Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sunchoke II

Hello Sunchoke, Hello Sunshine, Jerusalem artichoke, sunroot, earth apple, topinambour

Thanks so Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw for inspiring today's cartoon.  Last week she posted her Smoky Sunchoke and Cauliflower Soup to encourage us to take advantage of the fleeting opportunities to enjoy sunchokes while they are still in season.  Dig in while you still can!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coconut VII + Almond

Coconut Almond Granola: Drupe It Like It's Hot; Drop It Like It's Hot

Since starting this cartoon blog, we have spent a significant amount of time on Wikipedia piecing together the plant taxonomies--do you remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species from high school biology?  The primary reason for doing this goofy activity is to uncover terms that lend themselves to puns.  Something else that we have discovered is that, in practice, it is often difficult to cleanly conform to this system of classification.

Take for example, the lovely drupe.  The drupe is defined as more or less the fruit of the Prunus genus (as in prunes and other stone fruit).  Who would have guessed that foods like coconuts and almonds fall into the same category as nectarines, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, mangoes, pistachios, coffee and olives?  This reminds us that biology is also evolving as scientists attempt to create order and identify patterns within a system that was thoughtfully created by humans.

Speaking of amazing human creations, how about this amazing Coconut Almond Granola by Giselle at Diary of an ExSloth

P.S. Cadry, thanks for the inspiration for today's cartoon!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Capers: Best Buds

Capers are confusing little buggers.  At first glance and taste, it is difficult to determine whether these salty little bundles originate from land or sea, vegetable or animal. 

Fortunately for us veggie lovers, capers are simply pickled flower buds from the caper bush.  They provide a salty punch of flavor to vegan Caesar dressings and puttanesca pastas!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Zucchini III

April showers bring May zucchini flowers, April showers bring May zucchini blossoms, April showers bring May courgette flowers, April showers bring May courgette blossoms

OK, maybe we are getting a little ahead of ourselves with zucchini season but spring brings anticipation of trees and plants in bloom.

To celebrate both spring and Cinco de Mayo, enjoy these incredible Zucchini Blossom Tacos (Tacos de Flor de Calabaza) by Caitlin Galer-Unti of The Vegan Word.