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Chickpea Soup for the Vegan Soul

All I see are [rai]sins.

[This picture, which was perfect, no longer exists]
The Digital Record Harvest Moons | vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola

No picture? Heeeere’s Maximus!


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Q Stands for Quiche

“What does the Q stand for?” is at the top of my FAQ about Q. Especially since I work in a public place, people either see the tattoo on my arm or see my nametag. Yes, it’s my legal name. No, it doesn’t stand for anything, hence no period after the letter. Read here and here for details.




Q today stands for quiche. More than a year ago a schoolmate of mine asked if I had made quiche with kale. I had not, and now I have. While I wanted to recreate Ownie Mom’s spinach-red pepper torte, a layered, super-garlicky kale quiche made for some tasty noms.
 kale quiche vegan gluten-free | gothic granola
Kale Quiche
1 1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup brown rice flour or sticky rice flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
3-4 tablespoons water
12.3 ounces silken tofu
3 cloves garlic
cumin, mustard, gomasio, cayenne to taste
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
6 cups raw kale, chopped as small as you can handle
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.  On a piece of foil or in a small pan, toast the walnuts in the preheating oven until fragrant.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal and brown rice flour. In a food processor or blender, blitz the toasted walnuts until powdery (don’t make nut butter!). Add the toasted walnut flour to the cornmeal mixture and stir. Add water until the crust forms pecan-sized lumps. Press into and up the sides of the pan and set aside.
In the food processor, blend tofu, garlic, spices, vinegar, and arrowroot until uniformly combined. Place the kale in the same large bowl in which you mixed the crust. Add the tofu mixture to the kale and mix well, evenly coating the kale. Transfer the kale filling to the crust and press in (it will mound way above the edge of the plate; this is fine). Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and press down the kale. Bake for another ten minutes. Press down kale again. Bake for final ten minutes (40 minutes total). 
Remove from the oven and let cool before slicing (or enjoy a messy piece—it’s what’s on the inside that counts!).


kale quiche supper | vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

I consider 1/4 quiche a serving because it’s supposed to be an “everything in the meal” dish. Definitely cut it with a serrated knife or else each slice will be a mangled mess.

Soup for Solstice

Soup is a tradition for Solstice (OK, so, fine–a tradition of two years).  The wife of one of my spiritual mothers makes a delicious vegan bean soup for their Solstice party.  It’s fortification for the late-night labyrinth walking and firepit gathering.
Soup for Solstice vegan gluten-free | Gothic Granola
I brought the soup described below to new friends’ house and one of them suggested I bring it to their Solstice party.  It’s a bright, sturdy soup to celebrate the return of the light.

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Grateful Gratin

 grateful gratin vegan gluten-free | gothic granola
It’s gratitude season, folks. I am grateful for greens and the wonderful people who grow them, especially the farmers at the farmers market.

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The Advice Columnist on Survival and Detox, Part 1 o’ 2

In 2001, my brother and I invented Minapoo Mag, the official magazine of da cat family (of which there are 282 members with my acquisition of Jaeger).

Jaeger | Gothic Granola

Meet Jaeger, named after the protagonist in Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder comic series.

Anyway, all the cats collaboratively write Mina’s egocentric magazine.  The advice columnist is Mina’s son, Scamp, who recently turned 17.  Scamp’s not so good wit spellin’ (in the same way that da Ownie Q is not good wit crowds, srsly).  He’s one half of Da Inventor Brudderz—Scamp and Pepper—the kitties responsible for Seussian innovations in KittyWorld. Read more →

Survival Food

kale donuts | vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

Kale donuts.  You heard it from Esther at A, B, C, Vegan first.

Not only did I make shelf-stable breakfast treats for the work conference at which I will be working when this is posted, but I also made these to weather Frankenstorm!  The weather’s a birthday present, I guess.  The past six or seven years I have seen snow on my birthday; this year it’s a hurricane.

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Is it still Chilli?

Part III of III on vegan and gluten-free beer

If it doesn’t have tomatoes, is it still chilli?  According to this needs-citations-article, chilli (yep, I’m using the UK spelling for a New World dish) involves tomatoes.
 beet beer chilli vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

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