365 Pumpkin a little off?

Published November 26, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Just a heads up!

I made a couple of pies (my recipe here) tonight and discovered two things:

1. My new oven runs a bit hot.
2. The [Whole Foods] 365 pumpkin is a little weird this year.

As soon as I opened the can I noticed it was a really deep orange that seemed a little unfamiliar. The baked result had a little tang to it? In the past I thought the 365 brand was tastiest, but I’d urge you to skip it this year if you haven’t done your shopping yet. We’re heading to the store now to pick up some extra items, and some different pumpkin.

Good luck and happy baking! :)

What are you making for Thanksgiving?!

Published November 22, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

So what are you doing for Thanksgiving?!

I’ve been toying with the idea of just going out, but then we won’t have any leftovers, so that’s kind of not even an option. (Mostly because Thomas & I have been talking about making a Thanksgivng pizza with leftovers all year!) But I’ve been super busy, and haven’t really given it much of a thought. Last year we spent all of Thanksgiving day driving through Texas on our way from Florida to Seattle, so we probably should do something. Especially since Thomas’ sister just moved here last week!

I should probably add that I did end up doing a make-up Thanksgiving in December last year, but I really don’t have any excuse now. We’re all settled in the new apartment and really I just need to decide on what recipes and make a grocery list.

My menu will probably end up being somewhat similar to my 2011 contributions, which was Tofurky/Field Roast, roasted veggies (maple glazed brussel sprouts?), some kind of potato dish and/or a sweet potato casserole, cornbread, pumpkin pies and I’ll need to make some stuffing (probably a double batch!), which thankfully my parents had veganized for me previously, and that I’d already worked out the recipe for.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the Kombucha starter kit, here! Ends Sunday, at midnight!

And because I hate to blog without at least one picture, here’s a pic of Ganon & Midna [stretching themselves out really weird and]meeting their new houseguest, Pugsley who so graciously modeled for the kombucha giveaway post! ;)

Who are you, and why do you have so much hair?

Who are you, and why do you have so much hair?

100K Kombucha Giveaway!

Published November 18, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
Pugsley, our newest house guest.

Pugsley, our newest house guest.

Hey guys! If you already follow the VDCP facebook page (if you don’t, please do!), then you know that I posted earlier today that I’d be doing a giveaway to celebrate passing the 100,000 hit mark here at the blog. Our newest house guest, Pugsley is seen here modeling the prize up for grabs. A Black Tea Kombucha Kit from VeganCuts.com!

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Just my little way of saying thanks for those of you that have been following the blog, for however long, and that have stayed through the recent content/name shift from Cameraphonevegan.com to VeganDerbyCatParty.com. As I said above, please go show the new facebook page some love. It was one of the only things I wasn’t able to change over and had to start completely anew with the name change, so it’s still just a fraction of what the old one was.

Thanks so much for reading, sharing, pinning, and commenting! The raffle ends Sunday November 24th, at midnight, Pacific time! :)

Ty

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Coconut Curry Lentils w/ Miso & more derby pix!

Published November 7, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
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PFM!

Oh hi!

This post is long overdue. I’ve been slacking both on the blog, and in actual derby for the last week & a half, but I’m going to try to knock this post out today, AND go to derby practice tonight. :) I’ve also got a little soup recipe for you. Another lentil recipe that doesn’t use any broth or bouillon (because we were out!) but still delivers lots of rich flavor from the coconut milk, spices, and miso. A perfect hearty meal after a tough practice! I’m also gonna include a few more pictures from scrimmage since they were so wonderfully snapped by the talented new hubby of one of our girls, Mr. Robert Bakie!

Team Black on the bench.

Team Black on the bench.

Team black in action.

Team black in action.

Mod Quad and I, battling it out!

Mod Quad and I, battling it out!

Jamming was THE BEST.

Jamming was THE BEST.

