Thursday, June 28, 2007

What do Vegetarians Eat?

Here's a couple meals I ate out in Athens, GA last weekend:

below: salad burrito and tofu bean chili at The Mean Bean.

below: Mid-E Platter at The Grit. It's tabouli, falafel, hummus, pita and veggies. It's so hard being a vegetarian! LOL! So Spartan!

What Do Vegetarians COOK?

Seitan, a vegan mock meat, is so easy to make and use! Tasty and high protein. You simply get some wheat gluten powder, just like people use in bread baking. Mix the gluten to water in a 1:1 ratio...I usually do 1 cup gluten and one cup water. Knead for 5 minutes, then cut into desired shape and simmer in very seasoned broth for one hour. Use in recipes.

Below: here's what the seitan looked like after I kneaded it and chopped it into chunks. Here, I am putting it into a savory broth.

Below: here's what it looked like after simmering in broth 1 hr.

below: here it is in a tasty faux "beef" and asparagus stir fry.

below: and here, I baked it with beans for a "beenie weenie" type summer picnic dish.

Sunday, June 24, 2007



ADDENDUM: My mother reports that Kermit's manager says Bush was addressing the people picnicking, not Kermit, and that video footage confirms that Bush had stepped away from Kermit before making his janitorial remark.

(I have seen Kermit play, he is awesome.)


Bush to New Orleans Jazz Legend: "Pick Up All the Trash"
Thu Jun 21, 12:31 AM ET

The Nation -- Before Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and ruined many of its cultural landmarks, people from all over the city -- all over the country, in fact -- would flock to the Bywater section to see trumpeter Kermit Ruffins' weekly gig. I was in New Orleans immediately before Katrina and had the privilege of hearing Ruffins play. Inside a small, smoky bar, with his band positioned literally inches from its raucous audience, Ruffins commanded the room, using popular R&B arrangements like John Legend's "Ordinary People" as his platform for long, cathartic improvisations.

After the show, I spent twenty minutes talking music with Ruffins' sidekick, the then-19-year-old prodigy, Trombone Shorty. A few of Shorty's young friends stood nearby and listened in. The street was filled with the sound of easy chatter from liquor-sodden revelers who had stepped outside for a smoke. A Stevie Wonder song drifted from inside the bar. I think it was "My Cherie Amor." I was a world away from the dour east coast jazz scene where staggering door fees, drink minimums, and dress codes created an uptight atmosphere that favors the well-to-do, excludes young people, and keeps listeners at a distance from performers, who are often conferred undue reverence.

Anyone who saw Ruffins in his element knew that behind the Bush administration's incompetent response to Katrina was a deep-seated disrespect for the culture that thrived exclusively in New Orleans. The White House had no idea what was at stake when Katrina bore down on the Gulf Coast. To Bush and his cronies, New Orleans was little more than a cesspool of black Democrats. By the time the city was flooded, their consituency was safely evacuated.
Yesterday, George W. and Laura Bush hosted Ruffins and his band, the Barbeque Swingers, at the annual Congressional Picnic. Bush's remark to Ruffins is the ultimate symbol of his disdainful attitude towards the culture of New Orleans that he allowed to drown under the floodwaters of the Mississippi:

MR. RUFFINS: Well, thanks for having us.

THE PRESIDENT: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of New Orleans, Louisiana. (Applause.)

MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We're glad to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Proud you're here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it's over. (Laughter.) God bless you, and may God bless America. Thanks for coming. (Applause.)

Friday, June 22, 2007


Got a fun weekend ahead. In between bouts of house renovation, we will be going downtown to AthFest. AthFest is a FREE music festival in our historic downtown, featuring juried artisans booths (49 artists), a "sculpture garden", a display of art cars and everything else that downtown has to offer. Even the artisans booths stay open until 10 PM.

Last night I stayed up until 2 AM so I won't be keeling over at night when the bands I want to hear are playing.

