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Cakes and Cupcakes

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Still on backlog patrol: a week and a half ago I made a red velvet cake from Papa Tofu for Scott’s birthday. I mixed a bit of icing with toasted chopped pecans for the filling.

Below we have 49 cupcakes I made for a baby shower (on the same day as the red velvet day! It was a big cake day.) I made a peach version of the strawberry cake here, using peach juice, peach extract, and apricot jam. The chocolate cupcakes are from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

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March 31, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Posted in Baking

Lima Bean Bruschetta

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Here’s the lima bean bruschetta I made awhile ago (before Vegan Dad did– there must be some kind of bean bruschetta bat signal somewhere). I cooked up some frozen lima beans and partly mashed them with sauteed garlic and olive oil, fancy sea salt, and smoked paprika, and lemon juice, and smushed them onto some toasted local organic sourdough (ooh, what a deceptively fancy meal!)

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March 31, 2009 at 2:30 am

Posted in Meals

Dad’s Birthday Dinners

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I’m back! I’m going to clear out a bit of backlog here: here are the two dinners we made for dad’s birthday. First up was a bean stew my mom makes, with some Thai rice and a fruit salad dad made.
The next night we had a Spanish tapas theme: Patatas Bravas, paella based on this recipe (I forgot the peas at the end! This would have made the day!) marinated roasted red peppers, leftover bean stew, and spinach with raisins. Sorry about the lighting! I also have to figure out what to do about my camera– since I’ve switched cameras to this hand-me-down from my sister, closeups in anything but perfect light have been pretty subpar…

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March 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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Be right back

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This week I’m off with the flu. Off everything: work, school, life in general. And blogging. I will be back within the next couple of days!

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March 26, 2009 at 4:24 am

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Dad’s Birthday Cakes

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Wow, it’s been such a long time since the last update! Would you believe I was too busy cooking to have time to update? Bad blogger. Anyway, last week I made two cakes for my dad’s birthday, because he had two parties. The first one above was a vanilla cake from here with sliced strawberries plus strawberry jam in the middle, and chocolate frosting.
The second cake was the orange variation of the above cake, printed in Kittee’s Papa Tofu zine. Basically, you replace the water with orange juice, replace the vanilla with triple sec (I used Cointreau), and add two tablespoons orange zest. For the filling I sliced up oranges and mixed them with a bit of Cointreau. The icing was just a basic frosting using Tofutti cream cheese.

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March 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Posted in Baking

Cholent

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“I’m going home to make a vegan Jewish beef stew.” That’s what I said the day I helped Cathy and Scott move last week. “What about it makes it Jewish?” someone asked. “Even more intriguing: vegan beef?” said someone else. Despite all the intrigue, once I got home I was too tired and ate leftovers instead. It was really the next night I made this. Cholent. From Veganomicon. A bit thicker and more mushy than perhaps was ideal, since I overcooked it–the potatoes were more than tender–and I was out of French lentils so used the last of my red lentils. And we all know how red lentils disappear into their thickening properties. But this is far tastier than it looks.

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March 16, 2009 at 4:24 am

Posted in Meals

Sauerkraut and “Cheese” Sandwich

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Man, this was so good! The picture basically tells you nothing, I’m aware. I had burger fixings and a baguette, so I made this sandwich for lunch. I made the “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Cheese Sauce” from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. I’d post the recipe because it’s very easy and has few ingredients, but I’m out of town and don’t have the book with me. I’ll update this in a couple of days to include the recipe. Anyways, it has tahini and nutritional yeast and miso and tastes kind of like blue cheese or something like that. So I spread that on the bread (with far less water added so it was less messy) and layered on sauerkraut and tomatoes and lettuce. And it was as good as I’d hoped it would be! Like some crazy deli sandwich from a dream.

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March 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm

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