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Vegan Bakesales in Dresden?

In food, sweet, Uncategorized on April 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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t’s time for me to come back to this. At least to tell the few people who look at what I write about this side project I’ve been dreaming about/worrying over/finally making happen. After years of blog reading and wishing I could do things like I see on Seitanismymotor and Bittersweet and Veganpassion (and and and), I’m slowly breaking into the DIY bakesale scene here in Dresden.

Nothing that hasn’t been done before elsewhere, but something rarely seen in this ‘valley of the clueless’: set up a table at hardcore shows, fill it with vegan cupcakes a la VCTOTW and watch people smile.

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pretty things.

In food, people, savory, sweet on July 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

The lay out bit of this whole shebang has yet to be figured out, and this post is more of a mishmash of things enjoyed over the last few weeks. Let it be jumbled, I say! For if tastiness is defined by structure, then I would rather experience a clusterfuck of vegan mouth jooooyyyyyyaaarrrrgh (the tiredness of the week just hit me. have lost. all ability. to form. coherant. sentence.)

500 Vegan Recipes: Oatmeal Cookie-Topped Pear Crumble

In my parents household this dish would be named pear crisp, not crumble, and necessitates in the desire for a sweet, yet somewhat healthy treat. The topping recipe is now my canon for future crisps, as it truly mimics that crunchy, chewy oatmeal cookie that screams to be paired with vanilla (soy) ice cream. The horse pan makes me giggle.

The weekend of June 18th saw the coming and going of my neighborhood’s annual street festival. Established in 1990 after Germany’s reunification, the contemporary development supposedly has gone the route of commercialism. No longer the home-made, politically influenced street fair, many locals complain. As my apartment is located smack dab within the square that is the Neustadt, the throbbing techno mashed together with power-cord heavy punk rock wafting from the bar across the street caused more complaints to come from my mouth than euphoric yelps. Then again, I’m sure they didn’t offer vegan sausage 20 years ago…

Summer also finally arrived in Dresden, and so the hallowed rite of grilling has become a weekend activity. My new simple favorite are shish-kabobs: marinated soy medallions, eggplant, pepper, garlic, onions.. they just look so pretty. pretty can also be associated with this graffiti. Just so you know.

Hearts.

Sharlene

The phenomenon of a TOPFIVE

In food, people, sharlene on June 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

As I now live across an ocean, and we have the childhood history of never been separated — although our parents were– my sister, O., attempted at one point to revamp the way we communicated. Fully detailed emails of daily occurrences were too trying, and only waiting for the big news to come resulted in months of empty space and a continual feeling of disconnectedness. What then to respond about when the news came, and being who we are, we asked, “is no news, good news” really? really? She presented me with her idea of the TOPFIVE, e.g. the topic: her life. The contents: a quintet of events that affected, excited, frustrated, or beguiled her during a time spectrum of her choice. It could be within that particular day, week, or since whenever we had last touched base. I personally loved this method for the following reasons: I like lists, and rankings. Considering a number of events lower than the value of six is considerably less intimidating to write about, and there in quite efficient. This medium forces me to view my life with analyst’s glasses, not just simply reporting dry facts (cups of coffee: 2, piles of crap on the street stepped on: 0!). I then ask myself, where does finding organic hempseed in a grocery store on Bischofsweg rank in comparison to talking with a girlfriend about how I think babies are silly and how her German boyfriend very much wants one? Is this ranking objective, or completely subjective? Beats me. Ultimately, I enjoy me a good TOPFIVE and want to use this here to give a rundown about what I think of certain people and things.

First. (surprise. EGOIST!) Me. And things I like. Right now.

5. I cut my own hair for the first time on Monday. Friend N. loaned me some shears as thinking of an electric razor give me a funny taste in my mouth. A taste of rednecks, shorn sheep, and girls with one side short one side long hair that are just too hip for me. There are two spots on the back that, if I point them out, you can see what I obviously didn’t see while cutting. Doing this was special for me as it required a certain “I just don’t give a fuck” which usually is absent from my personality.

4. The street where I live: being in the middle of the Neustadt, I basically have it all. Highest bar-count next only to the red-light of Hamburg, farmer’s market close enough to throw a stone at (if C. is the one throwing, I have negative skills), lovely boutiques with handmade plastic tabacco holders and individualized linocut stamps, and graffiti — enough maybe to make Banksy proud. Also on my street is one of the two cafes that serve soyicecream and soy Lattes. And a punk/oy subculture store. And an independent movie theater. And someone was stabbed here, well, that’s not a reason to like it. oops.

3. The following blogs have enriched my recipe collection in such a rewarding way. Solid recipes, beautiful pictures, and true sensibility in the matters of cruelty free cuisine: Vegan Dad, Seitan is my motor, Bittersweet, Chow Vegan, the Gluttonous Vegan. There are so many more, but these are my tried and faithful (hahaha not true! zing.) favorites.

2.This setup is not complete but something I have been dreaming about for the last year and a half. Macbook pro, Axiom 49, Audio interface (half of it belongs to D.) Over the last 5 years my creative muscle has been atrophying and I finally have tools with which to rejuvenate that.  Believe, as soon as I’m fully prepared to expose my vulnerable musician’s underbelly to criticism, you’ll hear from me. Right now things are mostly synth heavy, distorted electric organ, driving bass focused melodies. Mal sehen was daraus wird.

1. What currently moves me above all: although life, and living in Germany has not become easier over the last three years, I find myself learning to accept the challenges and defeats as they come. To welcome each moment as equal and necessary is something I strive for — a thing that might give me the satisfaction I’ve been straining after during this first chunk of adulthood. To be truthful, my current task of facing intensive therapy for help on changing a depressive cycle, a presence which has strongly effected said adulthood chunk, seems to be leading to that acceptance. Or at least offering a support which will allow me to let go, and look for it.

hearts,

Sharlene.

p.s. more TOPFIVES about people soon.

p.p.s. this should not be compared to David Letterman’s top ten.

bring in the noise, bring in the. food.

In food, savory, sweet on June 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Baked tofu from Veganomicon, spelt, and a lovely salad shared with C. on a day, which now remains meaningless to me outside of this meal and the company.
From 500 Vegan Recipes: “buttermilk” biscuits, soppy, and the Oktoberfest Fauxsage. Shared with D. I can’t imagine enjoying biscuits and gravy with another person more.
from "500 Vegan Recipes"

From Seitanismymotor.com: vegan chocolate chunk marzipan cookies. A little bit too cake-y for my cookie tastes, but ze Germans enjoyed them. C. promply told me that he would not consider making them as they required him buying marzipan, which he despises. Surprise of surprises. He didn’t mind eating them in my kitchen..