blessed with some tangy blue Sheese crumbles...mmmmmm!!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
blessed with some tangy blue Sheese crumbles...mmmmmm!!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
I also bottled up my Kombucha this week! I let it brew for two months instead of one, cuz I like my Kombucha nice and tangy!
Here is the "mother" for this huuuuuuge batch....I got 14 bottles out of it! My body won't know what to do with all these enzymes and such! Yes, it looks absolutely repulsive, but it's soooo yum!
We found this mostly veg restaurant called the Shangri La Diner and it was great! Super diner-style, greasy, messy, homestyle cooking...lots of food for cheap, too! We were both impressed! If you are ever in St. Louis, PLEASE check this place out! You can even look at their place online....www.theshangriladiner.com.The owner/chef was so nice, and so were the servers...they even have a sunday brunch with tons of vegan stuff! so cool.
Friday, April 18, 2008
On Tuesday night, I was craving bread pudding again after having the choc chip-banana bread pudding from 'nomicon, so I decided to make up my own recipe! I had a plum and decided that it would be the perrrrfect addition to this sweet treat...
2 cups stale bread, cubed
1/2 cup soy, rice, or hempmilk (i used hemp and it rocked!!)
2 T tapioca starch
2 T water
1 plum, diced
1 T molasses
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil a mini loaf pan. Soak breadcrumbs in milk in a large bowl for 10 minutes. Whisk tapioca starch (can also use arrowroot powder) in water and pour over bread mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bread mixture and gently fold everything together. Pour into mini loaf pan and press surface to make it even. Sprinkle top with a few extra chopped nuts and bake for 30 minutes, until firm but still niiiiiice and gooey! Let sit 10 to 15 minutes before cutting to let it set up...then serve warm with a nice scoop of vanilla soy ice cream or vegan whipped cream. then you can die, because you will be fully satisfied!! :)
(p.s. is it donut or doughnut??? i never know...who gets to decide, anyway?)
These were WONDERFUL! The texture and taste were shockingly just like a nice cake doughnut, something I have not experienced since going vegan nearly two years ago! I used strawberry jam for the filling and made a glaze for the top...
All the gang together, waiting to be served...
A lonely little guy, drippin' with glaze and
topped with lots o' SPRINKLES!!
And the jelly filling in all its glory, right before entering my belly!!
Hopefully I will have more time to cook this upcoming week...I am in need of some good foodz!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Sooooo, here are a few things I have made in the past few months that are photo- and praise-worthy...
Vegan Sushi!!! rice, gingered tempeh, avocado, sprouts, and a butt-load of other veggies...with wasabi and organic miso....i have a special place in my heart for fermented foods!!
Chickpea Cutlets from 'Nomicon with mushroom gravy, rosemary roasted root vegetables (becoming a fav for steve and me) and organic asparagus....spring has been gooood to us!
Breakfast time!! Banana-walnut pancakes from La Dolce Vegan! with scrambled tofu (onions, garlic, peppers, black pepper, turmeric) and slices of organic navel orange--Goooood morning!
Chocolate Mint Cupcakes from VCTOTW
I colored the frosting green with spirulina (TRY THIS!!) and topped the little cuties with a square of Black and Gold's Mint Dark Chocolate Bar....my favorite cupcake, for now....but this will be really hard to beat!!
Where would any of us be with out The PPK, by the way????
At work (Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe, where I am one of two chefs) this week, I made some DELICIOUS tofu salad filled with tons of veggies, garlic, sunflower seeds (the secret ingredient!) and made creamy with lots of vegenaise...of course :) Topped with lettuce, onions, tomato, and sprouts--this is one of my favorite lunchtime eats!
We made breakfast burrrrrrritooooos! Whole wheat tortillas filled with shredded FYH chedda cheeze, scrambled tofu (with onions, garlic, peppers, and spices), roasted potatoes (russet and sweet!!), avocado, spinach, and hot sauce...with a big helping of spicy Amy's salsa on the side.....these were the bomb! that's right, the bomb! Served with a side of steamed kale, because EVERY meal need sum greens!
