Acaciah - Queen to a King

Snickerdoodles to Die For!

Courtesy of VegWeb:

Snicker Doodles-to-die-for!


2 cups margarine (I use Earth Balance)
3 cups sugar
5 egg equivalents (I use Ener-G or use 1 mashed banana)
1/3 cup plain soy milk
5 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt


Mix together melted/soft vegan margarine, vegan sugar, egg substitute and soymilk, followed by dry ingredients.

Chill dough 2 hours.

Roll dough into balls, roll in vegan sugar/cinnamon. Bake oven temp at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will look underdone, and will harden quickly after cooling.

makes about 3 dozen cookies.


**If you use the banana, add soymilk at the end if the recipe needs more liquid.


Preparation time: 2 hours

I make these every Christmas now and everyone gobbles them up. People that don't know I'm vegan don't suspect a thing. I am making these specifically for my niece, cause I promised her vegan cookies today. :D
Acaciah - Queen to a King


During the Presidential race, I donated to the Obama campaign (you're all shocked, I know) but now that I have a spot in my budget for giving to a good cause, I am mulling over what do give to now. Contenders include:

Equality Now - They work for the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation and violence against women.

Amnesty International - again, women's rights. Prevention of genocide. Anti-death penalty (I loathe the death penalty). GLBT rights. The list goes on and on. AI is a strong contender, actually.

Planned Parenthood - the Bush administration has done so much to undermine PP's agenda, which is primarily focused on women's sexual health and preventing unwanted pregancies. There's a direct correlation between reproductive rights and freedom for women. Best way to avoid abortion? Make contraception readily, easily available.

The Democratic National Committee - to help recoup some of the cost of the election, and to keep the positive momentum going in Congress toward progressive legislation.

What say ye, f-list? Do any of you guys contribute or participate in any of these? Any experiences to share?
Acaciah - Queen to a King

Kushari Recipe

So I was watching "No Reservations" ...what? I know Tony Bourdain hates v*gans. But on the other hand, it's cultural and you get ideas about how to veganize new dishes. Anyway, he went to Egypt and ate this:

Egyptian Koshary Pasta

We wish you are ready and have the following:


2 cups cooked rice
2 cups cooked penne pasta
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin , divided
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 cup cooked lentils
1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
3 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
2 medium onions, thinly sliced (about 2 cups), optional*

Now AbouTarek Team wish you do the next steps :


1. Combine rice and pasta; spoon in bottom of shallow serving platter. Keep warm

2. Whisk together vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Add cooked lentils and stir to combine. Spoon over rice and pasta.

3. Combine tomatoes, water, sugar, cinnamon, salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin and red pepper in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in squash. Spoon tomato mixure over lentil layer. Partially stir tomato mixture into other layers, but do not completely combine all layers. If desired, prepare crisp-brown onions as directed below and add as a topping.

*Cook onions in large skillet with 1 tablespoon oil over high heat, stirring frequently, until brown and slightly crispy, about 10 minutes.

Aboutarek team is keening to make all information are available for you to enjoy good health so …you have to know Nutritional Information:

Nutritional Information
Calories: 169, Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 281 mg, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Protein: 7 g

It looks soooo good guys. And it's cooking now, and smells fabulous.
Acaciah - Queen to a King


Highlights from the campaign...

Bad: While we were out encouraging people to vote, we had a couple rednecks in a truck lean out their window and yell "We ain't votin' fer him, we hate black people!"

Good: While we were out later, a schoolbus came by with a load of children who waved their own homemade Obama signs at us.

I'm home, I've got mojito, and I'm buckled in for the night.
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Acaciah - Queen to a King


Well, fellow citizens of the United States, today is election day. I urge you all to do your civic duty and get out there and VOTE. I voted early, and I have been working on the Obama campaign. Today I'll be driving people to the polls.

Today is a historic day. Today we are no longer a nation solely governed by old, white men. Today we will emerge with either an African-American commander-in-chief, or a woman VP.

I voted to end the war. I voted for change, and for hope that we can begin to take care of our middle class, and fix our broken health care system. I urge you all to do the same.

Let's get out there and take our country back. Brightest Blessings,

Acaciah - Queen to a King

My Soy Shake brings the crazy to the yard...

So I dig, but I don't have as much free time as I used to, so I don't login to the site as often as I used to. I logged in today (work from home in jammies today, yay!) and found this:

(from REDACTED) on Sep 26, 2008 (Private)

when I first discovered veganism I really looked into it. and what I found is a way of eating that I didn't agree with, at all. it's one predicated on wealth and privilege & fossil fuels. Try traveling outside of the west and being vegan; it's basically impossible. In many parts of the world it's almost impossible to be vegetarian (India aside) and when you do travel to poor parts of the world and tell people you don't eat meat they look at you like your nuts. Yes, there are veggie sources of protein, but a single egg is a complete protein source, not a single plant is and plant proteins are harder for the body to break down. Ditto B12 unless your eating your veggies straight from the ground and slightly dirty. Furthermore, many vital nutrients are fat soluble, and most concentrated fat sources, with the exception of a handful of nuts, are tropical - which means the food has to be shipped in from far away. My point is, not that YOUR wrong to be vegan, but saying that "don't inundate them with facts, they've already made up their minds" is to imply that people who have chosen to remain omnivores haven't looked into veganism analytically as a way of eating. Some of us have and we disagreed with what we saw. Two people can read the same series of facts and arrive at different conclusions.

This in response to my comment here:

For the record, my whole statement was, "Don't confuse them with the facts, they've already made up their minds.

I think many people are missing the point - vegan foods are healthy and delicious. And even if you just cut back on the amount of animal-derived products in your diet, you'll reap health benefits.

Most people really have no idea how many chemicals and hormones are involved in factory farming."

I really don't think I made that incendiary a statement, why the hell I got this rude PM is beyond me. Most people would be appalled if they knew how many antibodies and hormones were being pumped into them via factory farmed meats, and I was suggesting that trying more vegan foods would be healthy and delicious, give them a try?

And the notion you can only be vegan in the West? And only if you're wealthy? Really? 'Cause I'm not rolling in wealth, and the last time I checked, beans were a lot cheaper than meat. You can eat locally grown produce, beans, etc and eat really cheaply. Yeah, if you feel the need, you can shop at Whole Foods and pay a lot for your vegan goods, but you can get most of them just as cheaply at your local supermarket. I hit my health food store for specialty items/treats probably once or twice a month, and it's probably $30 or $40 over the reg grocery bill when I do, but if I had to, I could go without and still have a satisfying, nourishing diet. I just...never mind, my head hurts. Considering how long ago this message was sent, I don't think I'm going to bother responding, but