Saturday, April 29, 2006


This past week I tried making tempeh bacon and tempeh sausage crumbles, using recipes from Vegan with a Vengance. I don't think there was anything wrong with the recipes, I just didn't like the... mouth feel I guess, of the tempeh. So I won't be trying that anytime soon again.

I do hope to make seitan later this week. I made (again from Vegan with a Vengance) roasted brussels sprouts and chickpea broccoli casserole this week. Very good.


Saturday, April 22, 2006

Made a dishwasher detergent

Well, sort of. I used the recipe from frugalveggiemama for cheaper dishwasher detergent.

I had bought Seventh Generation powdered dishwasher detergent (for $4.29). Put in one cup of that, one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda. Did a test load and it worked great. Didn't put in any rinse agent, like vinegar, but the glases came out squeaky clean! So, it's a winner.

As we use up what cleaning products we have, I'll be substituting cheaper and non-toxic products.

Now I just have to find out if Bi-o-kleen hand dishwashing liquid can be cut with water. Trying to do that with softsoap did not work well. I'd like to use this stuff for handsoap too.


Friday, April 14, 2006

Personal care products

I've been using Jason Naturals Healthy Mouth toothpaste for a couple of weeks now. I really like it. I like the taste and it seems to have reduced the sensitivity in one tooth that needs some work. Unfortunately, my partner doesn't like the clove oil that's in it (I can't even taste it). The flavors are tea tree oil and cinnamon.

I am also using as deodorant Crystal Stick Body Deodorant. My partner will get one when her current deodorant runs out. I like it and it seems to work quite well.

Baking bread today and having more roasted brussels sprouts tomorrow. Got some huge organic sprouts at New Seasons yesterday.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (VWAV)

Last night I made 'Big Gigantoid Crunchy Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies' from the book Vegan with a Vengeance.

I've never liked peanut butter oatmeal cookies but these are tasty. I used Trader Joes Natural unsalted Peanut butter. Since the recipe called for chunky PB, I shelled some peanuts I had and put those in. Mixed it up in the Kitchenaid and yum! And yes, they are huge.

So far, I've liked the recipes I've tried from this cookbook. I'm glad I bought it.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Garlic

I had this recipe from Isa Moskowitz's Vegan with a Vengeance. I was skeptical, but she came through. I only made a few sprouts, which I've never really liked before.

They were very tasty, easy to make and eat. And I loved the toasted garlic bits too. I guess I'll be adding brussels sprouts to my shopping list now!


Thursday, April 06, 2006


Did some shopping today. Stopped by a place called the People's Coop, which is really close to my house. It's a bit pricey, but they have all kinds of neat stuff.

They have just about everything in bulk. Cleaners, brown rice vinegar, agave nectar, all kinds of things. I picked up some slightly chunkier (although still smallish pieces) of TVP there. My partner really likes Russell's TVP sausage recipe and asked me to make more. So I made that tonight.

I bought some dish soap, forgot the brand, I'll write it down later. I"m planning to dilute a bit. I should have bought some powder dishwasher detergent, I'll get that later. I still have to find glycerin though, for making laundry detergent. What we have will last quite a while, still.

I have some Revere ware copper bottom pots. I read that baking soda will clean the tarnish off. Didn't work. I have 'Bar Keeper's Friend', that does work. Not sure if there is anything I need to add to the baking soda to make it work.

Just a lot of random stuff today! Tomorrow, steamed veggies! :)