Coconut Curry Lentils w/Miso

olive oil for misting
1 medium onion, cut into thin half moons
4 cloves garlic, minced

1 can of coconut milk (I used light)
8 c. filtered water

1 c. lentils
3 medium carrots, chopped finely
1 large russet potato, chopped

3 tbsp. curry powder
2 tbsp. tamari (I use red sodium. You can use soy sauce/braggs/shoyu)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
dash cinnamon
dash ginger
dash of cayenne pepper
fresh ground pepper

1/4 c. white miso

Directions:

1. Mist a large pot with olive oil and raise to medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and just a little caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for another minute. Deglaze pot with water and coconut milk.

2. Add all other ingredients except for miso. Raise heat to boiling, cover, and drop to simmer for 45 minutes. Taste for seasoning and simmer another 15 minutes, or until lentils are fully tender.

3. Remove from heat and stir in miso until it’s dissolved. Done!

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1st Scrimmage and Bang Bang Cafe, Seattle

Published November 5, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
That's me on the far left of the pic trying to jam my way past team red!

That’s me on the far left of the pic, trying to jam my way past team red!

My long dreaded awaited 1st scrimmage was finally this past Sunday! When they asked me to skate in last month’s scrimmage, I only had two practices under my belt, and really wasn’t ready yet. I knew I’d have to skate this one, so I made the best effort I could, even with all the craziness of the last month, to get lots of practice in. Well, it definitely paid off. By last week I wasn’t even feeling too worried about it anymore. I felt like I had at least some skills to bring to the table this time, since we had lots of great coaches in last month.

It went really well! I ended up taking the worst spill of the day during warm up, before scrimmage, when I tripped over a downed skater, so all the hits and tumbles after that were no big deal. I even got to jam several times! (We rotated out the positions) Turns out I found that was much easier than blocking for me, at least for now. I spent a good chunk of time in the penalty box too. Mostly because I need to sit down and study the WFTDA rules. A lot. But I did learn a lot too, mostly about how not to re-enter the pack/track. Everyone said I did an awesome job, and it was honestly, exhilarating and SO MUCH FUN. (Sorry mom!)

More jamming for me!

Me playing pivot, even though I’m still not very sure how that differs!

Thomas was there watching, and snapped some photos while making friends with one of the other spectating derby misters.

Me & my purple helmet.

Me & my purple helmet.

Of course I still have just about EVERYTHING to learn about this sport, but this was a nice way to really see how some of the things we’ve worked on in practice were meant to be used. It was really satisfying to make them work on the track. Also the girls of PFM that I skate with are absolutely fantastic! It’s really a unique experience to be doing something with so many strong minded women, and have it be a really supportive and friendly environment to boot. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this little bit of roller derby magic!

And what would Sunday practice be without brunch?!

On our drive home I went from not so hungry, to hungry like something fierce! (I think the adrenaline was starting to wear off.) I decided we should switch it up and head over to Bang Bang Cafe in Belltown. Which in retrospect, was a sort of appropriately named place to head over to after my morning. Bang Bang is actually the 1st place we ate in Seattle when we visited back in December 2011. It’s not an all vegan joint, but they do have vegan options like their famous Vegan Mac n Cheese (not pictured) and my fave, the VBLT. And they even gave me some ice to put on my very slightly bang banged chin… (you can’t even tell, mom!)

Post scrimmage smile!

Post scrimmage smile!

VBLT: avocado, lettuce, tomato, vegan bacon, veganaise

VBLT: avocado, lettuce, tomato, vegan bacon, veganaise

Vegan breakfast burrito. Not too fancy to look at but filled with tons of veggies, potatoes, beans, etc.

Vegan breakfast burrito. Not too fancy to look at but filled with tons of veggies, potatoes, beans, etc.

Anyway, as you might be able to tell… my mother (and most dedicated blog reader!) is not happy about all of this. For me, it’s one of the few times in my life that I’ve picked something really hard and really committed to it. And it’s also the best exercise I’ve done in my whole life, because I actually love skating, and don’t mind doing it. Since I’m 35, it was probably a good time to get my body used to physical activity. A little toning is welcome. However, I do now realize the value of the “padding” on my hips and butt, so if I lose anymore weight, I’m probably going to take up cake. You know, for safety. Either that, or maybe some more regular visits to Mighty O! ;)

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Lastly, a remarkable thing happened today! I found Midna & Ganon cuddling together in the blanket! Usually they pick two different parts, separated by at least one thickness, but they managed to sit together in near peace for a good twenty minutes this afternoon! The new apartment is kinda chilly, so maybe they’ll be able to forge a better relationship here. We shall see…

My new kitchen!

