Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Winter Storm Pics

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Food Porn

On the left is a Thai green curry with shrimp and rice noodles. On the right a Thai salad!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Three new items!

I have added three new knitted items to the EvilduckyDesigns Etsy Store!

Farewell to the Pie Hole

This pear pie with Gruyere crumble was inspired by the TV show Pushing Daisies. Although the show was brilliant and received 12 Emmy nominations, declining viewership led to its cancellation. *sigh*

This is the pie that the character Charlotte Charles makes for her cheese loving aunts, the Darling Mermaid Darlings, who are depressed because Charlotte is dead, and they don't know that the Ned the pie maker has brought her back to life.

Charlotte puts "herbal mood enhancers" in her pie to try to help her aunts out of their depression. My version of the pie is just seasoned with love, though I am experimenting with lust and malevolence as additives in my baking.

The recipe is here. Just substitute Gruyere for the cheddar! I used overripe Bosc pears and they worked very well.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Struggling with identity- Vegetarianism

A few months ago I decided to add an omega 3 supplement that includes fish oil to my otherwise vegetarian diet for health reasons. (Yes, I know some people say that pure flax oil supplements are just as good for you, but I have read conflicting opinions on this matter.) My health reasons were based on new research that says omega 3 fatty acids help balance chemicals in our brains. Through regular exercise and taking both the omega 3 and also a vitamin D supplement I have overcome my mild to moderate depression without the use of prescription drugs. (I know this will not work for everyone- if you are depressed, please see your doctor!)

The addition of a decidedly non-vegetarian supplement to my diet has led to an internal dialogue for me. Why did I become vegetarian in the first place? Like most vegetarians, it was a combination of several reasons.. .

#1 Meat production is both inhumane and bad for the environment. Most meat animals are raised in a cruel way that is not only bad for the animal's health but our health as well.

#2 Why should any creature have to suffer or die so I can have a full tummy when there are so many other options?

I always talked myself out of eating fish or other seafood mainly because of the environmental impacts and pollution risks. But then recently I came across Seafood Watch. Seafood Watch helps people select seafood that is raised or caught in an environmentally friendly way, and also which of them are less polluted! Well, there goes my "fishing is bad for me and for the environment" reasoning. So that just leaves not wanting creatures to suffer and die, right? I have no doubt that fish feel pain. I do not think my life has any more value than any other animal's life. I made the decision to never eat any creature I would not be able to look in the eye and kill myself. But I know I could kill and cook and eat a fish if I wanted to. And I am a healthier and happier person at least partly due to consuming a seafood product, so perhaps seafood has a place in my stomach after all.

But what about my identity? I have been a vegetarian for many years, and it has become a part of who I am. Also, people don't seem to understand "picky" omnivores.

Are you a vegetarian? Technically, no

Would you like a hamburger? No

Pork chop? No

How about a nice piece of chicken? No. . .

See what I mean? It just makes me look like an asshole.

But last night I had a lovely meal of poached U.S. Farm Raised Tilapia in coconut milk with green mango and curry leaves.

So, I guess it is official, I am no longer a full-time vegetarian. 99% of the time I still will be, but it is enough of a change to leave me as an outsider among omnivores and an outsider among vegetarians. But I have to be myself. I will not change just to fit into one society created box or the other.

To my vegetarian brothers and sisters, I still respect and admire you all.

To my omnivorous brothers and sisters, Don't be afraid to be "picky" or eat less meat if you want to. Who cares what "the man" says?

Peace out,

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, January 01, 2009

13 Rabbits

For Christmas I received some wicked Lush body wash from my awesome boyfriend Maltune called 13 Rabbits. The bottle says, "Inspired by the signature of a mythical Mayan prince, 13 rabbits is like showering in liquid gingersnaps dunked in chocolate." So naturally, loving the bodywash and being the baker I am, I decided to make cookies inspired by my bodywash!

I used this cookie recipe and melted 60% cacao Ghirardelli baking chips (that were a Christmas gift from the Bibliophile) and dipped them in that! Now they are one of my favorite cookies ever!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 2009