About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



“I said "Somebody should do something about that." Then I realized I am somebody.”

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Up until today, which was cold and overcast, the weather has been sunny and warm here in New England. Yesterday, I was able to wear this vintage dress I just found at Boomerang. It's lightweight rayon but in fall colors, so it feeds two birds with one scone.* With the cap sleeves and 'ugly' floral print in gold, turquoise and brown, what'dya think? 1975-76?

1970s Ragtime dress, thrifted, Boomerang. 1970s necklace, thrifted, Goodwill. Bangles given to me in India. Tights, thrifted, Goodwill. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill.

The label is one I hadn't seen before -- "Ragtime." Not a whole lot to say about this, except that I'm linking to Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

With cooler weather, my thoughts have turned to baking.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote that my veg box always contains bananas. So, in addition to my frozen dessert and smoothies, I make a lot of banana muffins (if I come over for tea I will probably bring banana muffins--you've been warned). They're very quick to make, with just a few ingredients that you likely have in your pantry, and can be modified all sorts of ways (I sometimes add walnuts, raisins, or shredded coconut—or all three).

I've adapted a recipe on VegWeb.com.

Joyatri's Banana Muffins (dairy and egg-free)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour ('fine wholemeal' flour in the U.K.)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ripe bananas, mashed (sometimes I use 3 and add a little more apple sauce)
1/4 cup cane sugar (the original recipe calls for ¾ cup--too sweet for me)
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3 tablespoons canola/rapeseed oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or raisins or ¼ cup of each

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 10 muffin cups with muffin papers.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, applesauce and oil.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Stir in walnuts or raisins, if desired.

5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 18-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.
Oatmeal raisin scone I have made oatmeal scones every week for the past 30 years. It started with a recipe in a booklet received by mailing in two Quaker Oats box-tops. Since then I've veganized the recipe by using soy, rice, oat or almond dairy milk and ground flax seed in water instead of an egg. I also made them lower in fat by substituting applesauce for half the fat (I use canola oil). I never tire of them and, like the muffins, modify them to use whatever's on hand.

Oatmeal strawberry-almond scones

from veganstreet.com. This is handy for remembering egg substitutes when baking.

I freeze the muffins and scones pull one (or two for the muffins) out before I go to bed to have in the morning.

I discovered that applesauce is not as readily availablel in the U.K. as it is in the States. Natural foods stores have it as “apple puree” (of course, you can make your own). I buy the kind without preservatives, which can get moldy quickly, even in the refrigerator, fairly quickly. So I freeze 1/2-cup amounts. Between the scones and the muffins, I go through lots of applesauce. And jam. 

My kitchen cabinet with lots of applesauce and jam jars as storage for grains, beans, legumes and nuts. I want to try making this. At an Armenian market in the next town, where I stock up on all my fig needs (fig jam, fresh figs, dried figs), I discovered that traditional Armenian tahini bread is vegan. It's like a cinnamon roll--it's just a yeast dough made with olive oil and spread with tahini, sugar, and cinnamon, rolled up and baked. I found a recipe here.

*from veganstreet.com

Reader Comments (10)

I love the "Feed The Birds" poster and sentiment! And your 70's dress is so pretty, perfect for in-between weather. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Love your new pretty dress and love your recipes. Will surely try banana muffins, the recipe looks simple enough for me. Not sure about availability of applesauce here...but I have homemade apple puree, so it will work. Just like you, I almost always reduce amount of sugar that they give in recipes, too sweet for me.

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

That dress is gorgeous, what a perfect fit! Those clogs are amazing, I'd love to find some in a charity shop!
I'm a big fan of banana muffins, I'll substitute some of the flour for a couple of crumbled up Weetabix for extra texture. xxx

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Oh, my now I am dreaming of scones.....Your dress is lovely...you look great in these colors! Now, I must go look for some scone recipes!! have a wonderful week.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpam@over50feeling40

Yo make healthy look yummy!

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPinkCheetahVintage

Very pretty dress!
I was really interested in the egg substitutes; I'll give those a try sometime. I have a lot of apples this year so the applesauce substitute is great for me.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Thank you for stopping by at my blog!
I love the clogs - I love wooden sole footwear as a rule anyway :)
Ha, so you're also in a long distance relationship? My husband is American and he is not living with me at the moment - He was in the US until July and at least he is a bit closer now, as he is in Portugal to do some web design course. Such is life :)

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs D

Ugly? Where? Love your fall print on this pretty dress! You look grand, and it was a great buy.
I had to scroll past what looked like lovely recipes ... carbs are my downfall, and baked carbs are lethally delicious.
Stop me before I do something satisfying!
Have a great week....

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

Now you see I think the print on that dress is really pretty! I think,you've placed the date about right, I seem to remember that style, especially the cap sleeves, as a mid-70s thing.
Mmm, your baking is impressive, as is your organisation! xxxx

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

the muffins look good! have probably mentioned it before, but roberto has a fruit phobia! so no applesauce in this house... and actually, no banana muffins either.
i do like the look of that tahini bread/cake! looks interesting.... tho i often have issues with tahini - i don't like too much as it's sometimes overpowering. just the right amount tho is delcious.x
cute dress too.!

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

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