The Environmental Gods Have Spoken

Along with food poisoining and flu like sickness, the month of October has haunted me. And to end le mois avec un bang, I find myself at a loss on what to say for my bad luck.

It seems that the environmental gods hate SUVs and they decided to strike in the form of a criminal, driving a crappy Dodge Neon (sorry) playing bumper car with the vehicles on my residential block. If I had a diagram of the aftermath, you would be like "Whoa, dude! That's nasty!" but alas I have one photo to show you, albiet after several cars were moved, towed and swept out of the way of the roadway and sidewalks. I bet my vegetarian ass that mother earth has vengeance on her sleeve. Is it because I stopped recycling?

Odd Jobs

I do many different things in my job. I do computer work, I manage projects and occasionally I get to scream into a microphone like I'm falling to my death. Today was one of those usual days where you come in to work, check your email, then ask men to take their shirts off and take pictures of them. ??? Before you say, "How dare you, you sexist beast!" , in my defense, I was forced to. A requirement. Mandatory to my employment.

Just another dull day in the video game world. Ho hum.

Lentil-Walnut Burgers Recipe!


3/4 cup toasted walnuts, cooled
1/3 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 cup lentils, cooked, drained, and cooled
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg (or egg replacer/olive oil cornstarch)


1. In a food processor, combine walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; process until finely ground. Add lentils and 1 tablespoon oil; pulse until coarsely chopped (some lentils should remain whole).
2. In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add lentil mixture; mix well. Divide into 4 equal-size parts; roll into balls, and flatten with the palm of your hand into 3/4-inch-thick patties.
3. Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add burgers; cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, turning gently with a thin-edged spatula, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
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I like to put these on some grain bread with green leaf lettuce, mustard (dijon) and mayo (non-fat mayo is vegan I think). Its tricky to get the right consistency so they dont fall apart but you should also make sure you're oil is really hot so they fry well and hold themselves together.

Mother's Milk Cookies (for new mommies)

my baby daddy helped me make these
Mother's Milk Cookies
Repost:-Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies

* 1 cup butter or margarine
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
(I ground flaxseeds in a coffee grinder)
* 2 large eggs (vegan: egg replacer or cornstarch olive oil mix)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
* 1 cup or more chocolate chips
* 2 generous tablespoons of brewers yeast*

Directions:

Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix. Beat until blended. Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips. Add to margarine mixture. Stir in oats then chips. Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment

Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.

Serves: 6 dozen cookies

Preparation time: 15 minutes

*can be found at any local health food store.