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WOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAHHHH.

It’s been a long time.  Sorry about that.

I blame a year-long bender or something or maybe writer’s block or….

Meh, who cares.

I blame Rick & Morty.

Anyway, I made some pretty delicious tempeh strips the other day that warrant a recipe.  I only took a picture of the after effects(sorry!!!).

These things were insane.

So they’re baked tempeh strips with some sweet & spicy mustard dipping sauce.

Start with tempeh.  Cut strips at whatever size you want.  I did around 3/4″ by 4″.  If you want tempeh nuggets, cut them into nugget size.  It’s your deal & I don’t want to harsh anyone’s style.

Set your oven at 450F.

Dip the tempeh strips in soy milk.  While that’s going on, mix 2C Flour, 1T Onion Powder, 1/2T Garlic Powder, & 1/2 T Salt.  Put several droplets of the milk in the flour mix, then mix them around so there are a bunch of flour “flakes”…you’ll thank me later.

Toss the tempeh in the flour mixture, then have a bowl of oil at the ready.  Toss them around in the oil and then back in the flour mix.  If you want more flaky crust, repeat the milk/flour/oil/flour fun.

Have a lightly greased pan for the strips/nuggets/cutlets/whatever you wanted to make from the tempeh ready to go in the oven.  Let them go 20 minutes, flip, then go another 20 minutes.  If they aren’t brown enough, go longer.  Powder with a little pepper at the end for some good spice.

Big learning deal here folks:  put them in the center of the oven.  First time I tried this, I had them on the top rack(I again blame Rick & Morty) & put a little char on them with some rookie ignorance.  Maybe just keep an eye on them, just not the ol’ “pot never boils” eye.

For the mustard:

This one’s a toughy.

1/4C brown mustard

1T agave

1/2T sriracha

Mix that & put your strips in it.

That makes for some happy pups.  Well, happy pup pictures.  Here you go.

This is actually him grumpy.

This is actually her dopey.

WHERE ARE THE OTHER FIVE DWARFS??? We’re going on a walk.

That’s it.

Sorry again for the long break.

I can’t really blame it on much other than I’ve been working a lot & helping to organize this year’s Veg Fest in Jacksonville.  It’s been a crazy amount of work and fun and just enlightening.  I really feel for event organizers, especially those that make events happen a lot….it’s kind of stressful.  But fun.

Come visit if you’re around, it’s happening November 11, 2017 in Riverside Park.  It’ll be a fun time.  If you want to read more, check out https://jaxvegfest2017.weebly.com/ or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jaxvegfest/.

I can’t seem to stress it enough, but it isn’t the regular Veg Fest that goes on here.  The regular got cancelled and so we’re filling in for it.

Seems like the right thing to do, especially considering it’s kind of a thing that we should have a few times a year at least.

I have to get the vegan cordon bleu out of the oven now.  I’ll have a couple of pictures next time:)

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I think we got more rain after Hermine passed than the initial blast.  That made riding the bike around just impossible.

Well, when it rains and is crappy out, you have to find shelter.  Where else better than a kitchen with a gallon of good beer?  Oh yeah, and food.

I was going for Eggplant Parmesan, but I decided to get creative and make it into a chili too.

Start with skinning & dicing two small eggplants.  Throw some salt on it & get it to “sweat” the bitterness out.  You can put it in a colander so that the liquid drains easily.  Let that sit for about twenty minutes and saute it in a pan with a little bit of oil until it’s browned.

In a large pot, take a diced yellow onion, four chopped tomatoes, a minced clove of garlic,1t salt, 2T of oil and set the pot on medium, mixing occasionally.  It will eventually be a base marinara(stop there if you want marinara).

This stuff is going to be marinara soon.  Then chili after.

This stuff is going to be marinara soon. Then chili after.

Mince up a couple of your favorite peppers(I used a Hungarian wax & a datil), grab 2T of Italian spices(oregano, basil, thyme, sage, etc.) and throw those in the pot with the marinara.

Fresh from the garden.  Doesn't get much better.

Fresh from the garden. Doesn’t get much better.

We're getting there.

We’re getting there.

Once everything is incorporated nicely, add 4C water, 3C cooked pinto beans, & 3T chili powder.  Cover it up and let it cook for a long time.

