Toss Your Own Salad, In This Case It’s Charred Cauliflower and Chickpea Quinoa Salad

I’m pretty picky about cookbooks. Occasionally, I will come across one that I adore. However, most of the time, I’m ambivalent–using just a few of the recipes. But a book titled Toss Your Own Salad? How could I say no? So I made charred cauliflower and chickpea quinoa salad  to go with it, and I’ll just … Read more…

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

Tomorrow is Halloween, and typically my favorite holiday of the year. It’s better than Festivus, New Year, Beltane, and Labor Day! It doesn’t require me to cook an elaborate meal that no one will eat, and there’s none of that awkward “did they really like their gift?” bits.

It’s all magic and mayhem.

But I have the plague.

 

So I am to be left at home with my hot cuppa (gin) and made to make merry all on my very own.

Alas, I am not of a mind to make merry as I seem to have fallen into a hole of fever and palsy, where tiny smears of putrifactive bits of my innermost anatomy are forcing their way out of my body in great heaving feats of expectoration, thus leaving me highly unsettled, and decidedly unmerry.

So I am clinging to the runner-up holiday of political insanity election day. I shall sit back in my fuzzy slipper boots, sip my hot gin and lemon sugar (or wassail), and binge watch political shows, movies, and the most-recent bad lip reading, which features the Democratic Debate.

It shall be glorious.

Though, it will still be difficult not to lament my lack of fancy dress or the ability to use my “these people will give out good candy” radar. I mean, it’s so well honed! I can spot a full-bar house from fifty paces.

I also wish full-bar meant “full bar” in the sense of more wassail for me.

Because I am a plague carrier, and have my weekend all planned out, I made y’all a top ten list.

The Top Ten Political Films on Netflix (right meow!)

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

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Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

If you don’t love Harrison Ford, we can’t be friends.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

Election made my month when I saw it was available.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

For school, I’ve been reading a fuck ton of Victorian literature. So, why not a movie about Victoria?

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

Meryl Streep.

house of cards

This Netflix series makes me bite my nails, swear at the tv, and get really ragey that I must wait for the next season after I gorge myself on an entire season in a day.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

I’m noticing a Spacey theme.

This mini-series made me inexplicably happy.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

Remember when John Oliver subbed for Jon Stewart? This is why.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

How I love this movie. It’s so poignant given the current political climate.

Top Ten Political Films on Netflix

I LOVE AMERICAN HISTORY. Wait, that sounded bad. I am driven to learn American History so that I may have an impact on its future, because, we fucked up all the things.

I also made a yummy, snackable recipe for you to enjoy with these. I took a classic southern dish, the corn fritter, and gave it a bit of flair.

Tex-Mex Corn Fritters

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Tex-Mex Corn Fritters

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes of frying time if y

Keywords: fry vegan vegetarian

Ingredients

  • OIL FOR FRYING. I used coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 stalks of scallions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper

optional

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

honestly, it doesn’t matter how you mix these up.

Just get them combined.

Get your oil hot in a deep fryer or saucepan or deep skillet.

375F hot.

*if you need to guess the temp, when it starts to ripple, stick the end of a wooden spoon into the oil, if the spoon looks like it’s frying–you’re gtg. Turn the heat to medium at this point.

Using a 1/2 oz cookie scoop, scoop balls into the oil. Don’t crowd the pan, that’ll make the oil get cold and the fritters get greasy. You don’t want a greasy ball. (today–I mean, I’m not judging your personal life.)

flip them after 2 minutes, or if you’re using a deep fryer, just take them out after they are golden brown and delish.

salt again IMMEDIATELY after you take them out and put them on a strainer or paper-lined plate.

If you want to go wild, DIP IN GUAC! (YES, I KNOW IT’S EXTRA.)

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Run By Fruiting

Over a month ago, I switched my diet to an entirely whole-foods, plant-based diet. I was not strict, had dairy at times, and just yesterday I had a piece of sashimi, I have not yet started truly scrutinizing labels, but there it is.

And–dear G-d do I feel better. I’m not anti-meat. But, BUT, I know the way most Westernized societies consume animal products, and the quality of products they consume, is not sustainable.  It’s also unkind. I don’t want to be unkind. Not to the animals, not to the planet.

I was a vegetarian for ten years, I did it all wrong. I ate a fast-food diet of fries and junk. I ate a fuckton of processed foods. Macaroni and Cheese, canned soups, bottled salad dressing. I gained weight, looked like crap, broke out all of the time. My hormones were INSANE. My PCOS went off the charts. My endometriosis was insanely painful. Again, hormones.

The last few months, I was eating a lot more meat. I was convincing myself that I needed more meat because I was preparing for the Boston Marathon, and damnit, I needed meat, right? Sure, I was feeling more sluggish, but HEY! Training for a marathon, here! Completely normal to feel tired! About three weeks before the marathon, ovary pain kept me up all night. It’s happened before, I know what’s going on when it does.

About a week before Boston, I had one of the worst lady months of my life. Severe pain, nausea, migraines, shaking instability, weakness. I started feeling really, really bad (passing-out, bad) about 3 days before Marathon Monday, so I went to get some blood work done.  My hemoglobin was so low I needed to get a blood transfusion. My hematocrit was pathetic.

Or in my lady basket. Whatevs.

I couldn’t run. I was depressed. My PCOS had robbed me of the chance by deciding that April was cyst-rupture month.

Enter Rebekah Borucki and Danielle Diamond. *at once, a meditative three-way. 😉 They were starting a vegetarian challenge the very day I was supposed to run the Boston Marathon. It felt like as good a time as any. As good an idea as any. So I joined the #XenBliss challenge, and I am so glad I did.

In the group, there was a lot of talk about going completely vegan. While I’m about 90% vegan, I don’t foresee myself being 100% vegan. Occasional sustainable sushi, vegetarian-rennet based cheese, and humanely raised eggs/milk will probably remain in very small ways in my diet. Mostly in baking, let’s be honest.

While I previously watched many documentaries and read a lot of literature on the benefits of a plant-based diet, I never took it seriously for me. I mean, I didn’t eat much meat to begin with. I wasn’t being so bad on the environment–on myself.

40 days meat-free has me re-thinking my thinking. And I’m back to Michael Pollan’s famous quote “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Also, plantain chips are from G-d, and serve as proof that he loves us.

How’s my health now?

I’m back at the gym. My doctor is superduper impressed, and I feel AMAZING.

So I re-watched some documentaries, watched some new ones, read some new literature, and I’m educating myself. I’m not a nutritionist, and this is entirely anecdotal, but the environmental impacts are real, and I really want my kids to have a great earth to grow up in.

Plus, my favorite vampire was a vegetarian.

Just to let you guys in on what I’ve been watching, I’ve compiled a list of my favorites that are available to stream on Netflix.

For the recipe to go with this overly-preachy post? A salad that you WGAF that it’s vegan, because it tastes like a miracle.

Tex-Mex Mango Bean Salad.

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Tex-Mex Mango Bean Salad

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: marinate/chill/6 hours

Keywords: vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 8-12)

  • 1 can rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 can rinsed chickpeas
  • 1 cup frozen, thawed peas
  • 2 avocados, cubed
  • 2 mangos, cubed
  • 5 scallions, chopped (the whole thing, save the root)
  • 5 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped

for the dressing

  • juice of one lime
  • 3 tbsp recaito
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or more evoo)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce of your choice

Instructions

whisk together dressing ingredients in the bottom of a large bowl

add all remaining chopped veg and beans to the bowl

toss and marinate in the fridge for at least a few hours or overnight.

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