Around the World: Black-Eyed Peas and Potatoes

Here is another menu inspired by my recent study of African cuisine. This lunch features three more foods used widely across the continent...

In the bottom container, I seasoned black-eyed peas and potatoes with touches of cilantro, cumin, and lime juice. Tender black-eyed peas and other cowpeas (also called "crowder peas" here in the U.S., because they’re all crowded together in their pods) are served all over the African continent.

On top of this dish are oven roasted okra pods. I love okra so much! Here in America we tend to think of okra as a southern vegetable, but it, too, has its origins in Africa. Whole roasted pods are fun to pick up and eat with your fingers.

In the top container are honeydew melon slices and a serving of plantain chips, a popular snack in West Africa.

Verdict: Everyone in the family was happy with this meal, although shmoo wouldn't even try the okra (more for thems that likes em!). The plantain chips were interesting, like a cross between potato chips and banana chips. 3 stars.

P.S. Speaking of plantains, have you ever visited the sad little monkey who bought the wrong bananas? Too bad he didn’t know the difference between bananas and plantains!

Graphite concept phone based on the DVB-H technology

You’re a television addict and you don’t allow yourself to miss any chance to watch all sorts of shows, from sports, to soap operas and concerts, maybe news and comedy shows. That’s why you’ll most probably fall in love with the Graphite DVB-H Mobile Phone concept below, a device designed by Jonathan Findlay.Jonathan Findlay is a Transport and Product designer who graduated from Coventry

Boo! Ghostly game wins top prize in Nokia Mobile Games Innovation Challenge

Nokia revealed that Ghostwire, by A Different Game from Sweden, is the winner of the Mobile Games Innovation Challenge. Ghostwire is a casual collection and adventure game, where players use the unique features of the mobile device to communicate with the world of ghosts. Ghostwire also features an augmented reality-powered mini-game, where players can use the camera on their mobile device to

EA Mobile Releases Tetris for Android, bejeweled and Monopoly Coming Next Month

EA Mobile today announced the development of two games for the T-Mobile G1. Tetris is available today and Bejeweled and MONOPOLY Here & Now Edition will become available in November. All three games will be available in the United States for purchase and download directly from global hit Tetris comes to Android! A touch screen lets you spin, flick and move Minos in

What I Did On My Vacation

Last week some of my girlfriends and I left the husbands and kids at home and took a trip to beautiful Portland, Oregon.

It was undoubtedly the most fun I've had in a long, long time. We ate and shopped and ate some more (Nicholas Restaurant has out-of-this-world Lebanese and Middle Eastern food, btw).

We stopped by Powell's Books for Home & Garden on Hawthorne Street, and look what we found! It's Vegan Lunch Box right up front, with a hand-written staff recommendation sign! Woo hoo! Powell's, you so made my day!!

Shmoo Review: Dr. Fuhrman's Eat for Health

Hey, Dr. Fuhrman's Disease-Proof Blog has a new look beginning this week. I was asked to be a guest blogger this week; you can visit and read an edited version of my Summer Veg Out post on the wonders of smoothies.

Speaking of Dr. Fuhrman, he also recently produced a new set of books and a DVD. As most of you long-time readers know I'm a huge fan of Dr. Fuhrman, so I couldn't wait to pick up a copy to review.

First, I read through his new two-volume set Eat For Health.If you've read the previous books Eat To Liveor Disease-Proof Your Child,Eat for Health doesn't offer too much in the way of new information. The basics are all the same: lose weight and live longer by making nutrient-dense foods the foundation of your diet, eliminating salt, exercising, obtaining healthy fat from nuts instead of oils, etc.

What is new is the slower step-by-step transition to nutrient-dense eating, which may make it easier for people who are just getting started, and the attention paid to emotional issues that may stand in the way of healthier eating. As an emotional eater myself, I appreciated the acknowledgment that sometimes healthy eating is easier said than done, especially when issues of addiction and self-worth are standing in your way.

Book One addresses all the basics while Book Two is made up of the exciting let's-get-to-it stuff: menu plans for each phase in the transition to healthier eating, dozens of new recipes, and information on how to shop.

Next, I was absolutely delighted with the new DVD Secrets to Healthy Cooking.Dr. Fuhrman and his wife Lisa demonstrate how to make the staple dishes central to his eating style: smoothies, salads and nut-based dressings, vegetable soups (including my favorite), a stir-fry, and sorbet. The production quality is excellent, the demonstrations are fun to watch, and best of all, each recipe section concludes with a recipe template showing you how to make up your own recipes using his model. Brilliant!

