Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Trio of Easy Salads for Memorial Day

vegan stuff from the yoga retreat I catered recently, easy to do all of these raw- just don't toast the things!


PINEAPPLE SALAD WITH TOASTED BRASIL NUTS, COCONUT AND AVOCADO DRESSING

1 Pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks or thin rings
1 C. Brasil nuts, chopped or crushed
½ C. Shredded coconut
Salt  to taste
¼ C. chopped Cilantro
2 Avocados, chopped
½ tsp. Chile powder
1 to 2 Tbsp. Lemon juice
1 Tbsp. Avocado oil or olive oil
1 tsp. Smoked chilies, minced (or to taste)
¼ tsp. ground Cardamom

Toast brasil nuts and coconut in a dry pan, stirring, until browned/toasted. Set aside.
Mix avocado, oil, chile powder, salt, lemon juice, chilies and cardamom until fairly smooth.
In a large bowl stir pineapple and dressing together. Toss in cilantro, coconut and brasil nuts.
Season to taste.


CARROT WALDORF WITH LEMON

2 C. Carrots, shredded
1 C. Celery, diced
1 C. Jicama, peeled and diced
¼ C. Cranberries (dried)
¼ C. Blueberries (dried)
¼ C. Golden Raisins
1 Apple, granny smith, diced
1 Pear, diced
¼ C. Red onion, minced
¼ C. Italian parsley, chopped
½ C. Walnuts, chopped
1 tsp. Lemon zest, grated
¼ C. Seeded, chopped lemon
2 Tbsp. Olive oil
Salt to taste
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice (more to taste)
1 Tbsp. White balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 Tbsp. tahini paste
A little sweetener if you wish

Blend together olive oil, salt, lemon juice, balsamic, garlic, tahini and sweetener if using. Season to taste. Toss with the other ingredients in a large bowl and serve chilled.


CUCUMBER AND PLUM TOMATOES WITH MINT

3 C. Cucumber, sliced or diced
1 ½ C. Plum tomatoes
½ C. Mint, chopped
1 Tbsp. Dill, minced
Salt to taste
2-3 Tbsp. Lime juice
1 Tbsp. Olive oil (more or less to taste)

Optional additions:
Toasted pine nuts
Chopped artisan vegan cheese
A sprinkle of Sumac

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and chill (if you like). Season to taste again before serving.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Upcoming

got some shows and trips coming up

Select Sex is playing:
4/5 at the Dial in Murrieta, CA with Band Aparte, Rexx, the Gravitys, and a bunch of comedians
4/11 at the Black Lodge in Seattle, WA with Unstoppable Death Machines, Monogamy Party & MTNS, Corey J Brewer
4/12 at East End in Portland, OR with Cockeye and Rattle Dick
4/13 house show in Olympia, WA with Nudity and the Mona Reels
come if you can, I will have Joshpockets/Empanadas at most of these as well, plus our new 7" and the new cookbook!

Speaking of the new cookbook!
4/16 in Portland is an in-store appearance, with treats to purchase and snack on and costume party at
the Microcosm store 2752 N. Williams
have a few other dinners up there in Seattle, Portland and Bremerton while I'm around plus opening day at Safeco- Go Mariners!!

and you can at last order my book now from any old local bookstore you choose, so please do!
"This Ain't No Picnic" by Joshua Ploeg or order it at one of the several links to the right->

Dinner and Bikes- the traveling bookstore, buffet, film and bike presentation makes a final round with LA/Santa Monica and San Diego dates in May and an east coast trip in June- Maine to Florida!
check out the dinnerandbikes.com website for dates and details. Link is to the right as well.

That's all my news for the moment

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The new Select Sex 7" is available from Our Voltage records now!













Nice punchy hardcore-ish punk rock type of stuff with me singing. Band is LA based even though I'm not living there at the moment! Label is out of Germany.

available hyah:
http://ourvoltage.com/