ThoraThinks


Southern Sushi and Handmade & Bound
October 6, 2011, 11:01 am
Filed under: bookmaking, food, free stuff!, kids, reading, recipes, VeganMoFo

Hello hello!
Last night I dined with my dear friend Heather, a true vegetable lover and midwife-in-training. (Did you know that this is National Midwifery Week?) Heather hosted and prepared our feast, and my contribution was a plate of southern sushi.

I love making nori rolls throughout the year, using whatever ingredients are available from my farmer friends. This is especially fun in the fall, when winter squash, greens, roots, and shiitakes are abound! For this roll I used quinoa instead of sushi rice, which works just fine and tastes great. It does require decent sushi-rolling skills since the quinoa isn’t very sticky and kind of wants to fall apart. I cooked the quinoa with red miso, then tossed it with brown rice vinegar and chilled it in the fridge.

The fillings:

-local black eyed pea tempeh, mashed with homemade sriracha, toasted sesame oil, and a little Vegenaise
-steamed turnip greens
-green onions
-chopped almonds and black sesame seeds on top

I really packed a lot of filling onto each nori sheet and had there been onlookers, they would have been doubtful when it came time to roll. No worries, imaginary observers. Ingvar and I have this completely under control.

The spicy black eyed pea tempeh & turnip green rolls were so, so good. I served them up with wasabi and pickled beets from June!

On another note, I’ve been meaning to share photos from Handmade & Bound Nashville. It was a super-fun event featuring bookmakers, zinesters, and independent publishers. I had a great time sharing my book and making finger puppets with kiddos throughout the day– and it was totally inspiring to see all of the beautiful handmade books people had on display.  Thanks to Watkins College of Art, Design & Film for putting on such a smooth-running event!


book by Leslie Patterson-Marx


book by Leslie Patterson-Marx


If you live in Nashville and you like looking at incredible handmade books, check out Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story — a juried gallery exhibition at Watkins.

 

…and finally, don’t forget to send in your own Ingvar photo by this Sunday for a chance to win a free, signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice!



Ingvar’s VeganMoFo 2011
September 28, 2011, 10:22 am
Filed under: book reviews, bookmaking, food, free stuff!, reading, VeganMoFo

Hey wonderful people!
Have you heard that it is almost October?
This means orange, red, yellow, brown, crunch! Sweaters, bonfires, winter squash, Halloween!
And this year, it also means VeganMofo.

VeganMofo stands for “Vegan Month of Food” and was originally created by the fine folks at Post Punk Kitchen. During this month, hundreds of bloggers from around the world write as much as possible about vegan food. Participants share recipes, product reviews, cooking techniques, gorgeous foodie photos, and more- (VeganMoFo.com)

This October, with the help of my dear friend Ingvar, I’ll be a MoFo! Some of you already know Ingvar from my veg-themed children’s book, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice  (he’s the narrator). Fans have shared some great photos of Ingvar posing with their favorite foods…

…and during Ingvar’s VeganMoFo, I will too! I plan to post an Ingvar food photo every weekday. Some days I’ll share recipes, and on other days I’ll just share pictures for the sake of pictures. (A photo diary, if you will). I certainly enjoy looking at the pretty veg dishes other people make– and I often discover new ideas for basic weekday meals by seeing what others are doing. You feel me?

Because VeganMoFo is all about community, I want to see your Ingvar food photos too! As if drawing a face on your finger and snapping a photo with your dinner isn’t easy enough, I’ll offer some incentive. At the end of each week in October I’ll be giving away a free, signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice. To enter, simply follow these directions for submitting a photo. Winners will be selected using the names-out-of-a-hat-method on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Open to kids and adults living in the U.S. Feeling totally pumped? You’re free to submit as many photos as you’d like.

In addition, I’ll be posting lots of new veg-themed coloring sheets! If you or a kiddo in your life like to color, keep your eyes peeled for those.

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On another note, remember Vegbooks?

It’s a fantastic site that reviews children’s books/media in search of those which promote veg values. Vegbooks is currently hosting a book review contest to celebrate their 500th review (what an accomplishment!). The winner of the contest will receive three veg-friendly children’s books: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice, and Our Farm. Learn more here.