Samsung Epix Smartphone has an integrated optical mouse

After the latest i7110, Samsung and AT&T officially announced the SGH-i907 Epix, a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen equipped smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. The Epix is based on the SGH-i780 that is available in other parts of the world and features the same optical joystick controller that replaces the directional pad and is found on that device as well as

Mobiado unveils four new luxury cell phones

As if there weren’t already enough Mobiado luxury cell phones on the market, the Canadian manufacturer has announced the release of four new handsets: Professional 105 EM White, Professional 105 EM Red, Professional 105 EM CLB Black and Professional 105 EM CLB Silver.The first two phones are part of the Professional 105 EM Special Edition series which continues the tradition of the Executive

Sony Ericsson Hikaru. To be or not to be?

If you’re the “I’ve seen it and I’ve already forgot it” type of guy, then you must have went beyond the Xperia X1 phase, even if the arc-slider smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Operating System is still considered by some a new device, as it was first presented at the 2008 Mobile World Congress. Maybe you’re not, I wouldn’t know, but pay a little bit of attention to what I have to say: Sony

iSkoot for Skype launches as First Mobile VoIP Application for Android Smartphones

Skoot today announced that its mobile application, iSkoot for Skype, is launching in the Android Market. iSkoot’s solution supports the Skype Software, offering Android users on any cellular network the ability to make Skype-to-Skype calls on their mobile phone. It is not free though, see the cost listing in detail after the jump.Making a Skype-to-Skype call: Airtime + A little bit of DataWhen

Soft QWERTY Keyboard for Android Available in Q1 2009

If you are needing a soft keyboard for your new T-Mobile G1, Android has released a roadmap which include the soft keyboard feature on Q1 2009. When the Input method framework and Input method engines is complete, you will be able to use the soft keyboad from Android, plus application developers can develop new soft keyboard application for the Android OS.Android Q1 2009 roadmap:Input method

International Identity finds Nirvana

Earlier in Spring we had a visit from Mr. Farhad Mazhar, Managing director of UBING, Bangladesh (Policy for Development Alternative) who created one of the biggest community seed banks in the world and is a leading player in South Asian bio-diverse and ecological agricultural movements.

He spent a morning with us seeing how our biodynamic practices reflected our diversity & lifestyle. Seeds and seed saving were also compared as we strolled around the orchards. His visit was the initiative of Sue Germein, who together with Jacquie Emery from World Vision, accompanied him.

Mr. Mazhar was touring Australia as an invited guest of One Just World and was in Adelaide addressing a Hawke Centre public lecture at the Adelaide Town Hall. The topic being “Will the world be able to feed itself in 2050? Food security and the developing world.”
Rev. Tim Costello, CEO of World vision and Sophia Murphy, Senior advisor, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy based in Minneapolis. USA also addressed the group. The session put listeners in the know about the current state of world food security , how the food aid dollar is used and expert views on solutions.

The Season of Growth,Grass and Sharing Skills

Spring is the time that we are surrounded with new life and rampant growth. The berries in our little valley take a while to dry out enough to enable them to be weeded. Now that is mostly done, all the biodynamic preparations have been applied its time to turn our attention to mowing.
While the geese and goslings have been doing their bit grazing the orchards , they can’t quite keep up with the spring flush .
Mowing is very important in the orchard as the living mulch is cut to produce a protective layer of mulch ,over the season it will be cut around 3 times producing valuable organic matter some of which act as mulch and the rest is consumed by the soil micro organisms , especially after being sprayed with biodynamic cow-pat-pit after mowing.
This living mulch becomes even more important as although the winter rainfall was average, the normal spring rains have not come and Spring has all too quickly turned to Summer.
This year all the berries have been mulched with sawdust. The last few years I’ve been trialing this in the red & black currants and it has proven successful.

Spring is also a busy time with workshops. Again a great group of eager students have soaked up what our living classroom and Deb's experience has to offer.
This weekend members of the Adelaide Hills Biodynamic Group will come and we will dig up the horns and compost preparations.