Here are the ones I especially want to see, click on the links to hear their music:

Perpetual Groove

The Whigs (Rolling Stone's Top 10 Bands to Watch)

Drive By Truckers

dbt on myspace

DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, "Gravity's Gone"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What Do Vegetarians Eat?

Chilled beet soup with garlic chevre, served at Farm 255.

Civic Duty

Special election today in my GA district, to replace Charlie Norwood (R) who passed away. In Athens, the election has received a lot of coverage. The expected winner is Whitehead (R), who is favored in the strong conservative voting bloc of Augusta.

Whitehead, despite being a a UGA alumnus and former Dawg player, has been quoted as saying that Athens is a liberal hotbed and that someone should drop a bomb on UGA. He also said that the Iraq war is irrelevant to our district.

Above is a sign that has been graffittied a couple times leading up to the race; it's on Hancock St. This is what it looked like this weekend. Earlier, on the top right hand corner, you can see they painted over earlier graffiti which said "War? What war?"

Yes, I voted. Not that I expect much to result from it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Renovation is WORK!

This is what we look like every weekend.

below: I hate, hate HATE those fruit tiles on the wall... (the piles of stuff are tools & supplies)

below: so my man is TAKING THEM OUT FOR ME! My brother, "Red Yeti" would approve the new Dremel bit DH had to buy to remove tile. Will replace with matching plain tile.

below: when buying a house, be sure to PRIMER even though supposedly you can paint over a good surface without it. Why? Because the former owners might have used oil based paint and then your latex paint will peel right off in great strips, just like this! Wasting all your work. Not to mention the hour it took to get this closet door rehung, and now we have to take it down and start over.

Instead of yelling, I took a lunch break.

below: downtown Athens...there's a shop with a live cat inside, when the store is closed he hangs out in the window. Here he is with his paws up the window, trying to get DH's attention.

Weekend Yard 06/09/07

New sightings in the Athens yard this week.

below: Virginia creeper

below: a scarlet gladiolus and the Queen Anne's Lace

below: oregano, thyme and spearmint from the garden

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hear What I Sound Like!

I was interviewed by Rox of Beachwalks for an audio podcast on yogic breathing. If you download the Enhanced version of the podcast, you should be able to see additional photos (somehow I can never get the enhanced version to show me the photos).


Rox of Beachwalks does a fantastic daily video blog during the week, where she discusses inspirational topics while walking along the beach on Oahu, Hawaii. On Saturdays, she does an audio podcast. I watch/listen to her show every day.

If you enjoy her show as much as I do, you might consider sending a donation to help defray the costs of putting on this free, daily show. Look for the "Share a Sand Dollar" link on Beachwalks' page.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Romance for Remodelers

My DH showed his love by noticing I've been bogged down in my painting work by not having enough sawhorses. He surprised me by coming home with a third set, which will be a blessing. Life of the remodelers! We spend our Friday night date nights in the Home Depot.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Just in case you don't know The Who, or maybe just want a look back, here is a hilarious video of them doing My Generation.

Just "Peter"?! "Roger from Oz?!" HAH!


Saw 3 of the band members last night on Leno. The lead singer who is 90 y.o, a backup singer who is 99 y.o., and a third backup singer who said she is "getting there". This is how I want to be when I get older!

The lead singer said the group was formed when their bingo hall was threatened and they decided to form a protest. They are from the UK.

WATCH the video all the way to the end, there is a surprise at the end.

"Zimmer" is the Brit word for those metal walkers. And notice the part where they are walking across Abbey Road.

(just in case you don't know...this song was created by The Who).

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

8 Random Facts

I got tagged by Darrell with the Random 8 meme, but like Trev, I'm not passing it on. (it's already been passed to most of the blogs I read, anyway!).

