Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We've got fever, for Betty Beaver

When I was growing up, we lived about 25 minutes from a petrol station which had a sort of three dimensional sign featuring a massively-busty beaver in a very short, American-flag dress. I was just thinking how much I wish I could share a photo, and lo! Google to the rescue!
Check it: http://aesthetic.gregcookland.com/2007_08_19_archive.html

I mainly saw Betty Beaver when I was on the bus to sporting events (as the team manager, because I was definitely not willing to actually participate in actual sports!). We sang a song whenever we saw her:
We've got the fever, for Betty Beaver... Big teeth; big boobs; Betty Beaver's got the moves! Gooooo Betty.
I was, obviously, pretty cool.

Also when I was growing up, my mum had a food-splattered, red & white checker covered Betty Crocker cookbook. It lived permanently on the counter, and we all referred to it fairly regularly.

This Christmas, I was gifted a cash card that could only be spent in the US. I took the opportunity a few weeks ago to order some cookbooks from Amazon. I got two very healthy cookbooks: The Happy Herbivore and Let them eat vegan! Both are proudly low in fat and sugar, and actively avoid mock meats and things like wheat. The third cookbook I ordered is sort of the opposite, in all the best ways - Betty Goes Vegan by Annie & Dan Shannon.

I made my first recipe tonight for dinner


This is "Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables", from p. 143. I used Fry's Vegetarian Chicken Strips, my first go at this frozen mock meat. I did make some substitutions - I used balsamic instead of lemon, I used sweet potato instead of white potato, and green peas instead of green beans. So, maybe I didn't really make this recipe, but in any case, it was fantastic.
So far, Betty Goes Vegan's definitely got the moves. Go Betty!


Joey said...

The title of your post alone cracked me up, let alone the awesome team song! Looking forward to more Betty recipes soon I hope (just make sure the song gets a redux too!)

Carrie™ said...

Hi there! I'm back and blogging on a new address. My beloved Simon passed away and I just couldn't continue on The House of Simon, so I started a new one - just yesterday in fact.
I've been hearing a lot about Betty Goes Vegan and I'm curious to check out the whole book. The "Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables" looks really good!

Kari said...

Oh, how funny! I'll look forward to more recipes from that book :-) I think we all need some 'junky' vegan recipes to balance out the healthy ones - and by virtue of being vegan, at least the 'junk' is never so very bad.

Susan said...

I look forward to hearing more of your adventures with this book.

urban vegan said...

Wow--Betty's tail looks curiously like a, well, um....

Theresa said...

Wowza, Dynise, you're right! I had not noticed that before, but now I can't un-notice it!

Kate said...

May have to get this book, have heard lots of good reviews!

Claire Virgona said...

These look so cool! I can not wait until I have a garden..

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