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After yet another long hiatus, I return…with a recipe!

Posted in Cakes and Cupcakes, Dessert, Dinner, Faux Meat, La Dolce Vegan, PPK, Recipe, Sandwich, Tofu, Uncategorized, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Dad, Veganomicon on May 28, 2010 by Danni

Hey guys, sorry it took me such a long time to post again. I was in an uncomfortable spot mentally with food. I couldn’t get myself to post anything…blogging was making me feel obligated to cook and bake when I didn’t want to, and being around food was making me feel rather uncomfortable. Fear not, that feeling has gone far, far away! I am doing my better with eating and whatnot and have been enjoying cooking more and more. For any of you out there like me who are afraid to eat, this is what worked for me: cook. Just do it. And cook what you like. Although you may not eat what you cook immediately, eventually you will feel like you’re missing out on NOT eating it and will try a little bit. And enjoy it. Seriously. That’s how I am at least (I came to that little realization after making the carrot bisque from VWAV). So enough of that…I obviously cannot list EVERYTHING that I’ve made within the past months, muchless days or weeks…but I can at least share the pics of the meal that I made for my mum’s b-day two days ago:

Black Beans with Chipotle with Adobo Sauce and Broccoli Polenta from Veganomicon

This was amazing (yes folks, I ate it! And man do I love spicy food.). I made everything as directed, except with the polenta, I ended up making kale polenta because I found that my broccoli went all moldy on me (sob).

Kale Polenta

Lower Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake from Veganomicon

 And here’s the cake! Man was this rich and moist. One of the better vegan cakes that I have made. And I didn’t even have to make it low fat myself!! Woo hoo! I also used the Quick Melty Ganache from Vegan Cupcakes. Yum.

Ahh, I may as well share a fun vegan story. There once was a nasty meat eating man who killed squirrels (not kidding). He hated vegan food. One day, his rad-tastic vegan daughter made dinner for her family. That dinner included the amazing sausages (chorizo to be exact…) from VB. He at it, never knew it was vegan, and went on to be as miserable as ever. Minus the fact that he loved the dinner. He wasn’t miserable then…just to clear it up. So, the recipe I made was from Vegan Dad’s blog…the Penne with Seitan Sausage in Tomato Sauce. It was really good. I may just make that sauce recipe a regular for me…and the seitan sausage. I’ve been on a seitan making kick lately, honestly. I’m not so scared of it anymore. I’ve made those, the chicken seitan from LDV…and a bunch more. Next I’m gonna try my hand at seitan o’ greatness. I do prefer the steaming method to boiling.

And now the recipe that I promised!  This is a recipe for a totally liberal spicy (or not…) tofu and/or veggie wrap. I mean liberal. This wrap as as liberal as a tea party member is conservative and freaky:

The Liberal Wrap

Serves: 1

  • 1 large cabbage leaf (or any other veggie leaf. Or a tortilla. Or a flatbread. Or a savoury crepe. Whatev)
  • 1/2 C pressed firm tofu, cubed (or however many steamed veggies you want. Or both)
  • Spices to taste: I recommmend garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayanne pepper, salt, but use whatever you want
  • Hot sauce to your liking (added to the pan of tofu/veggies and spices)
  • 1/8 C ketchup, plus hot sauce to taste: Or if you don’t want it spicy at all, use a cheese sauce, or thai peanut sauce, or bbq sauce…anything to your liking. Just arrange your spice choices accordingly.

Mix up your sauce of choice.

In a nicely sized skillet over medium heat, saute your tofu (if using veggies, add about 1/2-3/4 C water to steam). Allow to brown (or until water evaporates.). Add spices, and then hot sauce (if using). Remove from heat and add veggies or tofu to your sauce and toss to coat. Place this all in your leaf of choice and enjoy!

Told you it was liberal. It’s more of a basic template than a recipe…but who cares. It’s good.

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It’s George Harrison’s birthday!

Posted in Cakes and Cupcakes, Dessert, How It all Vegan, The Garden of Vegan on February 26, 2010 by Danni

Yes, I celebrate the birthday of deceased Beatles. I’m lame, I know. But I’m obsessed so…I don’t care what you think. Haha. *ahem* Anywho. I decided to honour the fantastic George with a CAKE! I used the Vanilla Cake recipe from How It All Vegan! and the Chocolate Mint Frosting from The Garden of Vegan. Except I didn’t have any mint extract so I just used vanilla. And it was gooood. And vegan. Like George. 🙂

I was far too lazy to make dinner tonight. Making that up tomorrow, though. My little sister’s friend is coming over for the afternoon after school *yippie…* so I’m making them vegan pizza and garlic bread for dinner. Bwahaha. And vegan chocolate chip cookies. With tofu. I’m just so devious XD.

