On this blog you will find... vegan recipes, products, and general info regarding vegan life. You will also find some art with the stories behind it, news of my shop on Etsy and someday hopefully some music.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Sat out side and drew things this morning...here are some flowers, clovers and, what used to be a tree. The rest are one the 20 minute blog. Thank you, for visiting!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

More photos...

Cool tree, my cat Rosella who always looks like she is scared or trying to scare you...and Grey Beauty plus, some of the story about how they came into our lives...
Rosella came from the humane society. I bought her as a present for my daughter for Christmas. I picked her up to pet her at the humane society. She was friendly and purry. She was also the largest one as far as kittens go. We had 2 large dogs so, I wanted one that could defend themselves. Rosie, couldn't come home right away because, she had not been spayed. One of the people who worked there pointed out another kitten. He was a tiny grey puffball that curled up into my neck and put a lump on my throat immediately. I talked about the dogs but, they said he was feisty. I decided to get them both. The humane society is depressing I didn't want to leave anyone there. Plus, Grey Beauty as my daughter later named him could come home right away.
Well Dahlia and Grey Beaty became the best of friends. He was feisty and friendly. He enjoyed riding on peoples shoulders even when he weighed 19 pounds. Sometimes just leaping onto your back from the floor which could really hurt. Dahlia at that time used to call petting him vibrating him. He became a kind of a surrogate mother to another kitten we got later. Eventually to a bunch of kittens earning the name Uncle Beauty.He also defended his territory and friends faithfully even though he was pretty regularly getting his behind kicked by our neighbor's really tough black and white cat and also had allergies.
Poor Rosella, I don't know what happened. After she was spayed we brought her home. First she lived under my bed. Then upstairs with my room mate for a bit. One day she got out side. At first I thought she was agoraphobic. After she moved out side, she became a normal cat. You could even pet her. She just didn't come inside. After a while we moved. We had to start again. She lived in the basement and you could only pet her if she sat on a specific pillow. Moved again twice...now, Rosella is almost a normal cat. Inside, out side, all over the house, follows me around and loves to keep me company when I play the piano. She sits on my lap when I write and behind me when I play or practice.
Rest in peace Grey Beauty...

A walk at twilight...

Home, home...
I am alone, I walk the halls of a forgotten land.
Out door halls, an open sky above, pale, clear and full of longing...
Cracked pavement, flowers, bricks
Street lights...ghosts, some smile, some look familiar...

Went for a walk the other day, very dramatic lighting!

Figure drawings...

Figure drawings from when I was young and, one ink still life with one of those bamboo pens I really like.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Enchilada pie and congratulations...

This post is for enchilada pie and a congratulations to my daughter! This recipe was originally a Veganomicon recipe. It was the potato and kale enchiladas. Dahlia didn't like the idea of potato and kale. I didn't like rolling enchiladas. So, they turned into black bean and corn enchilada pie. Dahlia is quite talented when it comes to food. I am hoping to get some of her bread recipes up here because, they are amazing! I made this enchilada pie the other day.
Dahlia is a really great cook. We have been cooking together since she was very young. She makes some really great and unusual breads. Like a brown sugar and beer bread, feather bread, I love it when Dahlia is around because, I get to eat all kinds of fresh bread!
Dahlia has really helped me out a lot when it comes to this blog and my shop on etsy because, she is really great at computers. She is very smart and creative, she also has a lot of common sense. She is great at 3 dimensional art from sculptures to building sets, knits, crochets, can make all kinds of things out of rope and string.I really feel like I lucked out in many ways. She can even use power tools and prevented me from cutting my own leg off with the hedge clippers. Dahlia did not skip school, she got pretty good grades. Didn't really get in too much trouble as far as I know. As you know if you have been reading this blog she is now in college hopefully having a great time. So, I just wanted to say to her. Congratulations and thank you! for all your help! Plus, share this recipe...

2 TBSP grape seed olive oil
1 onion, cut into small dice
3 large green chiles, chopped coarsely
2-3 tsp chile powder , preferably ancho
1 1/2 tsp chile powder, preferably ancho
1 tea spoon marjoram or Mexican oregano
1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes with juice (roasted are preferred)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2-2 teaspoons salt

1 lb black beans
1/2 pound sweet corn
3 TBSP grape seed or olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tea spoon ground cumin
1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
3 TBSP lime juice
1 1/2 tea spoon salt or to taste
12-14 corn tortillas

More toppings you can use...
vegan motzorella
toffuti cream cheese
tofu crumbled
vegan sausage

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Get a shallow cassarole dish.
Enchilada sauce...
1. Saute onions in oil until softened. Add the rest  of the sauce ingredients and bring to a simmer.
2. Remove from heat.
3. Allow to cool and adjust seasonings.
1. Saute garlic in oil.
2. Add beans and mash them a little.
3. Add lime juice and veggie broth.
4. Add corn and seasonings.


1. Layer a little sauce on the bottom of a 9 by 11 and a 1/2 inch pan.
2. Layer some tortillas.
3. Add some filling then tofu cheese or whatever...
4. Then add more sauce and tortillas. Keep repeating this...

* I try to make sure my top layer is tortillas sauce and then cheese or tofu if you use it.