The LG KP500 Gets a Codename: ‘Cookie’

The entry-level candybar LG KP500 has been given a nice little name by the folks at LG. The ‘Cookie’ packs in a lot of features for what appears to be a very affordable handset.Notable Features: * Quad-band GSM * GRPS/EDGE * 3″ touchscreen * 3MP camera * Built-in accelerometer * Bluetooth 2.1 * FM Radio * Flash-based user interfaceAt an estimated price point around or below $100

Mobile Event Guide from Sony Ericsson

Yesterday, in London, Sony Ericsson proudly presented its Mobile Event Guide, a free mobile application that allows sport fans to access all the information about a sports program, local travel and tourism information, and that is updated via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The application will be launched for the first time at the Sony Ericsson Championships, the “prestigious season ending women's tennis

Vodafone Australia Delivers BlackBerry Storm

Following a long wait and numerous rumors, BlackBerry Storm has finally been made available, and now everybody seems to be eager to get their hands on the much anticipated device. The first two mobile carriers to deliver RIM's Storm are Verizon and Vodafone.Vodafone Australia has recently announced that it's going to offer users the BlackBerry Storm soon. On the carrier’s official website, all

T-Mobile USA to offer BlackBerry Pearl 8120 in 3 new colors

T-Mobile offers its popular BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone in three new colors - black emerald, indigo, and frost. The new colors are available nationwide now for US$149.99 with two year service agreement.The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 includes an advanced multimedia experience, which features video recording and playback, a two-megapixel digital camera, stereo Bluetooth support, and an externally

T-Mobile to get Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 on November 3

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Philips E100, a low-end music phone

After the introduction of their latest device, the Xenium X600, which was designed to have a long battery life, Philips came up with another music phone, releasing the new E100. As a matter of fact, Philips cell phones aren’t exactly ground breaking other than the fact that many of their handsets tout superior battery life as the main selling point. This means that many of those devices’

Alltel Wireless lets customers move to their own beat with the LG Rhythm

Alltel Wireless and LG announced today that the LG Rhythm is available in Alltel retail stores and online at Sleek and stylish, the LG Rhythm offers customers a premium music player with Digital Signal Processing as well as a graphic equalizer professionally tuned by Mr. Mark Levinson. The phone also includes an FM transmitter that easily streams songs to a car stereo or other

Rumor: new Nokia 7110 slide?

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Samsung ACE Can Now be Upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.1

Today Sprint and Samsung announced key enhancements, including GPS to support Sprint Navigation, Windows Mobile 6.1 and the addition of Office Mobile 6.1 for the Samsung ACE. The new software’s downloading instructions are available at than Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade, the GPS will be enhanced to provide support applications such as Sprint

Fat Samsung Propel Unveiled for AT&T Network

AT&T yesterday announced a new line of quick messaging mobile phones that are equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. Arriving in time for the holiday shopping season, the Pantech Matrix is available today and the Samsung Propel and Pantech Slate will hit stores in late October, followed by the AT&T Quickfire in November. All four new mobile phones feature full QWERTY keypads, allowing everyone from

UK to Get T-Mobile G1 from October 30

T-Mobile today announces the T-Mobile G1 will be available in the UK from 30 October. Exclusive to T-Mobile, the G1 comes with full touch screen functionality plus a QWERTY keyboard for easy online communication, high speed internet with popular Google services already on board, and access to innovative application downloads from the new Android Market. According to the company, there are already

Around the World: Jollof Rice

Here is a little lunch box ode to Africa.

Jollof Rice is a dish served in many West African countries, including Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Gambia. I replaced the traditional chicken in the dish with chicken-style seitan, and cooked it in a base of tomatoes, tomato paste, ginger, onion, and green pepper, along with peas and carrots.

On the side is a dish of cooked collard greens served in a very African way: with a spoonful of peanut butter! Peanut butter, called groundnut in Africa, is added to a lot of savory dishes in ways we wouldn't expect here in America. It adds creaminess and flavor along with extra protein and fat.

For dessert I packed two more of those lovely baby bananas, which our guests from the African Children's Choir said were just like the ones in Uganda. I will always think of that now when I see baby bananas!

Verdict: My husband and I agreed, this was one of those dishes that you just didn't want to stop eating -- soooo good!! Shmoo was happy after we handed him almost all our big chunks of seitan and took his share of the green peppers. 5 stars.

