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Mimiature Jelly Doughnuts

Miniature Jelly Doughnuts

I was never  a big doughnut enthusiast back when I wasn’t vegan. I love bread and I like sweets but it was just never my thing. Somehow when I went vegan I all of a sudden longed for things that I never really ate. I’ve had some of those pre-packaged vegan donut holes that you can pick up at the store but they are just alright. I know that vegan doughnuts are very popular in other parts of the country but here in Los Angeles there just isn’t a credible source for truly vegan donuts. So when I received a copy of the September Vegetarian Times with recipes for vegan doughnuts I was excited because now I could try my hand at making my own. And OH MY GOD, am I glad I did! A fresh, warm, miniature jelly filled donut is like, well… let’s just say that I had enough to get a really nice sugar rush!

Doughnuts!

Doughnuts!

These little jems are truly addictive! They taste the best right after assembly while still warm but they are delicious the next day too! The whole process takes a few hours but it is sooo totally worth it!

Jelly Close Up

Jelly Close Up

It was relatively easy to fill them with rasberry jam once I got the hang of it and some really ballooned up once I realized that I could really squeeze it in there! I used a 2″ biscuit cutter and they ended up looking almost like doughnut holes – so fun. I think that might be the problem – they are so small and cute and delicious that I just keep popping them in my mouth until I realize that I have a ton of “energy” – ha!
Oh I almost forgot, would you like the recipe? You can find it here!
Now go make some vegan doughnuts!

Happy VeganMoFo!

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Today marks the beginning of VeganMoFo 2009! The challenge is to blog about all things vegan food related daily for the whole month of October and I can’t think of a better way to start than vegan snickerdoodles! The recipe is from Vegetarian Times and can be found here. These are super easy and taste oh so yummy!

For more info about VeganMoFo head over to Kittee’s blog  for all of the details.

I had been neglecting the blog a bit because it was just too darn hot here in Los Angeles and I was feeling uninspired. Now that the weather is starting to cooperate I am totally excited for VeganMoFo and for the beginning of fall foods! While going through my photos today I found this pancake shot from a while back that I never posted. Pancakes with whole berry sauce from Vegan Brunch!

Pancakes!

Pancakes!

 
I am still testing for Terry Hope Romero’s Vegan Latina cookbook and the latest recipe I tried was Sweet & Salty Seitan and Potato Empanadas. These empanadas are so damn good – the dough is to die for and the filling is the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.
 
Empanadas

Empanadas

These are some of the best empanadas I have had! If I haven’t said it enough, this book is gonna rock the vegan world by storm! Here is a close-up of the inside:

Empanada Close-Up

Empanada Close-Up

The pictures don’t even do these justice because they are that good!
Well I guess that will do it for the 1st installment of VeganMoFo for me. Stay tuned for many more to come…heck, by the end of the month you might even be sick of me…

VeganMoFo 2009!

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As you may have noticed, I have not been blogging lately because of just too many things going on BUT I just wanted to let you all know that I will be participating in VeganMoFo 2009! If you don’t know what VeganMoFo is, head on over to Kittiee’s blog  to get more info! 

So get ready because come the end of October you might be sick of me!

Homemade Bread!

Recently I’ve really been into the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day ! I just can’t rave enough about how wonderful it is to have fresh baked bread and the sense of accomplishment I feel whenever I make it. AND the added bonus that my kitchen smells wonderful! Here’s a light whole wheat loaf I made:

Whole Wheat Loaf

Whole Wheat Loaf

Sliced Bread!

Sliced Bread!

