I fail at this…

Yes, it has been a minute since I have written. I have many excuses, however I will spare you. I assure you though, we are still eating yummy things. Perhaps it is because the foods have been so yummy, I have had little time to sit down and write. 🙂 I am just going to go with that for now. My sister in law Brandy got me Veganomicon for Christmas this year. Let. Me. Tell. You. I EFFING LOVE THIS COOK BOOK. I have made many things so far, loving too many to mention. And I have failed on more than one front, because not only have I neglected to write, I also continuously forget to take pictures. AAAAAAAAAAAAnyway. Enough apologizing 🙂

I also may need to note, that due to my unhealthy obsession with my new cookbook, this blog may be taking on the appearance of a cook through thingie..which I don’t mind if you don’t ❤

Some things that did not fall through the cracks recently,

Veganomicon’s Beet and Parsnip salad

  • Dressing:
  • 2 cups orange juice (recipie calls for pineapple, which I did not have)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (I used walnut…again…cause thats what I had)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, very well minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salad:
  • 1 poundbeets, peeled and shredded
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup coarsley chopped fresh mint

Just shred the beets and parsnips in the food proscessor, and toss in vinegrette. The longer this sets the better this is, to a point. The salt will eventualy break down the vegetables making them mushy. Ick. Mine didn’t last too long in the fridge anyway, so shouldn’t be a problem.

Veganomicon’s Broiled Tofu

You are going to die when you see how easy this is.

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T fresh lemon Juice
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 scant t olive oil.
  • 1 block extra frim tofu

Cut the tofu width wise in to 4 equal pieces. Cut each of those slices in half widthwise so you have 8 squares. Then, cut each square in half so you have 16 triangles. Dip the tofu in the marinade, place on lightly greased cookie sheet under broiler for 10 min. Remove, spoon marinade over the tofu, broil again for 3 min, repeat untill marinade is gone. THE END. omg so freaking good!

I served this all over a bed of mixed greens, with a drizzle of tahini and some peanuts.

Yesterday was my brothers birthday, so we went to my parents house for dinner and I made my very first vegan cupcakes. I was basically just playing. I used a dead simple vegan chocolate cake recipe, that was too dry in my opinion, and a easy adaptation of a traditional butter-cream frosting using Earth Balance. So, I guess what im getting at  is once again, I have no recipes for this lol.

Originaly, I had this idea for a raspberry glaze, topped with chocolate ganache. I soon realized that I didn’t have any frozen raspberries, so I just put some peanut butter, powdered sugar and water in a sauce pan untill it was thin enough to ice the cupcakes with. I melted some dark chocolate, almond milk and Earth balance to make the ganache.  Then I just swirled the two together on a few of the cupcakes. I was a little afraid, so the majority of them were a tried and true butter cream.

I have also made the cornbread from the book, which was great the first time, but a little dry. The same thing I noticed about the cupcakes. The next time I make a cake, even though it binds, rises, and has a nice crumb just like a regular cake, the moistness is kinda lacking. Today I made another cornbread and used the exact same recipe as before, and just added 1 eggs worth of Energy egg replacement. MUCH BETTER!

I swear I will try to do better! I have made so many things lately, I am sure some will be repeated and documented better!

Lessons learned

As some of you may know, I absolutely adore summer rolls. Next to sushi, this is the one other thing I could eat every day for the rest of my life and quite possibly never get tired of. Some times though I feel like there is WAY too much vermicelli going on in them. Yesterday I saw Heather’s post about Katie’s summer rolls, and knew a trip to Super Cao Nguyen was in order. I love that place so much. I bought 2 packages of rice wrappers, 2 cucumbers, a giant thing of mint, a huge package of Chinese basil, 1 kabbocha, and 3 bamboo plants for my elephant pot for 12 dollars. Love lol. Anyway… during Liam’s nap I assembled and ate the majority of these outside with a glass of pinot grigio and Harry Potter.

My wrapping skillz need serious help.

These two were a bit more photogenic, I saved them for part of my dinner.

I am not going to re-write her recipie for her sauce and marinade, but I did use different vegetables. Also, I did not use the fish sauce.

I used 2 cucumbers, 2 carrots, 1 red bell, mint, basil and peanuts.

For some reason, after all the sun and veggies, I was craving cake. So what do you do when you want cake? Make one! Google – vegan cake. Ta-da! This is by far the EASIEST recipe for cake I have ever seen, and beleive it or not, one of the better.

1 bowl chocolate cake

  • Cake
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cold water or brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Pre heat oven to 375

    Grease a 9 inch cake pan and line with parchment paper.

    In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coco powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Sift together with a fork until well combined. In a 2 cup measuring cup combine water or coffee, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry until well combined. Add vinegar (It will become white and fizzy) stir until just combined.

    Place in greased pan and bake for 25-30 min. Mine was done right at 25.

    So, things I have learned today.

    Cao Nguyen is awesome.

    Summer rolls are yummy and easy to make.

    Regardless of how much you want the cake, or how good it smells, always, ALWAYS let it cool at least       10 minutes.

    I know better than this but it smelled soooo good! Also, I was hungry… soooo 😦 Any who, no crying over um broken cake?

    This was the rest of my dinner! 🙂 It almost looks like it is supposed to be like that! Magical chocolate sauce!

    After all of that, and mowing the yard, (I heard we are supposed to get more crap-tastic weather tomorrow) I am seriously pooped ❤ Night all!