Sony Ericsson W760a Available on AT&T

Yesterday, AT&T and Sony Ericsson announced the W760a, the first 3G Walkman phone in the US. The device is designed to deliver users the best of on-the-go entertainment and, of course, a unique music experience. W760a also features an accelerometer, thus users will be able to interact more with the device through movements.The accelerometer will allow users to shake or tilt the phone to fast

Samsung D980 Dual-Sim Phone: Available in Russia

Remember the Samsung D980 that we talked about in July and was released in China? The cellphone will also become available in Russia in the upcoming weeks, but so far there is no information about the price. One of the best features on the D980 is the Dual-SIM functionality, which basically means it supports 2 SIM cards at the same time.The upcoming (in Russia) Samsung cellphone has a 2.6-inch

Sony Ericsson Rika is Named W705

Sony Ericsson Rika, the new walkman phone which inherit the design of Sony Ericsson G705, is to be named as W705 according to the official phone profile xml document. The slider phone’s specification will be similar to the G705 too with a 240 x 320 display screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, built in WiFi and aGPS. You should see the official announcement soon in October this month.

LG Prada II Phone Announced, with QWERTY Keyboard

LG and PRADA Group (Prada) today announced that the partnership that created the PRADA Phone by LG will release its second handset before the end of the year. Almost identical to first LG Prada phone, the new telephone has added an ultra-thin keyboard slides from under the handset. The metallic feel makes it a pleasure to touch and type, complimenting the slick design aesthetic. The silver

4 SIMs Magma Phone Concept

I’m sure everybody has already heard about Dual SIM phones, as they are very fashionable at the moment. The fundamental characteristic of such a device is that it integrates two Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs). When dual-SIM adapters are available, they allow cellphones to contain two SIMs and to switch from one to the other as requires. Some other phones are designed to work with both SIMs,

African Children's Choir Lunch Box

This weekend we were honored to act as a host family for some members of the African Children's Choir while they were in town as part of their U.S. tour. The children are ages 7 to 12 and come from several African nations (our guests were from Uganda). Many of the children have lost their parents to AIDS and other diseases, and all of them come from situations of extreme poverty. They sing and perform to raise awareness of the plight of these children of Africa, and to raise money for relief and education.

Each host family was asked to send their children off today with a packed lunch. Hey, I thought, I can do that!

Since we won't be seeing them again I made improvised bento boxes out of disposable plastic containers and used frozen water bottles as ice packs. Into each lunch box went a homemade pita bread filled with my favorite Wild Garden Hummus and six baked falafel balls. Next to the falafel is a bento-style plastic food cup filled with lemon cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, with a squeezy-fish of dressing and a little food pick. Underneath the cup are some baby carrots you can't see.

I quickly ran out of room in the main container, so I used small side containers for the last strawberries of the season, fresh from Saturday's farmer's market. (I was going to pack some baby bananas, too, but they were all eaten up; they are "like the bananas in Uganda", I was told.)

Well, the Choir is on the way to Spokane now, so I won't really know how they like their lunches, but I hope they do. It was so much fun to meet them, to listen to them singing and playing, and to watch their amazing performance this weekend. (I think they burned like 8 million calories up there!) If the choir is coming to your town next, don't miss it.

Nokia Phone Works With Water

Here’s a concept phone with has Nokia written all over it. I don’t think it’s the phone we’re going to see next week since it proposes quite an interesting idea. As you can see it’s a phone that immediately makes you think it comes with a touchscreen. Indeed it does. The other features aren’t clear right now but we don’t actually need them right now.We are more interested in the touch experience.

HTC T8290 Will Support WiMAX and GSM

Clearly, Taiwanese mobile manufacturer HTC is having an excellent year. After bringing the HTC Diamond to users out there, it moved directly to making the first Google Android phone, the G1 for T-Mobile. Now, recently leaked information has it that HTC is working on a HTC T8290 phone that, apparently, supports not only GSM but also WiMAX.This is now the latest, hottest, and most debated topic

Google’s Android Could Signal a Tipping Point in Smartphones

If Google’s ambitions for its recently-launched Android smartphone operating system are fully realized, the new OS will represent a tipping point in attitudes towards the whole concept of a smartphone. This tectonic shift will affect consumers, handset manufacturers and, most critically, mobile network operators.According to ABI Research director Kevin Burden, “If Android is to become the

AT&T's Samsung Propel, a Phone for Texters

In one of our latest articles, we talked about AT&T lineup of Samsung phones. It seems that, for this fall/winter, the mobile operator relies heavily on Samsung to offer users all the mobility they need, at all prices, from expensive to cheap, depending on the customer.Among the Samsung Omnia, the Eternity and the Mirage, we also mentioned that the so-called Samsung Propel (the name is yet

BlackBerry Curve 8350i Close to a Sprint Release

The latest Blackberry iDEN smartphone presented by RIM, BlackBerry Curve 8350i, will soon be released in the US by Sprint, the third largest North American mobile carrier. Of course, we already new this, since RIM and Sprint have announced the future arrival of the device about one month ago. But recently, Sprint has come up with a webpage that showcases the Curve 8350i, which means that it won't

Maple Syrup

One of the things that struck me right away about vegan cooking was the amount of maple syrup called for in many recipes. It seems that a lot of vegan cooks rely on maple syrup to take the place of honey and sugar in recipes, particularly in baked desserts.

