Hi! I'm hibernating under my electric blanket whilst perpetually sipping hot tea. Wing It Vegan is on hiatus until I'm willing to come back out. Happy holidays!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Who?

It's the day after Thanksgiving! That means it's officially Christmas time! Is anybody doing the crazy shopping thing today? I'm staying away from all the insanity, thankyouverymuch.

OK, let's talk Thanksgiving food first to get that out of the way. It was just the two of us for dinner (don't feel bad, that's how we like it), so I didn't have to cook for an army. Here's all our food on the stove top, patiently waiting to be eaten. Mr. Wing-it was not-so-patiently waiting to eat while I took the pictures.

Thanksgiving 2008

Top row, left to right: yam slices, baked red potatoes with rice cheese, and whole wheat stuffing. No Thanksgiving mashed potatoes because we're just that rebellious!

Bottom row: individual meatless meatloaves and green been/cauliflower/shiitake mushroom stir-fry.

Here's a close-up of the little meatless meatloaves, I was so proud of them!

Mini meatloaves - Thanksgiving 2008

For dessert we had, Mini Pumpkin Pies with buttercream frosting. The filling is a pumpkin and coconut milk pudding. I can work on the recipe if anybody is interested, but this one was big wing-it job. By the way, that fork isn't dirty, it's just the reflection of the crust! :)

Mini Pumpkin Pies - Thanksgiving 2008

Enough with Thanksgiving! I'm ready for Christmas and Christmas themed food, like these little Lamington(ish) Christmas Gifts. They are chocolate cake squares dipped in coconut milk and rolled in shredded coconut (coconut milk holds the coconut in place). Yes, I like coconut.

Lamington Christmas Gifts

The ribbons are thin strips of a Panda Raspberry Bar. I assumed the whole bar was going to be red, but it's only red on the outside and brown on the inside! Boo! Next time I will make them with strawberry fruit leather cut into strips instead.

Anyway, I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a lovely Holiday! I'm off to read about all your festive dinners!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

D'oh!-Nuts - Giant Shredded Veggie Pancake and Two Awards!

First things first! Thank you so much for ALL your kind comments on my previous post! I'm so glad I'm not as boring as I thought! Two awesomely lovely ladies: VeganView and Becks from I am not a Rabbit, have given me a Butterfly Award! They wrote such lovely things about me and I blush just by thinking about it! Thank you so much!



Now I have to pay it forward and give the Butterfly Award to 10 bloggerss. That's impossible! How do I choose only 10 blogs? Well, here's what I'm going to do, I am giving the Butterfly Award to all the super cool veggie moms I know. There's something about veggie moms. Why is it that all of you are so cool? Maybe it's all the veggie goodness that you eat. Maybe it's your compassionate souls. Anyway, here's to all you veggie moms who exude awesomeness!

A Place For Us
Cravin' Veggies
Disposable Aardvarks Inc.
Half Pint Pixie
Musings From The Fishbowl
Skint Vegan
The Balance Quest
The Cooking Lady
Tofu Mom
Two Vegan Boys
Vegannifer
Vegan At Home
Vegan Cowgirl (soon to be coolest veggie mom!)

If you would like to pay it forward, you can post the Butterfly Award picture on your blog and give the award to 10 bloggers you think are the coolest!

Food time! I noticed that I've lost a few pounds lately, so I'm trying to gain them back. The thing is that I'm a hard-gainer, and I have to eat like a quarterback to gain weight. Or maybe I can just eat like Homer Simpson, hence my D'oh!-Nuts!


Doughnuts
Coconut and cream filled doughnuts

Doughnuts
Glazed. Chocolate and sprinkles. Chocolate and almonds

Aren't they purdy? :)

I used this recipe from allrecipes.com, but without the egg and with whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour. And I baked them instead of frying them, which made them more like a sweet bread than doughnuts, but they were yummy nonetheless.

Last night we had what I so unwittingly chose to call a Giant Shredded Veggie Pancake. (Thank you, Denny, for pointing out that this looks a lot like a rosti!)

Here he is on my skillet, I had already cooked one side and flipped him over.

Giant Shredded Veggie Pancake

Here he is on my plate with some green beans and cauliflower.

Giant Shredded Veggie Pancake

This was kind of an "everything but the kitchen sink" dish, so I don't have a recipe. Here's roughly what I did:

I shredded 3 medium sized potatoes in my food processor and transferred them to a mixing bowl. Then I shredded a large carrot and some celery and added it to the potatoes. Then I sauteed some chopped onion with some chopped frozen spinach while the potatoes released their juices. Then I transferred the potatoes to a large strainer and squeezed the liquid out, transferred them back to the mixing bowl, added the onions and spinach, about 2 cups of ground beef style crumbles, and some salt and spices. Next time I will use sausage style crumbles instead of ground beef style.