It’s called “light” because it is a mixture of whole wheat and white flours. It has a light and crunchy texture and is perfect for sandwiches. Like this one:
Veggie Sandwich

Veggie Sandwich

Mixed baby greens, avocado, cucumbers, red onions, and a lovely German Stripe heirloom tomato all from the farmer’s market.
Whole Wheat Rye Loaf

Whole Wheat Rye Loaf

This whole wheat rye loaf is delicious! Dense, nutty, with a great crust. The wonderful thing about this book is that you mix a batch of dough that then you put in the fridge and you bake as much as you need. The dough keeps in the fridge for at least a week and the more you leave it in there the more complex the flavors become. It really has revolutionized my kitchen!
Eggless Tofu Salad

Eggless Tofu Salad

This here is a fantastic sandwich on the rye bread. Eggless tofu salad (tofu, vegenaise, mustard, onion, green onion, red bellpepper, salt & pepper), heirloom tomato, cucumber, pickles, and avocado! As you can see, I’m totally into heirloom tomatoes that I’ve been getting at the farmer’s market! Here is a close-up of this great “pineapple” variety:
Heirloom Close-Up

Heirloom Close-Up

If you are like me and love fresh baked bread I highly encourage you to seek out this book. The money you’ll save in making your own bread will pay for the purchase price pronto!

S’mores Cupcakes w/Dandies Vegan Marshmallows!

Smores Close-Up

S'mores Close-Up

Not too long ago I won a bag of Dandies Vegan Marshmallows from Chicago Soy Dairy  on Twitter (thanks Dan!). I wanted to make an old school fruit salad with them but alas, when they arrived they had melted together and I had one big blob of Dandies. So I stuck them in the fridge and have been contemplating what to do with them. Then it hit me – S’more cupcakes! I made a cinnamon spice cupcake, filled with marshallow, topped with chocolate and a roasted Dandy – divine!

Smores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes

The filling is one 10 oz. bag of Dandies and 3 tbs. of Earth Balance melted together to form a gooey mess and very carefully sticking this in a pastry bag! When the cupcakes have cooled, poke a hole with your index finger and fill the hole with the Dandies goodness!

Smore Halfed

S'more Halfed

The frosting is 1/4 cup soy creamer, 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips, and 2 tbs. of agave syrup melted together. I roasted a marshmallow for each cupcake too!
The recipe for the cupcakes I used is a hodge podge from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.
3/4 cup soymilk
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbs. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbs. cornstarch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix milk and vinegar and let sit for a few minutes. Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl wisk all wet ingredients and mix with the dry until well incorporated. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Roasted Dandies
I hope the pictures do them justice because they taste fantastic!
Til next time…

Back in the saddle again…

I think most bloggers will agree with me – have you ever had a post that attracted a lot of buzz, the most hits, the most comments, yada, yada, yada… So you decide to leave it up for a while. Then as the days pass you wonder, I am ever gonna be able to replicate that? All of  a sudden nothing seems “blogworthy” and well, you all probably know the rest of the story. So I decided that today is the day I finally post something, anything, and as it might not be as exciting as Daiya cheese here is what I’ve been up to in the kitchen lately…

Testing, testing, testing and then some more testing. I have to admit, I love testing recipes for upcoming cookbooks! Here are some pictures for Julie Hasson’s  upcoming Vegan Diner book:

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

Slice o Cake!

Slice o Cake!

Chocolate, cherries, and rum = yum!
Chocolate chip cookies, also from Julie:
Cookies!

Cookies!

Next up is Vegan Latina food porn, Terry Hope Romero’s  upcoming book. Check out these seitan and potato tacos – one of my favorite taco recipes:
Seitan & Potato Tacos

Seitan & Potato Tacos

Roasted Corn

Roasted Corn

Roasted corn like the kind you get from street vendors with cashew cream and ancho chili powder. I could eat this everyday! Oh and look at this lovely horchata:
Horchata!

Horchata!

I almost died when I had this – VEGAN CUBAN SANDWICH – that’s right! Terry is a genious:
Cuban Sandwich!

Cuban Sandwich!