I love me some Fruit Butter Bars in the fall, but with the price of real maple syrupgoing up and up (along with most everything else), I just can't afford to use that much of it anymore.

So, I devised this recipe for Homemade "Maple Syrup".

It's very simple, made with brown sugar, a bit of cornstarch for thickening, and a spoonful of natural maple flavor.

I bought 2 ounces of the maple flavor at my local health food store for $2.49; at one teaspoon per recipe the little bottle will make 12 batches of syrup. I know it's not the real thing, but in these trying times it's sure a tasty alternative, and with none of the chemicals and preservatives of storebought imitations.

Nokia Releases Beta 3 Email Service

The Nokia Email Service has been around for some time. Also, it has been in beta version for a considerable period, but now, as it turns out, we’re one beta closer to alpha. Should you happen to be interested in beta or pre-beta application testing, then this will come as good news to you. Today, Nokia released the Beta 3 version of the Nokia Email Service, bringing new goodies for all.Beta 3


Chilly nights ahead for plants, dropping into the 30's by Friday night.The stockpile of things I have to share with you has been growing and.. ahem... and I will get the one in the works posted soon! (and work towards being more frequent).Aiming to plant cover crops this weekend, make more mulch, plant some veggies, and I have some new compost ideas I'm getting feverishly excited about... also

Motorola Officially Announces MOTO Q11 Smartphone

With an affordable price and without 3G support, Motorola has put up the MOTO Q11 smartphone on their product list. The slim MOTO Q11 comes with integrated WiFi, is ideal for people who want a high-speed connection for Internet browsing. Just like other Q-series Motorola smartphone, it has a QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy messaging on-the-go and the integrated GPS for navigation support for

Depression Cooking

How's that ol' economy treating you? I thought right about now you all might find Depression Cooking with Clara inspiring. Clara is a charming 91-year-old great-grandmother who lived through the (first?) Great Depression. She demonstrates some of the meals that she and her family ate and tells stories of the times:

You might note that the cheap staples she uses in most meals -- pasta, potatoes, onions, etc. -- are vegan. In fact, except for the cheese sprinkled on at the end, this first meal is entirely vegan.

In other economic news, people are cooking at home more and packing more home-made meals to save money. Let's hear it for home cooking!

LG Launches LG-KC780 Slim 8 Megapixel Slider Phone, Available in November

Already mentioned in their previous LG KC910 announcement, LG announced today the launch of its LG-KC780, a slim 8 megapixel camera phone with special features that make it ideal for shooting portraits. The LG-KC780 has about the same thickness as Samsung Pixon at around 13.9 mm (it was previously announced as 13.7mm by LG), comes with a 2.4-inch display screen and a slider form factor phone body

Motorola VC6096: UMPC with GPS

Motorola has come up with an Ultra Mobile Personal Computercodenamed VC6096 that has a wide range of features, starting with the many connectivity options, and ending with the good extras.The device has transportation services as the main target, and comes with a fixed mount so it stays steady on a vehicle. In terms of connectivity the VC6096 boasts WiFi (802.11a/b/g), 3.5 GSM, HSDPA, WWAN, and

Samsung YP-P2: BMW Edition

Remember the Samsung YP-P2 that was launched on the US about one year ago? I bet you do because it is a slick portable media player. The good news is that BMW will launch an exclusive edition of the device.This promotional strategy can be considered good and bad at the same time: on one hand you’ve got the BMW and PMP lovers that will surely enjoy the product, on the other hand you’ve got the

Mozilla to Announce Firefox Mobile Alpha in a Few Weeks

Chief Executive of Mozilla, John Lilly has revealed in an interview that the company is ready to release Firefox Mobile in few weeks time. “We want to make sure that the Web on mobile is more like the Web than what the mobile industry offers today, which is closed, separate networks and not a very good information-getting experience for the user. The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile

