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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Entries in Scones (3)


Because violence is unnecessary

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


Why I haven't updated this site in the past 2 months

I haven't done a darn thing with this website in the past 2 months because I have moved from Cambridge, Mass, to Washington, D.C. to take a job with the largest animal protection organization in the U.S.

Having lived in Cambridge for close to 25 years, the move has been a major event that took months of purging, packing and planning. Hopefully, when I am settled here (it's been less than a week--but I've already made scones), I'll put more products on the site and post new entries.

While I'll miss attending the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, doing bhangra, sitting and reading in the window at the 1369 Coffeehouse, and all the other wonderful things Boston/Cambridge has to offer, I'm looking forward to exploring D.C. And most of all, spending my days working to help animals.


Meme'd: 8 random facts

Mary of Animal Person tagged me with a meme (what that heck is a meme?). Although I am up to my eyeballs in stuff I need to do, I thought it would at least be a good way to update my blog, since I haven’t in eons.

There are rules to this meme and here they are:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here are 8 random facts about me:

sconehenge.jpg1. I am a human barometer. I get nasty sinus headaches whenever it is going to precipitate. One of these days I want to keep a chart on severity of pain compared to inches of rain/snow to see if there is any correlation.

2. I have been making oatmeal-raisin scones every week for the past 20+ years. I put them in the freezer and take one out each morning for breakfast. The recipe came from a Quaker Oats recipe booklet. An early variation on that recipe was using applesauce for half the butter required in order to make them lower in fat. Now, I substitute vegan margarine for butter, egg replacer for the egg, and soy or rice milk for cow’s milk to make them vegan. Photo above shows “Sconehenge,” as created for breakfast on the winter (or was it summer?) solstice many years ago when I worked at the MFA, Boston. The figures are plastic cowboys wrapped in brown paper toweling; they were meant to portray druids.

3. I read the meme responses of Deb, who tagged Mary, who tagged me. As one of her facts she had that she has a slight degree of face blindness. I have been reading a lot about face blindness lately, it seems to be in the news. Funnily, at Harvard, I was a research subject, participating in the psych studies examining face blindness. But my fact is that I have the opposite of face blindness. I guess it would be a photographic memory for faces. I few years ago I recognized a guy on the street in Cambridge; he was my TA for German class at UMASS Amherst in 1980. I am surprised when people I’ve eaten a meal with don’t recognize me. I am always saying “hello” to people on the street who I’ve met, and I know they haven’t the foggiest idea who I am.

4. If there were such a thing as a “former life,” I would have been a Punjabi. Doing bhangra seems to be in my blood. See here and here.

5. I am a hoarder packrat.

6. I am more turned off by food textures than food tastes. I have a hard time with: carbonated drinks; peaches (I prefer fuzz-less nectarines); raw spinach and that metallic feeling your teeth get from it; custard-like (or “mucus-y,” as I call them) desserts; and meat (good thing I’m vegan).

ahimsa1.jpg7. I have a tattoo that reads “Ahimsa” in memory of my dog Rudy. Or would read if my skin hadn’t rejected the ink (it is the color of a henna tattoo). So it looks like a mess. Just today, a guy asked me if it was a burn. Ouch! Here is a photo of what it should look like.

8. It’s a rare day that I’m not wearing bangles.

I don’t know many other bloggers and the few whose blogs I do read have already been tagged. So, I am only tagging 5 others. They are Desi in Boston, Vegan Heart Doc, The Lifelong Activist, and to expand internationally, Straying Around and anakbrunei.