May 31st.

Last day of May. Still can't believe that.
Is it really that, the older we get, the faster time runs? If so then maybe I'm getting old too fast :D
Looking forward to this summer, it's going to bring a lot of changes in my life. Looking forward to them.

Enjoy your summer! With lots of sunscreen!



Recipe of the week: Mango-banana "ice-cream"

Hello everybody,

summer is coming indeed. And it's getting hotter and hotter, finally :)
So, few days ago I came up with my version of sorbet, which basically is healthier version of ice-cream. Here we go:

2 bananas (peeled, frozen)
1 mango (peeled, frozen)
1/4 cup water

Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth (about 2 min) and looks like delicious ice-cream. And here you go - tasty, healthy and quick!
Makes 2 servings.



Little vegan obsession.

Hello, everyone!
It's Monday, which means, new week has started. So, I have been little bit busy lately. But no matter how busy I have been, I haven't forgot my vegan passion (yes, it is true passion, maybe small obsession, goon one though). So, last week I finally decided that the time has come to start to buy my own cookbooks because I'm very serious about this lifestyle change. I also bought "Vegan bodybuilding and fitness" by Robert Cheeke because it is one of few guides for vegans, how to build muscle and stay in shape. There are a lot of people out there, who think that vegans don't consume enough protein, I have been discussing this earlier. So, this book and it's author is living proof that even vegans can be bodybuilders which can mean only one thing - we DO consume protein and it is possible on plant-based diet!

So, these are my first few books and I'm very excited about them, really! The more I read, especially Robert's book, the more I'm convinced that being a vegan is my thing!!!

Have a wonderful week,

Peace music.

Recipe of the week: Homemade Seitan (vegan meat)

Oh yes, I have been craving for something. Again, ha ha, as always.
So, this time, I decided to go crazy and really make my own meat. Yes, it is possible and it DOES taste good!!
This recipe is from a cookbook "Vegan with a vengeance" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I also found very similar recipe from author's homepage.
I used the book version, so I can't judge how does internet version taste like.

2 cups vital wheat gluten flour
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup cold water or vegetable broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

For Broth:
12 cups water or vegetable broth
1/2 cup soy sauce

In one bowl mix all dry ingredients (except lemon zest) together. In the other bowl mix all wet ingredients along with lemon zest.
Pour the wet ingredient mixture in to the dry one and mix them very well for about 5 min (I used my hands because mixture becomes very spongy). Let the dough rest for few minutes. Meanwhile, mix broth ingredients in a large saucepan. It has to be very cold.
Roll the dough in a log shape and cut it in 6 equal pieces. Then put these pieces into cold broth and start to boil it for about an hour. If you will put the dough into hot water then dough will fall apart! After 1 hour of boiling, let the dough sit in the broth until it cools down completely. Then take dough balls out of the broth and cut them into bite size pieces. If you want to store it for later then put it into sealable container along with the broth (for keeping the dough moist).

Nutritional info: 232 calories, 3.5 g fat, 15.3 g carbohydrates, 34.5 g protein. Makes 6 servings.



Mother's Day.

First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all mothers in the world, especially my mother and my grandmother!
Since I can't be with them (second Mother's Day in a row, sadly), I decided I want to do something different today and bring them with me everywhere I go today. So, I started my journey today with church. Haven't been to one since I moved from Ohio. What a shame, I know. Anyways, I met wonderful people there and one lady even invited me to celebrate Mother's Day with her family. Isn't that's sweet? From a complete stranger!
Secondly, I was craving for some beautiful place. So, I went to Stamford, CT. Oh my, the beach by the ocean is so beautiful!! Amazing. So, I was sitting at the beach, enjoying sunny weather and thinking about my family. Wonderful day!



Recipe of the week: Banana-Nut Soy Yogurt

I have been craving yogurt all week, so I finally decided to make one myself. I'm not too big fan of soy yogurts you can buy at the store and they are expensive, so anyways, here is the recipe:

1 pkg silken Tofu, drained
1 small banana, broken into pieces
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extraxt
1 tbsp homemade peanut butter
2 tbsp agave syrup
1/4 cup water

Put all ingredients into food processor and blend until smooth.

Yum, I like it very much. Now, when I have tried my first soy yogurt, I'll try to experiment with different ingredients.

Happy Friday everyone,


President Obama on Death of Osama bin Laden

Everyone, at least in US, is talking about it. It's top topic to talk about with your friends, family and people you meet randomly at the store or on the street. Yes, I am very happy that world has one terrorist less now but there is something I'm not too happy about.
I truly understand all circumstances and I know what happened on 9/11 and I remember myself watching this horrible deadly event on TV when I was 13 years old. Of course, I can't even imagine how devastating must parents and children felt like when their loved one died on this day. But one thing isn't acceptable to my mind.. Everyone is cheering for Osama Bin Laden's death. I know that this person stole so many lives but still, I feel like a killer myself, being happy for someone's death. Maybe my vegan lifestyle has affected me too much recently but I think it is wrong to celebrate someone's death.
I guess there are pros and cons on this. Please, don't get me wrong, I have never supported his ideas, if I would have saying in all this, everyone would live in peace and harmony and such things as guns wouldn't exist whatsoever. My family is also involved in military field, so I'm glad that now one of those thousands and thousands of enemies is not out there anymore. I'm glad and I'm sad about this at the same time.

Either way, may the peace be with all victims who have been affected by 9/11.