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Thursday, October 26, 2017

This Is Not a Month of Food Post

Friends, there is not much more load that we can bear... the news on Lemon is as bad as it gets. Another punch to the gut for us, nothing in comparison to what he faces. I've tried to put a positive face on for you, so many truly care and it's what has been holding things together for us, but there are cracks In the veneer of my being that are growing by the minute it seems. I've spoken very little of the bureaucratic debacle we are being subjected to by government on every level including local, but it's taking a toll that is indescribable. I thought it would be therapeutic in some ways on our end while informative on your end to do videos and show certain realities. But as with absolutely everything else in my post Irma world, this too is impacted. Simple things are just not simple, will they ever be again is what I ask every day. I've enjoyed what I've been able to do, so I will try and get videos or posts up to finish out the month but I'm not sure I am able,

We have worked so hard, there has been no down time, none. It's all for the reopening, 18 hour days usually. the news about Lemon comes as a total shock in this chaos. I've been his person a very long time, and the other happy vegan loves him just as much. It's difficult to be back in this position just weeks after Princess crossed.

Lemon is very brave, he always has been. His beginning wasn't the best, we were lucky he landed with us. He's my boy, my man, and although I don't speak of him much, he's been a constant and stable presence through some of the worst times I've lived through. Hold good thoughts for him. He is comfortable, loved and supported by excellent trusted doctors. We can never know how long, but the prognosis is grim, we will do our best to maximize the time that remains and be the stewards he deserves.

Thank you friends as we continue to try and work through the shitstorm.

xo


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vegan MoFo 2017 Day 24: Whats Up In The Hood and A Recipe

Today on the video I talk about the progress of the community at large down here. Resilient does not even scratch the surface.

Our prompt today is party food. Scroll past the video and you will find a link to a fantastic vegan wet buffalo mozzarella recipe. I've made it dozens of times, it's no fail, easy and delicious. A great intro to the DIY vegan cheese world, no special items required. Locals, you can get unsweetened vegan yogurt locally at Date and Thyme in Key West, and sometimes at Publix, marketed under the So Delicious label.

Come see my video!



Here's the link to the vegan wet buffalo mozzarella recipe published by Miyoko Schinner. Miyoko is a culinary genius far ahead of her time. Anything with her fingerprints on it I recommend, from books, to products to videos. Her artisan vegan cheeses are available locally at Date and Thyme in Key West as well as Food for Thought in Marathon. They are a little on the spendy side, but if you can swing it they truly are worth every penny. Here's the link: https://www.artisanveganlife.com/a-better-buffalo-mozzarella/

The recipe is perfect for entertaining, you can make it a few days ahead (change the water every day). Although good tomatoes are hard to find in the Keys, this is perfect with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic. Getting hungry over here...

Thanks for checking in today, see you tomorrow!

Vegan love to you! xo





Monday, October 23, 2017

Vegan MoFo 2017 Day 23: The Key Deer

On my way to feed the ferals tonight, I came upon a freshly hit and killed Key deer doe on my street. I'm furious. The road is piled high with hurricane debris, has only temporary patches where the washouts were (in fact one large washout remains to this day), and visibility is compromised due to all the chaos. Despite this, all sorts of haulers, contractors, scrap people and curiosity seekers are speeding up and down the road night and day. On the video I say the Refuge states there are 12 deer deaths attributable to vehicles since the hurricane, well you can add one more to that and if you ask me I bet dollars to vegan donuts the number is MUCH higher.

Here's today's video:



I'll be very honest, I'm feeling weary lately and stupidity doesn't help the cause. Drive with care please, there are animals and people displaced all over down here. Thank you for being among those who care. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Vegan MoFo 2017 Day 22: Good News!

Guys I'm so tired I cannot do a video. But I can share a recipe and some great news.

The prompt today is something like unusual grains. I'm a huge fan of buckwheat as well as freekah. Buckwheat is far more affordable where I am. They are both gluten free, a plus for me. I was making large batches of raw vegan chocolate buckwheat granola before the storm and had dehydrated tons of organic strawberries also as topping for the cereal. All wiped out in the storm, probably in the Florida Straits along with everything else we lost. It's been a while since I made the granola but I did find what looks like a similar method as how I was making mine. No sprouting required but it is dehydrated. It was so wonderful, I really enjoyed it. Add things you like, omit things you dislike. I only use scant amounts of sweetener when I make things for myself but maple syrup is my first choice. Here's the link, and there's a photo that happened to be on my phone I'll post on Facebook since I cannot upload here. Same pic from chocolate day, lucky you: http://chefambershea.com/2012/03/26/raw-chocolate-buckwheat-granola/

Now on to the good news. I still go feed the ferals each  night. There is only one left post storm it's killing me. There's a new tuxedo who shows up every few days, nothing on schedule though. I still search for the others, to no avail. But tonight while I was at one of the regular stops, my fellow feral steward Mr. "Z" appeared beaming ear to ear... "my buddy showed up tonight!!! He's there, he's there!" So there it is, great news another has returned. We will keep going, looking, calling, and hoping. But now we have 2 of the old regulars back. A miracle.

See you tomorrow, thanks for letting me slide today, it was just too much. Still love you though. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Vegan MoFo Day 2017 Day 21: Lost and Found.

In a post Irma world, you win some, you lose some. Which I guess is the same as in pre Irma world.  PS.  potato! Roll em! (Scroll past video for recipe link, yum!)




http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2013/04/06/first-proper-best-ever-vegan-egg-mayonnaise-egg-salad-sandwich/


xo















Friday, October 20, 2017

Vegan MoFo 2017 Day 18: Irony and Food

Today I was schooled quite painfully on the meaning of irony. Ouch. If I don't laugh, I'll cry and never stop.

The prompt is deconstructed food, hipster style. I had to google it to understand. My little Keys vegan life didn't have hipster food, til today. Proud moment for me with this offering, donated food, hurricane style.

Watch and learn about both.



Giving  thanks yet again for all the beautiful people who lift us up every day in every way. 😊❤️

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vegan MoFo Day 17: Animals and A Recipe

Today I talk about the animals that share their lives with us and give you a 3 ingredient recipe. If you scroll past the video there are links to the fudge recipe and to the Vegan 8 site which is among my all time favorites. If you only make the chocolate and peanut butter non dairy ice creams off the Vegan 8 I would be happy. Life changing recipes made with freaking SWEET POTATOES!!!!! But don't stop there, she's got the goods so have at it. Now let's go to the videotape!


Here is the link for the fudge. I used fleur de self finishing salt, by mistake I say sea salt on the video, oopsie.  http://veggieandthebeastfeast.com/2014/10/01/the-easiest-3-ingredient-fudge-bites/

This is the link to the Vegan 8's 4 ingredient chocolate ice cream, mind blown... sweet potato base. http://thevegan8.com/2015/07/02/4-ingredient-vegan-chocolate-ice-cream/

This is the link to the Vegan 8's 5 ingredient peanut butter ice cream, again sweet potato base, again mind blowing... I would not steer you wrong!!  http://thevegan8.com/2015/09/10/vegan-peanut-butter-sweet-potato-ice-cream/

Keep on vegan on. Hugs til tomorrow. 🐾