The water will reduce some.

The water will reduce some.

From there, you’ve got a bit of time…probably an hour or so, so just grab a beer and watch the storm roll in on a preferably enclosed porch.  Maybe even look down to see a friend with you in the kitchen.

I looked down.  He looked up.  He also had onion paper on his nose.

I looked down. He looked up. He also had onion paper on his nose.

After you’re finished spending an hour however you’d like, add the sautéed eggplant from before to the mix.  It should be noticeably chunkier now.

This is noticeably chunkier than before.

This is noticeably chunkier than before.

Let that simmer for another ten minutes while you cook some noodles or rice or whatever you like with Eggplant Parmesan Chili, not that you’ve had it before, but get creative….that’s what a kitchen’s all about.

Put the mix on top of whatever you’ve decided on & follow-up with some almond Parmesan or just plain ol’ nutritional yeast to get a little veg cheese action going.  It might look like this:

Now that's some storm comfort food there.

Now that’s some storm comfort food there.

Once the storm is over, hug your fur babies and get some incriminating pictures of them.

Okay, it's not incriminating, but it's pretty cute what Cinder's doing here.

Okay, it’s not incriminating, but it’s pretty cute what Cinder’s doing here.

….aaaaand that’s how you enjoy some time in a tropical depression.  Or in this case, a humid sadness.

Just kidding.  Hope everyone’s okay & has electric back and such.  I’m glad it didn’t hit as bad as what a lot of the meteorologists were freaking out about Hermine, but they’re all out there for the big scoop and the exaggeration.  Now, enjoy some Chili.  Or Eggplant Parmesan.  Or whatever you want to call it.

Actually, I’ve been running like crazy for the past couple of weeks.

Not physically running, though that would be nice if I had comfortable running shoes or had time to hit the beach every morning.  I did manage to spend about four hours riding my bike for an event called Save the Ferry here in Jacksonville.  It was put on by the St. John’s Riverkeeper in order to raise funds to keep the ferry operating.  This was the third year for it, and we had seventy-eight people involved in it.  Great turnout & fantastic time!  I highly encourage people to ride bikes around, and when it’s for charity, that’s even better.

Remember that podcast I mentioned a few weeks ago?  We have a website now at www.greenbeanpodcast.com.  Check it out, let us know how we’re doing & enjoy!

Do you like nachos?  Specifically vegan nachos?  We started up a nacho bar called #nachobar at the Neptune Beach Farmer’s Market a couple of weeks ago & it has been doing great!  If you’re in the area, you should check it out.  If you’re not in the area, you should come visit Jacksonville for a vacation & check it out.

This is what art looks like.  In food form.

This is what art looks like. In food form.

On to pizza.

I made a pizza a couple of weeks ago & had a lot of people asking for recipes on it.  I made everything from scratch, so there are about four basic recipes that make it(dough, sauce, eggplant pepperoni, & white bean vegan cheese).  There’s a lot of chopped veggies on it too, but it’s up to you to figure out how to cut things that aren’t your fingers.

I started with the dough, because that takes some time.

Take 1 1/4C of warm water & add 2t of yeast & 1t of sugar to that.  Let that sit for about ten minutes & when it’s all murky & a little foamy on top, add 2T of olive oil, 4C of flour, 2t of salt, and knead that for some time until everything is incorporated & relatively consistent.  Cover tightly & set aside for an hour to rise.

While that’s happening, puree some tomatoes to make about three cups of tomato puree.  Put that in a sauce pan & simmer that with a tablespoon of white vinegar, three minced cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of salt, a tablespoon of oregano & a tablespoon of thyme.  I’ve added blueberries in a variation too, which works out wonderfully.  Let that all simmer until it becomes closer to a sauce than a liquid.

Mmmmm.  Saucy.

Mmmmm. Saucy.

In the meantime, cut a Japanese eggplant into round slices and toss them in a bowl with some salt.  This should get some moisture out of the eggplant, in which you will then add a tablespoon of paprika, a teaspoon of fennel seeds, a pinch of cayenne and salt & pepper to taste.  Easy, right?

By now, the dough should have risen to about twice its size.  Grease a pizza pan, dust it with either more flour or corn meal & lay the dough out, pushing toward the perimeter of the pan until you have an even thickness going on.  It’s going to look a bit like this:

Dough in it's raw beauty.

