Ithaca gets a food truck

I have been having a very busy weekend, so this post is extra short. I have to say posting every day is a lot of work!

If you have ever visited Ithaca, NY you probably already know we don’t have many vegan food options. Many restaurants are vegan friendly, but none are 100% vegan. This weekend however a new entirely vegan food truck opened! It’s pretty exciting to be able to order food without asking a bunch of questions first.

My husband and I had a good time trying everything on their menu!

It’s called cafe Wild, named after the Where the Wild Things Are mural it sits next to.

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The food was pretty good, and I look forward to visiting again.

The food had a Mexican theme, I believe this is supposed to change periodically.

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Spaghetti Eis (ice cream)

My favorite brand of vegan ice cream is probably Temptation by Chicago Vegan Foods.  They make so many amazing flavors; there hasn’t been even one I didn’t love.  Unfortunately, for me there are really only two places around here I can get this particular brand of ice cream.  The first place that carries this brand is Strong Hearts cafe, in the form of amazingly delicious milkshakes, that even non-vegans love.  They have many fantastic milkshake choices, but I usually get something with crushed Oreo cookies. I don’t go very often though, because they are located in Syracuse which is about an hour away.  The other place with Temptation ice cream is much closer to home at Purity Ice Cream.  They aren’t entirely vegan, and they don’t have that many flavors of Temptation.  They do however pack whatever flavor you want into pints so you can bring some home.

With our ‘day we metaversary’ coming I decided to make a special ice cream sundae, Spaghetti Eis!  This is something I used to find in many ice cream shops in Southern Germany. Actually, Germany is very creative in the ice cream sundae department. Maybe, they already have but, I think they need to get on board with vegan ice cream options.

So I sent Mr. EastHillVegan to Purity to pick up some Temptation vanilla Ice cream, while I made strawberry sauce with frozen berries from early summer.  I made this with my spaetzle maker, the strawberry sauce, and chopped cashews for the “cheese”. So yummy, probably way better than the original!

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mushroom cakes

chanterellesDuring my pre-vegan days I didn’t like mushrooms at all.  Actually, it was really about the texture, they are so weird and slimy.  I ate them occasionally if I didn’t really notice there presence.  After going vegan I slowly started to accept them into the “things I will eat”, group.  This summer we even joined a shiitake mushroom CSA!  When I first saw the recipe for Pfifferlings-Kuechle (chanterelle) in my cookbook, I thought I would love to try these.  The trouble is where can I get these special mushrooms?  As luck would have it a friend of mine, who discovered a trove of wild mushrooms near her home, happened to stop into the local co-op while I was there.  She was hoping to find someone that could identify, and confirm the mushrooms she found are in fact edible.  Personally, I am of the belief that if they are not in a store, and I am not being charged $9.00 a pound for them, they are probably poisonous.  My friend did find someone who could identify them as non poisonous, totally safe, edible chanterelle mushrooms.  In the past I would have said, no thank you when offered any wild mushrooms, but in the name of blogging I decided to take some home.  In the end I am glad I did, because they were wonderfully delicious!

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on chanterelles you might like to try this recipe for mushroom cakes.  We enjoyed them with fresh salad, and grilled eggplant, and zucchini.  The cakes came out perfectly, held together well, and tasted good.

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The original recipe does calls for 300 grams (about 10.6 ounces) of mushrooms, which I didn’t have.  I considered mixing them with shiitakes, but decided to halve my recipe instead.  This way I could experience the flavor of chanterelles on there own.  If you can’t get chanterelle mushrooms, try these cakes with a different variety, oyster mushrooms maybe?

Recipe

  • 2 cups (5 ounces) chanterelles thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley
  • 2 cups cubed bread (about 4 slices)
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seeds mixed with 2 tbsp. of water
  • 1/2 tsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

 Directions

In a large pan saute the mushrooms, and onions with a tablespoon of oil.  Cook until the onions become transparent, and most of the liquid is gone.  Add the parsley, and remove the pan from the heat.  Heat the soy milk in a small saucepan, and pour over the bread.  Cover, and allow to rest for a few minutes.  Next, mix in the cooked mushrooms.  Then add the flax seed mixture, flour, salt, and nutmeg to the bread. Form six patties out of the bread mixture.  Using the same pan heat the oil, and fry the patties on both sides on medium heat, until they become golden brown. Enjoy!

 

santa and volunteering

This past weekend, while walking around downtown Ithaca I happened upon a large crowd of people staring up at a building.  Soon I could see Santa and some elves rappelling down the side!  This is something that takes place in Ithaca every year.  Afterward, kids could line up to visit with Santa.  Santa

I did not stay for that part in case you where wondering.  Actually, I was on my way to join a group of other young professionals volunteering with books through bars.  This is a volunteer based non-profit organization that sends books and educational materials to prisoners by request.  The letters they receive sometimes ask for very specific authors or titles, although usually it is for a genre.  All of the books mailed by the organization are donated, which makes finding specific titles is difficult.  It was a great experience and I hope the books we mailed will be enjoyed.

http://booksthroughbars.org/