spicy indian cabbage soup

January 29, 2010 at 4:43 am (recipe, vegan)

ooh first recipe! how exciting! it’s a simple one, but one of my favorites.

Spicy Indian Cabbage Soup
low-fat and vegan


  • 1/2 cabbage, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • dash hot sauce, to taste (for me, it’s more like ten dashes)


  • combine cabbage, garlic, carrots, broth, and all spices in a pot. bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • transfer about two cups of the soup to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • recombine with the soup in the pot and reheat if needed. stir in alfalfa sprouts and hot sauce. serve!

nutritional information (per serving):

  • makes five servings
  • calories: 70
  • fat: 1.5g
  • sodium: 788mg
  • carbs: 7.9g
  • fiber: 2.6g
  • sugars: 4.2g
  • protein: 6.2g

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downtown cruisin’

January 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm (biking)

absolutely perfectly magnificently amazingly great weather lately! rode around some of the downtown neighborhoods the other day and brought my camera along. it’s so beautiful here, I love all the quirky architecture (and maybe if I had paid more attention in my history of American art class I’d actually be able to recognize the styles).

on the other hand, I really don’t love the brick roads. they are brutal on my tiny little bike tires. they’re not even that great for cars, either. I understand the aesthetic reasoning since it’s ‘Colonialtown’ and all, but so many of the roads are extremely dilapidated and worn down that it’s not even pleasing to the eye. Orlando definitely has bigger problems to worry about so I’m not exactly about to march to city hall and complain, but it would be nice if they could replace them with paved roads one of these days. or maybe even add a paved bike lane here or there. unfortunately this is probably unlikely, because according to walkinginfo.org:

The cost of installing a bike lane is approximately $3,100 to $31,000 per kilometer ($5,000 to $50,000 per mile), depending on the condition of the pavement, the need to remove and repaint the lane lines, the need to adjust signalization, and other factors. It is most cost efficient to create bicycle lanes during street reconstruction, street resurfacing, or at the time of original construction.

and I have a feeling Orlando isn’t willing to chalk up a sum like that any time in the near future. sigh. such is life!

but enough of the negative, here are some nice pictures from my ride:

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o hai!

January 22, 2010 at 2:44 am (me)

all I’ve ever known is livejournal, this is like venturing out into the big, bad internet world for the first time. I’m intimidated. but here goes nothing!

my name is Alina and I’m a college student in Orlando, Florida. this is what I look like most of the time:

some of the things I enjoy doing are:

  • sewing
  • bike riding
  • (vegetarian/vegan) cooking
  • planting
  • exercising
  • playing video games
  • going to shows
  • supporting my alcoholism

and this blog will be about all those things! although hopefully not too much of the latter, since lately I’ve been trying to adopt a super duper healthy lifestyle. but expect a lot of recipes, food porn, clothes I make, bike rides I take, and all around typical boring non-blogworthy events that go on in my life.

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