Monday, August 27, 2012

Freezing Herbs in Olive Oil

Photos via The Kitchn

I've always wanted to do this. Now I can. And so can you.

8 Steps for Freezing Herbs in Oil
Courtesy of The Kitchn

  1. Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden. 
  2. If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. Here I froze a combination of finely-chopped and whole herbs such as rosemary, fennel stalk, sage, and oregano. 
  3. Pack the wells of ice cube trays about 2/3 full of herbs. 
  4. You can mix up the herbs, too; think about freezing a bouquet garni of sage, thyme, and rosemary to add to winter roast chickens and potatoes! 
  5. Pour extra-virgin olive oil or melted, unsalted butter over the herbs. 
  6. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. 
  7. Remove the frozen cubes and store in freezer containers or small bags. 
  8. Don't forget to label each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside!
For more details, you can read the entire post here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Things I Covet: Paparazzi Vegan Leather Jackets

Wow. Vegan "leather" has come a long way. This wicked cool vegan leather jacket = MINE!


Admittedly I do NOT have a closet full of faux leather, largely because I've personally found it to be too oft devoid of style. I never could quite comprehend why vegan clothing products had to LOOK vegan - meaning that I always found the styling to be a little "off". A little too hippie, or hipster, or just plain hip, for me. I realize it's a highly subjective personal preference, but like my take on vegan food, I like it much better when I don't have to sacrifice what I consider to be good taste.

Enter: PAPARAZZI by Biz
Based out of LA, Biz was born with a desire to bring a breath of fresh fashion to women's wear. Since 1969, they have grown to include several private labels, including PAPARAZZi ̶ a line of stylish outerwear for the contemporary woman. Featuring functional pieces and high-quality detail, this collection of jackets, trenches and more will see you from spring showers to fall breezes with ease.
So says the description on Zulily, a members-only online store which appears to be one of the few sources of these fabulous pieces. If you're not already a member, sign yourself up here (it's totally free) and check out these cool jackets. Normally priced from $150-175 (that's assuming you can actually find them elsewhere), they're on sale for $49.99 until tomorrow. Sorry for the short notice but I've only just discovered them myself and wanted to share.

If you pick one up post a pic on the Sneak Vegan Facebook page so we can all covet your new piece of awesomeness.  And if anyone knows where else to find this brand, please let me know =)

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