Dough in its raw beauty.

Kind of knuckle down on a lot of the dough to prevent bubbling, then let that sit for another fifteen minutes before putting it into the oven at 350 for another ten minutes.  This will keep the pizza from getting soggy from the sauce.

Spoon some of the sauce onto the dough when you pull it out of the oven initially.  Then add your eggplant pepperoni & whatever other veggies you like.  Here’s another picture.

Another picture.

Another picture.

Put that yumminess into the oven while you work on the white bean cheese.

I just kind of flew with this one….I grabbed a blender & threw in two cups of cooked white beans, three tablespoons of nutritional yeast, half a teaspoon of salt, a clove of garlic, water to the consistency wanted & just a pinch of cumin & paprika. I added a chili to it for some heat.

Pull the pizza out of the oven & put some of that cheese on it.  Now, it’ll look like this:

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Put that into the oven for just about ten more minutes & you are ready to eat an entire vegan pizza.  I think the process took me about two & a half hours for the first time, but I’ll be able to cut down on it with practice I’m sure.

So that’s it, easy, right??!!

Now for more pictures of pups…..

Cinder was happy to see me.  She's almost always happy to see me.  I love that.

Cinder was happy to see me. She’s almost always happy to see me. I love that.

Alec has a habit of laying in the grass, so I'll just sit next to him & soak up some sun.  Good father/son bonding time.

Alec has a habit of laying in the grass, so I’ll just sit next to him & soak up some sun. Good father/son bonding time.

I also sleep like this.

I also sleep like this.

In this household, photobombing is something we do a lot of.

In this household, photobombing is something we do a lot of.

That’s about it for this post, hope everything is going well for you & enjoy the pizza!

Seeya!!

I hope you like pictures, because there’s a lot of them on this post.

Not of my hair though.

I read something about a “No-Poo” hair washing technique & was kind of moving in that direction anyway.

I decided to shed the typical shampoo & conditioner to avoid a lot of the chemicals & animal byproducts that are in them, keep those same chemicals from gunking up our water systems, make lab testing on animals a thing of the past, and to save a little bit of money in the process.

That, and I just heard that it was healthier for your hair.

In January, I started using two mixtures for washing & conditioning.  The washing mixture was a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water.  The conditioning mixture was a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water.

You’ll understand my concern if I had initially thought that my hair was going to explode off of my scalp with the help of the carbon dioxide that would undoubtedly be produced rapidly by the two mixtures coming into contact with each other.

That didn’t happen fortunately.

What did happen was a bit of a mess the first week, the naturally-occurring oils returning slowly to my hair.  What happens with most shampoo & conditioners is that they strip your hair of these oils & then you are often left with more of a mess than what you initially had.  For what?  Hair that smells like a natural scent that was derived from unnatural sources.  Looking at the ingredient label of a shampoo bottle is a lot like reading a Stephen King novel–scary, long, and it makes you have to think(especially when it comes to the six-syllable chemicals).  Most people don’t look at the ingredient label though, and just buy what a celebrity says to buy on television.  It makes it easy when their beautiful, not-at-all maintained hair can look that good with a product they would only touch from outside the bottle.

Anyway, the experiment went on for three months & my hair got better & better.  The manageability got better, the feel of it was nicer, and I could shower anywhere with the help of a person’s kitchen stuffs.

After three months, I went without the mixtures, just rinsing with water & every so often using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner(back to the natural smell part of it all).  If you don’t like coconut oil, you’re a prick & I don’t know what to tell you on how to give your hair a better smell other than to use some sort of fragrance oil.  Actually, lavender oil is nice too.

I LIKE TO SMELL LIKE FLOWERS, OKAY?!

In any case, it’s been six months and then some, and a seemingly menial change has made it impossibly easy for showers.

The last post I mentioned an urban adventure where I walked about ten miles, just kind of getting lost & looking at some cool sights that I wouldn’t otherwise see on a trip driving.  I would bore you with the typical minute-by-minute dribble, but I don’t really think you want to read “left, right, left, right, left, left, trip, fall, right, left…”

So I’ll just throw some cool pictures on here & hope that you think they are cool too.  It’s a walk through West side Jacksonville to downtown, so there are many different types of neighborhoods & sights to see.  Again, I encourage everyone to get lost & just take an adventure day, if not do that every day.

