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Oyster Mushroom Arepas!

So I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never had oyster mushrooms.  I typically stick to white, crimini, shiitake, and portabellas. Part of the reason I enjoy testing so much is because it gives me the opportunity to try new things. I’ve been wanting to try oyster mushrooms so when I saw a recipe using them from Terry Hope Romero, I jumped on it and am so glad I did. I picked up these beauties at the farmer’s market this weekend:

Oyster Mushrooms

Oyster Mushrooms

And after using the super secret tester recipe I got this:

Oyster Mushroom Arepas

Oyster Mushroom Arepas

Arepas are the Venezuelan equivalent of  little fat tortillas or sopes, if you’ve had those. The filling is so tasty – oyster mushrooms are my new favorite!
Arepas

Arepas

So be on the lookout for Terry’s upcoming book and go ahead, be adventurous and try something new – like me, you might discover that you actually love something that you haven’t tried before!

Now, what to do with all the squash…

Fall is Here at the Farmer’s Market!

Pumpkin!

Pumpkin!

So it is finally starting to cool off here in Los Angeles and fall produce is starting to make its grand entrance at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market! I went gourd crazy and got 2 pumpkins, a butternut squash, and an acorn squash! I had to show restraint because I still wanted more. I also picked up some pears, apples, asian pears, and I think the final watermelon, tomatoes, and some corn. 

Tomatoes & Corn

Tomatoes & Corn

Adjusting to seasonal eating was a bit of a challenge at first but now I truly enjoy it. Everything tastes fresher and I highly anticipate the “coming” of certain favorites! Just look at these beautiful apples and squash!
Apples

Apples

 Since I’ve been going to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday for almost a year now I eat better, spend less money on groceries, and truly believe that I get some of the freshest LOCAL produce around! And I’ve learned so many tips from the growers and have tried new things that I might not have without the recommendations from certain vendors.

FM Haul!

FM Haul!

Any trip to the FM would not be complete without stopping by the C’est La V booth! Check out these lovely mini cranberry orange scones:
Cranberry Orange Mini Scones

Cranberry Orange Mini Scones

With it being VeganMoFo and all I’m sure by seeing everything I got you can start to guess the things I might be preparing this week. Somehow I think there is going to be some serious squash items abound!
Til tomorrow…

Saturday Sandwich

BLTC

BLTC

Just a quickie Saturday VeganMoFo post with a picture of a very delicious tempeh bacon (from Vegan Brunch), lettuce, tomato, and cucumber sandwich. Served with some yummy plantain chips. 

Stay tuned tomorrow as I plan to post with my weekly Farmer’s Market haul!

Can You Say Sugar Rush???

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!

veganmofo

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!