• Film,  Kitchen,  Memories

    Fall Catch Up

    Here are some highlights from the past two months. Halloween Movie Massacre 666 Shawn and Alix threw their 6th Halloween movie marathon in October, where we watched movies and consumed massive amounts of vegan food for 24 hours. I made Isa’s cashew queso, pumpkin spice mini donuts and mini crunch bars with peanut butter shell drizzle. We also visited Donut Friend in Highland Park and I was able to get my favorite type of donut, chocolate icing with sprinkles! Here’s what we watched: IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) BLACK SHEEP FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER POLTERGEIST WOLF CREEK THE RING HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF…

  • Feminism,  Film

    Calling all ladies in film

    I just watched THE PUNK SINGER and I’ve been having a ton of feelings about the role of women in film bubbling below the surface for quite some time, tonight something finally clicked and hearing Kathleen Hanna tell the story of how one of the first Riot Grrl meetings was just a place for girls to talk. I want to do something similar for all the ladies in film. Here is what I’m proposing: I want to have a meeting for any girls and women who are involved or interested in film to talk, you don’t have to be a director or writer. I want to talk with DPs, editors, critics, programmers,…

  • Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    Kitchen Wishlist Items

    This week’s top 5 are the items on my wish-list for the kitchen. I’ve survived for a long time without them so I guess I really don’t NEED them but I feel like each of these items will make my life easier and my food taste better (that’s how kitchen appliances work, right?) 1. Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker – This has been on my wish-list for as long as I can remember. Sure I make rice all the time in a pot and it comes out fine but this thing has advanced technology that will figure out when my rice is done for me. How cool is that?!?! 2.…

  • Cooking,  Food,  VeganMoFo

    VeganMoFo Blog Love

    This week has been a bit more hectic at work so I haven’t been able to do much recipe blogging but I’ve been making some recipes that I found on other VeganMoFo blogs. MoFo has been great at introducing me to some new (to me) blogs and I have loved seeing some of the amazing recipes other people have come up with. Here are a few of the blogs and recipes that have gone on my things to make list: SUGAR-FREE APPLE PIE CHIA SEED JAM + BREAKFAST PARFAIT by Oh She Glows You are just going to have to click that link up there and see the most amazing and…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    Red Beans and Rice

    One of my favorite foods is Red Beans and Rice. Growing up in New Orleans, I was not a huge fan of a lot of the traditional cuisine (and that was before I went Vegan) but Red Beans and Rice was always my favorite. I could probably eat this every day of the week and not get tired of it. So here is my basic recipe that uses a slow cooker. It’s super easy and you can start it before leaving for work in the morning and come home to a nearly done meal! Ingredients: 1 pound red kidney beans 1 large onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 4 stalks…

  • Cooking,  Food,  VeganMoFo

    Cruelty-Free Products I Love

    It’s Top 5 Friday! Today I am building off an earlier post about living a vegan lifestyle, and sharing 5 more cruelty-free products that I’m pretty excited about: 1. Schmidt’s Deodorant in Bergamot + Lime – if you’ve been following along for MoFo you will know I just scored some of this two weeks ago when I went to Viva La Vegan Grocery and it is by far the best deodorant I have used ever. Every other deodorant I’ve used since going vegan has left me stinky by the end of the day but not this. Also it smells sooo good. 2. Lush No Drought dry shampoo – I wash my hair…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    Jackfruit BBQ

    Last night was my first night attempting to make jackfruit BBQ the results were delicious even if we just ate a big plate of brown. My initial plan was to make a more elaborate bowl with a bunch of veggies, sweet potatoes, beans and jackfruit BBQ, but I ended up getting home late and went the easier route of only making 3 things. To complicate things even further I burned my index finger on our cast iron skillet so Scott had to give me a hand while I iced it down. But let’s not dwell on all of that and get to the important matter at hand, the jackfruit, it…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    I’m a Former Salad Hater

    Just about everyday I eat a salad at work. This may seem like a perfectly normal thing to eat for lunch but until I moved to Los Angeles, I hated salad and refused to eat it. I can’t remember exactly why I was so averse to eating salads, it probably had something to do with the fact that I had a whole thing about not eating cold foods (I still don’t like eating things cold like leftovers and pizza). So what changed my mind? Well shortly after moving to Los Angeles I wanted to try Madeline Bistro (RIP!) as I kept hearing was the best place for vegan food in…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    Dinner Share: Bun Dau Hu Chien

    My pal Alix set up a weekly dinner share with myself and our friend Susan, each week we make 3 servings of a meal and then meet up at one of our houses to swap food. So each week I get two amazing cooked meals that all I need to do is reheat, which is really great when I’m exhausted after my commute home and don’t feel like cooking. This week I decided to make Vietnamese food aka the food I most miss from New Orleans. There are some good places here in L.A. don’t get me wrong but my favorite place to eat in New Orleans is a Vietnamese…

  • Cooking,  Food,  Kitchen,  VeganMoFo

    My Favorite Cookbooks + a giveaway!

    Every Friday during MoFo I’ll be doing Top 5 Fridays, where I will share 5 Vegan items that I like a bunch. I figured the great place to start would be with cookbooks, I use them all the time because frankly following someone else’s recipe is way easier than trying to figure out my own. I often find myself hungry and at the bookstore browsing Vegan cookbooks and buying them because the food pictures look so good. As a result we have a ton of them and some definitely get more love than others (I’ve actually had to put a moratorium on buying more because I have so many I’ve…