Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pancakes

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Yes, world, you are welcome.

I woke up this morning feeling cranky, tired, and full of cravings for candy. It happens, especially to me. Unfortunately, we have no candy, and we don't really eat it anyway, and so it was doubly worse. I had a serious debate on perhaps having my entire pint of coconut ice cream for breakfast (I'm an adult, I can do that if it pleases me!) but I resisted, at least for now.

I entertained the thought of one of our Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothies, but decided that it was too "on the healthy" side, and today is not that day.

I settled on making a few pancakes for myself. But, I decided to try making them with the elements of the smoothie in them - thereby settling both cravings at once. And so, without further ado, here they are: Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes. From New England with Love.

1/4 c AP flour (or whole wheat)
1 scant tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 scant tbsp vegan sugar
1 tsp ground flax seed
1/2 c vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp natural peanut butter (no salt, sugar or oil added)
1 tsp cocoa powder (if desired)

Combine all dry ingredients and mix together. Add soymilk and oil, mix until batter is smooth. Then, add the peanut butter (and cocoa powder, if you like) and mix one last time.

Spoon onto hot pan or griddle in 1/4 c. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until brown.

Serve hot. Sprinkle cinnamon and confectionery sugar on the top of your pancake stack, and add a small dollop of peanut butter should you choose. Enjoy, my fellow vegan junk-food cravers!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Apple Beat Smoothie

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A few days ago there was an absurd sale on beats and it dawned on me that we haven't made anything on here with beets.  At that point, I scanned the options and purchased about a dozen of them, delicious and waiting to be cooked.  I have, however, come up with this recipe to get the most out of the beets without having to cook them or put them in a salad.  Still slightly tangy, this smoothie offers beautiful color to mix up your routine.

As you can tell, below I've included Leroi Jones's collection of essays titled "Black Music", a series of critiques on jazz and blues music.  Most people know Jones for his poetry (primarily during the-- wait for it-- beat movement) and that he was an ardent supporter of black power, and much of the latter comes through in this text (including a section regarding why white men cannot play authentic jazz).  This a great read an awesome near-microhistory of black music in America-- a great read for a cafe.

To the recipe:

1 beet, peeled
1 apple, cored
1 orange, peeled
1 tangerine, peeled
3 ice cubes
1 tbsp flax seed
1 cup of soy milk
1 celery stalk

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Lime Banana Smoothie

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Of the two of us, I am the one who is more of a scientific mind; I tend to enjoy extrapolating, constructing, deconstructing, and analysing data, books, etc.  I guess it's that inquisitive part of me that has framed my love/hate relationship with academia.  Part of this, not surprisingly, comes to light in the kitchen. While I'm adament that cooking/writing/any creative process is inherently innate, there is no doubt that the construction itself stems from a proper understanding of relationships of binaries, materials, aesthetics, and so forth.  That said, if you haven't noticed (or you're new to this whole blog-thing going on here), I've been getting a bit creative with the smoothie pictures.  To spice them up, I've been pairing the smoothie images with texts that I'm either reading or find to be inspirational in one form or another.  The idea stems from a fantastic book written by Bryant Terry called "Vegan Soul Kitchen" in which he pairs wine and music to each of his recipes.  I think from this point forward I'm going to try and use it as a moment to briefly go over the text (even if only in a sentence or two), and maybe you'll be interested in it enough that you'll hunt it down on Amazon, Ebay, Half, or your local library.  Much like any art, to create requires inspiration-- inspiration to continue, to take risks, to grow.  As this website continues, I suspect that it will grow.

Anyways, above we've got a lime banana smoothie, which is packed with delicious nutrients and all sorts of goodies to keep your body healthy and running at its best.  The drink above is paired with Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation" a critique on the conditions of animals in the care of conglomorate-capitalist-industrialist America machine.  Focusing on (mega)farms and scientific inquiry, he makes fairly astute observations and provides a fair amount of evidence.  To be sure, I am a bit weary to some of his claims, but that's up for you to decide.  Regardless, it carries huge implications in terms of our relationship to other life.  A must read for anyone that may be interested in something such as this website!

Finally, here's the recipe:

1 lime, peeled
3 stalks of celery
2 small bananas
1 green apple, cored
1/2 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 cup almond milk