Red Tonic – Non-Alcoholic Cocktail (Vegan)

May 3, 2013
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I love mixing fresh herbs and fruits. ~~~~~ Ingredients (per glass) 1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened, full-strength) 2 key limes 1/2 orange tip of 1 fresh rosemary stalk, washed optional: simple syrup (to make, mix sugar and water until sugar is dissolved) 1) Juice the fruits into the glass. If they’re a little sour, […]

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Depression & Vegetarianism

May 1, 2013
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When I’m happy I’m a vegetarian. When I get morose, I start eating meat again. Psych has informed me that the adrenal gland is stimulated by salt and fat: the things I’m drawn to when I start sneaking in meat & fish. I think my depression is undercutting my attempts to be a full vegetarian. […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 20 – Plotto

April 25, 2013
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I am friends with a few people of the professional writerly persuasion (the sort of people I can’t be close friends with because I’m in awe of them a bit too much and sometimes I’m terrified of sucking-up even though I don’t think I’m sucking up — anyway, you didn’t start reading this to hear even […]

Comorbidity — More Uncomfortable Honesty

April 23, 2013
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~~~written a few weeks ago, unfinished~~~ It seems like the anxiety disorder spectrum is a buffet, and when I get a spoonful of the orange chicken it always has pieces of fried rice in it. Yesterday, I stopped allowing myself to freely pick my lips. Normally: I lick them, to check how rough they are, […]

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Forbidden Curry

April 22, 2013
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I’ve named this “forbidden curry” because it uses black rice, which was apparently reserved for the Emperor in ancient China. It’s a fresh curry: no fermentation, no marinading — and it tastes like a garden in your mouth. This recipe is only limited by the speed of your rice cooker, prep included. I always find […]

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Pot-Au-Feu, Sort Of

April 22, 2013
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Ingredients 6 chicken drumsticks flour (gluten-free flour will work just as well, but please don’t use cornstarch) salt & pepper olive oil (to coat the pan) Spanish chorizo, cut into 1 cm (1/2 in.) pieces (if you live in the U.S., I recommend Olli Salumeria’s) 3 large shallots 2 cloves garlic or 3-4 cloves fermented […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 19 – Drafting

April 10, 2013
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I’m on lorazepam and I’m listening to Liz Phair. In a few hours I have an important phone call to make. I want to use that intermediate time to write. Drafting is a sumbitch. How to Draft Make the decision frequently enough to write some words on the same topic, one word after the other. ~~~~~ […]

Mushroom Soup (Vegan/Vegetarian)

March 20, 2013
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I make this once every few months. It takes about a million hours to prepare but it’s worth every single minute. ~~~~~ You’ll need: Two tubs mixed mushrooms (about 1 kilo): 1 tub (500g) white button, 1 tub (500g) mixture of whatever looks fresh or good at the supermarket, especially exotics like porcini and shiitake […]

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Weird-Ass Black Beans (Vegan)

March 15, 2013
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Trust me on this recipe. Trust me. I got the base recipe from my sweetheart friend Sophie, who’s too busy and important to answer my letters, and added some random shit in it, and it tasted amazing. ~~~~~ You’ll need: lidded saucepan wooden spoon 1 can low-salt black beans 1 tbsp fried shallots (I get […]

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Music and Writing – Seven

March 15, 2013
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