And finally some bread pudding with mango and guava – delicious!
Mngo Guava Bread Pudding

Mango Guava Bread Pudding

So I guess that’s it for now. Leave a comment and say Hi! if you want, my feelings won’t get hurt if you don’t…

12 Days of Daiya!

The title of this post is fitting because for me, being able to purchase Daiya Vegan Cheese is like christmas! Anyone that knows me knows I love cheese and it was hands down the most difficult thing to give up when becoming vegan. Well, fret no more my friends, Daiya is here to save the day. This is the BEST vegan cheese on the market – it melts, has a great flavor and texture, and comes in mozarella and cheddar shreds. I was lucky enough to get my hands on 2 lbs. of mozarella and 1 lbs. of cheddar at Locali– so if you live in Los Angeles get over there before I buy it all! So without further ado let the Daiya food porn begin:

Pizza!

Pizza!

Pizza with red onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and basil!
Pizza Slice

Pizza Slice

Next up quesadillas! Some with cheddar, some with mozarella, and some with both!
Quesadillas

Quesadillas

Can you see the cheese oozing down – YES! Of course I couldn’t resist trying a grilled cheese sandwich…Did I tell you this stuff really melts?
Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

If you crave cheese that is not soy or nut based, this is it! It is made from plant ingredients and doesn’t make you feel like crap later like the other stuff does.  Alright, this is where it starts to get interesting – Mac n Cheese!  I made a cheese sauce from 1/2 cup soymilk, 3 tbs. of EB, and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. I added a little nooch for good measure. Oh boy, this stuff rocks!
Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese

Do you see how creamy it looks, that’s because it is! Next up, pour the cheese sauce over some broccoli:
Broccoli & Cheese

Broccoli & Cheese

Both of these cheeses have a great flavor and it is definitely more pronounced the more you use. I tried baking with it by topping some tofu ricotta stuffed manicotti:

Manicotti

Manicotti

I simply had to try it on nachos:
Nachos

Nachos

It gets kinda crunchy when baked and there is only a thin layer – just like cheese does. If you want it more gooey and melty just add more. Here’s a close-up:
Nachos Close Up

Nachos Close Up

Of course I made another pizza, this one with black olives, onions, and tomatoes!
Pizza

Pizza

Can you believe I’ve made all of this food and still have about a pound of cheese left! I will state this again – BEST VEGAN CHEESE! Where ever you are look for it, ask your local merchant to carry it, order it online, heck sell your soul to the devil – but get your hands on Daiya Vegan Cheese! (this post is my personal opinion, no one has asked me or sent me any free samples although Daiya if you are reading this I would love some more cheese please…)
Til next time…

I Like Pie!

So when I was I college I took this music appreciation class and sat next to an international student from China. She was very timid and sweet and we just kind of smiled at each other at the beginning of class. Little by little we started talking to each other but it was difficult at times because of the language barrier. One thing I do remember about our talks was that she really liked pie – her face would light up when she would tell me about the pies she had tried! Well, this week I have had that same excitement over pies and so the title of the post is my friend’s famous line “I Like Pie!”

Cranberry Cherry Pie

Cranberry Cherry Pie

First up, a cranberry cherry lattice pie! This pie is sweet and tart and oh so wonderful for breakfast! The recipe is from here. Here’s a close-up:
Pie Close-Up

Pie Close-Up

When making a lattice top, I always end up with extra crust so I made these two mini-pies:
Mini Apple Pie

Mini Apple Pie

This one is filled with 2 fuji apples and a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon.
Mini Strawberry!

Mini Strawberry!

Fresh strawberries from the farmer’s market sprinkled with a little bit of sugar.
For the grand finale I made a peach pie with a crumble topping:
Peach Pie!

Peach Pie!

This is about 3 lbs. of fresh peaches tossed with a cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and some cinnamon. The topping is 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 4 tbs. of EB vegan butter, and cinnamon.
Peach Pie Slice!

Peach Pie Slice!

