Southern Style Grits from Becky Striepe’s book ‘BOWLS’
Becky Striepe, creator of the fabulously creative blog Gl
ue & Glitter has another book out. YEA!
Just a few days ago, Becky ‘Wow’ed
us with her Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes
recipe as April’s ‘Family Favorite Desserts-Veganized’ entry for April here on Canned. She also graciously created a delicious smoothie recipe back in January of 2014 for my Breakfast In Bed Fest
Now Becky introduces us to her latest project, a deliciously healthy and practical collection of recipes for busy Moms, health driven families, food lovers, okay….everyone needs a copy of Becky’s e-book BOWLS
Today Becky is sharing with us a fantastic Southern Style Grits recipe and some thoughts with me about her life, the book, cute as a button son Darrol and life in a mixed, Vegan home in Georgia.
Me: This book has such convenient ideas in it. You’ve got your hands full with your website and a little one running around. Do we owe your home life to your fabulous “BOWLS” meals?
Becky: I definitely draw from my own life when I’m developing recipes, and BOWLS
is aimed at folks who want to eat vegan food but don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. The recipes in this book are real dishes that we eat on a regular basis. The other thing I wanted to do with this book was empower folks to cook. It can be so hard to stick to a recipe when you’re super busy and can’t get to the store. The second half of the book is all about mixing and matching, so you can cook with what you have on hand and still end up with a great meal.
Me: Glue and Glitter has such a home feel to it. What got you started in crafts and creative ideas? Were you always making fun stuff like that?
Becky: Aw, thank you so much! That’s definitely my personality – I’m a nester, and making has always been part of my life. My pops is a great cook, and I learned to cook standing on a chair next to him in the kitchen. My mom teaches preschool, and she taught me the satisfaction that comes with crafts. I hope that I can pass that love of making – in and out of the kitchen – on to Darrol Henry.
Me: I have similar tastes to you when it comes to combining flavors and textures. What would you say about the range of flavors you use for a lot of the BOWLS recipes?
Becky: For me, food is all about comfort, and the recipes in BOWLS
are ones that feed my soul and my family. I tend to gravitate toward more warming flavors, like ginger and hot peppers, and richer textures. My husband likes things a little bit more neutral, where the veggies shine over the sauces, and they’re still crunchy, even when cooked. My cooking tends to include a mix of those elements, because I think that our tastes balance each other out nicely.
Me: Do you find meals in bowls helps with having a Vegan / Non-Vegan household? I assume that Darrol is Vegan as well?
Becky: My husband, Dave, is an omnivore, and Darrol Henry is an at-home vegan right now, vegetarian at school if there’s a non-vegan snack like muffins with eggs in them. It was a compromise, and one that Dave and I talked about a lot while I was pregnant. I hope that when he’s old enough to decide, Darrol will want to be 100% vegan like his mom! Navigating a vegan-omni relationship is tricky sometimes, and how Darrol would eat was one of the hardest decisions for me as a new mom.Darrol wasn’t really in the picture when I was developing most of these recipes, but he definitely eats them now. So does Dave. At home, both of my guys eat the same vegan food I cook for myself, because I cook to their tastes. I think that the heartiness you find in many of the BOWLS
recipes comes from cooking plants to satisfy an omnivore’s palate.
Me: What are some differences in the Vegan scene in Georgia? Anything changing for the better down there? I know it’s a big BBQ state.
Me: What can we expect next for books from you? You’re at 2 now and we want more!!!
Becky: Aw, thank you so much! Right now, I’m collaborating on a couple of ebooks. One with Andrea from Vibrant Wellness Journal
and another with Julie at Crafting a Green World
. The VWJ book is a vegan cookbook dedicated to the world of sauces, dips, and spreads. The CAGW book is all about crafts for kids. The CAGW book does include a handful of beeswax projects, because many of the projects in there are Julie’s, and she loves using beeswax. Most of the crafts are totally vegan-friendly, though. And AWESOME. Both are still in the early stages, so it might be a while before they come out.
Photo Credit Becky Striepe
Southern Style Grits
- Ingredients for 4 servings
- 1 cup organic corn grits
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 16-20 okra, sliced into 1/2” rounds
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- plenty of black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1 1/3 cups fresh tomato, chopped
- 1. Bring your water to a boil, and slowly add the grits. Simmer,
- uncovered, and stir occasionally, until the grits soak up most
- of the water. This should take about 12 minutes.
- 2. In the meantime, heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet on
- medium heat and sauté the okra until it’s slightly blackened.
- Set this aside.
- 3. Once the grits are all done, stir in the nutritional yeast,
- pepper, and margarine, then top with the okra and tomatoes.
- Reprinted with permission © 'Bowls' by Becky Striepe and Timid Futures Publishing August 2014
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One winner will be chosen at random on April 11th, 2015. A World-Wide contest.
Thanks so much Becky! Becky provided me with a copy of BOWLS for this review.
- Cherry Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes – from Becky @Glue & Glitter.com – April’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry
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