Now for some important news. I’ve finally found a local vegan group called the Buffalo Vegetarian Society. Any Buffalo blog readers out there? You should join up. Anyways, there’s going to be a potluck March 13th which I’m super excited about. Any suggestions of what I should bring? I’ve never done a potluck before…I’m thinking a nice casserole or a crock-pot of soup or something of the like. Share some recipes, while you’re at it if you have any! Now I’m watching re-runs of Project Runway so…bye loves ❤

First post of the new year!

Posted in Cakes and Cupcakes, Cookies, Dessert, Recipe, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegan With A Vengence, VegWeb on January 8, 2010 by Danni

I’ve been a little bit lazy lately…sorry. Well, at least too lazy to post anything. I have been doing a crapload of baking. A lot of it has been unsuccessful though. Which makes me…pretty mad. (Good way to start out the new year, right?). Lets talk about the successful recipes first:

1) Baking Powder Biscuits from VWAV: I made these because my little sister wanted strawberry shortcake. They turned out perfectly. They were nice and puffy and…biscuit-y haha. My mum was jealous because she can never make her biscuits raise (and no one likes flat biscuits…). I didn’t make the gravy that goes along with the recipe, but I intend to soon (results WILL be posted…)

2) I have no pictures of the next few things (things being bread…) so I’m putting them all in this section. I tried making a wheat bread from VegWeb and the Kissing Cousins Oatmeal Bread from La Dolce Vegan but BOTH flopped. It might have been because the rack in my oven was on the wrong notch or something but the middle of both was completely raw…just…dough. Which me pretty bloody mad.

3) Finally just yesterday I made the gingerbread from How It All Vegan and THAT finally turned out perfect. It smelled great. I’m a little obsessed with the smell of molasses. Weird I know.

4) Today I decided to attempt the Ohh La Las from VCIYCJ. Um…not a total fail, but not a total success. I could not roll them out, even after chilling. So I just decided to drop teaspoon sized dough balls, and pressing them down to flatten them. I had to bake them for 17 minutes instead of 12. Also I only got a dozen cookies (when sandwiched) instead of 3 dozen. Oy vey what a difference. They taste good though! Very whoppie-pie-esque. I had a lot of left over filling.

5) To use up said filling I made cupcakes! I used the Super Moist Chocolate Cake recipe off of VegWeb. I made a few subs…so here’s what I did:

  • 1 1/2 Cups AP Flower
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 5 TBS applesauce
  • 1 TBS vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 TSP baking soda
  • 1 Cup of water

Yeah yeah yeah, mix, bake (25 minutes) and whatnot. Specific I know. Haha. It made a dozen cuppy cakes. I frosted half with my left over icing.

They were super tasty and my mum loved them ❤

6) I made the chocolate chip cookies from VCIYCJ  a could of days ago. My mum liked them but I wasn’t pleased. I thought that the dough was odd and sticky, so I couldn’t roll them. They dropped nicely though. But the texture…I didn’t like. They were cake-y and dense and not what I like in a choco chip cookie. Meh. I won’t make them again.

So yeah. I probably shouldn’t be so negative. Hey…a resolution! I should probably actually make resolutions this year so here it goes…

1) Be more positive (as mentioned)

2) Try to have less processed foods (make more of everything fresh)

3) Star composting and be more eco-friendly (there’s always room for improvement)

4) Blog more!