I firmly pressed the whole thing onto a well oiled and preheated non-stick round frying pan, and cooked it, covered, over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes jiggling it from time to time. Finally, I slid it onto a plate and flipped it over the (re-oiled) frying pan, and cooked uncovered for about 10 more minutes.

See how well lit my pictures are, and how I'm not complaining about no natural light for dinner time today? I must be on Santa's good list, because I got my Christmas present early and it was a photography lighting set, complete with two different light tents, fancy lights, tripods, and six backdrops! Isn't Mr. Wing-it the best Santa ever? *SWOON*

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've been tagged by three different bloggers: Jeni Treehugger, Vegalicious, and Veganview. So now I have to share 7 random facts about myself.

**Warning: Very boring facts about a very boring person ahead**. I included pictures in hopes that you won't fall asleep while reading this.

1- I used to hate food and everything food-related until I was 24 years old. My obsession with food started in 2003 when I went vegan. Before that, I don't think I ever took a food photo at all. Funny how now 90% of my thoughts seem to revolve around food. This was my very first homemade pie back in 2003. It was a vegan strawberry cream pie, and I was so proud of it!

My First Pie Ever (2003)

2- We have a fish buddy called George. Before you panic and tell me that it's cruel to buy fish from PetNo, George was passed on to us from someone who couldn't take care of him anymore. Isn't he fabulous?

George

3- I am quite obsessed with vegan personal care products, especially eye treatments. These are some of my favorite products.

Vegan Personal Care

4- My coffee mugs must be fun and/or cute, like my Monk mug, my Colorado Bear Hugs mug, my I Love Lucy mug, and my brand new Snowman mug. Yes, the age stated on my profile is correct. I still would like to have a "Luke's" mug (Gilmore Girls) and a "Friends" mug. (Update: got it, and got it!)

Mugs

5- Speaking of Friends and Gilmore Girls, I like watching reruns of my favorite shows when I'm having a rough day. Reruns never change, so I can sit down and watch an old show and know exactly what's going to happen without any weird surprises. Oh, come on! Like you don't have any quirks! :)

DVDs

6- And speaking of Gilmore Girls again, it was thanks to Rory Gilmore that I developed an interest in classic literature. This has been my book list for 2008, in the order that I've read them from top to bottom. My least favorite has been Madame Bovary at the very top, and my all time favorites are Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. 

Books 2008

7- I am painfully shy. I am very quiet around unfamiliar people, which often makes me come across as either rude or ignorant. Because I am so quiet, I am very observant and I love taking pictures of whatever draws my attention. Like this dewy Autumn leaf I found while playing with our feline visitor.

Dewy Leaf

Well, that's it. Fascinating, right? Now I have to tag seven blogs to do the same thing:

Vegan at home
A place for us
Show me vegan
Seitan is my motor
Te amo vegano
The happy vegan
Cupcake kitteh
Alice in veganland
Happy Herbivore
Diet dessert and dogs

Don't feel like you have to participate-play only if you're into the tagging thing. I tagged more than 7 blogs just because I'm a rebel and I wanted to tag everyone from my blogroll. Most of you have already been tagged, but if I left you out it's not because I don't like you or because I think you smell, it's just that my blogroll is huge. So if you're in my blogroll consider yourself tagged!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Some Coconut Cream Frosting Pageantry

Oh, the coconut milk frosting! I've developed a rabid addiction to it and I like it! Today I made a small batch of chocolate cupcakes, all with different variations of coconut cream frosting. To tell you all about each flavor, let's give it up for the stars of Miss Coconut Frosting Pageant  Ladies, please enter the stage...

Coconut Cream Frostings

Thank you, ladies. First on the catwalk (cakewalk?) is Miss Coconut-Peanut Butter wearing a lovely chocolate-sprinkles outfit. Miss Coconut-Peanut Butter is made with one part peanut butter, two parts firm coconut cream, maple syrup, and vanilla. Thank you Miss Coconut-Peanut Butter.

Next is Miss Chocolate-Coconut in a crunchy crushed-macadamia nut gown. Miss Coconut-Chocolate is made with firm coconut cream, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Thank you Miss Coconut-Chocolate.

