Monday, November 5


there's one last hallowe'en jaun, guys.
i know, i know, there's a backlog of baked-up biscuits an' whatnots that needs recounting.
what can i tell you, neighbors, that explains where the eff i was....
i was busy livin' life, and making breakfasts i didn't eat for a couple months,
with mornings back to black, and bleak, i have no reason not to write about food again.
so here's the thing-
i spent last monday as a sh!t-hot mess of a man.
and when i'm all wound up, and broken down, and ground into the ground,
and in generally rough shape in my own head,
which isn't often, and certainly isn't dangerous in any way, but it is very uncomfortable.
and that sort of unresolved tension tends to turn my thoughts to work.
working on the problem, or failing that, working through the problem,
or, failing even THAT,
working on something that has a definite and measurable outcome.
like, making food.
and making food makes sense of everything out of order,
because it takes unconnected things and unifies them, transforms them,
and generally improves them, too-
i was upset, and i was wide awake, and i was in the kitchen making things better.
what did i make?
seasonally-appropriate site-specific sconely cookie-biscuit circles.
check the teleport:

these little lovelies were expert in all the ways.
you wanna know how to get it poppin'?
i'mma tell you right now:
preheat your oven to 400℉
in a mixin' bowl, combine:
1 stick vegan butter;
1/2 tsp salt;
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut;
1 tsp vanilla;
3/4 cup raw sugar;
3 cups flour;
3 T tapioca starch;
1/4 cup plain coconut yogurt;
2 tsp baking powder;
1 tsp baking soda;
chop that all together, into a crumbly floury mess,
then add:
1 pkg exxxtra large chocolate chunks;
3/4 cup non-dairy s'milk.
stir until it's mostly sticky, fold it, turn it, fold it again,
and turn it, over and over until it's all one pliable, layered buttery dough.
roll it out to 3/4" thick, and cut yourself allllll the 3.5" circles.
arrange them evenly on a baking tray,
and give 'em twenty two minutes in the oven.
really, it's that simple, son.
the icing is food dye, and powdered sugar and a splash of s'milk and that's it.
no kidding.
these are pretty flippin' elite for being so straight ahead.
i like that.
and i made 'em and that made sense of the day,
and even though it was initially a hard day,
by the tenth scone i ate, it was a big fat lethargic mess of a day,
and i was too full to freak out anymore-
i felt pretty successful for making up a tasty treat on the spot in the early a.m..
that's no joke.
i've got the november greys, guys.
the sky gets bigger as the trees shed their leaves,
but it gets so much darker that it kinda cancels out.
i'm gonna need many many more scones to get through this month....
but there are highlights-
school plays, wherein my daughter maple has a principal part.
that's rad.
thanksgiving in CT, with my ma,
having vegan thanksgiving for the first time in 23 years back where i'm from!!
that's some crazy sh!t.
plus, stay-black friday is comin' in hot a bit later-
and while i won't be participating, let's hope that the VOTE does somethin'
to turn this sh!tshow around on a local, state, and national level, right?
my daughter harvest gets to do her execute her privilege and right,
and do her civic duty for the first time at the ballots-
and i'm psyched for her involvement in personal and social politics.
there's a lot to be said, pro and con, for this month,
but no matter what, good, bad, very ugly, and very dope-
i am perpetually grateful for the time i have been given, for sure;
never quiet, never soft.....

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