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Snow sucks.

Posted in Dinner, How It all Vegan, Recipe on February 28, 2010 by Danni

Well, the storm they’ve been talking about for like three days FINALLY hit. Yeah. The day I wanted to go grocery shopping. So I got up at 6 am to work out thinking that I was going to be leaving early before the mobs of people appear at the grocery…but noooo. The weather was awful. Mum ended up going and I cleaned house most of the day. Which was nice. I mean…she left at like 9 am and  got back at 3 pm. She had originally expected to get back at 11 am. So I’m glad I didn’t go. My exercise schedule would have been totally thrown off  (I know, I know…I’m being obsessive about my exercise…bad bad me…). But I got a lot done. My room’s clean, I have a nice little office space to do my business, and EVERYTHING is organized. For once. So cool. Plus I got stuff prepped for dinner. Since it was so crappy and cold out we had leftover pizza, salad, steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots), and the Butternut Squash Tomato soup from How It All Vegan! I subbed crushed tomatoes for diced (mainly because that’s apparently all the store had, plus diced tomatoes gross me out a little bit…). It was delish. And really warming. Nothing better than ginger and spices on a crappy cold day 🙂

I was going to whip up a batch of muffins tonight, but NO. My brilliant father managed to get BOTH of our family’s cars stuck in 4 feet of snow in our freshly plowed driveway, so he had to get his retarded drunk brother and his equally stupid, drunk neighbour to tow him out of the driveway. Brilliant I tell you. ANYWAYS. They had to sit in the kitchen drinking and acting like a-holes DURING MY BAKING TIME. Which made me so mad. So so mad. I’ll have to do that tomorrow. Oh, exciting news. My little sister (who usually hates veggies) has decided she likes cauliflower and is starting to like broccoli! She likes broccoli most when dipped in MY butternut squash “cheese” sauce! I’m so glad that’s a keeper 😀 Want the recipe? Well here you go:

Butternut “Cheese” Sauce

Yields: 1 Cup

  • 1/2 Cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 Cup butternut squash puree
  • 1/4 Cup shredded vegan cheese (1 oz)

In a saucepan (small) over medium heat, whisk together until smooth and thickened.

Easy, huh? Enjoy all!

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 ❤

I’ve been a bad blogger…(plus an ode to the fantastic Sarah Kramer!)

Posted in Chocolate, Dessert, Dinner, How It all Vegan, La Dolce Vegan, Lunch, Muffins, Review, The Garden of Vegan on February 20, 2010 by Danni

Hey peoples in the blogosphere. I am so sorry I haven’t had any updates at all lately. It’s not that I haven’t been coming up with recipes or making things from other blogs or cookbooks…but I’ll be straight forward in saying that I’ve been having a pretty hard time lately. If you’ve actually browsed around my blog you would have came across my “about me” page and read that I’m a recovering anorexic. Now I stress recovering. Lately I haven’t been doing so hot. Why? I have no idea. I’ve been anxious. I’ve been only eating my “safe” foods. I’ve been cooking and baking for other people like crazy. I’m over-exercising like crazy. I can barely leave the house (except for class). I want it to stop. Well…I’m really hoping it’s getting better. I’m going to try to get out tomorrow to go thrift store shopping and maybe hitting up Wegmans and the health food store. Ahh…just wish me luck. Anyways. I’d rather not sound depressed. How about I at least share some photographic evidence of what I’ve been whippin’ up in the kitchen! I swear to god I’ve been attached to my books by the lovely and fantastic Sarah Kramer. All I’ve been making lately has been out of How It All Vegan!, The Garden of Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan. They are SERIOUSLY my favourite cookbooks. So so so so so fun and amazing. Every recipe has been a hit with the whole family. And that includes my very anti-health-food/anti-vegan father. He won’t touch tofu with a ten foot poll (which is why in a few days I’m making the tip-top tofu loaf….bwahahaha! I’m so sneaky). But yeah. Within the past week I made the Mulligatawny Soup from HIAV which was a hit (no picture sorry…it was eaten up too fast!). It got rave reviews. Everyone loved the spicy-curry-nessnessness. Also, I made the Wild Mushroom soup from TGOV (hey, it’s cold here. Soup is good right now) – which was also freaking amazing. No picture for that either. Next came Eggplant Parmesan from LDV…made with VeganRella along side some steamed broccoli in Wolffie’s Nutritional Yeast “Cheese” sauce, garlic bread, and the Double Chocolate muffins (also from La Dolce Vegan). Total hit, man.

Now. Two nights ago I made “Mum’s Bean and Cheese Casserole ” from HIAV alongside some more broccoli and “cheese”. I swear to god that my dad had like half of the casserole dish. Crazy. It was so amazing. I heart dijon mustard. A lot. 🙂 This is a keeper. Actually, I’m thinking of taking this to the fam’s Easter dinner this year.

And oh the desserts. I made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from HIAV. Dude. Amazing. Seriously. Can she do no wrong?

But you do remember my saying that I’ve been struggling, right? So this was some of the only stuff I’ve been able to put in my mouth lately. It’s really been helping. Guys, let me tell you there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re going to like inflate and explode from eating a bowl of lettuce. Awful. Ever since the new year began I have been going in a downward spiral. I mean, I feel bloated. I exercise so much my feat are swelling up and are blistering. I won’t eat if I don’t burn the calories off. And the worst part is, I know I’m doing this to myself but I don’t know what to do about it. I can’t get my Epstein barrs back…(from last year…). Sorry about the rant, but I had to get that out. What does this have to do with the amazing Sarah you ask? Well, reading how she got over her struggles is inspiring me to get better. I want to so badly. It’s just hard. If anyone out there is going through the same thing, you know how hard it is. Every day is a struggle. It’s very very hard, but you just have to take it day by day. As for today? Meh. I feel bloated. But I’m eating. But I also couldn’t get myself to leave the house in fear that I wouldn’t be able to exercise (yeah. I’m insane. I get up at 6 am to start working out…uhhg. Why do I do this to myself…I’m so tired). So I hope tomorrow will be better. :\ Wish me luck, folks.