Samsung Lavender, developed by a 16 years old designer

What do you say to a 16 years old wannabe designer who invites you to make a review on his latest cellphone design, his favorite so far, which, by the way, looks absolutely amazing? You’ll be speechless, that’s what, because when you were 16, you barely had the chance of using such a device. Let’s face it, children grow up in a different environment nowadays because they have access to great

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Announces BlackBerry Storm Officially

Verizon Wireless, Vodafone Group and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that the BlackBerry Storm will be available later this fall, exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. and Vodafone customers in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. It is also confirmed that the BlackBerry Storm will supportssingle-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient application

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 shows up on FCC minus 1700MHz support

Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 smartphone has shown up on the FCC's website recently. According to the documents available, the device was tested only for AT&T's 1900MHz UMTS network band, with no mention of the 1700MHz and 850MHz bands found in the filing. The original specs for the device at launch time listed two quad-band UMTS versions: 850/1700/1900/2100MHz and 900/1700/1900/2100MHz. The lack of

Verizon launches Motorola VU204

Verizon Wireless has announced the Motorola VU204, a new clamshell cell phone that is slated for October 14th availability. The VU204 packs a VGA-resolution camera and up to 64MB of internal storage for photos. The rounded edges of this cell phone should make it easy to slip into your pocket when it's time to hit the road.The Motorola VU204 features built-in A-GPS support for Verizon's VZ

Verizon launches Samsung SCH-u650 Sway slider

Today Samsung and Verizon announced the availability of the Samsung SCH-u650 Sway on Verizon's network. The Sway is a slim silver slider style handset with a 2.2" 262k color display, and it features a 2 megapixel digital camera as well as a music player that is compatible with regular MP3 files and Verizon's V CAST Music with Rhapsody service (which requires a PC for loading music).Other features

NTT Docomo Separate Keitai splits in two

CEATEC 2008, Japan, seems to be the perfect place to get in touch with world’s latest inventions in technology. The event is highly expected worldwide because it gives manufacturers the chance to reveal the results of their work and receive answers from participants.NTT Docomo Inc amazed the public by introducing a concept cell phone that doesn’t follow the rules of cell phones as we have known

Around the World: Ratatouille

This post marks the beginning of a brand new lunch box adventure: VEGAN LUNCH BOX AROUND THE WORLD!

For the next few months I'll be featuring lunch box menus inspired by cuisines and cultures around the world and around the United States. It's the kind of cooking I enjoy the most, and I can't wait to get started! I'm kicking the journey off with one of my fall favorites...

It's that time of year again: the big end-of-summer eggplant/pepper/tomato harvest! And you know what that means: ratatouille!

That's right, it's more than a cute cartoon! It's a classic French country stew made with eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini. I added cannellini beans to mine, although the traditional recipe doesn't call for them.

Alongside are a mini-loaf of wheat bread and a bar of Newman's Sweet Dark Chocolate (Newman's is our favorite dark chocolate -- smooth, not too bitter).

Verdict: Ratatouille only gets better the next day and the day after, making this a great dish for next-day lunches. This was the perfect lunch to enjoy while watching shmoo's team practice another fall classic, at least in America: tackle football. (That's right, despite my better judgment we are allowing our kid to smash violently into other kids for fun. You should see the bruises.) 4 stars.

Yogurt Envy

I'm so jealous! Blog reader Kadri from Estonia read my recent soy-free vegan yogurt review and pointed out that they make Oat Yogurt in Finland! How cool is that?

Kadri writes:

"My favourite non-dairy yoghurt has to be YoSa. It's oat-based and flavoured with real fruits and berries.

"It's absolutely wonderful - their organic bluberry-banana YoSa and plum YoSa are incredlibly good as well. I'm not sure whether one can get it in USA, but if you can, give it a go. I'm sure you'll love it, too."

I'm sure I would, if only I could!

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 lands first on Italian carrier

Please don’t be jealous to the Italian BlackBerry fans: they will enjoy BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 soon! Italian carrier TIM is the first to release the RIM’s first flip phone. The quad-band EDGE based BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone with weighs only 3.6 ounces and measures approximately 3.9″ x 1.9″ x 0.7″ will be priced at 269€ (approx. $370 USD).Featuring two high-resolution, light-sensing

Incrudo Phantom Most Durable Brick Phone?

