Thursday, May 29, 2008

Day 2

So while my sniffles and cough are much worse, my GI issues are much, much MUCH better. This makes me very very sad--soy is something that I adore, and it seems that my body does not agree. Perhaps in small quantities I'd be fine though, since I ate it through my childhood?

Moving on..
I had a really great salad at dinner today! A title? A title... Um... I'll leave that for you to decide.

My salad! yumm!

-Organic baby lettuces (red & green romaine, red & green oak leaf, lollo rosa, tango), organic red & green chard, organic mizuna, organic arugula, organic frisée, organic radicchio. ((From Earthbound Farms--but of course you can sub how you like.))
-A mix of tomatoes, or just cherry tomatoes
-carrots, chopped roughly
-baby potatoes, cooked through and allowed to cool
-beets, chopped roughly, tossed in oil and salt and roasted for 50min to an hour, allowed to cool.
-corn on the cob, steamed and then the corn sliced off the cob.

assemble and top with raspberry balsamic vinegar and garlic and rosemary oil

Garlic and Rosemary Oil: simply take some good quality olive oil (extra virgin preferred) and several cloves of garlic and a generous amount of dried rosemary and allow the rosemary and garlic to sit in the oil to flavor it--this can last as long as you like, and you can fill up the oil to the top whenever its getting low.

Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar: allow 1 cup of frozen raspberries to thaw, pour in 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of balsamic vinegar and the juice of 1/2 a large lemon, as well as some lemon zest. Mix well.

The dressing and the salad!

The sweetness of the raspberries played off of the sweetness of the beets and corn nicely, and brought out the sweetness in the carrots and tomatoes--I used the word sweet too many times: it really wasn't overpowering, the oil, rosemary and garlic brought it back down to earth if you know what I mean. (I'm obviously not a food critic..) This was a hit with my family!!

We also had the rest of the corn on the cob, and lentils with ginger. We enjoyed this dinner with some blueberry tea, cooled (though not chilled) and with a few slices of lemon--very refreshing and yet warming (especially nice for sick little me!)

blueberry tea

Funny how everyone enjoyed this dinner, and yet my mom makes comments like "I would lose so much weight if I were vegan--there's nothing to eat!"

Oh! And my mother has taken onto the sprouting craze! She bought some lentils and "sandwich saver mix" that are meant for sprouting, we're on day.. 2? 3?.. they should be ready to eat any time now!

sandwich sprouts.. sprouting lentils

She's so taken to it that she's also trying to sprout soy beans, mung beans, and who knows what else--though these she just bought as dried beans that are meant for cooking. Does that work? We'll find out...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Day 1

There is soy in EVERYTHING. Ok maybe not everything, but like--I'm eating away at my cereal this morning because I didn't feel like oatmeal. Oops.

Then I was offered some gum and it was vegan--except for the soy lecithin. Well poo. (I chewed it anyway--honestly, I doubt trace amounts of soy are my issue...) I definately was much better today than I have been since I got back.

I am sick though, with a cough--I've had a cough the past few days and last night I went and played Ultimate Frisbee. Of course it was the coldest day in the past like, three weeks--my fingers couldnt even bend by the end of it! So now I'm feeling relatively sick--I made tomato lentil soup today, no recipe; just got a whole lot of garlic and the onion I had left (which my newly sharpened knife cut through like EB! And here I always thought my knife skills were bad because it didn't ever look as easy as the people on TV--well now my knife sure is flying!) Added in some veggies I'd roasted back when and frozen, as well as some frozen peas and corn and potatoes (just emptied out whatever was left in the baggies) put in some lentils I'd cooked earlier and some tomato soup concentrate that had been in my cupboard for some time. Add some herbs and salt and presto--such an awesome soup. Mmm.. I overate. Oops...

I also bought some Hemp milk--only 4g protein/cup (soy milk has 8) so I guess I'll have to stop counting on my 'milk' as a good source of protein (almond milk, which my family has stocked up, only has 1g!) Oh well, it's not the end of the world.

On to day 2--hopefully with some photos and maybe even a recipe or two!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SHE LIVES

Sorry I've been MIA for so long! I was gone for two weeks up north measuring Thalictrum dioicum with my hands while scaling cliffs and getting most of my protein from oatmeal, peanutbutter, and the occasional bean. :P But seriously, it was fun! (I also went 'frogging' while drunk--ok so maybe its not vegan to go and catch frogs, but if it makes you think any higher of me--I couldn't catch a single one! :P Besides, it was catch and release, the herpatology students just wanted to learn about them--all in the name of ecology (and often conservation!))

Since then I've done some cooking--I made my first seitan sauges ever using this recipe by Vegan Dad Here they are: P5250019

I also made a really pretty oriental salad with goji berries, seasame seeds, snow peas, carrots, and okra. P5200005

I bought those ingredients, plus taro root and jicama at a chinese market for cheap cheap cheap! Taro root tastes like coconut flesh when raw--but apparently I shouldnt eat it raw because its toxic? Can't make me more sick than i already am!!

That note brings me to the real point of this post: I am not ok. Not long after I went vegan I started to get severe gastrointestinal problems... mostly embodied by a really foul odor... *cough* Anyway... I always thought my intestines would get used to it and all, but when I was up north it went away and when I came back to TO it's worse than EVER... I don't think its gluten, cus I lived off of bread those two weeks.. so I'm going to try and cut out soy for the next two weeks. Considering the fact I'm working out every day (I even got myself a personal trainer to teach me how to use free weights--so far its going great) and I'm training for a marathon (and I'm doing the Run for the Cure (for Breast Cancer)--anyone who wants to sponsor me can just follow this link and donate anything from 1 dollar to your hearts desire--every penny helps!!) protein is going to be a major concern for me--I'm already looking into alternatives to soy milk that are better in protein than my almond milk (which is only 1g per cup!!)--I've got lots of beans and stuff too, and might get a protein powder that is soy-free. I would eat seitan, especially since I loved vegan dad's so much--but I sort of noticed it made me sicker after I ate it... wierd? The only soy in it was the tablespoon of soy sauce really, and since I'm half asian I basically grew up on soy sauce and tofu, so this is all confusing me.

If you have any suggestions as to what it could be, if not soy, please do share. Until then, I'm gonna try soy-free...