Published November 2, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
2013 Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

2013 Capitol Hill, Seattle WA

I went ahead and updated the Ty’s Kitchen page with the new kitchen. (I missed the last two apartments, but they were sort of similar setups!)

This is my 2nd kitchen in Seattle. More cabinet space than I’ve had in years! Which is great so I can make the most of the counter space. The only thing that’s weird is that the fridge isn’t full size. It’s quite narrow and small, but given that our fridge was nearly empty half the time in our last place in 1st Hill, I guess it’ll be fine! This place is similar to our last 2 apartments in that it’s a 1/1 somewhere on the lower end of the 500-650 sq ft, but we LOVE the location and it has a nice layout. We hope to just stay put here until we’re ready for a house.

We got the last of our things out of the old place last night, so I just have to go drop off the keys today! So glad to have that over after doing this very drawn out move over the last 2 weeks! After that I’m going to head up to do a little last minute skating with the girls before scrimmage tomorrow. Every two weeks we have a minimum skills try out for girls interested in skating with PFM to get cleared to come to practice. So that’ll be a nice little way to warm up for tomorrow since I skipped practice on Thursday because of Halloween!

Hope you’re having a great weekend! :)

The move, the stress, the cats, the derby…

Published October 25, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
Some of us didn't seem to be stressed in the slightest by the move.

Some of us didn’t seem to be stressed in the slightest by the move.

Hello! We now have almost all of our stuff at the new place, and Thomas even suffered through getting the internet hooked up. (I refused to deal with Comcast again!) Last week I was SO STRESSED from the move and a from a family health issue, that all I seemed to have time for was boxes, headaches, intermittent nausea, dizzyness, exhaustion, and… derby. So I’m taking another stab at writing this post on my lunch break today.

Getting myself to practice last Thursday was pretty rough, but in the end I figured skating, and hitting girls would probably be welcome stress relief. So I pushed pass my lethargy and car sickness, and drove the full 46 miles north from Tacoma to Shoreline. It was a good practice, and I got to work on some of the hitting skills I’ll need for my 1st scrimmage this Sunday. Though I was still super tough on myself all practice, I talked to the coach after who assured me that I’m doing great for 2 months (it’s actually a little less) of practices, so that was encouraging. Even though it really doesn’t feel that way right now… honestly, it’s hard to deny that I’m skating much better all the time. When I got out, I was due to meet Thomas at the old apartment to do some more packing and loading, and all I could think about was food. It’s been pretty chilly lately, and I was craving a nice, hot, comforting pizza, so we headed over to Mad Pizza. This is a large Over the Rainbow pizza with garlic & olive oil subbed for the garlic ricotta, and with vegan cheese. It comes with roasted tomatoes, yellow peppers, red onions, roasted garlic, and oregano. Totally hit the spot as I filled Thomas in on the night’s practice.

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Saturday, one of the girls from derby had a pumpkin carving party, and that was fun way to hang out with a few of them in a less stressful way. She had all kinds of fancy pumpkin carving supplies. I opted for sculpting out a bat shape instead of doing the traditional cutting and gutting. (Haven’t snapped a pic of the finished pumpkin yet!) In the end, the results of everyone’s hard work were pretty impressive!

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Sundays we have practice at 11AM. If you know me well at all, you probably realize what a labor of love this has been for me, and are probably in complete shock that I’m giving up partying on Saturday nights now in order to be in shape for a physical activity on a Sunday morning! Yes. IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT FOR ME. Yesterday might’ve been the worst morning yet, in fact. I stayed in bed until the last possible minute, but still managed to get my butt to practice. It was a hard endurance practice, but you know what?