Here comes Miss Coconut Crushed-Candy, wearing... wait a minute, is she wearing anything? *Gasp!* It looks like her crushed hard candy ensemble is melting and revealing her naked frosting! Quick, switch cameras, let's get a close up on Miss Coconut-Pomegranate Candy!

It looks like Miss Coconut-Pomegranate Candy forgot to bring her long-wear makeup, and it's melting all over, making her look like she had an unfortunate shaving accident! Cue the next contestant!

Ah, Miss Coconut-Mocha is next. Miss Coconut-Mocha is made with firm coconut cream, finely ground instant coffee, and powdered sugar. It looks like she's wearing the same chocolate-sprinkles outfit Miss Coconut-Peanut Butter is wearing. That has to be devastating, Ladies and Gentlemen. These cupcakes train and prepare their whole lives for this event, and to wear the same gown as one of the front-runners is nothing short of a tragedy.

It's time to crown our next Coconut Frosting Queen! The winner is... Miss Coconut-Mocha! Her one of a kind flavor outweighed her not-so-unique gown. Congratulations Miss Coconut-Mocha, you are the new Coconut Frosting Queen! *chomp*

Wow, that's a lot of silly for just one post. Because I used a lot of fatty coconut milk, I balanced out the dessert with Happy Herbivore's fat-free chocolate cupcakes from her Pudge Free Holidays e-cookbook. Also from Lindsay's e-cookbook:

Happy Herbivore's Meatballs

These are the best meatless meatballs I've ever had. Seriously. Mr. Wing-it said I have a girl-crush on Happy Herbivore, and I didn't deny it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Coconut Milk Love

Isn't it weird being without MoFo? After all the hectic posting and reading and commenting, I don't know what to do with myself anymore. All my food seems so boring without mashed potato ghosts and one-eyed monsters. At least Christmas is coming and there will be another chance to make themed food!

APLACEFORUS has given me an "Excellent" award! I don't think I had ever won an award for anything before. I feel like I should wear a fancy gown and write an acceptance speech, but I don't own a fancy gown and I'm wearing my slippers. It means so much to be recognized by our fellow bloggers! Thank you so much!! :)


I also won a free copy of Happy Herbivore's Pudge-Free Holidays e-cookbook! The book is packed full of mouth-watering recipes for a delicious fat-free holiday season. One of Lindsay's amazing recipes is the Southern Cornbread, which was the first recipe I tried. The cornbread is absolutely fabulous! We had it with chili, and the little bit that we managed not to eat with dinner was a nice evening snack.

Happy Herbivore's Cornbread

Now on to the Coconut Milk Love. I made some coconut milk whippy cream and took some pictures of it looking shamelessly enticing on various foods. There are a couple of different ways to make coconut cream whippy cream, it depends on what you intend to do with it.

For a soft cream that doesn't need to have a defined shape (it's the version I made), open a can (14oz or 214ml) of cold coconut milk and mix it with 1 or 2 tablespoons of cold maple syrup or agave, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Use an electric mixer on the highest setting and mix until smooth and creamy. It helps to chill the bowl and beaters before you start. One tablespoon of maple syrup was enough for me, someone with a sweeter tooth might want to taste it and keep adding syrup until it tastes sweet enough. Keep it refrigerated until you're ready to use it.

For a firm cream, let the can of coconut milk chill in your fridge overnight, but do not shake it at any time. Open the can and scoop out all the fat that separated itself from the liquid into a chilled mixing bowl. Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla and powdered sugar to taste, and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Using only the coconut fat, and powdered sugar instead of syrup, makes this cream stiffer than the previous version. Keep it refrigerated!

Here's the coconut milk whippy cream (soft) on a slice of apple upside-down cake...

Apple Cake With Coconut Whippy Cream

Here she is on my waffles... evil temptress!

Waffles With Coconut Whippy Cream

Thanks to Ruby Red Vegan I found out that coconut cream on hot cocoa is probably what they serve in Heaven's waiting room. Here's a big blob of cream...

Hot Cocoa With Coconut Whippy Cream

And here it slightly melted. Every sip was heavenly coconuty chocolate bliss...

Hot Cocoa With Coconut Whippy Cream

Too much hot cocoa gives me heartburn, so I only made about 3/4 cups. This was so delicious that I will never have hot cocoa without coconut cream from now on!

I only used a little bit of cream for the cake, waffles, and cocoa, so I used the rest to make ice-cream. It was melting rapidly thanks to my hot under-cabinet light...

Chocolate-Coconut Ice Cream

Are my American readers proudly wearing your "I Voted" sticker? Go democracy!