Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pukkola and Fresh Spring Rolls.

Pukkola is basically bircher's muesli. I first found this recipe a few years ago in Jamie Oliver's cookbook, "The Naked Chef Takes Off." Soak oats, raisins, nuts and grated apple in almond milk and leave overnight in the fridge. The next morning everything has softened up and once you add your sweetener of choice and some cinnamon, you're good to go!

More fresh rolls for lunch today with yummy sauces.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Grilled Veggie Sandwich & Vegan Chocolate Pots!

Zucchini, red peppers, yellow onion and mushrooms.

Pesto made in my mortar and pestle. I never use my mortar and pestle and I've been inspired by Jamie Oliver's cooking and he uses it all the time so I decided to make my pesto this way. I bashed the almonds and garlic first then added chopped basil and pounded until it all came together. I left it coarse and then added olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Vegan mayo and pesto spread on baguette.

Assembling. Added some fresh arugula too.


Vegan chocolate pots, a recipe by Jamie Oliver. I really loved the taste and texture of this. Thick, yet fluffy and rich. I used soft tofu instead of silken which is why my pudding is so thick. Topped with Coconut Whip!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fresh Spring Rolls and Apple Pear Gallette

Fresh rolls with sauteed tofu, carrot, scallions, red bell pepper, cilantro and bean thread noodles. Served with thai style peanut sauce.

Apple Pear gallette. Recipe from Deborah Madison's Local Flavors cookbook.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Carrot Cake, Bean Dip, Not-So-Dirty Rice and More Carrot Cake!

Last week on Tuesday it was National Carrot Cake Day. I had no idea it existed but my friend posted about it on Facebook. I liked the idea of that and it's been ages since I've made a carrot cake. I must have a long long time ago pre-vegan. So it was time to make a vegan one.

That day I got home from work and used what I had at home. I used Kittee's Vanilla Cake recipe and just added 1 1/2 cups of shredded carrot and some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Shop bought frosting, some chopped nuts and a few Halloween sprinkles later, I had a carrot cake!

This was so moist and delicious! I'm not too crazy about shop bought frosting so I made a mental note to make a cream cheese based icing next time.

Bean dip we had today. I can eat this everyday it's so good with crispy tortilla chips.

This is Bryant Terry's "Not So Dirty" rice recipe from Vegan Soul Kitchen. It's really tasty. I made a big pot of it so I can take it to work for lunches this week. I used Tofurky sausages in it instead of seitan and tempeh.

Carrot cake fever again. This time in cupcake form. I used a different recipe today from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World along with cream cheese frosting. I accidentally added extra flour so I had to compensate by adding more liquid but it still turned out good.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Healthy Bean Dip.

Not watching the game but I got dip! This is a healthier version of layered dip. We got refried beans, olives, red bell pepper, tomato, avocado, pickled jalapenos, scallions and vegan mayo mixed with lime juice. So yummy!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cake and Soup.

Got home yesterday from work and really wanted cake. Made a quick chocolate cake with a cocoa glaze with nuts. Hit the spot!

For dinner, a white bean, cabbage, potato, rutabaga, carrot soup seasoned with summer savory.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Healing Soup & Victoria Sponge.

My friend Maile made a beautiful soup the other day to heal my cold. I tried to re-create it today. It has a lot of turmeric along with chili pepper flakes, paprika, sage, cumin, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It has good stuff in it: veggie broth, white beans, potatoes, broccoli, celery, carrots, onions, garlic and little tiny pearl pasta.

A cake was in order today. Even though I've been sick all week, I still have a sweet craving. A victoria sponge is perfection with raspberry jam and buttercream filling.

The buttercream was easy. I just softened about 1/2 cup of Earth Balance margarine and beat in some powdered sugar and vanilla and a drop of soymilk until it got nice and fluffy.