I learned how to skate backwards quite a bit better. (Something I’ve really wanted to learn for a long time. I could barely do it for more than a few feet, super duper slow.) AND I was somewhat decent at skating sideways, so that a couple girls actually asked ME what I was doing. So there’s that. RIght now when it’s super hard and I get banged up or completely exhausted, these are the things that I’m focusing on. Not only that, I finally got to go out for brunch with a couple of vegan girls after practice!

We went to Wayward…

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Though I wasn’t super crazy about mine for an ironic reason.

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It tasted a bit too realistic. Eww, even during my meat eating years I never really ate sausage, and this tasted too much like real sausage to me! (Even though it probably doesn’t to a meat eater.) Luckily Thomas met up with us, so I was able to unload half on him. I usually get their tempeh bacon which just tastes like nicely seasoned tempeh, so this was unexpected, but I wanted that biscuit! The hashbrowns were awesome and cooked to perfection.

Afterwards we made a trip to the old apartment where I managed to get a bunch of stuff done before sitting down and falling asleep sitting against the wall. That’s right. Sitting up. Thomas was awesome, and did a lot on his own, and let me snooze for a bit.

Tomorrow I’m off and looking forward to finishing up all this apartment chaos. We’re also doing a Spa day in the evening for a derby social, so that will be a fantastic and well deserved indulgence. I’m hoping that more bonding with the ladies will help to build my confidence and sense of comraderie at practice. Thursday’s practice is dress up optional since it’s on Halloween, and I’m on the fence about going or not. Halloween is a pretty big deal in our house, so I may need to skip, even if it is the last practice before scrimmage. We shall see…

1st contact work & some Wayward

Published October 18, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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WOO! I had derby practice last night, and I got to do my 1st contact work! We were practicing pack work like pushing each other to block a jammer coming up on the outside edge of the track, as well as steering them off the track with leverage. (Sorry, I’m still not sure of the actual names of these maneuvers!) SO MUCH FUN! And I’m so glad too, because I’ll be expected to participate in the next scrimmage on November 3rd, and I need some skills! I had to sit out the one this month, even though I had just joined the team, because I had only attended two practices: one was a fit skate, and one was on jam skating (basically dance skating), but they’re considered mandatory unless you’re sick, injured or out of town. Hope we get a lot more of these type of practices in the next two weeks!

Thomas rode his bike up to the Rat’s Nest (where we practice) after work and met me, so we were both pretty hungry and decided to hit Wayward Vegan Cafe on the way home. He got his usual, the Wizard, and I got a nice healthy Bikini Bowl, which I’d had once before and was totally craving. It’s on their gluten-free menu and is comprised of quinoa, steamed kale, mandarin oranges, diced tomatoes, citrus marinated grilled tempeh, and served with a side of chipotle tahini. So good. Totally hit the spot. I’m trying to do clean, protein packed meals after workouts lately so I can reap the benefits of all this exercise more fully. A little more challenging since I have less time to cook with all the skating, but I thought this was an excellent restaurant meal. Hopefully once we’re settled into the new apartment, I can start doing some smarter meal planning to compensate.

Speaking of the new apartment… we’re officially moving Tuesday. So if I’m a little quiet for the next few days, that’s why. We haven’t packed a thing, but since we have 2 weeks to move, our attitude may be a little too casual. Tuesday we’re taking the big stuff over with a moving truck. Hopefully this weekend we can get most of the kitchen/bathroom/etc. stuff over there in little trips without having to make too big a deal about it. I hate moving. Not that you would know by how much I do it, but I’m hoping that we’ll be able to stay in the new place for a couple years or so, until we can get into a house.

Have a great weekend!

Ty

Post Derby Brunch: Spinach Tofu Scramble & Vegan Steak Hash

Published October 17, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Once a month, PFM brings in Coach Alex DeLarge to give us a killer on and off skates work out with tons of squats, drills, and running to build our strength and endurance. The rest of the week it also reminds us of how many muscles it takes to get in and out of a chair or go upstairs! Though I fared much better this past Sunday than last month, my body has not quite yet forgotten it completely. It’s Wednesday. :)

Driving home from practice I was famished, and all I could think about was tofu scramble and toast. Thomas had been out for a bike ride while I was gone, and felt equally eager for food. I knew we had a pack of sprouted tofu in the fridge and some onions that needed using, so I quickly came up with this protein packed menu as I gobbled down some [untoasted] bread with the last of a container of hummus. I also made us both a brunch cocktail to sip on as I went to work…

Mmm!