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Lastly, Handmade & Bound Nashville is this weekend! I’ll be reading at 11am on Saturday. If you’re in Nashville, come on out for a fun day of bookmaking!



Handmade and Bound Nashville
September 8, 2011, 10:08 am
Filed under: bookmaking, diy business, making!, reading

Attention Nashvillians:

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is hosting the first annual Handmade & Bound Nashville  festival on Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st!

As the website explains, “Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.”

Saturday 10/1  workshops for kids will include a Papermaking Booth, sidewalk mural, and folded zines. Read descriptions of all workshops here (and keep in mind that some require signing up). There are many for adults and they all sound great! I’ll be reading Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice at 11am, and I’ll have a ThoraThinks booth in the vendor section all day. (With coloring!)  I hope to see you there!

Other events include a juried artist book exhibit;  screening of $100 and a T-shirt–An award-winning documentary on the culture of zine making;  miniature accordion popup books;  open mic zine reading;  letterpress printing;  food carts and more.  Free admission.


view complete schedule of events



hometown reading
August 15, 2011, 10:39 am
Filed under: reading

Thanks to those who came out for the storytime/book signing at the Pataskala Public Library last week! I had a great time reading, visiting, and making finger puppets!

Reunited with my childhood librarian, Cathy Lantz.  : )



reading/signing at Firestorm Cafe & Books
June 1, 2011, 3:41 pm
Filed under: reading

I’ll be passing through Asheville, NC later this month and the wonderful Firestorm Cafe & Books is hosting a storytime and book signing. If you’re in Asheville, stop on by!



Tweeter giveaway and Pattycake thanks
November 29, 2010, 12:09 pm
Filed under: food, free stuff!, reading

Thanks again to everyone at Pattycake Bakery for being such sweet storytime hosts this Saturday. I accidentally scheduled the reading during the same time as the Ohio State/Michigan home game, (for those who aren’t familiar, this is a huge football rivalry that glues most Ohioans to their televisions and makes for treacherous traffic in Columbus), so thanks to those who un-glued themselves and came out! We had a fun time reading and eating cookies.



Another ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who sent in Thanksgiving Ingvar photos. One entrant was selected, names-out-of-a-hat-style (except I used a cup instead), and the lucky winner of  these little cuties is RACHEL! Rachel celebrated Thanksgiving with roasted veggies, kale, lentils, rice, cranberry salad, and vegan pumpkin pie!


Honorable mention goes to my friends Kaitlin and Dallas, who made this delicious root bake with the help of many Ingvars. You know I love me some roots!

More to come soon!
-Nathalie



book signing at Pattycake Bakery!
November 16, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: food, reading

Friends and fans in central Ohio:

The magnificent Pattycake Bakery is hosting a storytime/book signing on Saturday, Nov. 27th at 2pm. Come listen to Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice and eat something sweet and delicious! For more info and to invite your friends, visit the event page on Facebook.


See you there!
-Nathalie



book love
October 14, 2010, 11:18 pm
Filed under: free stuff!, kids, making!, reading

Today I sat on a hill with two little boys, and we read together for an hour. My cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I love books – and kids – and especially kids reading books more than I can tell you. I wanted to cheer them on, “Yes! Go! Read! Think! Laugh! Ask! YES!”

I want to make more books.  : )

Share Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice with kids in your community, to encourage passion for reading and respect for animals. Buy a book this weekend to donate to a school or library, and (as a token of my appreciation) receive a handmade magnet set for free!
Send an email to nathalie@thorathinks.com after placing your order, giving the name of the school or library that will receive your donation. This offer is open Friday, 10/15 – Sunday, 10/17.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my little magnet production:

*suggested use: Magnets are ideal for displaying photos of your boyfriend as a child.


In case you’re feeling as pumped as I am about books, these sites offer lists of  veg-related stories:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
Humane Education
Vegbooks
Humane Society Youth
Farm Sanctuary

I wish you all a wonderful weekend, and hope that you’ll join me in celebrating books and young readers.

Yes! Go! Read! Think! Laugh! Ask! YES! WOOHOO!




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