This is the last week of the book sale- 25% off at ThoraThinks.com. Is there a bookstore, co-op, or veg store that you’d like to see carrying Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice? Let me know!
For those of you who are anxiously awaiting spring, here is something to color:
We’ve had some sunny days here in Nashville lately, and I really cannot wait for spring to emerge! I’m looking forward to being reunited with sugar snap peas, garlic scapes, fresh flowers, sunshine, farmers markets, and outdoor square dances. My goal this year is to spend more time working at my CSA farm and more time preserving veggies. Oh yeah! And to start another book.
Lately I’ve been working on various art projects- collaborating with other artists, making videos, performances, etc. I’ve also been spending lots of time experimenting in the kitchen. There’s a lot of dehydrating, fermenting, and soup-making going on. For a little Valentine treat, I made Ani Phyo’s raw raspberry ganache fudge cake and it was delicious! I plan to make this cake again, but want to find a good substitute for the 1/4 c of agave.
I’ve been doing some fun projects with my young friends at the University School of Nashville. Yesterday we made a stop motion animation with clay figures, called “Exploring the Jungle.” Had it not been such a bustling work environment I would have photographed the process to share here, because this would be a great weekend project for kids to do at home. I’ll take pictures for you next time!
Lastly, an update on my smallest friend ever! Buddy (my dwarf hamster) is doing really well and is thoroughly enjoying his awesome new house. When we adopted him, he came in a too-small tank. My partner Ki constructed this wonderful (big) house for the little guy, and I’m so happy to see him run and play!
Ki reflecting on his creation-
What’s the cutest thing ever?
Enio, a 2.5-month-old fan from Austria, posing with his Thora doll. Thanks to Enio’s dad Chris for sending in this sweet photo!
New turkey coloring page coming tomorrow!
Hi! I hope everyone’s doing well. This is a busy week for me, so I’ll keep things brief for now.
As always, Ki and I have been joyfully devouring all the seasonal produce we can get our hands on. A new friend at the West Nashville Farmer’s Market has been hooking us up with fresh, hickory smoked tomato sauces. They are so, SO good and we’ve used them in all kinds of dishes (stewed okra, smoky curried chickpeas, gazpacho, etc.). Anyway, we decided to use the sauce on pizza this weekend and it turned out pretty delicious! We made a thin, spelt flour crust and used a variation of the cashew ricotta recipe found in Veganomicon (I use lots of fresh basil, and add 1/8 c nutritional yeast , ½ tsp black truffle oil, and a pinch of chili powder and nutmeg). The pizza was topped with kalamata olives, shitake and cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil, dried oregano, and truffle+olive oil. I really loved the smoky/truffle-y combination, and I’m wondering if any of you have suggestions for unexpected or exciting pizza flavors. What’s your favorite kind of pizza?
On the ThoraThinks front, it’s been exciting to start getting book reviews from other bloggers. Trina from Your Vegan Mom posted this sweet review yesterday. I really appreciate everyone’s help in getting the word out! If you haven’t already, come say hello on Facebook and suggest the Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice page to your friends!
p.s. Someone from Austria ordered a Thora doll yesterday, and the image of Thora hanging out in a box getting shipped all over the place is very cute to me.