It’s been awhile since I’ve made ice cream. Peanut butter & Jelly sounded great so I got on my way. I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have subbed in unsweetened almond milk for the required soy creamer but it is what I had in the fridge. It did take away from the creaminess but not away from the flavour. I haven’t made much from The Vegan Scoop but it seems like an okay book. I guess I won’t know until I try them all
Posted in Food, Ice Cream.
– April 18, 2014
Coconut. Bananas. Chocolate. It’s kind of my diet lately. So why not make it all into mini donuts? I found this recipe and had to give it a go.
The donuts themselves were great, kind of like a cross between banana bread and cake donuts. Lots of banana flavour. The glaze was winged, as you can see it was drippy and perfect and then sprinkled with unsweetened coconut. I’m crazy busy this week or else I would write something more epic, but hey, I’ll let the photos talk for once.
Posted in Baking, Food.
– April 17, 2014
Yep, another Bread Bakers Apprentice bread. Whole wheat. It sure was tasty but again takes quite a bit of work. I think this will be the end of my BBA challenge since the last two breads are cheese filled and to be honest I’m not very interested. Some people did this challenge in a year, meanwhile it took me a LOT longer than that.
If I make this bread again I’ll add a bit more salt. It had a nice texture though but not for sandwiches. I still really love baking bread but I always feel guilty when I don’t get to a BBA bread so now that I deem this “complete” I won’t feel so bad trying out the other thousand bread recipes I have!
Posted in Baking, Food.
– April 15, 2014
I met with Numi Organic Tea at the Fancy Food Show. I don’t write enough about Numi Teas I actually drink, since most of the time I forget. They are my “go to” on the move teas a lot of the time since I have some bagged flavours. I had to look back at my archives and it looks like I never mention them. Oops. I’ll try to fix that in the next few weeks.
So Numi has brought out a line called Indulgent Teas. To be honest I wasn’t interested in this. They are chocolate flavoured teas. And I have tried quite a few bad chocolate flavoured teas. It didn’t seem promising. I took my first sip and was so pleasantly surprised. I’ll write about the first one right now since I can’t wait!
Chocolate Rooibos: This was my favourite. First of all it has a steep time of 6-8 minutes. I didn’t follow that so I did get a lighter flavour. However, it was very smooth and the chocolate was very natural. There is a great vanilla flavour that stands out and adds a sweetness. The aftertaste was just as pleasant. This is a great 3pm tea, especially when you want something chocolate and sweet with little calories.
Posted in Food, Tea.
– April 14, 2014
Oh yeah, this #SundaySupper is a fun one… Stuff, Wrap and Roll! So many awesome recipes to try! Things have been super busy around the house and I’m getting ready for a house guest so I went simple. Well, simple if you are a fan of frying. I’m kind of afraid of frying so this took a bit of guts but hey, if I can do it you can do it.
But what is in those tasty looking rolls? Bananas and brown sugar. Oh yeah, these aren’t egg rolls, they are Turon, or sweet Lumpia, a Filipino dish. Such a great dessert and as you can tell it gets better with drizzled chocolate. They are so easy to put together and are perfect for a crowd. Beware though, they might drip as the brown sugar gets all melty and wonderful as the banana softens on the inside. I highly suggest eating over a plate.
Filipino Turon (Banana Lumpia)
- 4 Bananas
- 16 Spring Roll Wrappers, or vegan Lumpia wrappers if you can find them
- 1/3 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 2-3 Cups oil for frying
- water, for sealing
- Begin to heat up a pan with oil on medium-low heat.
- Slice each banana in half, then cut each piece into quarters.
- Take a plate and spread the brown sugar on the plate evenly. Lay out one egg roll wrapper on a clean surface.
- Take the slices of banana and coat them each in the brown sugar then place one slice on an egg roll wrapper near bottom edge.
- Roll sugared banana in wrapper once, then turn in edges and keep rolling. Seal the opposite edge with water.
