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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Gather me

2015 is almost over and I’m only on my fifth blog post of the year. What a slacker! I can’t recall everything of note, but I’ve got photos to prove they happened. So, to quickly catch up...

Saw Melanie in concert in an intimate ‘supper club’ venue in Worcester, Massachusetts. She still has that strong, passionate voice I remember from the ‘70s. And her music is so much more than the song, "Brand New Key," that everyone knows her for.

Melanie's son, who performs with her, assists with guitar tuning.

I wore a 1970s Vicki Vaughn maxi dress purchased on Etsy. With one of my many 1970s Pakistani velvet bags.

I was so pleased to score a mint copy of the Gather Me album (1971) at a free community swap soon after. I spent the summer listening to this over and over.

Colorful label design for Melanie's label Neighborhood Records.

I obsessively made chickpea flour pancakes.

This particular batch had olives, tomatoes, green peppers, green chilis, nutritional yeast and cumin and was topped with salsa. I also make them with Indian spices with Indian pickle (achar) on the side. I don’t use kala namak, which is supposed to impart an ‘eggy’ taste as I never liked the taste of eggs.

The recipe for soy-free, gluten-free vegan chickpea flour omlette/pancakes is from Vegan Richa (a great vegan recipe blog in general). 

There was a conference in New Orleans. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see the city, but did manage to make two quick visits to the amazine Breads on Oak cafe, which offered up lots of vegan sweet and savory baked goods.

To be continued...

In spite of not being very visible in the blog world lately, I'm linking up to Patti's Visible Monday gathering of visible bloggers at Not Dead Yet Style.

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It is so wonderful to see you again! I love that Melanie album - her music takes me back to simpler times. And you look terrific - thanks for connecting,


December 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

Nice to hear from you after all that time! Looking gorgeous in that marsala maxi!

December 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

I love the outfit you wore and the chickpea flour pancakes sound amazing!!

December 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn Reynolds

hello! wow! melanie! will have to tell bert!
and those pancakes look great.x

December 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commentersian

I've heard of Melanie as a British blogger wrote a post about being named after her but had no idea what she looked or sounded like. That album label looks fabulously hippy-tastic!
Love the dress and the Pakistani bag.
There's a real chickpea revolution going on in the vegan world at the moment, isn't there? I've seen some amazing lemon meringue pies and macaroons. xxx

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Hey there! Thanks for commenting on my blog about that beautiful shirt. I love it!

I saw Melanie a decade ago in New York and she was terrific. I'm old enough to remember when her hit-song was everywhere on the radio. I love the style of the late-60's/early-70's which you identify as your favorite, too. We're probably around the same age.

I rode my motorcycle up to Woodstock twice last year and found a beautiful dress handmade by a seamstress up there using an authentic pattern from the Sixties. Wonderful piece.

I like your blog! And applaud everyone who's vegetarian. See ya 'round!

December 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShybiker

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