Monthly Archives: June 2010

Here Comes the Sun

A few days ago, I was honored to be given a Sunshine Award by Kiersten from Vegan Awakening (formerly Full of Beans). I can’t explain how fortunate I feel to have found all of you–and the vegan community as a whole–online.

Your posts, friendship, and really, your mere existence, truly do brighten my days. I may think awards like this one are cheesy (from now on, I’m going to say “noochy” instead), but that doesn’t changed the fact that I was nonetheless touched to receive mine; that’s why I want to keep distributing the sunshine! I’ll leave you with an inspirational Austen quote:

“Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.”

Oops, that’s not the one I meant. Let’s try this again…

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves…”

So without further ado, here are those bloggers whom I have no notion of “loving by halves:”

Celine from Have Cake, Will Travel
Nicole from Rambunctiously Soft-Spoken
Alex from Cute and Delicious
Kathy from Healthy Happy Life
Jacqueline from Sweet Beet and Green Bean
Naomi Rose from The Gluttonous Vegan
Bianca from Vegan Crunk
Ricki from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs
Susan from FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Dreena from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan
Hannah from BitterSweet
Mary from Mitten Machen
Kiersten from Vegan Awakening

For those of you that I named, the rules for accepting this award are:
1. Copy and paste these rules on your blog so your award winners could follow.
2. Put the logo flower on your blog or within your post.
3. Pass the award onto twelve bloggers of your choice.
4. Link the nominees within your post.
5. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting about it on their blog.
6. On your blog post share the love and blog link of the person from whom you received this award.

Father’s Day Brunch

Greetings, readers! I’m black from planet Vega! Okay, you caught me–that’s not really why I’ve been absent for a month and a half. Since my last post, I’ve graduated from college, moved back to Arizona, traveled to Portland & Seattle, and got myself a job! Any downtime I’ve had has been strictly devoted to the NBA Playoffs and the World Cup. Plus, I’m lazy.

Whew! It feels good to get all that off my chest. Moving on, it was dad’s choice from Vegan Brunch for Father’s Day yesterday, and he chose the Tofu Benny.

I’ve never had Eggs Benedict–but by my parents’ account, the vegan version was infinitely superior. Pan-fried tofu medallions and juicy smoked-salt tomatoes sit atop a bed of peppery Home Fries (you can also use an English Muffin), all drenched in a tangy Hollandaise Sauce and sprinkled with fresh parsley. I just love how Isa was able to turn such a classically unhealthful brunch entrée into a little tower of nutrition. That’s why vegans rock, in a nutshell.

The Tofu Benny is the perfect dish to make when you need to impress. With all its separate components–potatoes, tofu, sauce–it’s a lot of work, but the presentation makes it totally and completely worth it, as I hope you can tell! On occasions like Father’s Day when scrambled tofu just won’t do, you gotta pull out all the stops and that’s where recipes like this one from Vegan Brunch really shine.

What did you all make for Father’s Day? I’m up for a little healthy (no pun intended) competition! ;)