Even if Incrudo is only making 10 pcs of Incrudo Phantom luxury phone, who would want to buy this brick phone with 230 grams body weight? Claimed to be the most durable phone in the world, it is protected by 3mm thick metal. There is even a 4mm thick of sapphire crystals protecting the display screen. The Incrudo Phantom is lack of built in WiFi or GPS and 3G support. It does have a 8GB internal

Nokia Launches Metro Targeting with Nokia Media Network in US

Nokia announced a new offering that lets advertisers target their mobile campaigns to consumers in 10 major metro areas of the United States on the Nokia Media Network.“The ability to target mobile ads to specific metro areas makes local advertising a reality on the mobile device,” said Tom Henriksson, head of Nokia Interactive Advertising. “This is particularly compelling foradvertisers that

Shades iPhone 3G Cases

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WildCharge Skins to Protect and Energize BlackBerry Smartphones

WildCharge Inc., a North American company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has announced the upcoming availability of a new WildCharge range of skins for RIM's BlackBerry smartphones.As their producer says, the WildCharge skins are protective gel cases that feature an advanced wire-free power technology. Consequently, not only do the skins protect a device from unwanted scratches and impacts,

Making Fiends in the Cafeteria

Sing along with Charlotte and the Veggies:
"Eat vegetables with every meal
Or your lips will start to peel
And your eyeballs will fall out
And your feet will smell like trout!"

Pantech C610 to Hit AT&T Next Week

Together with the Matrix (no, not the movie), AT&T is getting ready to release yet another new Pantech device, namely Pantech C610. This one is not a slider, but a clamshell, so fans of flip phones will probably be happy to hear about its upcoming availability.Unfortunately, we only have a small and blurry image with Pantech C610 so, for the time being, we can't get a good look at it. Fans will

Nokia E71 wins Phone of the Year

The 2008 Mobile Choice Awards went down last night, and the Nokia E71 went home as the big winner, but Samsung did pretty well for itself, too. Other notables include… * Phone of the Year: Nokia E71 * Best Smartphone: Nokia E71 * Best Manufacturer: Samsung * Best Cameraphone: Samsung i8510 * Best Music Phone: Samsung F400 * Readers’ Choice: iPhone 3G * Operator of the Year: O2 * Best

BenQ launches S6 with TIM

I don’t mean that BenQ used a person called Tim to launch the S6 (though they may have had someone of that name working on the launch), no, no, no - BenQ have launched the Mobile Internet Device called the S6 with Italian Operator TIM!There is an Intel Atom processor inside, along with 4.8″ screen, and 370g of weight to account for. 3.5G and WLAN radios are onboard for InterWeb access, and

HTC Touch Cruise gets the bump to Windows Mobile 6.1

Feeling a bit left out with your HTC Touch Cruise running Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional? Buck up, sport. Just because the HTC Touch Cruise has effectively been upstaged by HTC’s latest HTC Touch handsets, like the HTC Touch Diamond, doesn’t mean that HTC’s forgotten about their little touchscreen darling. The HTC Touch Cruise has been updated to Windows Mobile 6.1.The Windows Mobile 6.1 update

Nokia gets touchy feely with the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Today Nokia unwrapped its first touchscreen-equipped S60 smartphone, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, at an event in London. The 5800 XpressMusic, long known as the "Tube" on the rumor mills, is the first smartphone to feature Nokia's new S60 5th Edition user interface, which adds support for touchscreen displays to the platform. The 5800 XpressMusic breaks the ice with a large 3.2" touchscreen

Motorola Good Mobile Messaging Receives ATO Certification From U.S. Army

Motorola’s Good Mobile Messaging Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (Good S/MIME) has passed the rigors of the Army’s Authority to Operate (ATO) certification process. Designed specifically for the federal government, Good S/MIME provides secure messaging for mobile devices with common access card (CAC) authentication, email and attachment encryption and signing, and over-the-air

Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag

Check out these instructions from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories ("Making the World a Better Place, One Evil Mad Scientist at a Time") on how to make your very own bicycle frame lunch bag.

I wonder if you could adjust the pattern dimensions to fit a Laptop Lunch System?

Archived Interview

In case you missed it live, my recent interview with Dr. Melissa West is now in the archive. It was a fun interview!

Cicero Networks Releases VoIP Software for S60 Phones

Cicero Networks announced the release of CiceroPhone V2oIP (Voice and Video) for Nokia Eseries and Nokia Nseries handsets. The application is a two-way IP video application for Nokia phones, enabling video telephony over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks.CiceroV2oIP provides video streaming using either the front or back camera on phones and simultaneously displays both the outgoing and incoming video

NTT Docomo unveils cell phone projector at CEATEC 2008

Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (also known as CEATEC) is an annual trade show held every year in October, in Makuhari Messe, Japan, since the first CEATEC in 2000. The event is said to be the Japanese equivalent of International Consumer Electronics Show, a similar show which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada.This year’s CEATEC edition has brought several remarkable inventions, more

Lunch Box Contest Honorable Mention

I couldn't resist giving out just one more Vegan Lunch Box award and free cookbook! This one goes to Christine in Arizona, who sent in this adorable "Summer Bunny" lunch!

