Friday, June 29, 2012

Farmer's Market Flatbread (Happy Vegan Pizza Day!)

Pizza and the X Games does a good friday night make.

Went to the farmer's market in Huntington Beach this afternoon, and since I have to work tomorrow, we decided to celebrate Vegan Pizza Day a little early.

Those of you who know me, you know I am a big fan of Daiya cheeses, and all kinds of fakey kind of stuff when it comes to my pizza toppings.  But, it's been so warm outside, and since I was at the beach earlier, I felt like making a healthier pizza, not heavy.  More like a flatbread, than a pizza.

This one has no sauce, and no fake cheese.  Just lots of fresh veggies.  I did come across a vendor selling almond based hummus, so I bought some of the tomato basil flavor and threw a few dollops of that up on top for good measure.  Drizzled with a bit of olive oil, and then I sprinkled the whole shebang with a blend of spices and nooch.

From Scratch Whole Wheat Dough
(I used this recipe and used whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, and molasses instead of sugar.)
Fresh Basil
Baby Yellow Potatoes, thinly sliced
Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
White Onion, roughly chopped
Asparagus, chopped
Artichoke Hearts, chopped
Minced Garlic
Olive Oil
Tomato Basil Almond Hummus
Nooch and Spices

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vida Vegan Con 2013

Make your vacation requests and travel plans now!

The summer of 2011 marked the first ever Vida Vegan Con.   Hundreds upon hundreds of vegan bloggers took to the streets of Portland, Oregon.  We drank and we ate, we took pictures of what we drank and ate, we wrote about what we drank and ate, we taught each other how to write about what we drank and ate, we tweeted about what we drank and ate, we updated our facebook statuses with what we drank and ate... And between all that drinking and eating, we met some of the most wonderful people, that to this day, I consider friends.

I was lucky to have been chosen as a featured speaker then, and feel honored and excited to announce that I will be a featured speaker once again.

Imagine a whole weekend filled with classes and workshops, panels and discussions, covering topics from food photography to business, blogging tech to building your brand.  Basically, about what it is I love to do;  blog about being vegan.  If you missed out on the inaugural event, the amazing ladies behind the Con (Janessa, Jess and Michelle), are doing their darn'dest to make sure you don't miss out on the next one.

100 early bird tickets a go on sale over on the Vida Vegan Con website Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 12 noon PST for only $200.  After they sell out, the remaining tickets will become available at regular price.

I can't wait to see everyone again (and hopefully meet a whole slew of new folks!) in May, so turn in your vacation requests and start making your travel plans now.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Farmer's Market Soup and Sandwich

Farmer's market soup and Sammy
Farmer's Market Soup and Sandwich

Last Friday I headed out to the farmer's market on a whim, and with no plan.  I ended up buying a bunch of stuff that really didn't necessarily go together, but was cheap, and looked good. Anyhow, I plan on heading back tomorrow and needed to finish up what I had left from last week's haul so I made soup and a sandwich.

The Sandwich:
Farmer's Market Squaw Bread, Farmer's Market Red Leaf Lettuce, Farmer's Market Onion, Vegenaise, Tofurkey slices, and a sprinkling of my homemade Chipotle Ranch Dressing Mix (from Vegan Food Gifts coming out later this year.)

The Soup:
Farmer's Market Kale, Farmer's Market Red Onion, Farmer's Market Maui Onion, Farmer's Market Spring Onion, Farmer's Market Green Beans, Farmer's Market Yellow Beans, Farmer's Market Kale, Farmer's Market Celery, Better than Beef Base, minced garlic, soy sauce, water, sea salt, black pepper.

The end result?  Pretty dang tasty!

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