Announcing my new photography blog, Studio Candelabra!

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Introducing my new blog, Studio Candelabra!

I was bitten by and have become absolutely smitten with the shutter bug. So much so that I’ve created a new photography blog and portfolio called Studio Candelabra as a space where I can showcase my work. This is something that I’ve been working on for a while now and I’m really excited about Studio Candelabra’s release.

I’ve only posted a few photographs so far because I wanted to send out this announcement before the blog gets too far underway, but I will be posting photos on a weekly or bi-weekly basis as of right now.

Here is the link to Studio Candelabra: http://studiocandelabra.com.

The home page is the blog page and you can view the posts by scrolling down this page. Mouse over the stars on the left to access the site navigation.

To follow Studio Candelabra (and I sincerely hope you will), scroll to the bottom of any of the blog’s pages and follow by email or through WordPress:

How to Follow Studio Candelabra

If you prefer, you can follow Studio Candelabra here:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studiocandelabra
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lindasuekocsis/studio-candelabra
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/studiocandelabra

Thank you so much for your support for Vegetate and I hope to see you over at Studio Candelabra soon!

Homegrown Carrot with Carrot Flower

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Homegrown Carrot w/Carrotflower ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers, and how you built a tower tumbling through the trees in holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet.” — The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 lyrics by Neutral Milk Hotel

This year we decided to grow a few vegetables on our deck at home. I bought The Container Garden, a mix of organic vegetable and herb seeds that would work with the planter garden that I had in mind. We planted, grew, and ate delicious, fresh baby carrots, radishes, cucumbers, lettuce, and red potatoes.

There is nothing like pulling your own homegrown veggies right out of the soil. Honestly, our vegetables were so ridiculously vibrant and fresh having just been harvested that they practically glowed! Keith and I agreed that homegrown is much better than even the fresh, organic produce we buy at the market.

What struck me most about this little project was the fact that I have eaten a lot of vegetables in my day, but I don’t really know what a lot of the leaves and flowers of many of the plants I eat look like. For example, do you know what a potato plant looks like, above it’s potato-y roots? I’d never really thought about it, but by growing my own potatoes I learned that potato plants are lush and green with beautiful flowers. Carrot flowers are particularly lovely, as well! They bloomed for along time, which made the buzzing bees very happy.

Carrot Fact: Carrots were at first not cultivated as food, but as medicine for a variety of ailments.

Hummingbird Nectar

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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.”Anais Nin

This sweet little lady came by for a drink this morning. In fact, we’ve gotten visits from many different hummingbirds every day since we put up our feeder. We wanted to support our local hummingbird population because many hummingbirds species are threatened by habitat loss, predators, and disease, and because they are so darned cute! ;)

We bought a wonderful hummingbird feeder that is made from recycled glass in Mexico, filled it up with homemade hummingbird nectar (simple recipe here), and within a couple of weeks our backyard was one of the main stops on our local “hummingbird highway.”

We purchased a red glass feeder so we wouldn’t have to use artificial red dye in our homemade nectar. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so in the past many people dyed their nectar using FD&C Red #2 food coloring, which is now a known carcinogen. If you just get a red feeder or one with red accents you don’t have to worry about dying your nectar. It is so much fun to watch the birds come for a drink every day. This feeder has turned me into a real bird-watcher!

Here are some great tips on other ways to support hummingbird conservation.

Hummingbird Fact: Hummingbirds are highly intelligent and can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take each flower to refill.

Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan Book Giveaway!

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Fillet of Soul: Afro Vegan

“Learn. Eat. Rebel!”Wheeler del Torro

Wheeler del Torro’s new cookbook and storybook Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan is a tour de force of fantastic recipes and menus from five different countries. Also within the pages is Del Torro’s poetic and engaging personal story about his evolution as a chef and young man, including the tale of his sudden and life-changing move from New Jersey to Paris and the book club he started there that would turn into the dinner parties that would turn into the vegan pop-up in New York, that would ultimately become this book.

The five menus included in this book are:

  • Dinner in Paris
  • Jamaican Menu
  • Around the Southern Table
  • Senegalese Menu
  • Ethiopian Menu

Each menu is comprised of 4 to 9 recipes, which are Wheeler’s brilliant and original vegan interpretations of traditional foods and dishes from across the African diaspora.

I can’t wait to try Golden Beet Tartare, Pepper Pot Soup, Faux Fried Chicken and Waffles, Faux Chicken Yassa, Injera, Lentils with Sweet Potatoes, and all of the other recipes in this book, one delicious meal at a time!

I did however already make some of the Spicy Chocolate Pots De Creme (pictured above) from the Dinner in Paris menu. Dessert first, right? ;) The ingredients are so simple that I had them all in my pantry already. Now I love Pots De Creme, but I have to say that this was the best I’ve ever had, and it was a cinch to make. I topped it off with some homemade cashew whipped cream and we happily gobbled it down.

There is so much interesting information in Fillet of Soul: AfroVegan. Thanks to Del Torro I now know that all coffee can be traced back to Ethiopia in Africa (thank you, Ethiopia!), and after reading the description in this book I am eager to attend an Ethiopian coffee ceremony!

Wheeler has been kind enough to sponsor this book giveaway. All that you have to do to win is be the first person to correctly answer the following question in the comments section below this post:

“What is name for a traditional Ethiopian coffee pot?”

Please include your email address with your comment so I can contact you if you win.

African Food Facts: African food is often flavored with curry powder, garlic, nutmeg, turmeric and cloves. Peanuts, called groundnuts in Africa, are used as a garnish on soups or meat dishes.

Leonard Loves Kale

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“If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.”Mark Twain

Our adopted kitty Leonard is crazy about kale! He looks for the leaves poking out of our grocery bags and chomps them down like nobody’s business. Luckily kale is good for him so I don’t feel guilty if old Len enjoys a bit of kale every now and again. Silly guy!

Kale Fact: Kale has more calcium in it than milk does, so follow Leonard’s example and eat your greens! :)