"I grew up in Saskatchewan Canada, where every summer at afternoon I would be seated in my mother’s kitchen enjoying one of her delicious lunches. She used fresh vegetables from our garden, warm homemade breads and juicy fruit from the farmers market, which have also become some of my favorites as I continue to cook and grow. This Summer Bunny lunch was inspired by the cool Canadian summers in Saskatchewan that I miss terribly.

"Starting from the top left, I made carrots out of Granny Smith and Gala apples, held together with toothpicks. Next I made a salad with organic red leaf lettuce with chopped sugar snap peas, cucumber and radishes. I sprinkled Galaxy brand Veggie Shreds (parmesan, mozzarella and romano flavored) for that yummy cheese texture. For the dressing, I used Annie’s Organic Pomegranate Vinaigrette, which was delicious!

"On the bottom left I made a bunny-shaped sandwich (Athenos humus spread, sliced tomato and cucumber between whole wheat bread), a filled a mini watering can with sliced carrots (every bunny’s favorite food!), all over a bed of alfalfa sprouts. For dessert, I made two mini servings of organic rhubarb crisp, a HUGE childhood favorite of mine, sprinkled with granola and ground cinnamon. I also added some of Annie’s vegan chocolate chip bunny grahams for a little variety! And for the drink... Soy on the GO Cappuccino (also comes in chocolate and vanilla)."
Is that incredibly adorable or what? Thank you so much, Christine, for sharing your work of edible art with us!

GreenHeart, the eco-friendly Sony Ericsson concept phone

The “eco-friendly” or “environmentally friendly” syntagms are synonyms used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. A widely spread law of economy says that needs are infinite while resources are limited, and therefore scarce. That’s why, each time a certain invention is brought to light, the first thing we should worry about must be the influence

Samsung Delve Photo Leaked

All sorts of rumors are flying in right now about Samsung's next phone, the so-called Samsung Delve. It seems that the company keeps releasing phone after phone and, after the Samsung Bresson, meaning Samsung Pixon – the official name, yet another picture has been leaked on the Internet, seemingly showing the device codenamend Delve.Being still just a Samsung-related rumor, not that many specs

Samsung Epix – New QWERTY Smartphone for AT&T

Samsung BlackJack II's glory days for AT&T are kind of gone, so it's about time the largest North American mobile carrier came with a new and better Samsung QWERTY handset. Word on the street has it that the BlackJack III, or at least a handset that looks like a BJ III, will be officially presented by AT&T on October 23.The smartphone in question will not be named Samsung BlackJack III, but

MOTOACTV W450 Now Available at T-Mobile USA

Motorola announced the sporty MOTOACTV W450 is available exclusively from T-Mobile USA. The durable clamshell design features a rubberized external coating that makes the device easy to grip, while a chin bar at the base of the phone lets users clip it to a belt or pack. MOTOACTV W450 also features two color schemes, alpine white and black slate, with either canary yellow or mandarin

Facebook 2.0 Available on iTunes

If you're a social network fan, then this is a good news for you. If you're an iPhone user, then you should know that Facebook 2.0 has been released and, more importantly, that it is now available for download at the iTunes App Store.Let's see what this new version brings. First off, now you can get notifications directly on you iPhone, and you're also able to get friend requests, full news feeds

Update on Nokia XpressMusic 5800, aka Nokia Tube

For all of you who have been dying to get your hands on Nokia Tube all this time, the waiting is nearly over. According to Reuters, October 2 is the date when Nokia will launch its highly expected Nokia XpressMusic 5800, also known as Nokia Tube.The much anticipated and long overdue S60 touchscreen device will be officially launched at a media and analyst event held in London. This week's event

LG KC780 Wants to Be the Thinnest 8 MP Slide Phone

Last week, we were telling you about the mysterious LG KC780. At that time, we didn't have too much information on the device, just rumors to go on. The good news is that, thanks to several reliable sources, we finally know it is going to be launched officially. The bad news is that, so far, most of the specs of the handheld have remained a mystery.Here is what we have recently found out about