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Makin’ Biscuits Like it’s Nobody’s Business (Plus other stuff)

Posted in asparagus, Beans, Cookies, Faux Meat, Italian, PPK, Recipe, Snack, Vegan Brunch, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegetables on May 31, 2010 by Danni

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Now that I got that off my chest…let’s talk about biscuits then, shall we? Because I know that’s what you came here for. The carbs. You like them. You all do. We all do. Universally known fact that makes people like be babble. So yeah. I decided to whip some up this afternoon because my mum bought some loverly, luscious, and LARGE (I emphasize large) strawberries (seriously, some of them were the size of small apples…) so she could make strawberry shortcakes (tomorrow’s recipe…). But here’s my basic recipe, that I bet is pretty much the same as the rest of the world’s:

Basic Baking Powder Biscuits

Yields 12 or so

Ingredients:

  • 2C A.P. flower
  • 5 tsps baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 5 tbs vegan margarine (I use Smart Balance Light…yes, it’s vegan)
  • 2/3 C non-dairy milk
  • extra flour for dusting

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 450F.

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in the margarine with your fingers (crumble as you would a streusel topping…make sure you’re able to form some pea-sized lumps)…or with a pastry cutter/knife if you feel like cheating. Add the milk and mix together with a fork until a dough forms. With floured hands on a floured surface, pat your dough lightly into a rollable shape. Roll out to your desired thinness (I like about 1/8-1/4″ for a nice sized biscuit). Cut with a biscuit cutter, place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes, until golden and delicious.

Very yummy. Oh and by the way…I finally got around to making the Magical Coconut Cookie Bars from VCIYCJ (since I finally found vegan graham crackers…). My mum’s crazy about them. So, so good. Make them at night, though. That gives you time to chill them without being tempted to eat one.

I’m thinking of making these, plus other cookies for a bake sale that I’m going to be hosting next weekend to raise money for farm sanctuary. Have any other ideas of baked goods? I’m thinking cookies (most likely chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, GF cookies, sugar-free cookies, oatmeal cookies…), maybe some brownies, muffins, cupcakes…I’ll keep you all updated on this…

In the meantime, what are all of you Americans doing for memorial day tomorrow? Grilling? BBQ-ing? Not knowing there’s a difference between grilling and barbecuing? Wondering were on earth the word barbecue came from? All of the above? So anyways, I decided to whip up some chorizo sausages tomorrow to grill up…from VB. They’re so good. I used up the rest of my black beans from my bean dish the other day. I sure do like making seitan. I need a “praise seitan” shirt. Vegan humour is so much fun…

In the meantime, I came up with a little snacky recipe since it got late tonight, fast, and I realized that I had not eaten anything yet. I bring you…

Italian Asparagus:

Serves one

  • 4 oz trimmed asparagus
  • 2 tbs ketchup or marinara sauce
  • .5 oz vegan mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • salt
  • garlic powder

Simply steam your asparagus with your preferred method, top with the tomato-y topping of choice and shredded cheese and salt and spices. Now depending on time and patience, either microwave for a minute or so, or pop under your broiler. Eat. Now. Top with vegan parm or nooch if you want.

That’s all for today. Do tell though, what are you all grilling up tomorrow?

More fun with vegan pizza…and cookies.

Posted in Cookies, Dessert, Dinner, La Dolce Vegan on February 27, 2010 by Danni

Like I said yesterday, my little sister’s friend came over this afternoon after school. They were doing something weird like making Justin Beiber t-shirts whilst watching Hannah Montana movies *gags* Oh well. I can’t help what they like…yeah so on a side note before I talk about food, who in the WNY region heard about this “big storm” we were supposedly getting? Yeah, so what happened to that? The weather was perfectly fine. Don’t you all just LOVE how meteorologists overreact about everything! So anyways…onto the food part. I felt like being nice, so I made dinner for the lil’ munchkins. Pizza seemed safe. I decided to use the yeast free dough recipe from La Dolce Vegan with 1/2 Cup of Paul Newman Marinara sauce, four slices of vegan mozzarella slices (galaxy brand…), some mushrooms and kale. The kids loved it πŸ™‚ they said the crust was delicious. PLUS I made the chocolate chip cookies from La Dolce Vegan, and they loved them too. Haha…they cookies with tofu in them. I’m so sneaky. Well, everyone enjoyed the meal (which also consisted of steamed veggies…) except for my dad. I think he’s not eating my vegan food just to spite me (hurray for arguments…). He’s such a jerk. Anyways. Here’s a nice pic of da pizza pie πŸ˜€

