Make No Bones About It We're Vegan


Friday, August 22, 2014

Blueberry Hill Cornbread


We are so grateful to live in California where the produce at our local market is bountiful all year long. I am not a gardener, Larry thinks he is, but by the look of the potted plants outside, he tends to kill the earth. 

My late dad grew tomatoes and I would give him a blue ribbon for those "Land of the Giants" zucchinis his garden churned out every year. Between playing tennis, making museum worthy stain glass, (that did win blue ribbons), and almost blowing up the family and the block with his gas barbecue, my dad was a busy guy.

Remember when the blackening of every food imaginable, you know blackened salmon, blackened veggies, blackened tofu was all the rage back in the 80's? My dad started the blackened craze with his gas barbecue. On the day the barbecue gas line almost crucified the neighborhood, my dad managed to blacken a delicious Yves veggie burger and corn on the cob for me. That Yves burger was especially good with my dad's fresh tomatoes. Good thing my dinner cooked up first, before the neighbor spotted the faulty power line. Nobody else got their meaty sandwiches, so no animals were harmed on that executioner's grill.

In New York we had one tree that was vertical to the evil barbecue. It was a crab apple tree. That tree was kind of an asshole, annoying and useless. Even the tree was peeved at it's dead fruit bearing self, and was always trying to rid itself of it's rotten crabby apples. It was Heidi's and my job to pick up the post mortem apples and bag them. I think my mother paid us one penny per fifty croaked apples. Heidi and I were migrant workers in our own backyard. 

Ah the fruits of summer. I could never have whipped this sweet summer cornbread up with those pieces of crappy crabby apples. After five summers of picking and saving Heidi and I were able to purchase a clam of blueberries to feed our growing family of ten.


Blueberry Hill Cornbread
Feeds an entire family headed West

1.5 C of unbleached organic flour
2/3 C coconut sugar
1/2 C Corn meal
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 C rice milk
2 T flaxseed mixed with 6 T of water
1/3 C canola oil
3 T coconut oil
2 C fresh blueberries
1 T lemon
1/3 C coconut sugar or 1/4 C of agave.
(1 packet stevia if not sweet enough)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan. 
Prepare blueberry mixture. Gently toss blueberries with 1 T lemon, 1/3 C coconut  sugar. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking power and salt in a large bowl. 
In medium bowl combine rice milk or plant milk of your choice with flaxseed slurry, canola oil and 3 T of coconut oil. Add liquid mixture to the flour mixture and mix until blended. Fold in the blueberry mixture. Pour in to prepared pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10-15 minutes in pan on rack. Cut slices from pan. 

I suggest that you make this Blueberry Hill Cornbread right now, with no delay! Make this before blueberry season is over you and your family have to head to the hills.

Hugs,
GiGi



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Dickensian Tale and 2013 Pie




Yes, 2013 hardened us. We could have added more crap to complain about but since this is a blog, I didn't want to have you sit through a Dickensian snore fest. Sure Larry and I spent a couple days shackled together in a dungeon, clinking our hollow tin cups against the bars. " Please sir, more chocolate avocado pudding, Sir!" Sure we shuffled up grey back alleys wearing just recycled newspapers on our calloused feet and extra large Hefty bags on our bodies. They weren't really Hefty bags, let's face it they were lunch size baggies, but we had lost a lot of weight.

Dumpster diving is not pretty when you are a vegan. Yep there are slim pickings in the garbage when you're a vegan. Vegans like to eat so much that there's never anything left over, you know all those food selfies and restaurant Instagrams  vegans shoot, vegans are pigs! I mean it. Vegans never have left overs, ever. Everything winds up in their greedy little vegan tummies, and if by chance there is a scrap leftover it ceremoniously winds up in the compost heap. I never even heard of compost diving. This leaves vegan dumpster divers in a pickle.  Our best dumpster score was a smidgen of  leftover jack fruit juice in a can, and some almond pulp. Whatever gets you through the night, I always say. 

We were going to do a Kickstarter campaign to get some funding for Veganville, which is how the above video began. We couldn't figure out a mission statement, and then we realized our mission was just to stay out of the Mission. Let's get real here, our real mission is to keep Larry out of the poky so we need money for that. Yeah, so our mission is to raise money...um for us. When you think about it what else could be more altruistic than giving money to our cause. Remember you can save your tax dollars by keeping us on the outside, and  you'll be giving to a worthy vegan cause- US. 
Please give what you can, and if your can't right now, please keep coming back to this blog, because it's never too late to donate to US. Thank you. 

Below please find  last year's Thanksgiving pie, called "Home Sweet Home Spelt Pie." I made this with the hope that it would not be our last home cooked meal.

This is not a baking mistake or a burnt crust from my baking. My "Home Sweet Home Spelt Pie" looked really good out of the oven. Unfortunately it got singed when Larry lit the house on fire. Still it manages to look festive, Right?

The recipe can be found in babycakes. It's a wonderful book, but Erin couldn't think of calling this anything other than "Apple Pie."  Hmmmph.


In the meantime...we've got these people to thank.

Video
Written and Directed: GiGi
DP/Director all cinematography except interview: Jeremy Fukunaga
DP and Post Production film editors, Directors:
Jake Gomez
Rick Lee Rahn

Director Interview: Tim Mull

Order of Appearance:
Fletcher Brooke: Brooke Fletcher
Skutch Sandalman: Tim Mull
Larry: Larry Tasse
GiGi: GiGi 
Zombie 1: Molly McCormick
Zombie 2: Noreen Poli
Zombie 3: Brooke Fletcher
Zombie 4: Tim Mull


Coming Soon:
Our Gargantuan Donation Button!!!
and some cookies.

Thank you for reading and viewing.

xxx
GiGi