Mish-Mash-Mosh

First the mish:

An update on the reusable bulk food/produce bags Tim and I have been making (W.I.P. Wednesdays!!! Yay Shel!):

We found some incredibly awesome eco-poly ripstop nylon at our local fabric store. It is made from 100% recycled textiles (polyester and nylon)! How cool is that? I think it makes reducing our impact even more effective – hooray! The colors are pretty and the fabric is soft, lightweight, and easy to clean. Over the weekend I made six bags in reds and blues, and I plan on making lots more as time allows (I need more time!!!). I am considering having a wee giveaway soon, so get excited! Here is a peek at the fabrics and some of the finished bags:

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We have a total of nine bags (and need more) in a variety of sizes. We went grocery shopping earlier and put them to use. I was skeptical about filling one with flour, but it worked beautifully! When I got home, I just transferred the flour to another container and rinsed the bag out. Easy as! We even used one for kale! I love avoiding the rolls of plastic bags hanging near produce and bulk bins. Besides, using handmade items makes you happy, right? Right.

And now the mash:

A few test recipe photos for Celine and Joni’s 500 Vegan Recipes Cookbook:

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Sesame Fauxcaccia (take 1)

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Sesame Fauxcaccia (take 2)

This flatbread is delicious. I had trouble not eating the entire loaf before it had cooled properly. It’s a lovely accompaniment to soups and salads. It has a spicy kick and the health benefits of sesame seeds. Goodness all around. I imagine this bread would make for fantastic sammies too.

Lastly, the mosh

Just for fun, here’s an example of what happens when my camera is left unattended:

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What?

Oh! There is a new vegan restaurant opening in Portland on Friday! The above’s b-day is Saturday so I think I see a special dinner coming up soon!!!! Vegan Italian food? Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaahhhhhhhh…  !!!

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16 thoughts on “Mish-Mash-Mosh

  1. WOOOOOT! I wish I could find me some nylon like that – I love the colours (which are usually so drab, but yours are perky!). I’ll add you to the W.I.P. List on my blog sweetpea!
    Oh, was totally thinking about you yesterday because I opened a jar of applebutter and you are just the best ever!
    And you have no idea how many pictures of Monsieur Fish I have like that. I won’t realize he’s taken them, and then when I upload them I find all these self-portraits!

  2. The bag material is so pretty. I love the colors.

    I’m so jealous of the tester recipe and the blackened tofu. I love blackened tofu!

    Horray for the new vegan restaurant!

  3. i LOVE those bags. last time i was at my fabric store, i forgot to look for that poly-nylon…stuff (i should probably get the name right if i’m going to ask someone there about it haha), because i was too distracted my multiple colors of yarn. anywho, it seems like a really good project to embark upon, given the amount of produce i get at the store when i go (no bulk grains/flours near me unfortunately). oh, hey, that flatbread looks amazing. i totally want a sammich made out of it RIGHTNOW! i also love your apron. yay!

  4. Oh I so wish I could find some fabric like that! Those bags are a great idea. I”ll have to add them to my list of things to sew!

    Your apron is so adorable!

    Another vegan restaurant in Portland?!? No fair! :-)

  5. Those bags brighten my day! And the blackened tofu warms my heart. Well, anything would warm my heart now. It’s a kajillion degrees below zero here. Winter blows. Literally and figuratively.

    I’ll be in Portland on February 20. Hope to see you. Tell Tim Happy Birthday.

  6. vegan italian?!? heck yeah! and eco-poly ripstop nylon!?! sweet awesomeness – does it get any better!?! i was already excitedfaced over your rock’n homemade produce bags (superw00t!) and now i’m superexcitedfaced about a potential give-away! wahoooooooo!

    the picture of Tim is just too funny, and your apron is too pretty! i need to get/make an apron one of these days – too many shirts of mine have been ruined by olive oil, marinara, etc. eek!

    the sesame flatbread looks mighty-fine, too! aren’t tester recipes the best?!? yay!

    (and tell Tim on saturday “happybirthdayface” for me!)

  7. All those nylon fabrics are such pretty colors!

    Hahaha, “fauxcaccia.” Clever little name there, and it looks nummy too. And no pressure, but we are all expecting a full report on the vegan Italian place!!!

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