Another dinner this week was vegan sloppy joes...even a meat-eater would flip for these! I use tempeh for the "meat" and simmer it with tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices, and molasses for a little sweetness. I top mine with some avocado, lettuce, onion, tomato, and more vegenaise ( i think vegenaise might be my blood type, by the way!)
Served with oven "fries" and steamed greens....home cookin' to cure what ails ya!
I made two desserts this week...one was perfection from the start and the other one became perfection...with a little more effort!
Dessert one: Vegan oatmeal "cream" pies!!! one of my favorite things i have ever made!
These were so frickin' good...my friends and i have been talking about them for DAYS! I brought one to Anna at work (Clover's Natural Market) and she even teared up when she ate hers because they were so delish and satisfying....
This girl and I have identical taste buds, I swear!! Then I teared up because I was so happy to have brought her such joy...and of course, Steve caught it all on camera :)
Baking makes me quite emotional, I'm not gonna lie.....
Food should ALWAYS make people this HAPPY!!!
Dessert #2: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pudding from Veganomicon---that book rarely leaves my sight...
So, this started out a little more bumpy....I started out making a lemon poppyseed cake for a friends birthday, which, thanks to the trickiness of my oven temp got overdone--not burned, but most def overdone-- on the edges. After the fit I threw and Steve calming me down (does this ever happen to anyone else? or is this much concern for food perfection odd??) I knew what to do with this less-than-moist-but-still-tasty cake: BREAD PUDDING!! I had been craving this treat ever since my trip to the Chicago Diner, so this was perrrrrfect!
GOOD GOD this was rich and decadent, but not too much...and even more perfect when served WARM with some chocolate soy delicious ice "cream!!" What did I do to deserve such deliciousness?? Needless to say, everyone (including myself) was pleased with this lemons-to-lemonade creation!
Lesson of the day: If you bake something and it becomes "overdone" make bread pudding out of that shiznit and you will NOT be disappointed! TRUST!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Two nights ago, I tried a new product that I bought at work (Clover's Natural Food Market):
I served the "brats" over a bed of braised cabbage (recipe below) topped with organic sauerkraut and a little organic brown mustard...the German in me really came out that night!
On the side we had potatoes roasted with a little oil, garlic, pepper, and thyme, which were so simple and delicious! And, of course, plenty of red chard to go with it all!!
Simple Braised Cabbage:
1 small head cabbage, shredded
1 small white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp sage powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable broth
splash of Bragg's or tamari
1 tsp oil
Heat saute pan over medium heat with the oil and add the onion. Saute the onion for a few minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cabbage and let the cabbage cook down for about 2-3 minutes. Add the sage and Bragg's and cook for one more minute. Next, add in the veg broth and apple cider vinegar and turn heat to low. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, until the cabbage is soft and the liquid has evaporated. Salt and pepper to taste, then serve....goes great with Tofurkey Beer Brats!!!
The next morning, my class was cancelled (yay!) so I made a real breakfast...while I love cereal, sometimes a girl needs a nice hot breakfast to start her day!
I scrambled some tofu with onions, garlic, green and red peppers, black pepper, and lots of turmeric...classic. delicious. Then we had some home-fry hashbrowns with pepper and paprika for a little spice, and some toasted sunflower seed bread from a local baker named Annie. She knoooooows how to make bread and make me smile. God bless that woman!More food to come...hopefully I will get to feeling better so I can get more adventurous again!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I also had dinner with a group of friends on Wednesday, and one of those friends (Anna, who is fabulous!) is gluten intolerant, so I made a gluten-free dinner filled with quinoa and other goodness, finished off by some gluten-free chocolate chip lavender cookies....
Ice "cream" sandwiches are my newest obsession!!
Friday night was my friend Zach's birthday...Zach is not really into the whole "healthy" or "natural" food thing, so I decided that a big fat vegan birthday cake is just what he needed to bring him to the dark side...