Archive | November, 2007

Winding down…?

23 Nov

Next week is my final week of class, then I have a final paper, 2 take-home exams and I’m done until January!  So I guess you can say school is finally winding down but there’s still a rather sizeable amount of work to do.  But I did take the time this morning to make a delicious breakfast.

Celine’s Peanut Butter Granola!

This is really good (it’s so hard to restrain myself for going back for another bowl) and oh so simple.  I’ve never made my own granola before and I’m embarassed to recall that I’ve actually paid for it in the past.  It’s so easy and I always have the ingredients to make it on hand. This peanut butter Granola is pure bliss, akin to a peanut butter cookie with a tall glass of cold soy milk.

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Survey Says!

14 Nov

I’m still procrastinating.  But I am multi-tasking!  I’m writing an assignment while filling out this survey… 

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Soy.  I always used to get So Nice because I rationalized that they’re a Canadian brand and Silk is apparently evil.  But then, I became concerned about my B12 status and found that Silk had more B12 per serving then So Nice.  Then I actually tried Silk and found I actually enjoyed its taste more.  So to answer the question my soy beverage of choice is Silk with Omega 3 DHA.  I also like Vanilla Silk which I didn’t know I liked until my dad accidentally bought me a carton instead of the original flavour so thanks, Dad!

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Spaghetti with Bean Balls from Veganomicon
Ginger-Macadamia-Coconut-Carrot Cake from Vegan with a Vengeance (but in mini-form!  I got mini-cake pans at a huge sale yesterday.)
Hot Coco-Cocoa from Eat, Drink and be Vegan.  I’ve had all the ingredients for it and everything as it was perfect hot cocoa weather last week but I haven’t got around to trying it yet.

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
I’ve never really tried toppings and it has been awhile since I’ve even had popcorn.  I’ve heard that tamari and nutritional yeast are supposed to be good toppings though so I’ll try them the next time I have popcorn.

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
My first vegan baking venture!  It was a pumpkin spice cake with a cream cheese frosting.  Well, for the frosting I picked up Tofutti Better than Cheese but discovered after I frosted and served the cake I had grabbed the herbed variety!  (I *thought* those green things were rather odd)  No one noticed though.

5. Favorite pickled item?
Dill pickles and my mom’s preserved beets.

6. How do you organize your recipes?
I have a Favourites folder that is partially organized into sub-folders.  (It needs to be re-organized though)

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
Compost.

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
Peanut Butter
Honeycrisp Apples
Oatmeal

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
I remember my mom making her Cinnamon Loaf on snow days, I can smell the aroma now…mmmm…

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
Hmmm, Purely Decadent Cherry Nirvana.

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
I know it’s not an appliance but I just love my pink knife.  I find it’s just the right size for my small hand and it doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty.  But appliance…I’m not sure I have the worst luck with appliances, both my blender and food processor just fried on me.  Oh!  My Waffle-maker, it always makes perfect waffles every time.

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Cloves!

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
I just started my cookbook collection last year so my oldest is Vegan with a Vengeance.

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Strawberry.

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
Any dessert.  Cake is always good.  And waffles, I’m not that great at pancakes but damn, can I make some mean waffles.

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
I’ve really been loving tempeh lately but it could be a phase.

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
I think it’s been well established that my favourite meal is breakfast.

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
My father’s paperwork.

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Rolled oats.  Frozen blueberries.  Frozen bananas.

20. What’s on your grocery list?
Kale.  Honeycrisp Apples.  Tofu.

21. Favorite grocery store?
Pete’s Frootique.  So much variety and lots of local produce.  But I probably do most of my shopping at the larger-scale Superstore.

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
My mom’s cinnamon loaf that I mentioned earlier.

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
havecakewilltravel
bittersweet
get sconed!

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
maya gold chocolate

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
Dutch-processed cocoa.  Yeah, it’s not that extravagant but I’ve never bought it before.

breakfast love

13 Nov

*Note-remember how I said how busy I would be this November and that I probably wouldn’t have time to post?  Well, I think it’s obvious due to the actual amount of my posts this month that I underestimated my tendency to get distracted during the last few weeks of class (Flickr has been a particular culprit).

Breakfast is by far my most favourite meal of the day.  I actually look forward to mornings because that means I can prepare my usual breakfast of choice, a steamy bowl of oatmeal.  I love steel-cut oats but I always had a problem of making it look, well pretty.  My oatmeal would always cook as a rather uniform, gloopy mess.  It would taste good but because of the presentation I could never blog about it. 

Last week, lolo and celine both blogged about very delicious looking bowls of oatmeal.  So I decided to try lolo’s method.  I did make some changes, halving the recipe and going with the ingredients I had on hand, I decided to make Banana Spice Oatmeal. I added cloves and nutmeg, only used a tiny amount of earth balance, used brown rice syrup for the sweetner and Vanilla Silk for the soymilk.  If you take a look at the picture I think it’s safe to say I finally conquered the act of making a bowl of oatmeal attractive (not to toot my own horn or anything).  Look!  It’s creamy and not sticky! 

Noel Nog!

12 Nov

It’s that time of year again!

The other day my sister called me from the grocery store saying “They have soy nog, you want any?”  Of course I said yes!  I love So Nice’s Noel Nog, I find it’s not too sweet unlike So Nice’s Vanilla Soymilk.  Plus, this year it’s in a cute and stylish bottle, last year the carton’s design was rather dated.  Whatever the bottle, I love the taste, pure nostalgic nog bliss.

It’s kind of scary though, the holidays will be here before you know it, I have started to prepare though-I imported my Sufjan Stevens Presents Songs for Christmas album to my ipod so it’s all ready to go when the need for it arises.

Mookies!

11 Nov

This past long weekend (well long weekend for most, unlike all other universities, mine did not give us monday off), my sister came home and brought her friend to stay with us.  This afternoon her friend introduced me to a wonderful creation…

Mookies!

What are mookies you ask?  They’re simply cookies baked inside a paper-lined muffin pan, the cookies bake up poofy and shortly before they’re done you stick a chocolate bar piece atop each mookie then bake for a tiny bit longer to melt the chocolate.  I used the Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance which is a recipe I’ve used many times before and I’m not sure why but they taste even better in Mookie form!  I think it’s the chewy texture you get.  For the chocolate bar, I used a chopped up Peanut Chew.  Oh, and take off the liners before you serve so you can get the classy-looking ridges.

I just think these are the cutest things ever and my brain is swarming with variations!

Banana Bread

10 Nov

Yeah…I should be studying, writing and so on and so forth.  But when I’m stressed, I feel a need to bake.  It’s relaxing and it’s cheaper than therapy.  I also rationalized that it would be a shame if those extremely ripe bananas were to go to waste… 

This is the Lower-Fat Banana Bread from Veganomicon.  My family are all currently enjoying it very much and asking that I make another loaf.

Well, back to my paper on Veblen’s conspicuous consumption…

Breakfast

5 Nov

Berry Goodness Muffins from Eat, Drink & be Vegan.

Okay, I didn’t actually eat these for breakfast.  But they look like a nice breakfast.  I’m not sure why but breakfast isn’t breakfast to me unless it’s in a bowl with soymilk.  So, instead I baked these to have for lunch or a snack.

They’re pretty good, they have a really nice texture and I like the combination of flours, I baked them with cranberries instead of the strawberries or blueberries called for because I have a bag in the freezer that needs to be used up.  (What else can I use them for?  I bought them for cranberry sauce only to find that no one in my house likes homemade cranberry sauce.)  I got 15 muffins out of the deal which is quite a bit more than the recipe said I would get, not that I mind of course.