No compound here, folks....just your average, run-of-the-mill hou...GETINHERE!!!!

No compound here, folks….just your average, run-of-the-mill hou…GETINHERE!!!!

The shed in the back was pretty cool too, I wonder what's in the....HEYYOUISAIDGETINHERENOW!!!!

The shed in the back was pretty cool too, I wonder what’s in the….HEYYOUISAIDGETINHERENOW!!!!

I'm perplexed at how this one will work out.  I marked out the information, that wasn't just senseless graffiti.

I’m perplexed at how this one will work out. I marked out the information, that wasn’t just senseless graffiti.

Cool murals on tattoo shops.

Cool murals on tattoo shops.

...on all sides of the building.

…on all sides of the building.

I....I couldn't have been the only one to read this wrong.

I….I couldn’t have been the only one to read this wrong.

I love people that garden their yards.  Makes so much sense.  Tasty, tasty sense.

I love people that garden their yards. Makes so much sense. Tasty, tasty sense.

SO MUCH TASTY SENSE!!

SO MUCH TASTY SENSE!!

I don't know if it's a thing people do, but I had to have passed a dozen discarded tea bags in the street on my journey.

I don’t know if it’s a thing people do, but I had to have passed a dozen discarded tea bags in the street on my journey.

"Oh, what's that officer?  Nothing, just laying on some train tracks trying to get a picture."

“Oh, what’s that officer? Nothing, just laying on some train tracks trying to get a picture.”

Something about cool, old, abandoned houses makes me want to go inside them.

Something about cool, old, abandoned houses makes me want to go inside them.

Cool fountain in front of a cool house.  Cool.

Cool fountain in front of a cool house. Cool.

I see these stickers all over town.  Good publicity for Harvey Dent.  Or is it?

I see these stickers all over town. Good publicity for Harvey Dent. Or is it?

I swear, there are like five squirrels on the other side of this tree.

I swear, there are like five squirrels on the other side of this tree.

What's a walk through Riverside without some Sweet Theory?

What’s a walk through Riverside without some Sweet Theory?

Sun through some Spanish moss in a giant tree.  Love it.

Sun through some Spanish moss in a giant tree. Love it.

I love this.  I'd feel really bad if they misspelled a word though.

I love this. I’d feel really bad if they misspelled a word though.

Old, abandoned, & condemned buildings are cool too.

Old, abandoned, & condemned buildings are cool too.

Quiet little homeless camp by a bridge.

Quiet little homeless camp by a bridge.

All kinds of randomness in the fire pit here.

All kinds of randomness in the fire pit here.

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Getting into the graffiti part. If you look closely, there’s a guy sleeping by one of the pillars beyond the symbol.

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ooooooooooooooooooo

ooooooooooooooooooo

ooooooool.  Now run before the cops think you did it.

ooooooool. Now run before the cops think you did it.

Only a couple blocks left.

Only a couple blocks left.

Waiting for the sky rail.

Waiting for the sky rail.

Cool views from above on the sky rail.

Cool views from above on the sky rail.

Jumped off of the sky rail, jumped onto a bus right before it took off.

Jumped off of the sky rail, jumped onto a bus right before it took off.  The man with the neon shoelaces will be eating a hard-boiled egg soon.

SEE?!  The wheel is not his, but he yelled at me while I was reading to stop someone because she had lost it as she was getting off of the bus.

SEE?! The wheel is not his, but he yelled at me while I was reading to stop someone because she had lost it as she was getting off of the bus.  Seems logical.

A member of the species douchebaggus, yelling at the bus driver because she wouldn't let him off at a place that wasn't a bus stop.

A member of the species douchebaggus, yelling at the bus driver because she wouldn’t let him off at a place that wasn’t a bus stop.

Someone needs to fire the inspirational letter guy.

Someone needs to fire the inspirational letter guy.

I have no idea who Dalaw is, but they are remembered on the sidewalk.

I have no idea who Dalaw is, but they are remembered on the sidewalk.

