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The Mansurovs

The Mansurovs

Kitsune Soba (Vegan) 1 thing that kept on happening since I started this blog: requests for vegan recipes.. I knew this would be a challenge… a world without Toro, Mcdonald’s chicken nuggets, caviar..or dry aged sirloin (cooked medium rare) would be a very depressing one for me! I had to look up “vegan” on wikipedia because I didn’t even know what the rules were. I learned that you can’t even use fish broth..jesus…. But! There are many brands of soba noodles, some packaged as dry noodles and some packaged as fresh noodles. Thinly slice some roasted red peppers, scallions, cucumbers, and kimchi. Run the cucumbers through a mandolin. I added kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage) to this recipe as well, it’s probably the most important food in korean cuisine, it is sold at quite a few japanese supermarkets and obviously you can get them at korean ones. Now my favorite part, the fried tofu..I sliced 2 pieces of tofu and deep fried it in olive oil until it got crisp and golden brown. in case someone was going to ask.

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart by Maria Popova How photographers do long-distance relationships. When best friends Stephanie and Mav had to move apart, the fruits of telecommunication weren’t enough of a bond for them. Instead, the two artists launched 3191 — a photoblog named after the exact distance between their homes. Every morning for a year each of them posted a photo of herself and some other environmental element of her morning, then posted the pictures side by side for a parallel universe in a shared moment. So wonderful was the concept and so artful the photographs, that Stephanie and Mav eventually got a book deal and A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart was born — a worthy addition to our running list of blog-turned-book success stories. There’s something incredibly poetic about this exercise in remote togetherness that both uses the connectivity of the digital age and defies its traditional communication platforms. In 2010, we spent more than 4,500 hours bringing you Brain Pickings. Share on Tumblr

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