOOD so let’s connect the dots.

Stonewalls Jerquee!

 

Loki, the mancat of the house where I stayed in SF, l-o-v-e-d t-h-i-s s-h-i-t. Perhaps that may be the understatement of last year because this cat danced for Stonewall’s Jerquee. Never have his owners known Loki to be a dancer. Never, ever.

Upon returning home I left the brown paper bag unattended in the dining room only to quickly discover that Loki had torn into it and started to mow down on the chicken flavoured Jerquee! Holy bananas! It didn’t matter where I put this stuff, he would sniff it out. Oh, and he would dance. That cat is a natural. Eventually the Jerquee went in a bag, in a cookie jar, on top of a hutch. Even then, Loki tried to obtain said goods.

 

Ready made Seitan Sandwich!

REALLY? Yeah, really. They went there. A wide selection of pre-made seitan sammys! Just touch me all over, whydoncha?

 

At the counter they have vegan cookies galore!

 

My my my. How could any vegan in their right mind come out of there without feeling wild with excitement? I might as well have found a freaking shipwreck off the coast!

 

I’m on a roll! We’ve got a lot to cover until this blog is up-to-date.

 

NEXT!

 

xo

TFish

 

 

Cha-YA!

In Not-my-street-eats, San Francisco on January 24, 2011 at 1:27 am

A whole restaurant dedicated to vegan Japanese cuisine! My lanta, what a treat!

 

The Cha-ya Roll

This tasty treasure is tempura sushi filled with avocado, yam, and carrots. The entire roll is lightly battered and deep-fried and served with a special house sauce!

Quite possibly the best sushi I have ever had.

 

Tofu-Veggie Curry Bowl

Hot and spicy noodle soup, just the way I like it. Curry soup topped with tofu, kabocha, pearl onions, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, and sugar snap peas. POWPOW.

Atsuage Tofu

Fried and firm. Fabulous. It also doesn’t hurt that this Nigiri Sushi is absolutely adorable.

If I lived in San Francisco I would eat here way way way too much. I would need to try everything on the menu.

NEXT!

xo

TFish

 

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