I told you, a lot of pictures.  Cool stuff to see though & always fun adventures.  It’s a great way to spend a day off, just wandering around, grabbing a coffee & a loaf of bread at Community Loaves(I sadly didn’t get a picture there, but expect a ton of them in the future, I LOVE that place!), walking, eating doughnuts at Sweet Theory(Love again), walking, walking, walking.  It’s a nature hike in an urban environment, if you don’t plan it(which I am a fan of doing on these types of excursions).

That’s about it for me this week, we are recording another podcast today & the vegan meetup event that I wrote about a few weeks back is coming up this Saturday the 12th, so there should be some fun stuff coming up soon.  Everyone have a great day/week/timespan, and there will be more stuff coming soon!

Here are the promised pictures of the pups.  If I had a wallet with pictures in it, these two would compose pretty much all of it ha.

In aerodynamic mode.

In aerodynamic mode.

It's a pillow on top of a pillow!!  Yay!!

It’s a pillow on top of a pillow!! Yay!!

I think he'd be perfectly at home in a cave.

I think he’d be perfectly at home in a cave.

Resting after tennis ball fetch time.

Resting after tennis ball fetch time.

More tennis ball fetch time.

More tennis ball fetch time.

Seeya!!

I’d like to think we are all insane in our own ways.

My particular insanity is not to wear socks safety-pinned to my ears in a dresser drawer filled with ice cubes while reading a copy of Atlas Shrugged backwards, though I’m sure someone is doing that right now somewhere in the world.

My insanity is usually visualizing things like the last sentence & sometimes coming up with stuff that is completely weird in the kitchen.  Like curried tabouleh(or tabouli, spell it either way, spell check is flagging it here.).

This is really easy & it stemmed from me not having lemon juice when I really wanted to make tabouleh one night and didn’t want to go back out to the store or community garden where there are some citrus trees planted.

Cook some cracked bulgar wheat.  When that is cooked fully, take about four cups of that stuff & toss it in the fridge to cool down.  While all of that is going on, mince about two cups of parsley, mince three cloves of garlic, dice four medium tomatoes, dice one enormous cucumber, and mix that all together.  That is your veggie mix for when the bulgar wheat is cooled a bit.

Once the bulgar wheat isn’t steaming or scalding hot, mix the veggie mix into it gently.  As soon as everything is pretty consistent, add one teaspoon of curry powder, about a tablespoon of olive oil, & a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  Mix that for a bit, put some salt & pepper into it to fit your tastes, and you’re done!

It should look like this:

 

Very close shot.  I was actually eating out of the bowl at the same time.

Very close shot. I was actually eating out of the bowl at the same time.

Let it sit for about an hour to let the flavors mix & enjoy!  I put some in a tortilla with spinach & that was awesome too.  I like tabouleh a lot.

More dog pictures…..

They like grapefruit.

They like grapefruit.

They like mimicking each other.

They like mimicking each other.

They like abnormally large radishes just pulled from the community garden.

They like abnormally large radishes just pulled from the community garden.

They even like yawning on top of the couch.

They even like yawning on top of the couch.

They do like sleeping though.

They do like sleeping though.

They like sleeping A LOT.  Well, one of them does.

They like sleeping A LOT. Well, one of them does.

In the title, I promised a segue into urban adventures.  That already happened in my world.  I just walked ten miles through some pretty rough parts of town & then some pretty awesome parts of town & then some rough parts again.  I’d like to think that no one really messed with me because it really isn’t as bad as what the news makes it out to be in the real world.  I’ve been through some pretty sketchy areas in large cities all over, & I think the key to walking through it without worry is to relax & just walk.  Don’t think too hard about it, worrying about if someone is going to jump you from behind the green, overly religious house/bunker with holiday lights up spelling out something from the bible.  Be aware of your surroundings, it isn’t that bad out there, I promise.  There are a whole lot of worse places out there, and usually they are the places you expect the least.

My boss joked that it might have been my beard that made people think that I was some sort of homeless person too, immediately and abruptly losing all subtlety in his underlying intent to convince me to shave my beard.  I was wearing some pretty nice clothes that day, so it couldn’t have been my stylish mane dissuading the mugger around every corner.

Now, with the beard trimmed so that I look like a double for Adam Levine, I should try the walk again in the future.

The problem is, my beard already started growing back.

I’ll write about the urban adventures next time.  Until then, safe travels!!

Seeya!!

Seeya!!