So, the idea is to post 8 random facts about yourself. Here's mine:

1. Whooo OOoooo OOOOooo! Less than 6 degrees of separation. Trev posted that he was not able to go to his bank today because there was a robbery. When I lived in Atlanta, I worked for a social service agency that had a contract to provide crisis counseling to a large bank chain in the event of robbery. I did go out to a bank to facilitate a group debriefing of the staff immediately after a robbery had occurred.

2. My favorite flower is carnation. Recently I found out that some people dislike carnations because they think of them as funeral flowers. Y'all are missing out. Carnations have a wonderful spicy aroma and last a long time.

3. At the end of the month, DH and I are going to see The Police.

4. I share my home with 3 cats, one dog, one bird and one other human.

5. I battle migraine. Not too long ago, I had a migraine EVERY DAY for TWO YEARS. Prescribed medicines made it worse, much worse.

6. The only thing that has helped my migraine is the plan in the book, "Heal Your Headache" by David Buchholz, MD., a neurologist at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. I am now pretty much back to the way normal people live! I never believed in the theory of food intolerances and migraine, but after 2 years of daily & debilitating pain, I was ready to try anything. I can't argue with results, and his plan provided it. I discovered which foods (ex: bananas, oranges, nuts, caffeine and more) and activities (ex: not enough sleep, waiting too long to eat between meals) result in my migraine, and I am now OFF ALL PRESCRIPTIONS!

7. Last night I became enraged when I opened a book that I have to read for my next yoga teacher training. It's one of those victim blaming books that posits that every ailment you have is because of an emotional issue. As in ALL those books, migraine is listed as caused by the person "wanting attention". The absolute, abject cruelty in this kind of belief system boggles my mind. Another one I saw in there said that flat feet are caused by the person not having good boundaries btw. their personal and professional lives. I tell you all: anyone who knows me in person can attest that if I want attention, I can surely find ways to get it without "creating" a migraine in myself and suffering tremendous pain that makes me want to cut my head off. If you have migraine and need help, throw these kinds of books away and get "Heal Your Headache".

8. I harvested some wonderful mint from the garden at our Athens house this weekend, and plan on using it tonight in tabouli. I'm also considering making some mojitos this summer.

Addendum: As I thought about it, I realized that the heart of what bothers me about those "health" books is that for me, they imply that if your body is not "perfect", there is something intrinsically wrong with you as a person. I believe that nature is simply nature, and sometimes we get sick. Yes, there is a mind/body connection. At the same time, I think our culture reveres youth and perfection, giving a skewed understanding of illness, aging, and the dying process while conditioning us to believe we have to be 'perfect', 'flawless'. We are worthy just as we are, imperfect and with all our warts (going to look up warts in that book, HAH!).

Weekend Yard in Athens, GA

My friend Beth Rene' was right a few weeks ago when she identified a green plant I posted as a lily. Here it is, blooming. No aroma, though.

The cactus bloomed again...

There's a huge lantana bush. When I trimmed off the deadwood, I got a rash on my arms. Didn't know lantana could do that. Washed off where the plant touched me and the rash disappeared quickly.

Ahhh...Queen Anne's Lace.

What do Vegetarians Eat?

This weekend, it was Salt & Peppers Sugai (bottom half of plate) and Sesame Sueyu (top half). Suegai and Sueyu are mock meats...I've only encountered it at Thai of Athens Restaurant. If anyone knows a source to purchase it for home cooking, let me know! They are both delicious.

House Work

Almost done painting the master bedroom at the new house. Only thing left is the closet doors. Here are a couple photos from last week.

Below: window trim with 3 colors...that's why it has taken me so long to complete. 3 colors, 2 coats each, drying time between each of the 3 colors! Verdict: NEVER AGAIN! 8-) At least, not during a whole house renovation.

below: ceiling is a calming cafe' au lait color. Brown seems like a counterintuitive ceiling color, but for a bedroom, it is actually quite restful and calming. (two of the windows are missing their vertical/horizontal thingys here...they're only decorative and pop out. I painted them blue).