Today's post is brought to you by Planet Vega, Vegan Cuts and the colors brown and yellow. If you haven't checked out Vegan Cuts yet, you're missing the awesome-boat, friends. They're an all vegan company, where you can get amazing deals on great things like fancy chocolate at super-good, let's go trick or treatin', prices.
Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food this week, which is an amazing outlet for me (lots of new folks have been coming to my blog and purchasing the zine all week), so I'm hoping in return, some of my readers who might not know about them, will investigate. NO PRESSURE!
*And now back to "Chronicles of the Vegan Cook-Zine Museum" already in progress.*
Have you ever heard of Planet Vega? This mighty zine boasts hearty breakfast fare and recipes range from the Orange Poppyseed Pancakes, Tofu Scramble and Ginger Coconut Granola angle to more Asian inspired offerings like red bean stuffed Humbows and Juk.
I can't remember when Planet Vega officially joined my collection, but I consider it one of my later acquisitions. I probably scored it sometime in the 2000s. The Carrot Ginger muffins used to be in my regular muffin-rotation, but for whatever reason, I haven't opened it in ages. I tried some new recipes today.
|Politics, cooking and art! The original print on the back cover hand-pulled by Sherry Biskup|
|Rosemary Potatoes, p. 49. They were crunchy and developed little air pockets on their sides, the way I like.|
Next up, I decided to make grits. I had to, because I love grits, and I had some already in the pantry. Plus they matched my color theme. This particular recipe also caught my attention because they contained freshly roasted peppers and corn niblets. They called to me, and so I did not look away. I did, however, listen to the potato glow in my belly, and opted instead to pour them into a Pyrex casserole to pan-fry later on in the week. Full disclosure, I also added in some grated Follow Your heart cheeze.
|Fancy Grits, p. 48. So-so fanciful!|
Two down, and I was still raring to go, so I decided to try my luck and practice xgfxercising the ol' carrot and ginger muffin recipe. My results were tasty like the ol' days, but a little bit chalky. Anyone from the audience know how to avoid this, since starch additions are necessary to lighten up the heavy flours? These were made with superfine brown rice flour, sorghum, gluten-free oat, a little teff, ground flax and tapioca. Obviously, they had some other ingredients including grated carrot and lots of fresh ginger, but you're smart, you knew that. I appreciate that about you.
|Carrot Muffins, p. 35. I ate one with strawberries, and it was super good.|
Besides recipes, the zine is filled with helpful articles and information. There's the ubiquitous page on egg replacers, but you can also read about such important things as identity, Mumia Abul-Jamal, PCBs and the joys of rBGH.
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- Title: Planet Vega
- Author: Eva Marie, Jane Mei and Contributors
- Availability: Not sure if this is current, but here's the
- Size: 4.25″ x 8.5″ (half sized) / Stapled
- Length: 59 pages
- Collection: 34 recipes plus a ton of prose including an article on scary PCBs and a sticker.
- 5 Recipes to Intrigue: Ginger Pears, Walnut Olive Spread, Ginger Coconut Granola, Peanut Butter French Toast and Humbows.
- XGFXness: If you can xgxercise, you'll be OK, but many recipes contain gluten.
- Zine Wiki: Not listed