Mmm! Just enough Jack for two brunch cocktails!

I decided to make a spinach tofu scramble, and a vegan steak hash with some fingerling potatoes and some Gardein Beefless tips. I got the latter ready first so it could bake while the scramble came together.

Vegan Steak Hash

olive oil for misting
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
~2 c. fingerling potatoes, somewhat peeled and chopped
1 package Gardein Beefless Tips salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare a roasting pan or cookie sheet with a mist of olive oil. Spread out onions, garlic, and potatoes and mist with olive oil, grind some fresh pepper and salt on top and toss with hands to coat. Add Gardein and disperse evenly.

2. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 20 minutes. Done!

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Spinach Tofu Scramble

olive oil for misting
1 yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
4 cloves of garlic, minced
~8 oz. frozen chopped spinach (half a bag)
1 package of firm or extra-firm tofu, silken or regular will work
1-2 tbsp. tamari (or red sodium soy sauce/braggs/shoyu)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme
cayenne pepper to taste, optional
salt & pepper

~1/4 c. nutritional yeast

Directions:

1. Spray a skillet with olive oil, and raise to medium heat. Add onions and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add spinach and lightly season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Cook until all the frost is off, about 5 minutes.

2. Crumble in tofu, and all other ingredients except nutritional yeast. Stir until well combined and heated through, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir in nutritional yeast.

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I had to chop my tofu to help the crumbling because it was the extra firm, sprouted kind.

I had to chop my tofu to help the crumbling because it was the extra firm, sprouted kind.

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A purrfect post derby meal!

A purrfect post derby meal!

Vegan Derby Cat Party?

Published October 15, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Hello dear readers!

As some of you may already know, I’ve joined a recreational roller derby league recently. This happened to overlap with Vegan MoFo last month, and it really brought my attention to the fact that what I’m reading, as well as wanting to write in my free time, has sort of shifted. I started this blog three and a half years ago, as a new vegan, in a new city, and [temporarily] out of work. Shortly after that, I moved back to south Florida, started working again, and got into a gloriously huge kitchen where I could be found almost constantly for the following two years.

Somewhere in that time Thomas and I decided that we were going to move to Seattle, and I also decided to take our sporadic rink sessions up a notch so I could maybe get into derby whenever we did. So I started watching youtube videos to teach myself crossovers, and basically worked on that up until the time we moved last year.

I had been waiting until I got health insurance to try out for PFM, but we did go out and check out the local rinks here. By sheer bad luck, I ended up getting hit very hard by a seemingly drunk, and reckless skater. After not successfully convincing Thomas that it was probably just dislocated and that I could watch a youtube video to fix it myself, he drove me to the ER. It turned out that I had a fractured epicondyle on my left humerus. I was offered a benefits eligible position the following week. Good news, but bittersweet!

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It was only about 2 months ago that I felt secure enough to get back on skates (with an elbow pad!). After a month of hitting the rink, I tried out, and passed the basic skills class to skate with PFM. This month I was added to the core team. So I’m skating 4 days a week currently. Sundays & Thursdays with PFM, Mondays at the rink, or at One World Derby’s class, and Tuesdays at adult night (the scene of my injury!).  Since I’ve become so used to them now anyway, I’ve decided to do all my rink skating with elbow pads and wrist guards. Those are two areas that I’ve injured unnecessarily over the years with simple falls that pads could’ve easily been prevented.

In other news…

It’s Thomas & I’s 3 year anniversary today! :D

And I’m also off to sign the lease for our new apartment in Capitol Hill! So we’ll be busy doing moving stuff for the next 2 weeks too. But I’ll still be updating with more vegan stuff, derby stuff, and kitties, so stay tuned!

Ganon wants a helmet too. He's jealous because Midna's on the new logo.

Ganon wants a helmet too. He’s jealous because Midna’s on the new logo.

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