This one turned out absolutely delicious! Nothing beats making your own pies with fresh, ripe fruit – totally worth the time and energy!
The crust on all of these pies is one that I found on Vegetarian Times several years ago and it never fails me!
Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Earth Balance vegan margarine, cut up
1/4 cup cold water
In  food processor combine first 3 ingredients. Add margarine and process for a few seconds. Add water and process until dough starts to form. Make a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and put in fridge until ready to use.
At this point you can either roll it out on a lightly floured surface or just press it into a pie plate. It really does work both ways!
I hope you like pie as much as I do and that this post has inspired you to make your own!
Til next time…

2 Days of Cornbread Buns Courtesy of The Urban Housewife!

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love corn. Hell, I think it should be its own food group! You can have it in many of its multiple forms for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! So when I was reading The Urban Housewife’s  blog and she posted a recipe for cornbread burger buns, I knew I had to make them! I sure am glad I did, they are delicious!  

Cornbread Burger Bun

Cornbread Burger Bun

I thought it would be a good idea to make a BBQ veggie burger patty to go with the cornbread bun. Boy was I right – the BBQ with the cornbread was fantastic! I used Trader Joe’s Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce because I just plain love this stuff! I used red kidney beans and millet for these burgers and they creepily looked like meat burgers but the flavor was incredible. Here’s a close-up of the patty:
BBQ Burger

BBQ Burger

And the recipe:
BBQ Burgers

 Yields aprox. 6 burgers

 15 oz. can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup red bell pepper, diced

½ cup mushrooms, diced

1 cup cooked millet

1 cup breadcrumbs

¼ cup BBQ Sauce

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ cup corn

 Directions:

In a food processor add all of the ingredients except the corn. Process for a few seconds and scrape down the sides. Process for a few more seconds and check the consistency. You may need to add more breadcrumbs until the mixture is neither too wet nor too dry. The mixture should be a good consistency for forming patties. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Add the corn and incorporate by hand. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and put in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Form patties and cook in a cast iron skillet with a bit of oil for approximately 5 minutes per side.

On the 2nd day, I decided to use the left over burger mixture and create a kind of “sloppy joe” filling because again, I thought this would be tasty with the cornbread buns.  I sauteed half of an onion, half a red bellpepper, and 2 cloves of garlic in aprox. 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then I added the crumbled up burger mixture and let this cook for about 5 minutes in a cast iron skillet. Then I added 1 small can of tomato sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. I added about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and a bit of pepper and let it simmer for 5 more minutes. This is what I got:

Sloppt BBQ Joe

Sloppy BBQ Joe

And sloppy it was indeed but the flavor with the cornbread bun was outta this world! I also made some coleslaw following the recipe from Veganomicon!
Coleslaw

Coleslaw

All in all it was 2 days of cornbread deliciousness! Thanks Melisser!

Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ever!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Seriously these are the best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever had – crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and just the right amount of sweetness. They are another tester recipe for Jae Steele’s  upcoming book, Ripe From Around Here.  Here’s a close-up:
Cookie Close Up

Cookie Close Up

I’ve also been testing more recipes for Terry Hope Romero’s  upcoming book, Vegan Latina. First up I made some vegan posole – man o man was this good!
Posole!

Posole!

I also made some homemade corn tortillas to go with the posole:
Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Next up is tempeh asado tacos and savory orange rice. The rice is outta this word tasty. If you are into latin food this book is gonna rock your kitchen. I can’t wait for it to come out and I have access to the recipes!
Tempeh Asado Tacos

Tempeh Asado Tacos

Here’s a close-up of the orange rice – yum!
Savory Orange Rice

Savory Orange Rice

Til next time…

About Me:

Los Angeleno. Vegan. Buddhist. Punk Rock. Local Food Reviewer. English Bulldog Lover. Searcher of the perfect vegan cheese, among many other things...

VeganMoFo 2009

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I am participating in VeganMoFo 2009 which basically means that I will be posting a minimum of 5x a week for the month of October. I hope you enjoy!