- Deep fry at 350°F until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
Starters and Snacks
Entrees and Mains
All things Sweet
Posted in Recipes, Sweet, Vegan.
– April 13, 2014
I met with Nazqiz at the Fancy Food Show and I have to say they have a perfect snack. Like corn nuts? Well, these are even more natural than those! Qancha started off as a school project believe it or not but it’s really taken off.
These are air toasted and just tossed with a bit of salt. They are tossed with a little bit of avocado oil just so that the seasonings can stick. I love the fact that it isn’t fried but still has some healthy fats. I got a few packet and to be honest the husband and I fought over who got to eat the majority. We both loved them.
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Posted in Food, Reviews.
– April 12, 2014
Happy Birthday to my mom. You weren’t a fan of photos, but you were a big fan of birthdays. I had a great first birthday as you looked on. I wish you were still here so you could see how much I’ve grown! I’m trying my hardest to be just like you: Strong, Independent, Loving, Kind and Confident, all while taking nobodys shit. It’s pretty damn hard, I have no idea how you did it!
Posted in Misc.
– April 11, 2014
These challenges are really hard when baking vegan. This month the ingredients were white chocolate and Peeps! Perfect for spring, but not perfect for vegans.
You can buy (or make) vegan white chocolate but it is rarely on my radar since it was never my favourite. I went down to Whole Foods and stocked up. You can also get vegan peeps via Sweet & Sara but I haven’t seen them locally yet so I actually just used Dandies, which are my preferred vegan marshmallow of choice.
White Chocolate Brownies came to mind when trying to think of a recipe. You can really taste the sweetness of the marshmallows and the white chocolate is pretty smooth. These are quite dense, I didn’t use any leveners outside of the egg replacer so don’t expect much lift. Just dense sweetness
Vegan White Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies
- 6 Tbsp Margarine
- 8 ounces Vegan White Chocolate
- 3 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla extract
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Vegan Marshmallows, or Vegan Peeps cut small
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan, or line with foil.
- Melt margarine and 4 oz of white chocolate together in top of double boiler over hot water. When melted remove from heat and add the remaining white chocolate. Stir to blend well. Set aside.
- Mix together the egg replacer and water. Add the sugar and mix. Add white chocolate and margarine mixture, vanilla and flour. Beat just until smooth. Add marshmallows and mix in by hand, being careful not to overmix.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Cut into squares or bars
Posted in Recipes, Sweet, Vegan.
– April 10, 2014
First of all, happy birthday to my brother! I miss how you would try anything I cooked or baked in the past, mostly because you were protected by your iron stomach
I started things off
blurry er, right with beans on toast. I love this Killer Dave’s bread. It’s so good… and I’m out. Need to put that on the list.
Lunch was another vegan sandwich from Small. The marinated Portobello mushrooms were awesome. We’re moving offices so I need to get my fix. It isn’t worth it to come all the way back down here for this sandwich, but it’s quick and easy right now.
Dinned needed some greens so I had a huge salad. Mixing bowl style. It was a tasty day, missing dessert but I made up for it other days, don’t worry! More sweet posts to come!
Posted in Food, Food Log.
– April 9, 2014
Part 2 of E’s birthday. I figured it was bad form to wait another full year to bake for this year’s birthday so I took care of it right away. E had a party and requested a coconut cake. Actually a rainbow coconut cake like I made in St. Louis but well, at least I got the coconut cake part down.
The recipe I used was from Namely Marley. I knew it wouldn’t flop as all of her recipes turn out really great for me. I was considering adding another layer because I didn’t know how many people would show up and if someone was allergic to or offended by coconut. Hey, you never know. But the original recipe fed us all with leftovers.
The cake is very sweet, but it’s special occasion cake. I made the fluffy frosting coconut flavoured as well because I wanted to go all out. This is also so easy to decorate. Spread the frosting, pat with coconut and then you are done. I might have gotten some crumbs in my coconut but nobody cares about that when they see this giant snowball of a cake, believe me.
Posted in Baking, Food.
– April 8, 2014