and the cookies…

So, tomorrow is a shopping day. Got to get some nice fresh produce. Maybe some butternut squash so I can make a nice soup or roasted veggies. I’m in the mood for fresh. So that’s what’s up early tomorrow. Hopefully my copy of Vegan A Go Go will come tomorrow…I ordered it two days ago on ebay…and I CAN’T WAIT MUCH LONGER. Then I have the rest of the day to do whatever. I love days like that πŸ™‚

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 Β 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! πŸ˜€
  • Retail therapy. Buying stuff always feels good πŸ˜‰ 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…

A quick cookie post.

Posted in Chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Vegan Table on December 31, 2009 by Danni

I don’t have too much to say today. Haven’t ate much…I can’t. Like physically CAN’T. It sucks. Every time I eat anything I get the worst, jabbing stomach pains, and puke-y feeling. Gahg. Awful…but anyways. I was bored yesterday I made the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies (from page 91) of Vegan Table (which I just bought! Woo!). I subbed applesauce for the fat. So they’re a little chewy like like applesauce cookies get, but other than that they’re great πŸ™‚ highly recommended. But I wish I could have enjoyed one without getting a stomach ache…(fyi…the ache I’ve had for days. It’s not from the cookies hahaha)

So does anyone have food recommendations for an upset stomach…or foods that relieve bloating and gas? I feel sooooo crappy.

This post is brought to you by the letter “C”!

Posted in Chirstmas, Chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Recipe, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegetables, VegWeb on December 26, 2009 by Danni

Back again! And how may I ask was everyone’s Christmas? What did you get? What did you have for dinner…or brunch…or whatever you do…well I had a pretty good day yesterday. I got a nice new camera from my mum…a Nikon Cool Pix S620! Woo hoooo! It’s so nice….I love it. So I will be doing much more photography for the blog πŸ˜‰ I promise. Yeppers. Also got a laptop cooling pad, some clothes, makeup, yoga/stress-relieving gear, perfume, La Dolce Vegan (from my aunty <3), boots, a faux leather jacket, a RAD melon slicer…..um yeah. Lots of good stuff. The dinner went pretty well, too…I brought:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves: many

Pre-heat a fairly large cast iron skillet. Prep your brussels by taking off the outer leaves and x-ing the bottom of the sprout. Now, simply just spray your pan with pam (or use a drizzle of olive oil if you want – it’s not necessary), put in your brussels and add as much garlic powder/salt, salt (if you’re not using garlic salt already), and onion powder. Now that that is all together, add some water to your skillet…just enough to cover the sprouts half way or a little less. You may have to add more throughout the cooking process, so keep watch. I have no times for this – just cook until the sprouts are tender. The time really varies for the amount of sprouts and their size. Well, I guess this is more of a pan-sear than a roast, but whatever. Who cares haha. They’re delicious. Everyone (who tried them…) at Christmas dinner loved them.

My Variation on VCIYCJ’s Linzertorte Thumbprint Cookies:

I’m not going to post the exact recipe, only what I changed. I subbed peanut butter instead of hazelnut butter, chopped walnuts instead of chopped hazelnuts, and a dollop of Belgian dark chocolate spread instead of jam. They were delicious. Just bake as per the recipe.

So that’s all that christmas wrote. Oh, not quite – here’s just a fun picture of me and my cousins. I’m the one squatting at the bottom with the coffee haha…

So today I’m off to the store to hit some after Christmas sales (time to buy books!) and to Wegmans. All of my Almond Breeze is gone! Ahhhhhg! THe horror the horror! Oh, and of course to the movies. We’re hitting up It’s Complicated. I’m so excited. I love Alec Baldwin.

