Friday, May 27, 2011

Pansy Maiden Giveaway - the Gabrielle Satchel!

Hi all! Check out this amazing giveaway from VET seller Pansy Maiden!

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I wanted to let you guys know about my most amazing giveaway ever! I guess, in a way, that's not saying all that much since I don't do giveaways very often but seriously, this giveaway is sort of in a league of its own. I have paired up with Chloe of GirlieGirl Army to offer one lucky commenter her very own Gabrielle Satchel (a $195 value)!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the GGA post detailing why you need this bag. Once the contest is over (June 1st, so act fast!), I'm going to ask an "as yet undecided" loved one to pick out his/her favorite comment. I just know I'm not going to be able to pick just one, there are already so many awesome, creative comments! So, I'll just make someone else do it. ;)

I already have a Gabrielle Satchel made, wrapped, packaged and ready to go. Will I be shipping it to you???

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Kale: A Vegan Obsession

In the past months, there has been a dramatic uptick in the mentions of kale - both within and outside of the vegan world. And for good reason! Kale absolutely rocks. It is the poster child for "nutritious and delicious."

Now, I still sense some skeptics in the room. I don't blame you - not so long ago I too was a kale n00b. People kept telling me to eat it raw. Raw kale? Blegh! "Marinate" it in salad dressing, they'd say. And I'd think, what, are you joking?!

I was quickly turned to the green side, but I eased myself in with this simple, lightly cooked recipe. If you're new to kale, or you're just looking for a delicious new preparation, give it a shot!

Mel's Simply Delicious Kale:
  • coarsely cut / chop one head of kale - I like to cut it up with my kitchen shears
  • in a large skillet with a lid, combine kale, about 1 Tbsp olive oil, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mirin rice wine - depending on how big a head of kale it is and personal taste
  • bring up to simmering over medium low heat, then put on lid and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes (this is also to your preference - however much done you like your kale)
  • turn off heat and let cool** to room temperature; transferring to another container will speed up this process. keep all liquid from cooking in with your kale
  • once cooled, add juice of one lemon, about 1 Tbsp
  • chill, serve cold
Makes 2 to 4 servings... or 1, depending on how much you like kale. Did I just eat an entire head of kale? Yes, yes I did.

**Kale is a good source of iron, and iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C. However, vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat. Therefore for the best nutritional impact, it's best to let the kale cool before adding your lemon juice and to serve this dish cold.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Orleans' Third Annual Veggie Fest! Come One Come All!

That's right! It's time again to come on down to New Orleans and celebrate all things veg at the Nola Veggie Fest! This year the fest is at the Zeitgeist, an awesome multicultural and multidisciplinary event space, big enough for one and all to enjoy all that the fest has to offer. So come Saturday, come Sunday, come both days! Be there and/or be square!

To learn more about vegan events and options in New Orleans, check out the blog New Orleans in Green!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Giant Cookies, Tiny Monsters, Delicious Dinners... OH MY!!!

In case you don't know it, there are delicious / gorgeous / adorable things happening over at the blog of our very own Veganosaurus. Do yourself a favor and discover her world of tiny monsters, and then cruise on over to Cute Little Package to get some inspiration for dinner!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Your Sunday brunch will never be the same.

The lovely and talented Julia of JF Illustrations shared this pic with us, and it's just too beautiful not to share with the world.

Say yes to pancakes. Maybe you should make some for your moms this Mother's day??

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cafeteria Heaven!

Seriously, if this doesn't give you a major craving you might not have a soul. A repeat performance from the dear Kelly G., I just had to share this miracle of pizza with you. Yes, that chunky topping is what you think it is...

The miracle has happened! It's TATER TOT PIZZA!! Kelly, you'd better make some room, because I'm coming over!

Monday, May 2, 2011

With a cherry on top.

Kelly G. was kind enough to leave a comment on the blog and give us this link to her THREE flickr accounts of amazing food pics. What you'll find there will blow your mind - but this sweet little thing should get you started. Vanilla buttercream ice cream anyone?