Thursday, May 13, 2010

Corn crust pizza

I guess you can always revive a blog, right? This pizza got me thinking about the olde Veganic Verses. I am feeling very inspired by the newest vegan cheese on the chopping block, Daiya. I used the mozzarella-style Daiya in this recipe, and we had gooey, melty, yummy pizza 20 minutes later. Yes, it really melts. No, it is not a lie. Plus, it tastes good--NO weird soy aftertaste. I used frozen gluten-free cornmeal pizza crusts, topped with arrabiata spaghetti sauce. Broiled some poatato slices for the top. Threw those on there with some basil, red peppers, sundried tomatoes, yellow squash fresh from the farm, and chopped garlic. The two pizzas didn't stand a chance.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Chai Tea Cupcakes

Yes, this blog had been long-abandoned, but now that we're in cooking-mode again, we've reclaimed our little past-time.

I had never made cupcakes before, but have eaten plenty. My friend Carol suggested this recipe to me, out of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I don't have the cookbook (yet) but found a recipe here at the Post Punk Kitchen and adapted it. I used Rice Nog (already flavored) and instead of soy yogurt I used one mashed-up banana.

I first made a vegan cream cheese frosting for the top but it was too watery to pipe through a frosting tube, so I opted for the powdered sugar-and-cocoa mix seen here. They are AMAZING and this was much easier than I though it'd be. I see more cupcakes in our future.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Devil's Mess

This is our favorite brunchy thing to make when we have the time. Got all the ingredients fresh at the farmer's market this morning--'cept the tortillas, black beans & hot sauce. Oh, a squirt of lime, to keep away the scurvy!

This one's:
sweet potatoes
black beans
banana pepper
Gimme Lean veggie "sausage"

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ethiopian Food

I never thought we'd be able to pull this off. Living in a small town, we miss access to ethnic foods such as Ethiopian, so we decided to take the skillet into our own hands and make our own. The berbere (red pepper) spice was bought last time we were in Los Angeles--that big cup was just $5. The cookbook was bought from the same Ethiopian market there (Merkato). We didn't think ahead about the bread (injera) so just used wheat noodles instead. The lentil dish, potato dish and tomato salad were AWESOME!!! And tasted even better throughout the week. This was great, economically, too--we figured out that this got us about 6 meals for almost $1 each.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Spring Rolls

soak the rice wraps individually in warm water
spread on a clean towel & fill with rice noodles & whatever else you like (we did tofu, carrots, cucumber, mint & basil)
get an assembly line of friends to fill & wrap (note home made peanut sauce for dipping)
Voila--spring rolls! Dip, eat, repeat.
I've heard these called spring and summer rolls...but whatever they're called, they're easy & AMAZING! Our friends Annie & Steve showed up with many of the fixins and showed us how to do it. We got a little assembly line going, disproving the "too many cooks spoils the broth" theory and demonstrating that group cooking is lots of fun! We made 2 big batches of these babies. Not the best photos but we were too busy to be artsy.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

What the heck is Caponata?

We had a gigantic eggplant from the farmer's market. We had some figs. What to do? After googling 'eggplant fig' we found this recipe and decided to try it. We followed it pretty precisely 'cept used red wine vinegar instead of white, and added a little banana pepper from our garden. Toasted some ciabatta and presto! Soooo sweet and savory and yummy. Seems like perfect party food and a good alternative to bruschetta.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Vegan Mac-n-Cheese

Baked version of the old favorite, using nutritional yeast, mustard, macaroni, Bragg's Amino Acids, paprika.