Fall’ish Food Lately

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Last week we had a turn for the worse in Michigan and found ourselves in below average low temperatures in the last few weeks of summer.  Normally this time of year the temperatures drop but not into the 60F/15C and 40F/4C at night.  It’s definitely a sign of climate change at its best (or shall I say worst).  So Genki Husband and I have been fighting the urge to run away from the cold just for a few more weeks of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  Our foods have changed seeing as we are freezing though.  See what soups and other foods we have found:

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Short on Time Recent Eats

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So Busy, busy, busy lately it’s been hard to get into the kitchen to prepare anything for Genki Husband and myself.  Thankfully we have a few go-to recipes that we have fallen in love with recently that keep appearing on our table.  So here are the recipes and photos for all of you (just in case you have busy lives too):

This photo along with the above photo is something made from polenta and kale that has been eaten once a week lately. It’s made from ground cornmeal. I’ll post a recipe soon so all of you can make it too. It is very cheap to make and is ready in 5 mins.

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Scones once again. Yes, I know these are not the healthiest but they are simple to toss together and put in the oven in under 30 mins. When sharing a kitchen with another couple, one must make sure to be fast (especially when they are starring at you to finish fast).

Sunflower Sprouts are packed with antioxidants and protein. There are many health benefits from eating these raw vegan sprouts – check out some of the information for yourself here, here, and here.  We eat these just plain as a snack or on a salad.  It’s best to have these raw as the nutrients can be cooked out if warmed.

Basic tofu scramble with tons of kale and freshly diced tomatoes. We also had two slices of toast with vegan butter. Yum! This keeps us going for the whole morning without the need for a snack.  Note:  I’ve started to make this without soy sauce to reduce the sodium content and we couldn’t be happier – try it out if you haven’t already.

Gardein Szechuan Beefless Strips dinner made without broccoli (we were out…whimper) It was our first attempt with this beefless product so we weren’t sure what to expect but we went ahead and made an entire dinner from onion and peppers from our local farmers’ market. Then we made the beefless strips according the package instructions. It was just an okay turnout. These beefless strips were battered which surprised us since the package photo appears to be plain. It was a bit of a surprise. We found this dish was a bit dry and tasteless- you must use the sauce given or make your own, otherwise it will be very dry.  We probably would not make this again if it weren’t for testing it out for all of you.  In our area we have found this available at Meijer’s Grocery store.

Sassafras tea is something I have always wanted to try out since my sister was in the play when I was young (can’t remember the name…). These trees are abundant in our local area but no one drinks this tea anymore because it was “banned” by the USA government back in the 1960’s without really having any sound reason. Said ban was explained to have been started by rats being fed sassafras oil in large amounts were found to have liver issues, although these studies were not documented. Apparently, if one intakes a few truck loads of the oil one will have liver issues but so will someone that drinks beer by the truckload in large amounts. So there is no real reason to consider this oil worse than the common day glass of water. We purchased this at our local WalMart grocery but it is also available at Meijer’s Grocery store. It cost less than $3.00 USD and makes about 12 servings I believe. We found it has a light flavor but almost very similar to licorice (or anise seed) tea. You can make it warm or cold. It’s so delicious, we will be purchasing again. For more information on the banning of sassafras, read here.

Farm Fresh Radishes ready to be made into radish soup. It’s not cold yet but it just sounded delicious. These were washed so they appear a bit limp but still just as ripe as the day we bought them.

Radish Greenie Soup – perfect for the end of summer or fall season. Best yet, radishes are very inexpensive in most places in the USA. Sorry, I’m not sure of other areas. I know in Japan radishes are cheap and easily available though. Recipe Here (Note: our blender doesn’t work well here so it was more chunky than normal.)

 

Spending Time Outside

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Summer seems like it has finally arrived in Michigan, hooray!  It has been gorgeous all summer long (minus the weekly rainstorm) but the temperatures have been near perfect for many people.  I’m of the strange sort though that loves hot temperatures so when I see a view such as above, I have to get outside.  Thankfully I can work from outside while enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and silence from the world around me.  Any hot summer lovers out there?

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New Vegan Cookbooks

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As an American ambassador overseas, I always get the question about weather patterns.  Simple question most would think, that is unless you are from the state of Michigan.  Although we haven’t lived here in many years, we are amazed to see things don’t change much with the scenery or the weather.  One day a person can be wearing a sweater and the next, well, a swimsuit.  Genki Husband and I are used to the Southern summers now which include hot, humid days when you walk outside and are immediately drenched in moisture.  Here in Michigan the humidity may be high but the temperatures are not which make the days bearable for most people.  I love hot weather so I’m in my bliss when the temperatures hit 90F/32C.  Today, even though it’s nearing fall, the temperatures went high again to around 99F/37C.  Not the hottest I’ve seen it (ahem, 110F/43C on our wedding day) but not the coolest either.  So on a day like this, I love to grab a good book and sit outside enjoying it all.  Here are a few books I have found interesting over the course of the last week:

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Recent Vegan Restaurant Eats

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Genki Husband and I have been traveling around Indiana and Michigan the last two weeks together.  It’s a great time to be traveling since the weather isn’t terribly hot and there are less tourists thanks to school having started up recently.  Although we have been traveling, we still have to keep up with our online courses we are taking and also work that has to be done.  Thankfully we found the above library that has free wi-fi and a Keurig machine!  Life in bliss!  Here are some of the other vegan finds we have found while out and about in photos:

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Shipshewana, Indiana Flea & Farmers’ Market

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Not exactly hidden from locals but if you have not already heard, lower Michigan and Indiana has a large population of Amish settlement.  For more information on Amish religion and lifestyles please refer to this informative website here.  My hometown is within an hour from ‘Amish Country’ so I have grown up with this type of lifestyle which is quite different than others.  It can be very restrictive on modernization which can be good and bad.  For this reason, Amish tend to have art skills that many of us could never imagine in today’s society such as quilting and woodworking.  Many people in Michigan will travel down to a place called Shipshewana, Indiana to purchase homemade food, crafts and entertain in the simple lifestyle.  It’s a great day or even weekend away from the modern world.  Here are a few photos from our recent trip:

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Delectable Eats Lately: In Photos

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I admit it, I’ve been keeping all these delectable foods without telling all of you.  But without further ado, I am sharing them all with you today.  These are just a few things I have been swooning over the last week.  When available, I have attached the links so you can enjoy them too.

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Progression of a Michigan Sunset

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Growing up in Michigan, the most dominating thought I remember is how I would get out of this small-town state.  Still today I look back and can understand my love for traveling and seeing the world which could only be done by removing myself from the wolverine state.  As I look around before we move, I am taking in all the beauty of the natural settings and remarking in how gorgeous it is in this state.  Spring and summer is definitely the time to come to Michigan if you have a chance to take a sabbatical from work (or telecommute).  One of my favorite things to do is get up early in the morning or stay up at night while sitting outside watching the sun progress to and from this side of earth.  I thought I would share with all of you this beauty in photos.  Sit back with a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the beauty of the Michigan sunset.

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Michigan Nature Preserve: Video

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Remember those trips that Genki Husband and I took to the Nature Preserve here in Michigan?  Well, I went the distance and took a short video for all of you with my DSLR.  I’m not the best editor in the world but hopefully you can get the view and natural sounds from this gorgeous natural setting.  Michigan is unlike any other state or place in the world – it is a sight for everyone’s eyes.  See the video below:

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