The Friday Feedback Forum

February 6th, 2009 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Oi there!  It’s time to get interactive!  This blog is about you, too, which is why I’ll be offering a space for your comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions, at the end of every week.  

Which section would you like to see expanded? (the food? the fashion? the farm?) What sorts of recipes would you like to see posted? (breakfasts? entrées? cupcakes? maybe less recipes altogether?)  What sorts of articles would you like to read? What are YOU interested in?

This is your community, so go ahead and have your say!  The Feedback Forum will hang out at the top of the page all weekend, every weekend.  So if you have an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, this is the place to do it.  Now, go forth and have a fabulous weekend!


  • Kate

    It’s all great! I love your outfits posts.

    As for recipes, my only request is how about really easy vegan recipes for non-vegans who don’t have time or money to cook?

  • GoMacro

    Love your Chickens. We have some too and they are part of our family. Would suggest vegan recipes with agave nectar or brown rice syrup rather than sugar as a sweetener. You will avoid refined sugars and it is much healthier

  • Sayward

    @ Kate – Thanks deary! I will definitely make an effort to post some easier, quicker recipes in the very near future. Just now, off the top of my head, these are a few that come to mind:

    Hummus Quesadilla, where you make a quesadilla just like normal, except instead of cheese you use hummus. This is super easy and surprisingly *delicious*. You can make it plain or stuff it with whatever you’d put in a ‘normal’ quesadilla, like tomatoes, olives, peppers, salsa, whatever. Super versatile, super easy.

    Burritos, in the same vein, are very easily veganized and very versatile. Just leave out the cheese and sour cream! For a bigger meal, stuff with rice, beans, and grilled veggies. For a lighter meal, stuff with hummus and raw shredded veggies.

    Pizza, same as a quesadilla, can be made with hummus instead of cheese. Once again, tasty, filling, cheap, and versatile. Do a mini bagel version for lunch in the toaster oven, or a bigger one on real pizza dough (at TJ’s, etc) for dinner.

    Grilled veggies taste gourmet but are actually very easy. Just brush assorted veggies (like potatoes, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, whateva, with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn the oven to broil and let ‘em roast for a half hour or so, until they are ‘done’ (this depends on how you like them).

    Stir Fry is also so easy. Any veggies, fresh or frozen, sauteed and served over rice. You can of course add tofu or tempeh if you want, but not necessary. Here is my quick and dirty stir fry recipe – 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon soy sauce + 1 tablespoon sesame oil + 1 tablespoon vinegar (rice wine is best but any will do) + 2 cloves garlic, minced + optional fresh minced ginger, to taste. Whisk it all up and stir fry into deliciousness.

    Thai Curry is also amazingly simple. Again, any veggies plus optional tofu or tempeh, sauteed in a little oil and then simmered in a can of coconut milk + 2 tablespoons curry paste or powder. Add soy sauce or sugar to taste if you want – I usually don’t.

    Alright, that’s all I got for now. I’ll put together some real recipe posts for you in the coming weeks.

  • Sayward

    @ GoMacro – Yay chicken love! It’s true, they are definitely part of our family here.

    And agave, oh yes, I love the stuff. I actually cook with it quite a bit, and rarely use sugar these days. I was hesitant to post agave-centric recipes because I’m not sure how widely available it is and how many people really buy/use it. But I’ll definitely be posting some agave recipes coming soon, so check back in!

  • Lisa Hoffman

    Wow, this is ALL so wonderful! I’m so very proud to call you my “Daughter-in-Law” & feel so honored that you so eliquently share yourself with both me & the rest of the world! Way to go SWEETHEART!! Love you, Mamma

  • Sam

    I have recipes to send to you when I return!

  • Sayward

    @ Lisa – Aw Mamma, you’re the bestest! Thanks for the all the love!

    @ Sam – I want recipes! Yes yes yes, give me all your secrets!

  • Amber Kaplan

    Could you archive your recipes in an easy to read/print format? I like reading the dialogue and seeing pics of the food in the blog, but I’ve tried a few of the recipes and find that cutting and pasting the text is easier to follow.Thanks!

  • Sayward

    @ Amber – That is a great idea – I’ve seen similar features on other recipe blogs. It’s something that I’ll definitely look into. Probably won’t happen right away, but rest assured that I and IT Husband will be working on it! =)