Monday, December 31, 2007
Things have been crazy, between frequent travel (including a very awesome trip to Vegas with 14 other vegans) and a truly awful and prolonged breakup and the subsequent moving out of my belongings. The last few months have definitely been trying, to say the least, but I feel like I'm finally starting to get my feet back on solid ground, forcing myself to keep a routine even though I really would rather just hide in my bed.
The mess I've found myself in the last few months has weighed so heavily on me that I have, at times, considered checking myself in somewhere, and I probably would have had it not been for the help of my wonderful psychiatrist and truly amazing and supportive friends and family, always ready to rush in and save me from myself when I need them the most. My gratitude to these people is immeasurable as I am fairly certain that I, quite literally, owe them my life many times over.
Getting more to the point, I haven't been able to make blogging much of a priority, and I really regret that and, in the coming months, I fully intend to change that.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The car is packed, the food is prepped, and the bike is dis-assembled. By way of a quick trip to the liquor store, the Southern Fried Vegan will be embarking on a particularly fabulous weekend in T-4 hours.
Wish you were here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
But I can't. You see, here at the Southern Fried Vegan house, we had a massive computer meltdown a few weeks ago that we have yet to resolve, so in the meantime the camera is collecting dusts and my posts to all the blogs that I contribute to are few and far between since the only internet access I have right now is from my office.
We should be back up and running in the next week or so and I will have just loads of pictures to post.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Fall gets more than little busy around here, especially this year with both work and play. I'm in the process of organizing the first ever Vegan Freak bowling team and just finished putting together a vegan bake swap. Aside from that I'm trying to get the fruits and veggies from the farmers market that are going out of season prepared and frozen for the winter and attempting to cook our weekday meals ahead so that we have more time for other much neglected things, specifically biking and the ever-growing pile of laundry that's taking over our house.
When things settle down a bit in the next few days I promise I'll have more to post.
In the mean time, I encourage everyone to check out Hidden Kitchens Texas Stories. Parts of the broadcast are pretty damn NOT VEGAN, but it's definitely worth a listen. It's narrated by Willie Nelson and really gets to the heart and soul of food and its significance at the Texas table.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I suppose this is as good a place to start as any.
To me, Southern-fried food is comfort food, regardless of whether it's actually fried. Fried green tomatoes, however, are the sort of comfort food akin to peach cobbler and skillet-baked cornbread.
My partner, J, fell in love with them on a business trip to Memphis, and I learned to make them at the hip of my grandmother, the Southern Food Maven.
In Texas, green tomatoes are available at farmer's markets and roadside fruit stands from March ,for imported, South American fruit, through mid-September. Local fruit is available from June through early September. I've seen green varieties in specialty grocery stores, but this is not the type of tomato that I'm talking about. Choice tomatoes for frying are firm, unripened plum tomatoes, pale celandine and barely blushing.
Fried Greed Tomatoes
1 pound green tomatoes
1 1/2 cups coarse corn meal
1/4 cup all purpose flour (or whole wheat, if you prefer)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
paprika to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup + enough to cover pan neutral-tasting oil (like canola or safflower)
Mix dry ingredients in a shallow pan.
Heat oil in a deep pan (I use a stock pot) until it starts to smoke. Reduce heat to medium high.
Slice tomatoes roughly 1/2" thick. Dredge in oil, then cornmeal mixture and repeat until evenly coated.
Fry in the oil until golden on both sides, about three minutes on each side, and drain on paper towels. Eat them warm and right away.
What's your comfort food?