More christmas cookies!

Posted in Chirstmas, Cookies on December 19, 2009 by Danni

Well…cookie. I tried out another recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. I really really wanted to make the Blackstrap Gingersnaps today so we made a special trip to Wegmans just for the molasses haha. Very important, right? Well, who cares. The cookies were freakin’ amazing. Nice, snappy, and just the right amount of molasses flavour. I wouldn’t try this with regular molasses. The taste would be too weak. Just a tip.

By the way, sorry to anyone who doesn’t own this cookbook so you don’t know of the recipes of which I speak. I just don’t feel I’m at liberty to blog the actual recipe since it is not my own. It wouldn’t be fair to Isa and her amazing cookies.

So how’s everyones Christmas prep going? I have all of my shopping done AND I know what I’m bringing to dinner (which is roasted brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, cookies, and fat free vegan’s impossible pumpkin pie…again…just so you all know). I wish we were having brunch. I’m not a fan of a “dinner” on Christmas. Does anyone agree? I mean…what would be more awesome than opening presents at home, going for brunch, then presents again at the Grandparent’s? Seriously…no one agrees with me but me mum. Mean breakfast-food-haters…

Back Again! And I come baring Christmas cookies =]

Posted in Chirstmas, Cookies, Recipe, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar on December 16, 2009 by Danni

Sorry I was gone for so long. I didn’t want to blog without my camera (since my little sister broke our old one…). Well, good news. We got a new camera! Woo hoo! It’s really nice…just a Kodak Easy Share, but it’s so much better than our old Olympus camera. So now I can get back to food blogging. Lately, I was bogged down with finals and stuff like that at college…so I haven’t done any blog challenges. BUT! I have decided to do this “12 days of Chirstmas cookies” Yes, there are only 10 days til Chirstmas, but I have been baking and THAT is exactly what I’m catching up on RIGHT NOW:

Day 12: Grandma Moltrups’s Famous Molasses Ginger Cut Outs

Serves- 20 DOZEN

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Ingredients:

  • 1 C non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1 C sugar (white)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 C hot water
  • 6 C AP flower

Combine the first three ingredients, beat until foamy. Add the next for in. With the flour, add in one cup at a time. The dough should be moist and a little bit sticky. Chill in the dough in the fridge overnight (you MUS T wait overnight, otherwise you will NOT be able to roll out). After chilling, roll the dough out about 1/8 inch thick, cut out and sprinkle with sugar (if you want to…). Back for 8 minutes at 400 F. You get about 20 dozen using 1 inch, tiny cookie cutters.

These are such yummy, crispy little buggers. Great with coffee or your favourite tea. The recipe came from my great grandma.

Day 11: City Girl Snickerdoodles from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar

For some reason, the holiday season just screams “CINNAMON!!!” to me. And these seemed perfect – I just HAD to make a recipe from Vegan Cookies. These did not disappoint. They were really easy to make. They didn’t deflate like the recipe said, but that’s okay – I just pressed them down a little. They taste just like non-vegan snickerdoodles, and my whole family loved them!

Day 9: Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons from Vegan Cookies

Ever since I watched an Unwrapped episode on the Food Network, I’ve been dying to make macaroons…for some reason. And I am so glad I did. I went to the store today to get some unsweetened coconut JUST for this recipe hahaha. SO glad I did. They were kind of fussy to make, but that’s what I expected…but it was all worth it. These are delicious little cookies. Just follow the recipe exactly – they’ll turn out perfectly. Next time, I might try the chocolate variation!

So I have even more good news – SEMESTER IS OVER WITH! I get to FINALLY transfer from that Hell hole, Buffalo State! I move my stuff out of the dorms tomorrow night. And I’m on winter break for like a month. I’ve never been so happy (odd, considering I think I have SAD…). Well, I have all of my Christmas shopping done…I just wish I could get more into the “spirit.” Does anyone else blogging have SAD? I’ve been thinking about doing light therapy…or maybe massage therapy…I’ve always been depressed around the holidays 😦