5) Keep in contact with friends

6) Learn to love myself

7) I will not weigh myself every day

So what are your resolutions? And what are things you do to pamper yourself, ladies? What do you do to make yourself happy? Here’s my suggestions:

  • Get in the kitchen and bake something! The smell is great and it gives you something to do. A real stress reliever. You don’t have to eat what you baked, either…if your worried about watching your weight. Give what you made to family, a friend, or a neighbour…just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean that giving doesn’t make you feel good.
  • Go to the gym! Exercise makes you feel good, look good, and hey! Use the sauna when you’re done.
  • Go get a massage, or a manicure. Pampering is nice. Facials work too. If you don’t want to go out, just make a nice oatmeal mask at home and do the ol’ cucumber over the eye treatment.
  • Go to bed with one of those eye masks. It makes you feel glamorous.
  • Wear cute undies! 😀
  • Retail therapy. Buying stuff always feels good 😉 I recommend shoe shopping…
  • Do some yoga or pilates. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul.
  • Read a good book.
  • Watch a sappy movie. With Colin Firth in it. ❤

At least that’s what I do when I want to get happy fast. Just some recommendations. If anyone actually cares hahaha…

Back with breakfast!

Posted in Breakfast, Cakes and Cupcakes, Chirstmas, Fat Free Vegan on December 22, 2009 by Danni

Sorry I haven’t really been posting much lately. I’ve been…lacking ambition. No idea why. Well, I have been baking and stuff, just not creating my own recipes. Which I really should be doing…anyways. I just tried another one of Susan’s recipes from Fat Free Vegan…her, or should I say, E’s Banana Coffee Cake. Oh man. This is my new favourite coffee cake. See, I epically failed at making her coconut-banana bars (waaay overcooked) and also epically failed at making Isa’s coffee cake from Vegan Brunch (dry and just plain yucky). But this…wow. It was banana-y, moist, and sooooo delish! I’m going to try making it again soon but with some banana in the cinnamon-sugar mixture! Yum! You must try this recipe if you haven’t yet. It should probably make a good Christmas breakfast with some coffee 😉

Weird thing lately too I thought I’d mention…has anyone reading actually craved brussels sprouts? I have been lately. Later this week I’ll post my recipe for sprouts (I’m making them for my fam’s Christmas dinner…)

So I would like to come up with some more recipes…what should I do? A breakfast food? Baked goods? Dinner foods? Sandwiches? I’m not sure…please give some suggestions!

Weekend Roundup. (Plus next week’s blog challenge and Thanksgiving plans)

Posted in Cakes and Cupcakes, Fat Free Vegan, Recipe, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegetables, VegWeb on November 23, 2009 by Danni

Well, I didn’t get as much cooking and baking in this week as I wanted to…for a few simple reasons. One, I wasn’t home that often during meal hours. Two, I was lazy and felt like crap most of the week. Three, I couldn’t really find much on Vegan Dad that appealed to me. Sad to say. I’m really not much into fake meat. I wish there were more veggie dishes….Oh well. Everything shall be different next week. I’ll be home for over half the week, it’s thanksgiving, AND it’s Fat Free Vegan week of the challenge! Woo hoo! There are so many recipes I want to try (and some I’m actually using for T-Day!). Speaking of T-Day…I have quite a few ideas. Instead of just going totally normal and bland and “just veggies” like some people would expect, I’ve decided to bring along some plain ol’ veggies AND some “crazy” vegan faire as well as a yummy vegan dessert or two that everyone will love! (Except mum…since she’s allergic to pumpkin 😦 how sad. She can’t enjoy the deliciousness) So here’s the menu thus far:

Now onto recipes for this week’s challenge. Unlike this week, there are more recipes I’ll try spontaneously next week. But I have a few ideas…

But I definitely want to try some recipes with portobellos. Or I’ll just eat them plain haha…but why not try something new? New is good…

 

As for today, I was bored so I decided to make a cocoa-applesauce cake from a recipe off of VegWeb. I halved it, and it turned out really yummy! Really more like a spice cake than a chocolate cake…but very enjoyable.

Also I’ve been obsessed with these frozen veggies from Target lately…it’s a California Blend…broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower…great for if you’re feeling lazy 🙂

 

Oh and I FINALLY bought Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar today! Woo hooo! Great recipes…I can’t wait to try them 😉

Chocolate fixes everything.

Posted in Blog Recipe Cooking Challenge, Cakes and Cupcakes, Dessert, Vegan Dad on November 18, 2009 by Danni

You know that bad mood I was in before? Remember my doubts? Yeah. That’s all gone. Holy chocolate Batman! That pudding cake is AMAZING! I just cut a piece…and wow. Chocolate EXPLOSION. You must try it people. Vegan Dad…THANK YOU for this recipe!!!

 

Heaven.

Seriously…the cookie is delicious…and the pudding on the bottom just explodes out. Wow. Makes any day great 😀