Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Quicky Night Meal - Inspired By Taco Bell

Sometimes you want Taco Bell but you know you want just a bit more oomph to your meal. That is why I started making these Double Decker tacos at home. I think the DD taco lead to the Crunchwrap. Anyway you have a flour tortilla ontop of a crunchy corn tortilla. I  never had one so I am not sure how they were made.
My version uses refried vegan beans as glue to hold the tortillas together. The inside is stuffed with veggie crumbles, lettuce, Daiya shreds and hot sauce. These were so good that I made them two nights in a row. I think I might just make them again tonight!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Review teapigs Chocolate & Mint Tea

I recently picked up a box of teapigs Chocolate & Mint Tea at Whole Foods. I received a gift card for Christmas (I know I am not the only one that asks for gift cards for food) and wanted something a bit indulgent in price so I headed to the tea isle after passing up the $18 jar of nut butter.

I picked something with mint in it due to my on going stomach woes. The next day I made a cup, tasted it as is, and decided to add a splash of chocolate almond milk for sweetness. It is a mild mint chocolate-y flavor. I added almond milk because I think the sweetness enhances the notes in the tea mix. I bet it would be good with agave. It is comforting and mild, really natural in flavor (good if you hate artificial flavorings) and goes well with breakfast or a night snack of cookies!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Update On Jack N The Box Tacos Recipe

Remember a few years ago when I posted about Jack N The Box tacos during MOFO? Since that post vegan sliced cheeze has come out and I make the tacos using sliced over shreds. So here is a bit of an update.

I have tried a few vegan sliced cheeses and really like Go Veggie Brand vegan slices inCheddar or American. They both melt really good and have that classic school lunch taste. Everything about the tacos other than the cheeze have remained the same. I do not make them as often as I should because standing over a frying pan is a bit tedious but when I need salt or I want to show Matt some love I bust out a phat plate of these babies!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Cosmetic Things Lately

Here are a few of the things that I currently cannot get enough of of at the moment. All vegan and cruelty free - duh!

Lolita: I know - not purple! Shocking! However this is a pretty color that is in the neutral range making it work for a lot of people. This color sells out fast and I was floored when right before the holidays I saw Sephora have a handful in. This is the newest version of Lolita which is a brown-pink rose color and i hope it stays this way because I have been wearing it almost every day!

Makeup Revolution Blush in Nude: . It is hard to find blush that suits my skin tone. Most stuff is to pink or light for me. So this is a nice shade that goes on well and blends nicely. The blush is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. it looks a lot more brown in the photo and pot and I initially bought it to contour but it has a lot of pink once on the face. Also it only $5! Score!

Nag Champa incense roll on perfume oil by Tattooed Geek Boutique: Right before I got this I was burning incense and after being in the same room with it my clothing/hair became softly scented. I was thinking how it would be nice to have it in perfume form. This roll on captures it perfectly - like hanging out for a bit in your fave new age shop. Lightly scented and not overwhelming.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Quesadillas For Days

If your my net friend or friend in real life you know I have been having some digestive issues. It started a few weeks ago with shots of fermented pickle juice that made me feel sick for about 2 weeks after and not wanting to eat. Slowly I have gotten back to normal but have had to adjust my eating - like not to much spice, not to rich, low acid...Ugh all the good stuff is missing from my plate.

Lately though I have been making bean quesadillas (beanadillias?) to satisfy my gooey cravings. Guilty rich taste with vegan refried beans (store brand - 88 cents a can!) and Daiya. I go light on the hot sauce and then use a medium salsa and guac on the side. We have been eating them a lot lately and I serve them with different sides each time. One night I wanted lots of salt so I served them with corn chips. There are no rules here!

 My stomach is happy and maybe this fast recipe will make your stomach happy too!

1 can of vegetarian refried beans
1/2 bag of shredded cheddar Daiya
5 wheat burrito sized tortillas
a smidge of Earth Balance or oil for pan
hot sauce, salsa, guac - if you feel like it.

I find assembling the quesadillas and then frying them easier. My pan holds 2 at a time and they are quick to make. Spread 1/2 of each tortilla with two tablespoons of beans, top with shredded cheeze, fold and press down, repeat till you are finished with all of them.
Heat EB or oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Fry each quesadilla till both sides are browned - about 2 minutes per side and then eat them. Simple right? Get fancy and add extras if you like!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Seeking Carnival Food Recipes For New Zine

I am working on a new zine that focuses on carnival food think: corn dogs, kettle corn, fried candy bars, caramel apples and the like.  I want all the recipes to be vegan and be able to be made at home with everyday kitchen equipment (no 50 gallon deep oil fryers!). Do you have an original recipe? Would you like to see it in print? Submissions are due on Feb 15 2016. If your recipe is printed you get a prize! A copy of the zine! Please send submissions to: missmuffcake[a] with Carnival Recipe in the title.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Zine Reviews - Early Jan 2016

Most of these zine are from  my EBABZ haul. I have a lot more zines that have occupied my time recently but did not want to overwhelm anyone with to many reviews. I will do more at the end of the month.

No Gods Not Mattresses #26 : Enola's train travels get stuck in my head. You root for her and her pals to get safely to the next point in their journey with every new page. She also drops some Strawberry Switchblade info that delighted me in this issue. Her zines are always a mix of cut and paste, doodles and random backgrounds. Hefty read - very wordy and full of delight.
Send Enola a couple of bucks (price is not listed) to get a copy. She also made a 120 minute mix tape to go with the issue - if you send a blank tape & postage (a few bucks) you can have it in your hands. I think Matt got the tape from her - I need to check it out. Address: Enola D., PO Box 3936, Berkeley, CA 94703

Dreams of Donuts #22: Get it for the artwork alone. I get lost in Heather's art and there is so much cool imagery on every page. Take a punk rock comic trip as Heather tours with her friend's band, stays in hotels and makes a stop at Hollywood Forever Cemetery - fun times. Plus I get a shout out - I saw my name in the thank you credits and I think I blushed, let out a happy squeak and jumped all at the same time!
You can get ordering info on Heather's  blog.

Re-Minders #7: Clean art - almost like new age collage. Also the writing reminds me of mantras that I  hear in kundalini yoga classes. Spiritual without being super woo-woo. You can get Rani Goel's zines here.

Palace of Ashes: A comic about Emmit Watson and his restoration of the San Francisco Columbarium. I like anything death culture so this is a cool little read. I also think that a person taking on such a big project is pretty brave! This has been on my 'get on BART and go list' for awhile. I hope 2016 will be the year I get to check it out!

Arcane Angles #3: A nice lengthy piece on Santa Muerte is in this issue - which is what drew me to it. Also a lot of rad death content! Also I see some of my zine pals getting a shout out/review in the zine which is nice. This zine: layout, content and all reminds me of the zines I got into in the 90s and are a rare breed. Some of the stories border on college essay territory but they are well thought out and researched.

if you'd like to hear it // i can sing it for you #002: This is the death issue and each piece reflects upon death and dyeing. There is poetry, stories, comics and photos to explore - this mix allows a mixture of emotions to come about, not just gloom. *I have a piece in this issue.*

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016

May 2016 bring you lots of new adventures, good health, great friends and exiting days!